American flags
disintegrate silently on the moon.
Here on Earth, news
has become the tinnitus
of modern life.

Ancient Rome was saved
by a flock of honking geese.
Today’s woodpecker
is drumming hollow warnings:
is anyone listening?

Kim M. Russell, 17th April 2017


Image found on sciencealert.com

On Day 17 of The Poetry School’s NaPoWriMo prompts, we’re working with Aphorism and Fragment.

Ali Lewis says that the aphorism is a difficult form: you have to be smart, terse, self-knowing, and incredibly confident. On the other hand, how many of us have lines, half-lines and phrases we’ve always wanted to use? Well, now’s the time to dust them off, as aphorisms and fragments work best in groups. In fact, Don Paterson has a whole book of them, The Book of the Shadows.

I’m on shaky ground here. This prompt is tricky and not my usual thing. But I was determined to give it my best shot.


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