Anger Management

Photo by Ken Russell. 1954

Photo by Ken Russell. 1954

There is a subtle anger

Underneath the crust

That carries a tilted scale.


Even among those who smile

Offering friendliness.

A false melodic whistle….who,

Not by the challenge of wise years,

Takes the path of simplification…to

Create a dry cause and effect

Binary reasoning, a molded anger

Standing beside the smooth

Concrete arm of punishment

As long as she has a sword in her hand.

The subtle anger

Always appears where…it

Is the most comfortable

Well-fed, housed, and entertained

Reclining on a soft couch

Sleeping in

Creating an outer crust

Buffering the creamy inner anger.

For those outside the crust

The wind always sways the scale

In unpredictable directions

Every now and then

A storm blows through

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31 Responses to Anger Management

  1. Just Joan says:

    Genius, Elan! As though you have explained the layers of my anger from the inside out. How do you do that???

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    • Elan Mudrow says:

      That’s flattering Joan and thanks. I guess it’s a combination of being a tad bit oversensitive and having experienced life from a myriad of perspectives. Sometimes, those experiences were very difficult. Other times, they were sublime. I think we call it life. But, sometimes I went out of my way to place myself in challenging positions. Most likely out of youthful naivety. But really, I’m just trying to do what TS Eliot prescribed in his “tradition and the individual talent”, finding new ways to express/word experiences we all are aware of.

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      • gailsingle says:

        Oversensitive, brilliant; difficult, even better; sublime, reward; life, love; challenging positions, growth; naivety, blessing. I usually have a take….. sorry about that 🙂


  2. janefhelms says:

    Beautifully written – and what a terrific photograph! The little one, especially, as she looks right into our eyes…

    Liked by 2 people

  3. ninja network says:

    Awesome Reblogged with best 💐💐💐

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I’ve compared my own anger to an onion; peel away one layer and there is is another waiting there…:)

    Liked by 3 people

  5. foodinbooks says:

    Very beautiful extemporization of anger. As a food blogger, I also like the food characterization you use. You have a very lyrical way with words. Thank you for this post.


  6. Leroy says:

    Nice analogy! I guess the challenge is trying to keep that ‘scale’ balanced 🙂

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  7. Nurse Kelly says:

    You blow my mind, Elan. Love this.


  8. I enjoyed your description of your anger, so different from my own. I feel it’s like lava, traveling under the surface, sluggish, slow and powerful. The force of it eats away below ground, insinuating itself everywhere. And then it bursts through. . .

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  9. Phoenix Risen says:

    Wonderful writing! This phrase :

    Standing beside the smooth
    Concrete arm of punishment
    As long as she has a sword in her hand.



  10. dennyho says:

    Your description of smoldering anger matches the unpredictable weather of Mother Nature…both uncontrollable.


  11. hrbriscoe says:

    Wonderfully written and I love how you have laid the poem out. Absolutely amazing work


  12. vivachange77 says:

    Wonderfully written. I love your images of anger.


  13. omawarisan says:

    If only that crust was more substantial. Anger seems so fashionable these days.


  14. wwwpalfitness says:

    Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness.


  15. You’ve said it all. This is a wonderful poem, Elan. You have talent!


  16. luckyjc007 says:

    Awesome! I love how you have written this!


  17. warpedmaggot says:

    Reblogged this on warpedmaggot.


  18. Seth Magambo says:

    Absolutely genius. very engaging. my kinda style.


  19. ekress88 says:

    Such a brilliant ending!


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