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Tomasque

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Re: Poetry Prompts
« Reply #210 on: October 03, 2017, 12:24:13 am »

Here's the "underwater" poem. To put it in context: There's a story called "The Distance of the Moon" by Italo Calvino, and I really like it. In that story, there is a song that the characters sing, but only one stanza of it is written out. I took it upon myself as a challenge to write a poem that included that stanza, and that contained themes of the story. Well, I succeeded, though I owe the success of getting the themes down to the fact that they're already woven into the stanza, so it would have been pretty hard to write a poem around it and avoid the themes. Anyway, enough talking, here's the poem, in all its trochaic glory:

Here, the fisherman - with patience - baiting
fish below the ice of cold December,
shivers softly in the snow,

but his thoughts are elsewhere as he's waiting
- in the cold, the warmth of love remembered -
while the fish swim down below,

and he - as on loves afar he's doting
pitying the lonely one who's sought them -
sees them as they seem to be:

Every shiny fish is floating, floating;
and every dark fish is at the bottom,
at the bottom of the sea. . .

 (The last stanza is the one taken from the story, if you're wondering)
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Re: Poetry Prompts
« Reply #211 on: October 03, 2017, 10:32:44 pm »

Music

Floating sensations, vibrations on air,
God's great creation, David's own heir.

No single sound, no single breath,
Our heaven found, in earthly death.
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Re: Poetry Prompts
« Reply #212 on: October 05, 2017, 10:54:48 am »

The fiddle sings a merry tune,
To the barrel, me friends, the barrel!
Patrons crowd the pub room's floor
And wine like water flows.

When dusk is painted up above, it's
To the barrel, me friends, the barrel!
A jaunty song will heal all wrong,
And ale in tired hands.

For when from foemen you have fled
To the barrel, me friends, the barrel!
You'll find a ready friend
And beer to keep you well.

Oh, yes, it's to the pub
Where music swells and swings
Where wine and ale can never fail
And mankind can grow wings
That you and I, me friends, will go
Til all the harvest's over, boys
And we can reap what we did sow
At the barrel, me friends, the barrel!

For tomorrow: Norse mythology.
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Re: Poetry Prompts
« Reply #213 on: October 06, 2017, 01:39:43 pm »

Odin pets ravens.
How beautiful they both are.
Who is a good bird?
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Re: Poetry Prompts
« Reply #214 on: October 19, 2017, 07:36:27 pm »

Come fire and lightning 'gainst the pane,
Come weather warring weather in the sky,
Come waves of froth and bloodied seas
Come ending times, when all must die.

There is no corner now for Odin

No Shrine is kept for Thor

The Wayward God is lonely, cold
Behind some never-opened door.
His son beats iron at a forge
When once he stood on heaven's floor.

There is no corner now for Freyja

No Shrine is kept for Freyr

The beauty goddess put down roots
And married to an oak -
Her brother, strong and virile Freyr
Is now unknown to common folk.

There is no corner now for Wonder

No Shrine is kept for Joy

The gods are gone from mind and heart
And search, search, search out signs
Come lightning, weather, waves
For new-come ending times.

For tomorrow: Slaves
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