Spring in Speech Marks

My life has been steeped in chromaticity,
punctuated by leaves and buds, but me, 
I’m still curled up like an apostrophe
suspended between seasons.

In the green garden, pointillistic blue 
flowers bloom as a cloud of full stops, and you
surprise me like an exclamation mark, true
to your pink gregariousness,

bringing light and heat and blossom and birds,
while all I have are monochrome words.

Kim M. Russell, 26th April 2022

It’s day 26 of NaPoWriMo and the prompt is an epic one: we are writing poems that contain at least one epic simile, also known as Homeric simile, an extended simile that develops over multiple lines. They have mainly been used in epic poems, typically as decorative elements that emphasise the dramatic nature of the subject. This morning I’m keeping it short and bittersweet.

19 thoughts on “Spring in Speech Marks

  1. I read your poem at the airport yesterday but couldn’t post a comment. Yesterday the apostrophe’s image kept me company. Today, it’s the last line–“while all I have are monochrome words” that’s shining its wisdom on me. Thank you Kim.. love your poetry.

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