Rescued from Mist and Fog

Unearthly shapes drifted like ghosts,
crawled from the sea along the coast,
crept along ditches, streams and rivers,
unravelling with damp clouds of shivers.
They entwined their foggy limbs with mine,
misting my sight and nibbling my skin,
dissolving my bones as they made a start
on feet and legs, then up to my heart.
It was already frozen, a glacial knot
of long-dead emotions that I forgot
and I dared the fog to devour the rest
of the life contained in my icy breast.
I opened my lips and breathed a curse,
willing the vapours to do their worst.
The sound that escaped was the song of a bird,
the sweetest tune that I’d ever heard
that melted the icicles in my heart:
the springtime melody of a skylark.

Kim M. Russell, 15th May 2018

Flora Borsi
Image by Flora Borsi

My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge: Flora Borsi also linked to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Tuesday Platform

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21 thoughts on “Rescued from Mist and Fog

  1. This is beautiful with a twist…from darkness to light. I followed the fog’s path right to the end. This is one of those moments I feel the power of words….the imagery you created was haunting.

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  2. What an awesome ekphrastic poem!!!

    My favourite lines
    “and I dared the fog to devour the rest
    of the life contained in my icy breast.”

    much love…

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  3. As Marian noted, this poem is ever the more powerful for the rhymes – and the darkness builds and builds on itself – so skillfully you’ve read this image – and then the unexpected burst of song and light is like a miracle – a true gift – and it’s hardly a disappointment at all. Really amazing poem Kim!

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  4. kaykuala

    that melted the icicles in my heart:
    the springtime melody of a skylark.

    Must have suffered the cold shivers for sometime. Great close Kim!

    Hank

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