Summer Daze

Day 4 of Napowrimo was much more difficult with the following prompt, teasing me for much of the day. I’m not sure how successful it is, but a poem was asked for and a poem provided. You can be the judge, as always.

Prompt: Today I’d like you to take some inspiration from Elgar and write a poem with a secret – in other words, a poem with a word or idea or line that it isn’t expressing directly. The poem should function as a sort of riddle, but not necessarily a riddle of the “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” variety. You could choose a word, for example, “yellow,” and make everything in the poem something yellow, but never actually allude to their color.

My response:

Summer Daze

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The cider press sits patiently

Awaiting fresh faced lovers

To fill the apple store

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So enchanted are they

Held in each other’s eyes

They linger longer

In heavy laden orchard

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Hang back amongst hedgerows

Where envious crickets chirrup

In time with beating hearts

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Dreaming by the mill pond

As frogs on lily pads rest

Before plunging deep

Into algae’d depths

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Amble slowly through pastures

The cattle lift their heads

To nod approval

Before returning

To their gentle graze

 

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