Pitiless tides crash
down crumbling cliffs,
monuments of earth,
chalk and stone,
tossing grey-headed gulls
like ramshackle skiffs
amongst shattered shells
and broken bones.
Tattered terns gyre
between columns of wind,
soaked and salted
by anarchic waves,
battling the air
with drowsy wings
like ragbag, blustering

Kim M. Russell, 2017

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Today, Kerry is standing in for Grapeling and has been scratching her head for a source of words to inspire the muse in the latter half of the week. In the end, she set her sights on the work of William Butler Yeats because his poetry has given rise to several titles of novels, by famous authors.

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy takes its title from the first line of Yeats’ “Sailing to Byzantium”:

That is no country for old men. The young
In one another’s arms, birds in the trees,
—Those dying generations—at their song…

Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe’s acclaimed 1958 novel takes its title from Yeats’ poem The Second Coming:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world… 

For this challenge, Kerry has selected a few distinctive words from each poem. We must use a minimum of THREE words (or derivatives) in a new poem on a subject of our choice. Additionally, we may choose further words from these two sources.

23 thoughts on “Ramshackle

  1. by anarchic waves, battling the air
    with drowsy wings like ragbag, blustering

    It conveys very well the confusion and horrors of a broken cliff face. The pic rightly serves to support the narration. Very good write Kim!



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