Lingering day…

is painted in pointillist shadows,
light fades with the last echoes
of birdsong and clings to moon
and stars. Lingering day, when owls
skim, swoop, dodge in and out
of branches not yet embellished
with blossom or leaves
but pregnant with promise.

Kim M. Russell, 29th April 2018

Image result for pointillist paintings and illustrations of spring twilight
Near Colliure in Twilight Henri Martin  – image found on Pinterest


My response to The Poetry School NaPoWriMo prompt for Day 29: Amnesty Day, also linked to Poets United Poetry Pantry

Ali says that today, the penultimate day of NaPoWriMo, is amnesty day. It’s a day to do any or all of the following things:

  1. Go back and try some prompts we missed or want another go at. We should post a reminder of the prompts with our poems.
  2. Repost any poems we feel didn’t get enough – or indeed any – feedback.
  3. Post poems we’ve written this month that didn’t come from a prompt, but we’d still like feedback on.
  4. Edit or redraft poems from previous prompts and post the new, improved versions for feedback.

I’m short of time so I reworked a haibun I wrote during NaPoWriMo. I decided to forget the haiku and turned the whole thing into an octet.

36 thoughts on “Lingering day…

  1. Love the progression, Kim. How your poem starts us at the end, tells about us what created the whole, and then shows us what looks like… and what it can/will become. I can see the blooms bursting out of that promise. It’s a yummy sight.

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  2. kaykuala

    but pregnant with promise.

    A lingering day can end up with a lot of unexpected happenings. Very true Kim as time is at its disposal!


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