let’s get away…

to an archipelago
that dips low and green
in the silken blue of the sea

let’s wander along cliffs
that fall sheer and grey
down into a bay

where granite sand
glints between stones
seashells and bleached fish bones

let’s build a castle
on a deserted beach
with a moat that only waves can breach

Kim M. Russell, 30th August 2018

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My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Midweek Prompt: Going Going Gone! 

Karin tells us that she’s been trying to remember poems that she once memorized and was struck by how often they began with a ‘going’.  She gives as examples: ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ by W.B. Yeats, ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ by T.S. Eliot, As I Walked Out One Evening by W.H. Auden, Yeats’ ‘The Wandering Aengus’ and John Donne’s song ‘Go and Catch a Falling Star’. It was a pleasure to dip into extracts of poems I haven’t read for a while.

Karin realized that ‘going’ is a very common jumping-off point for a poem and asks us to use this trope in our own poems.  For extra points, she suggests that we think of writing a poem that someone might memorize and that won’t immediately ‘go’ out of their consciousness–i.e. consider incorporating rhyme, meter; and keeping it relatively short.

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30 thoughts on “let’s get away…

    1. We have a trip to Oxford planned for later in September. I’ve been to several times Cambridge before but this will be a first. No seaside but lots of history and an amazing library!

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  1. Beaches are great for the young who have youngersters. I remember helping to make those castles and hoping the tide would come in before we left. And also leaving as much sand at the beach as we possibly could she’d.
    So much fun and good memories. Thank you.
    ..

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  2. I love the strength of your verses. I see silken was a word we had in common – it does have a beautiful sensuality to it and fits so well in your description. I love the added lilt of the rhymes.

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