October Mourning

Morning
Is born with a caul
Of mist on sharp, clear light,
Ripped by the raucous call
Of leftover scraps of night:
Coal-dusted ravens and crows
Hunched in ragged rows,
Their sharp eyes like sloes
Clustering in the blackthorn.
In moisture-laden air, time slows
In anticipation of dazzling hues:
Ochre, rust and foggy blues
To brighten up a stark, dark October
Mourning.

© Kim M. Russell, 2016

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My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics – Homophone Me!

Today’s Poetics is hosted by Lillian, who has been thinking about how reading and writing have changed over the years: from cursive writing lessons about the beauty of curves to understanding abbreviations like Ibid and et al to tweets with LOL, OMG, and WTF. She reminds us about grammar lessons: learning about synonyms, antonyms and diagramming sentences which, in essence, was deconstructing form. As a linguist and retired English teacher, this is right/write/wright/rite up my street!

For today’s prompt, Lillian would like us to write/wright/rite/right one poem that contains at least two homophones, for example, air and heir; bow and bough; allowed and aloud; sole and soul. Homophones are two words that sound the same but have a different meaning. They can, in essence, be a perfect rhyme. The challenge is to let the sense of the poem flow naturally, even as it includes homophones. We can even add more than two!

37 thoughts on “October Mourning

  1. Oh those Ravens and crows hunched in ragged rows — a dreary October mourning they make! Did not remember you are a retired English teacher…me too although very early on in my career path. You’ve gone for it here — especially like the call one!

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  2. Thus the explication for sloe-gin, which I always thought was thick & poured slowly. I love this piece, Kim–
    perhaps my favorite so far out on the trail; for prompt or no prompt, you never forget that you are a poet. I confess that I got a bit giddy, & fell into a limerick mood. Your poetics cheers & sobers me up.

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  3. Oh such gorgeous imagery here Kim 😀 especially love “In anticipation of dazzling hues: Ochre, rust and foggy blues To brighten up a stark, dark October. Mourning.” Beautifully rendered.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  4. great work….

    In moisture-laden air, time slows
    In anticipation of dazzling hues:
    Ochre, rust and foggy blues
    To brighten up a stark, dark October
    Mourning.——————-loved these lines so much…

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