Anna J. Roseboro issued a challenge to write a five-finger exercise verse today by taking a word for a walk. To write this, I chose a concept noun and created five six-word lines, with the chosen abstract word appearing as the title, then in each line as word 2,3,4,5,6 in that order. In keeping with my month of Mary Oliver, I borrowed the first line from her poem “Six Recognitions of the Lord.”
Lord, mercy is in your hands.
Lavish your mercy liberally upon us.
Let streams of mercy quell long-suffering
labors as we your mercy beseech.
Lord, we languish without your mercy!
– kim Johnson with a nudge from Mary