In the silver silence of morning’s first rays,
she is woken from the vastness of the double bed
by a bee munching her way
out of a nest
secreted in an air vent.
After a long winter spent
in a cocoon,
waiting for warmer weather
to eat herself free
from nesting cavities
plugged with grains of soil and nectar
to help them stick together,
she rests a while on the sill,
a glowing red flame,
and then flies,
out of the open window
Kim M. Russell, 2017
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My poem for dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: Poems that could save your life and linked to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Tuesday Platform
Today I am hosting Tuesday Poetics. It is based on an anthology that sits on my bookshelf, entitled 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life: An Anthology of Emotional First Aid. It’s a great little book that has been very useful on a number of occasions when I’ve been looking for the right words.
The foreword on the inside cover will give you a good idea of what’s in it:
‘Prozac has side effects, drink gives you hangovers, therapy’s too expensive; for a quick and effective relief for all your emotional ailments try a poem – for however bad it is some poet will have been there too.
This is the first poetry anthology designed for the self-help generation. Look up your problem in the emotional index, which has entries ranging from ‘Bad Hair Day’ to ‘Is This Relationship Going Anywhere?’, ‘First Wrinkle’ to ‘Bereavement, ‘Career Crisis’ to ‘Redundancy’ and a whole section of ‘Instant Moral Fibre’. The prescribed poems include classics by Emily Dickinson and Lord Byron and previously unpublished works by contemporary poets like Wendy Cope. The book has a cure or at least a consolation for every modern misery, and no side effects.’
In the prompt I have shared two of my favourite poems from the anthology and challenged poets to write a poem to save someone’s life on one of a selection of themes, mostly taken from the book. For my poem I have chosen the theme ‘successfully single’.