I always greet red dawns with caution. Farmer’s daughter, I turn over countryside sayings like hard-boiled sweets in my mouth. The syrup long since sucked from the center, now all crunch and brittle, the shards pricking my gums in warning. No amount of scoffing, can keep my grandmother’s voice from speaking to the dawn. Soft, and familiar, chanting the same words, myth now made fact. Red mornings are both beautiful, and dangerous. We should watch for a change in the winds.
When I woke it was with me, curled around my shoulders like a scarf both there and not, tickling the hairs on the back of my neck as I shuffled around the kitchen to brew the tea and start breakfast, crockery clinking between my hands while it whispered around me. Seeing the shadow across the door brought relief. The same as when someone balances a plate too far beyond the edge of a counter but you can’t do anything except watch it waver half way between safe and broken. When it finally hits the ground shattering into bright, white slithers that dance across the tiles into every corner the chord snaps and you can breath again. It’s the waiting that drains you until there’s nothing left to give. Daily Prompt: Premonition This is the fourth poem I’ve posted today here on writing and works, I’ve been trying to write more poetry and I’ve found the more I write the easier it gets. It’s also helping me improve my poetry so if you’ve got the time …
There were hieroglyphics on her parchment teeth that jangled in the breeze she breathed into dead languages still stuck beneath her tongue. Forgotten goddesses sheltered in her mouth, ancient secrets hung as pearls from earlobes and tombstone nails that peeled history apart layer by layer to see if she could spot the differences in each repetition.
Beyond the brook, in the woods, there are huts. Grey, empty eyed, with crumbling mouths, scattered, separated, almost forgotten. They sit alone, abandoned and abused, besieged by pine and birch. Ignored by walkers, they wait for soldiers, long from war and as they fall, the scavengers come, to strip away any worth until all that’s left, are empty shells, and broken bones slowly rusting into the earth. I’m writing about home again tonight. Dotted around my parent’s farm are a number of old army huts that I knew were once part of an RAF base, but were crumbling away to ruin. It turns out that my parents farm was partially built on an army base that was constructed in 1915 and served a fair few purposes over the years, including a prisoner of war camp at one point. My first few driving lessons actually took place on two of the three runways that made up the airfield, one on our neighbour’s land and one that runs along the edge of my parent’s farm. If you’re …
What if we are already at the end. The last planet in a dead universe watching the echoes of eternity play out through telescope lenses. Despite the probes, the satellites, maybe there is nothing left to find. Someone, something else explored it all first, planted their own flags built their own marvels and wonders, only to inch away into dust before we even opened our eyes. Tonight’s prompt for the Poetics Evening over at dVerse is ‘The End’. It’s funny, I was pondering this idea the other day and started wondering if we could be the last speck of light in a dying universe. It’s a somewhat depressing thought but as someone who spends their time buried in history it was interesting to think that the whole greater beyond could be just that, history already. *The title is taken from Dylan Thomas’ poem.*
My chest has drawstrings. Some days they pull so tight my lungs cram up into my throat. They stop words from forming, keep me from telling you why I can’t keep my hands still or quite catch my breath. They keep me trapped, alone. Quadrilles are perhaps my favourite form of poetry at the moment. They’re short, sharp, and oh so punchy. Tonight’s prompt from the dVerse Poets Pub is to write a quadrille using the word ‘fear’ as your inspiration. Unfortunately this is a word I have a fair amount of experience with, I’ve let anxiety box me into corners more often than I like to admit. If you want to join in then click the badge above and check out the pub and all its patrons. I’ve no doubt they’ll be overjoyed to meet you.
Today I had the absolute joy of getting to join in with Jeff Martin’s Poetry Anthology alongside some fantastic poets. The new weekly feature incorporates a number of poets all writing poetry for the same prompt. Make sure to check out his blog and the work of these wonderful writers. Thank you Jeff. I’m looking forward to next week already.
Written by Carol J Forrester Here, the city tinges the evening and pumps the colours brighter, like carbon monoxide fruit, laid out in brand new kitchens on the pages of a magazine, well thumbed in… Source: Sunsets
I am not a wanderer. These feet find too much home in sandstone slopes and moss edged red bricks tucked up in dandelion lawns and weather worn fence posts. These souls loose their itch too close to the boundary mark. Shutter up too soon after leaving. Always find a way of looking back and remembering everything I want. I have. I just have to turn around. My first poem since January. The prompt was to write a poem about the adventure of travel but I’m not ashamed to say that I’m an utter home bird. I do like visiting new places but I hate being away from home for long. I’m one of those people who’s attachment to their own bed beats almost every other attachment I have. I like knowing that I’m at home.
I was resilient you said. No matter the ice, no matter it’s sharpness, my flesh stayed whole and I withstood the chill of always having wet feet. You claimed to see a beauty in it. Some sort of artwork in me soaked to the bone, ribs like claws pressing out at you, wanting to gouge a layer from that smile. Your perfect flower, your perfect, untouched bloom. I would have ripped the petals from my lips if I thought it meant I might find some way of spitting broken words like rusty knives into you. There was no measure, no way for me to slide down this scale of frozen charms into something more real. My diamond prison limb on limb folded about until the joints crack.