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


The cider press sits patiently

Awaiting fresh faced lovers

To fill the apple store


So enchanted are they

Held in each other’s eyes

They linger longer

In heavy laden orchard


Hang back amongst hedgerows

Where envious crickets chirrup

In time with beating hearts


Dreaming by the mill pond

As frogs on lily pads rest

Before plunging deep

Into algae’d depths


Amble slowly through pastures

The cattle lift their heads

To nod approval

Before returning

To their gentle graze



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