None, a declaration (April 7, 2013)

April 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

bright-sunI challenge you to write a poem in which each line except the last takes the form of a single, declarative sentence. Then, the final line should take the form of a question. With any luck, this will result in poems that have a sort of driving, reportorial tone, but with a powerful rhetorical finish.”

As for the any luck, it was not with me. But I did manage to add some nature imagery to drive my (desired) monthly theme.


None, a declaration.

No curve ball high to paint the sky.
No random clouds to shield the sun.
No crows to fly or hawks to hunt.
No rain to dapple meadows green.

No roof to drain the rain away.
No shades to draw the eye outside.
No porch to tilt the faded swing.
No beds to rest the flowers’ heads.

No pan to poach the hen’s fresh egg.
No sink to capture water fresh.
No chair to hold his slender frame.
No box to hide the keys and coin.

No hand to stroke the restless dog.
No words to make the tumult pass.
No prayers to balm the rift within.
Where has he gone?


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