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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Sou'wester

Back in April, I participated in the Poem-A-Day Challenge with Writer’s Digest’s Robert Brewer, editor of Writer’s Market. It was a great challenge for me, and I am actually very happy with the results. Robert decided, after the PAD challenge was complete, to continue issuing prompts weekly, and for the past five weeks has posted them on his blog, Poetic Asides.
It took me five weeks to decide that I want to keep accepting these challenges, so I’ve got some catching up to do. I’ll start with the prompt Robert posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 001
(Prompt from 5/7/08)

“[T]oday's prompt is to write a poem that is either about the weather or incorporates the weather into the poem. Whether you make it about a crazy storm or a cloudless summer day, you gotta give the weather report.]

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Sou’wester

it’s a blustery
kind of morning
and the wind
is talking to me
saying it’s time
to move

he shouts
with a furnace
in his lungs
and the heat
braces and startles
unrelenting attack

I stand on the porch
watch the parade
as wind-chimes
and trash barrels
lawn chairs
and bits of leaf
trash and twig

are all pushed,
and lifted
and carried
he means business
move---or
I’ll move you
and I believe him

TLS, 6/08

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