Congratulations to billgncs! He was the drawing winner this week for the “Letter to the Landscape” poetry prompt from Reason 2 Rhyme. Bill’s blog, bwthoughts, has won the Versatile Blogger Award, and his many poems and prose writing certainly reflect that.
His poem, “The River”, answered the challenge to “Write a letter to the landscape, or some place you pass by every day.”
Read it below, and visit Bill’s site for more wonderful writing!
The river runs past the boy forever
each day the same and each moment different
brown and lazy on the surface
such hidden turbulence
oh so cold if you dare the depths
A hidden place, ancient train trestle bridge
long ago replaced wrought iron trusses
snapped and submitting to the weight
plunged so many to their deaths.
Leaving coins amidst the polished stones along the shore.
Do they dance here alone at night?
always the past, without hope or future
ghostly in pale moonlight
at this lonely lonely spot
where only carp recall their names
Barefoot in the shallows tin can ready
lifting rock and scuttling backwards captured
crayfish tin prison and joyous boy
swimming backwards never looking
he just had to find your rock
fossils in the shale from forever long ago
and small bare toes mark the clay along the shore
they meander like the river up and down
forever and a day from now will they find the traces
of solitary boy with tin can treasures
A young boy would walk the mile or two into the ravine and woods behind his house and seem to be the only person in the world.
The bridge that spanned the river marked the site of the Ashtabula River Railroad Disaster of 1876.
Thanks to all the participants this week, and here’s a sneak peek at Monday’s prompt…
Choose a word or phrase you find yourself saying often (e.g. like, totally, hate, really, kind of) and write a poem using it as much as possible, turning it over and over, repositioning it, extending it, playing with its uses and the parts of speech into which it can be shaped.
The prompt page will be live on Monday, July 23, with a place to post your poem in the comment section, or link directly to your page. Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with next!
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