“The clear vowels rise like balloons” S.Plath ~ Morning Song
A favourite song floats into the mind
on a passing whimsical wind,
prompted by a blackbird’s incidental trill
or the postman’s whistle,
and I am there again,
mouth wide open, lungs bursting with the thrill,
in a crowd of hearts beating to the same rhythm
as the heroes of my younger years.
I cling to memories like helium
escaping from a bright balloon,
and all that’s left are words to songs
I no longer have the voice to sing.
Kim M. Russell, 26th January 2021
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: Beginning at the End
Laura says that, in January, she has been pondering on finales after reciting Shelley’s ‘Ozymandias’ to herself and realising she had forgotten the final lines. One poem led to another, and another, and this Tuesday’s prompt was born.
Laura tells us that there is much advice out there on how to write an ending to a poem and has given us examples. Our challenge is to choose just one of the final lines Laura has given us and write poems as continuations where the poets left off, with special thought to our own final lines. She asks us not to use the lines as titles or within our writing but either cite the reference at the end or place the quote as Epigraph to the start of our poems.