Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Get Listed - September

image credit - fair use: Wikipedia, The Art of War - a bamboo copy of the book

For this month's Get Listed word list prompt, I've chosen words culled from an English language translation of The Art of War, commonly attributed to Sun Tzu (specifically, the Lionel Giles 1910 edition as edited by James Clavell.)

I recently re-read it after 30 years, inspired (if it can be termed thus) by ongoing conflicts in the Ukraine, Syria, Gaza, and Ferguson, MO, but also from the nebulous and interminable 'wars' on drugs, terrorism, and poverty that litter our landscape and devour our common budget and attention, feeding our anxieties and fears while doing little but exacerbate the situations.

The book contains 13 chapters, each devoted to a different aspect of strategy. Anecdotes from historical battles are used to illustrate each lesson. One wonders about life in the war camps 2600 years ago... or today.

Wiki claims that it's required reading in the US CIA, and is on the Recommended Reading list for the Marines. It's been taught in business schools for several decades, as well.

What comes from war? Well, in theory, peace. One can hope.

So the mission this month, should you choose to accept it, is to compose a *new* pen using a least 3 of the following words. The subject matter is yours to choose - war is not the (only) answer.

The list (1 word for, if not from, each chapter):

art, war, attack, fire, capture, neglected, ardor, tactics, energy, alliance, treachery, scheme, tenderness

As a reminder, to participate, post the link to your blog in Mr. Linky below, then please visit later to see what your fellow poets have added, and comment if so moved.





13 comments:

grapeling said...

Greetings to all. The prompt will remain open, and I'll visit later in the week should you wish to return and share later. ~ M

Magaly Guerrero said...

You've "inspired" me to reread The Art of War. I read it while I was on Active Duty, in the Marine Corps, but I was a different person then--young and a bit too biased.

After reading the news today, this prompt seemed just the thing. Also, I think a few of Björn's latest entries have stayed with me...

hedgewitch said...

Have a crazy day lined up, but I'll be back when I can--it's certainly a subject and a list that's nothing if not apropos to too much these days.

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is a fabulous challenge, M. So appropriate to this annus mirabilis. I do hope I have the time to work on a piece, but I shall definitely return to it if that is not this week.

Margaret said...

Went "light" instead of "heavy". ;)

Carrie Van Horn said...

I love this one....it captured my muse....hope everyone is having a great week. :-)

Marian said...

nice, M.... i'm waaayy behind but will come back to this later. hope everyone is having a good week! M.

manicddaily said...

Hi M. I put something up. I am very unsure of it. I cut out the main stanza at the last minute before posting. I don't know--it seemed a bit pontifical--so probably was right to do so. It is an excellent prompt--both the list and your commentary. Your poem also very thought-provoking--thanks. k.

Kay L. Davies said...

Another little contribution from southeastern Alberta. A bit at a time, I'm easing my way back toward The Garden.
Thanks for being there, all.
Luv, K

Kerridwen said...

An interesting prompt! Not sure if I will attempt it, but I'm enjoying reading them. :)

Susie Clevenger said...

Sorry I am late to post! Thanks for the inspration!!

Hannah said...

Thank you for the words. :)

Lolamouse said...

Late, but present! Happy International Day of Peace.