While walking with my dog along the beach,
I found a seashell different from the rest,
a torrent of waves filled with Neptune’s speech.
Spellbound, I contemplated every word
enunciated on the ocean’s breath –
a poem or the cry of a seabird?
Savouring it like salt upon my tongue,
the foam like fishy kisses on my lips,
I opened my mouth and the sea howl sung.
Kim M. Russell, 17th March 2020
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: Three from The Welsh Speaking Sea
This Tuesday, Laura brings us Poetics with the late Raymond Garlick, ‘an English dyed-in-Welsh-wool poet’. I am a fan of Welsh poets but had not read Garlick in depth until now. Thank you, Laura, for reminding me of his word magic and his triplet rhyme scheme.
Laura tells us that Garlick was a synaesthete, who saw letters and words in colour, giving him ‘a multi-layered fascination with words which is evident in a poem he wrote as his young son Iestyn was coming to grips with language’. She has shared with us a poem entitled ‘Welsh-Speaking Sea’, on which she has based today’s prompt.
Our challenge is to choose at least three rhyme word sets, taken from ‘Welsh-Speaking Sea’, and write a poem, which can be three or more three-line stanzas or a composite nine-liner. Laura says that strict meter is not a requirement but for an extra challenge we can try pentameter (10 syllables to each line). We don’t have to follow the sequence of the given word sets and may reverse the order of the first and third words, but we should keep the integrity of each set.
I have chosen SPEECH/REST/BEACH, WORD/BREATH/BIRD and SUNG/LIPS/ TONGUE.