The morning’s dust-tongued
with short-lived frost
and seabirds moon-blown
from the coast
compete with bell-voiced wood pigeons.
These early muffle-toed strolls
are full of promise:
spring winds roar in a leaf-foamed coppice
and all the quiet moments in between,
while hare-heeled boots touch
damp earth with a kiss.
No dark-vowelled dreams
could have predicted this
lark-high fluting in the sanctuary of a tree.
Kim M. Russell, 16th April 2019
This week we have Laura as our guest host. She reminds us that International Dylan Thomas Day is next month and shares some of his words with us.
Laura also reminds us of Thomas’s literary methods, which all have to do with sounds, and which she has listed and explained for us. I have loved Dylan Thomas’s work since I was a teenager and remembered, especially, ‘A Holiday Memory’, which I gave as an example for creative writing when I was teaching. His use of compound words reminds me of Old English Kennings, which are fun to play with.
For this Tuesday’s Poetics, Laura asks us to write poems using at least four of the hyphenated compound words from the list she has provided. She also encourages us to employ as little or as much of Thomas’ other methodologies too, while loving the words!