Thursday, 27 May 2021

Repeat it if it's good



Inspiration for this week came from a song by Bob Dylan called 'Shelter from the Storm' which includes a repeated line similar to the title - 'Come in she said, I'll give you shelter from the storm'. The line is repeated at the end of each verse and creates a powerful structure. Repetition can be a useful device in poetry so the task was to use a repeating line. Thanks Bob!



THIS NEEDS TO BE HELD... NOT QUICKLY SPENT


This needs to be held

Not quickly spent...

 

The warmth as I enter 

My new home

 

The shaft of sunlight

Widening

As the sun glides around

The "other building"

 

The green, tenderly painted

Cast-iron ends of my

grandmother's seat

Standing guard

Offering rest

 

My mother's

Carefully chosen birdbath

Standing to the south

Reflecting sky

And shells

thoughtfully placed

 

All this

Needs to be held...

 

not quickly

spent.


- Pauline

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