Heart and Other Beats

With the sarcastic
of fingers on
the table top,
my heart used to skip
a beat. I longed
for the comforting
generosity of chimes
in a summer garden
instead of the irascible
crash of cymbals,
a teenage girl
flouncing out the door;
I don’t hear that any more.

Kim M. Russell, 26th January 2019

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My poem for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Weekend Mini Challenge: Sarcastic Percussion, also linked to Poets United Poetry Pantry

This weekend I’m hosting the Mini Challenge with a prompt based on a phrase taken from the book How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran:  ‘sarcastic percussion’. I wondered what sarcastic percussion might sound like and pondered all of its interpretations, and my mind threw up a couple of other similar phrases, such as ‘vitriolic violins’ and ‘optimistic flutes’. The prompt is to choose an instrument, give it a characteristic adjective or a personality, and write a poem about it. I stuck with the original phrase.

29 thoughts on “Heart and Other Beats

  1. This is absolutely gorgeous, Kim! ❤️ I can feel the longing, the desire for something more and the feelings that follow. There is a certain comfort to chimes isn’t there? And that too in a Summer garden! Sigh.. love this! ❤️ Thank you for hosting and for the amazing prompt 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Sanaa! I miss those teenage trounces. Ellen’s all grown up and a mum herself. I don’t know if boys trounce but Lucas won’t be a teenager for a long time yet!


  2. Sometimes while raising my teenage girl, I remember the clanging of my own cymbals, and how they match up with the rhythm of hers. The funniest is when we talk and she recognizes that the things I am trying to express come from the recognition of that beat.

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  3. I’ve only read one post and I’m already in love with your poetic soul and your stream of consciousness writing. So beautiful. Thank you for putting your authentic self out there for us to celebrate. If you get a chance I would love it if you checked my blog out, I feel that it would resonate with you! Looking forward to reading more!


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