You wait for the third hoot
of owl to flutter down
the chimney but the only sound
to gild the shadows
is the silence of moonlight, broken
only by the slap of feet
across the kitchen floor.
Through the back-door window,
the wind waltzes with the willow,
ghost steps of branches
rustle on the other side of the pane.
for those eldritch shapes again.
Pebbles scattered on the path
are made midnight by the moonlight,
and river ink composes
nightmares in the reeds,
plays havoc with the toads
and spills secrets under hump-
You step into the garden, sacrilegious
in your longing to play shadow games with witches.
Kim M. Russell, 8th November 2018
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar: Metaphors
Björn is our host this Thursday and he reminds us that one of the most important things in poetry is the use of unique metaphors. He also reminds us what a metaphor does:
- states that one thing is another thing
- equates two things not because they are the same but because there is a symbolic resemblance or comparison
and that it can be used not only in poetry but also in other texts and in day-to-day speech, which means that language is filled with metaphors that have become idioms and clichés, which means that the poet is always on a quest find unique metaphors.
Which is what Björn would like us to do: take words and things around us and try to equate them to something symbolic such as an emotion, or the description of a person. To make them unique, he wants us to fill the imagery with descriptions and, when we have a few descriptions, we should equate them to something abstract such a sense of love or another person’s rage, and then build a poem around them. He says that we can also combine our metaphors with other techniques, for example using two contradicting metaphors or a negation can make for very interesting poetry.
We can use any form (or lack of form) except forms that actually ‘prohibit’ metaphors, such as haiku.