Reena’s Xploration Challenge #214


Let us grapple with the word ICONOCLASM and its meaning.

Iconoclasm is a breaking of established rules or destruction of accepted beliefs.

  1. Poetry

The shortest example I could find is by Ezra Pound in In a Station of the Metro

The apparition of these faces in the crowd:

Petals on a wet, black bough.


2. Prose

The MetaMorphosis by Kafka can count as the best iconoclastic piece ever written.

Another book I can think of is “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” by Mark Manson.

3. Art

In a particular frame of mind, I was irritated by personality types in women who cannot think beyond the kitchen. I shut my eyes for a nap, and a jarring image floated by – a woman with a sad drooping mouth and her face plastered with fried onions. I’ll never be able to look at the person in the same way again. It was ugly and disturbing, yet reflected the mindset.

An accomplished artist can perhaps create a piece of art from this.

Let the word, spirit of the word or literal meaning of the word reflect in your piece.

  1. It can involve changing the rules of a syllabic poetry format. Like you can tweak the format of a tanka (don’t call or tag it a tanka to disturb the purists), but let us enjoy the tweaked format.

2. You may write the story of someone you label an iconoclast.

3. You may write an acrostic poem with the word ICONOCLAST or ICONOCLASM.

4. Your piece may reflect a different perspective on commonly held beliefs.

5. Just use the word somewhere in your piece

6. It can be a picture or piece of art you may like to share.

Just take care that you don’t hurt sentiments in a way, that you invite lawsuits or mass protests from the believers.

There is no restriction on length or format of the piece. There is no last date either, unless you wish to be featured in the Weekly Wrap. 

Any post that is found to be offensive, vulgar or something that hurts common sensibilities will not be included. This needs to be a safe space.

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