You beach your beauty
on the back of geo-
Spellbinding as pulsating northern lights,
you offered songs to the night
but were drawn by siren stars,
lured off course and hurled
through waves of coronal mass ejection,
fought hard to correct your navigation.
You collided with the shore
and now you lie, exposed
to the cosmos,
foamy flukes glinting in starlight,
your song echoing in the night.
Kim M. Russell, 2017
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar: Ode — Poem of Praise, also linked to earthweal open link weekend #44
Our host for this week’s Meeting the Bar is Frank Hubeny and the topic he has chosen is the ode, a poem of praise. He says that odes have been discussed in the past at dVerse but one motivation for this prompt came from reading Peter Frankis’ ode to Emily Dickinson in a recent Open Link Night.
Frank read in Lewis Turco’s The Book of Forms that one can categorize odes, for example: the Keatsian ode, the Horatian ode, the Cowleyan ode, and the Ronsardian ode. He says one could perhaps talk about a Neruda ode that is formless. Turco also categorizes odes by their contents. What underlies all of this is praise for something, someone or some event, whether real or fictional.
The challenge today is to write a poem of praise. There are no formal or content constraints.