Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NaPoWriMo Day #4

The prompt over at NaPoWriMo today went something like this:
Today I challenge you to write a poem in which you explore what you think is the cruelest month, and why. Perhaps it’s September, because kids have to go back to school. Or January, because the holidays are over and now you’re up to your neck in snow. Or maybe it’s a month most people wouldn’t think of (like April), but which you think of because of something that’s happened in your life. Happy (or, if not happy, not-too-cruel) writing!


Honestly, I think the mid-summer months are most cruel.  It's so hot and humid here in the south that one can barely breathe.  However, the rigid cold and sleet are also pretty miserable.  I chose December for this poem, I'm not sure why.  December is rather festive, and in the past couple of years it's been relatively warm.  I'm sure somewhere in years previous, I've had at least one miserable December (the flu, a break-up, seasonal depression).  If not, then here's to the magic of lying.  Ha.  I heard once before in a college writing workshop that a lot of poets flower their poetry with a little white lie or two every now and then.


Before The Snow

The evening has made of
itself a slow procession
of city-traffic, sky skipping
black crow past gray cloud
like old pond stones.
Sunday's have always
been melodramatic,
collaging the calendar
of God-smite sermon
and a fruit-bowl
full of country gravy.
It's a Southern-type delicacy,
the way floral-garbed
church-goers stand alongside
old cars like chauffeurs
headed North toward something
more than a marriage made
of stove wood and early moon.
Complete lives breaking the
threshold between morn and noon
by the split-second timing
of sky pieces, rearranging
winter colors, a menagerie
of silver-gray spinning another
boring evening into the black
abyss of December's past.

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