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Brazen colors of molten lava
streak across the canvas
of a smoldering sky 
The sun still a bursting yellow-pink guava
The heat of the day a lingering memory
while dark clouds form 
Red heat lightning flashes silently
like muted fireworks 
Twilight closes in cooling the sand
as the first rumble of thunder rolls
Large raindrops dot the beach
indenting miniature craters in slow motion
before the clouds empty in buckets
and a tsunami of beachgoers scatter
The coolness of the rain
douses the fiery heat
that had drained my sweat
and given me thirst
until I became light-headed and faint
Now cleansed and refreshed
by the pleasant, dewy petrichor
of the post-rainstorm
My work is done

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Kim from Writing in North Norfolk is hosting Poetics at D'Verse and has prompted us as follows: (My choices are italicized)

Choose ONE word from the list below (I’ve given definitions in brackets):

anachronism (the placing of persons, events, objects, or customs in times to which they do not belong; a person or a thing out of place in time and especially the present time)

filipendulous (hanging precariously – usually by a single thread)

limerence (an involuntary state of intense desire)

petrichor (a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather)

pulchritudinous (beautiful)

symphonia (musical unison)

Now USE YOUR CHOSEN WORD AS THE TITLE OF A POEM, in any form of your choice, which explores that word in one (or more) of the following ways:

anthropomorphise the word (give it human qualities)
use zoomorphism (give the word animal qualities)
objectify the word (describe it as an object)
write the poem ‘through the eyes’ of the word – put yourself in its shoes
write a stream of consciousness or ‘abstract’ poem about the word
write an acrostic of the word

Perfect Storm – Haiku Sequence

Perfect Storm

Charcoal clouds
begin to form on
blue canvas of sky
Moving quickly
across the expanse
Darkness hovering
Spawning thunder claps
Booming loudly
Lightning cracks
open the sky
on cue
in perfect concert
they perform
Before bowing
in acceptance of
the rain’s applause
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Frank Tassone is hosting D'Verse Poets Pub
tonight and has prompted us with
a Haiku Sequence.
You can write your haiku using the
traditional 5-7-5 syllable count.
Alternatively, you can write haiku
that can be read aloud in a breath,
using a short-long-short format,
without a syllable count.

Image by FelixMittermeier from Pixabay 

After the Storm – Poem of the Month – July 2020

After the Storm

Geography of sands
shifted by the storm
forming a river
through the dunes
Water collected 
in a cerulean bay
of calmness after the rage
Angry winds sweeping
seaweed and driftwood ashore 
Remnants of horseshoe crabs
Laid to rest on a beachy grave
Coffee-colored sea grasses
Pliable and resilient
Standing tall, now waving gently
Resistant to the wind
The ravages
of nature’s anger
Long gone
leaving only silence

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing © 

In response to Sue Vincent’s Weekly Write/Photo

Word Prompts

Coffee - Stream of Conciousness 
River - Word of the Day
Cerulean Bay - RDP
Abolish - FOWC

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