For months frayed foliage has covered earth,
the agèd year is faded to sepia shades
and now it turns again to white and grey
with early dusk as winter draws its breath.
The frigid bite of January’s mellowed,
outdone by the aroma, as it lingers,
of yeast and flour wafting from your fingers,
familiar scent of sweat from kneading dough.
My stomach’s hollow with the taste of frost
so, rolling up the warmth of sweater sleeves,
I spread with butter soft as yellowed leaves
a fragrant slice of home-baked wholemeal toast.
Our lips taste nutty from the crumbs of bread
and, suppered well, we make our way to bed.
Kim M. Russell, 3rd January 2019
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar Poetry Forms: The Sonnet , also shared on Poets United Poetry Pantry
This year, dVerse Poets will be creating a new book, a kind of handbook of forms with examples of poetry prompted by and shared on every second Meeting the Bar. It starts this Thursday with the sonnet, hosted by Björn, who tells us that the prompt will remain open for four weeks to allow for editing and perfecting our entries.
He reminds us in a summary of the sonnet of its history, structure, meter and rhyme schemes, and says that his article on sonnets will be updated based on our input and will grow into an entry for the upcoming book.
Björn asks us to write a sonnet, link up, and use the opportunity to read through the comments we receive with a view to editing our work. He says that we are welcome to link up an old sonnet that we feel fits the prompt or we can take a favourite free verse poem and rewrite it as a sonnet; it would also be interesting to add a short note about our thoughts when writing our sonnets.
I have written quite a few sonnets and decided to try my hand at taking a free verse poem and rewriting it as a sonnet. Some of you may remember the poem ‘Bread’, which I wrote for Amaya’s prompt at the beginning of December. Here is a link to the original poem: https://writinginnorthnorfolk.com/2018/12/04/bread/