May 24 Prompt

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May 24 Prompt

Postby Rox » Sat May 24, 2008 8:09 pm

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May 24 Prompt

Postby Rox » Sat May 24, 2008 8:09 pm

If you're anywhere near California, you might have heard about the blazing wildifre in Santa Cruz county. Then, of course, there are the tornadoes hitting the country, the volcano issues in Hawaii, the recent earthquakes in Nevada and around the world, and, well, there seem to be a plethora of natural disasters happening. Which got me to thinking about a new poetry prompt.

Have you ever experienced or been affected by any sort of disaster? This could include a tornado, hurricane, earthquake, famine, flood, shipwreck, car wreck, plane crash, cave in, drought, bridge collapse, volcano eruption, fire, etc. Write a poem about it.

Here's mine.

Smoke Signals

Billowing clouds tinged ‘round
with ochre and umbre,
round-headed and rising in the sky,
harbingers of smoke and
fire and potential death we
stare and wonder before
the blazing wildfire behind us.

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Re: May 24 Prompt

Postby Jolanta » Wed May 28, 2008 4:34 pm

Here's mine. This was a car accident that I was in when I visited Paris. The driver fell asleep at the wheel and we crashed in the middle of a 6 lane highway.

Crashing Paris

Eyes wildly fly open
Slow motion
Like a nightmare
White faces
Steering uncontrollably
Pointing fearfully
I hear nothing
But the resounding
Scream of
My own voice
In my ears.

There is nothing.

We are floating,
Then my world
Is turned around.
No crash.
No crunch.
No tyres squealing.
No sickening smash.
Just the sweet
Of glass
Like wind chimes
Caught in a breeze.
I shut my eyes
And brace my body
As it is flung around
Like a ragdoll
The tinkling stops
The skidding stops
The clouds are my stones
The road like a black sky
Everything stops
And I hear my own breathing
Echoing in the
Silent car.

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Re: May 24 Prompt

Postby Skoder » Wed May 28, 2008 5:41 pm

Your lines from "I shut my eyes" on are quite emotionally effective, Jolanta.

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