Ode to a Hug

There are times, left alone
with thoughts and memories,
when up sneaks grief,
a vulgar thief
of quietude,
squeezes salt and tears
from a freezing heart.
And there you are, warm as blood,
enveloping stony skin,
thawing emotions locked within.

Kim M. Russell, 2017

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Image of statue on King’s Cross Station found on Pinterest

On Day 7 of The Poetry School’s NaPoWriMo prompts, we were writing odes.I wrote mine on the long journey to Wales on Friday.

In modern usage, an ode is simply a poem in praise of, or dedicated to – well, anything!  For this prompt, it didn’t have to be a classical ode with strophe, antistrophe, and epode – just a verse or two singing the praises of an object, person, place, feeling or something else entirely, if possible, something unusual, or something that not everyone sees as positive. (It’s also a good form for irony and sarcasm.)

The example poem given by The Poetry School was by Sharon Olds, who has just released a whole book of odes, from which ‘Ode of Broken Loyalty’ was taken.

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