Everything is packed up ready to leave
for the last time on a dark and dismal
February day as the spring tide roars
on the other side of the dunes waiting
to devour the coast the fields the villages
drown the towns and rampage in the cities
and you say “Let’s go to the pub it’s empty
we can grab a few beers for the journey”
sticking your hands in your deep jacket pockets
and we just walk out of the cottage door
with tears in our eyes not knowing where
the wind might take us – as if we cared
now the world is coming to a watery end
and there’s no future around the river bend.
Kim M. Russell, 13th February 2020
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar: The Death Sentence, also linked to Poets and Storytellers United Writers’ Pantry
Amaya is keeping the bar this week and she tells us that, having read Michael Simms’ blog Vox Populi – A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature for four years now, she was recently intrigued by a poetry challenge the poet/curator gave himself. Amaya says that this poetry challenge is brilliant for penetrating the psyche of the post-modern ‘people’s voice’ – it’s tricky but exciting!
Rule 1: the poem must tell a story in one sentence.
Rule 2: the poem must explore the theme of ‘the end of civilization as we know it.’
Rule 3: the story must tell of an odd or embarrassing incident, either heard about, witnessed, or autobiographical.
Rule 4: it must be improvised.
We may write up to three story-sentence-poems that answer the prompt.