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“Qualms”

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…………………………It sounds like calms but means the opposite.
…………………………Not some warm May evening by our pond, but
…………………………a helicopter roving over, seeming too low
…………………………(one definition, “feelings of uneasiness” );
…………………………and not the smooth Missouri voice of our pilot
…………………………as we descend, but a peculiar vapor blowing
…………………………in a thin stream over the bulge of one wing.
…………………………Should we tell somebody else about them, or not?
…………………………That’s always the moral question with qualms
…………………………(another definition, “pangs of conscience”)
…………………………for if we speak out, we bother the crowd,
…………………………set off alarms which could be warranted
…………………………or could be false. Better to keep both eyes
…………………………focused on water lily leaves, resist the call
…………………………button above our window-side cabin seats.
…………………………Let’s all stay as calm as we can. Calm as clams.
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…………………………by Therese L. Broderick
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…………………………(A writer’s statement appears as the first comment.)
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About ThereseLBroderick

Independent community poet living in Albany, New York USA.

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  1. poetryaboutart

    ARTIST’S STATEMENT ABOUT THIS POEM
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    Fact & Fiction ~~
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    In my Random House Dictionary, the first meaning of qualm is “a pang of conscience…” and the second meaning is “a sudden feeling of…uneasiness…”
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    On a recent plane trip, I saw from my window seat a vapor stream flowing over the middle of the wing. A frequent air traveler, I had never seen anything similar. The couple in the seat behind me also saw it, and they pondered what to do. They judged it to be of no major concern.
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    Sound & Sense ~~
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    This poem plays with many kinds of sounds, especially assonance. The poem’s tone, pacing, and sonnet-like ruminations were influenced by the poems in The Second Blush (Norton, 2008) by Molly Peacock.
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    This version of the poem benefitted from the feedback of several members of the Murray Group critique group in Albany, NY, during May 2009. Thanks to MH for suggesting the word “warranted” and the “we” point of view.
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    Another Writer’s Commentary ~~
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    To read another writer’s commentary about this poem, scroll to the May 22, 2009 entry on Harvey Havel’s blog.

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