NaPoWriMo 09 – day 24

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Urbania

Walking through the city, I heard
a rooster, crowing from the gatepost
of a house hidden from the road;
waves slipping down from dark rocks;
the crunch of gravel
under booted feet behind me,
even though I was alone, and unshod;
an auctioneer’s patter from a magpie;
a mother calling to a lost pet,
here kitty kitty kitty-cat,
silly kitty, home kitty,
kitty kitty kitty-cat;

a shout of surprise, choked off, and lost
in a rumble of thunder, rolling
across the empty sky. Then no birdsong.
No traffic noise. The silence left
after an echo, after I’m sorry. After goodbye.

 

 
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This was based on the ReadWritePoem prompt for day 24, with an added dash of List Poem, using Robin Robertson’s “At Dusk” (from A Painted Field) and “At Dawn” (from Swithering) as models, and the album Tales of Mystery and Imagination by The Alan Parsons Project as mood-mother.

I know it’s no more than a five-finger exercise, but that’s one of the inescapable attributes of NaPoWriMo. And it felt like it might be wanting to go somewhere interesting. And yes, I also know that the title sucks. But it’ll help me remember which NaPoWriMo poem I’m referring to in the future.

I wanted to make a genuine attempt to not become narrative. (Ok, the ending is a bit of a cop-out in that case.) The two Robertson poems definitely have a feel of some sort of narrative behind them, but they stay firmly glued to very straight reportage. So not a bad exercise for me to try – an opportunity to think and write a little differently. And although I may well come back to this to turn it into a Joanna poem, I’ll also try it again some day just as an exercise in phrasing.

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