The coastline has a rugged spine of cliff,
its rocky ribs rising with every breath
of wind and wave that shifts the distant skiff;
its feet stand firm and solid in the depth
of salty water tugging at its bones
to try and drag it to a salty death.
The tides have loosened roots and bits of stones
like rotten teeth; they tumble to the beach
with earth and marram, gravel, groans and moans.
At high tide, sandy walks are out of reach,
the swell has all but washed away the scree
and crashing rollers drown out any speech.
A muted pearly light over the sea
becomes a fog that creeps towards the shore
consuming shape and colour in its way.
It sips the salt-stained lighthouse like a straw,
extinguishes the luminescent warning
and, devouring the landscape with a roar,
draws curtains on the world until the morning.
Kim M. Russell, 25th October 2018
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar: Repetition
Jilly is behind the bar tonight, serving up repetition, which she reminds us is all around us; in music, advertising, our everyday conversation. We use it for emphasis, to drive home our meaning, to get the reader/listener’s attention; we use it to make our songs catchy and singable; we use repetition to make our words more memorable. Poets, like composers and lyricists, make use of repetition; we use repeated words, phrases and even repetition of complete lines.
Jilly takes us through different types of repetition and asks us to make use of it in a poem, selecting one or more of the types she has mentioned, or even trying our hands at repetitive forms like the villanelle. Jane Dougherty recently wrote a poem entitled ‘Shoot’ for the dVerse Open Link Night in a form I hadn’t heard of: the terzanelle, which has a strict rhyme scheme, repetition of sounds, and is written in iambic pentameter. I thought I might give it a go.