Sprung squalling from red gore
Starved of mother’s milk
Tilted with shadow
Clawing for life
No echoes nor music
Sliced by briars
Soft white hands
Wilderness of bees
Lulling hum – imprinted
Gaia’s minions chase
Screaming to the sea
Sightless welted lids
Laura is the host of dVerse today. Laura says:
For today’s prompt I have picked 6 lines of Neruda’s at random. The challenge is to choose ONE of them and write a poem as riposte, retort, rejoinder. Be as tangential as you wish. Perhaps you will seek an answer, or pose more imponderables, or simply pick up the thread and run with the sights and sounds into your imagination. Use the chosen text in your poem or as title, if you like. Just think of the question as a quest – fare forward voyager!
- Where can a blind man live who is pursued by bees?
- From where does the thundercloud come with its black sacks of tears?
- Do you know what the earth meditates upon in autumn?
- Who sings in the deepest water in the abandoned lagoon?
- Why did the grove undress itself only to wait for the snow?
- Where can you find a bell that will ring in your dreams?
I chose the first one to write to, with a nod to Pearl Jam’s, “Soon Forget” from Binaural and “Swallowed Whole” from Lightning Bolt.
graphic is by José Clemente Orozco from part of his Prometheus painting at Pomona College.