I've been (am still?) under the weather. Since later last Tuesday, I've been alternating between hot, headachey and clammy or shivery and exhausted. Having had quite a few commitments which I genuinely wanted / needed to meet, I've tried to spend any off-duty time wrapped up warm and horizontal, woozily hydrating. What a waste of a Bank Holiday! Still, it meant I was able to get things done - including meeting some good mates for a couple of drinks in town on Friday. I hope they're all still healthy!
So I'm only getting back in action (ish) today, just in time for TFE's monday poem prompt. This week, the prompt involved listening to a piece of music and / or staring into the mirror - reacting in either case by writing something.
Here's what arrived;
in every face the aftermath of riot
a lineage in cells
the merest flicker spells an epitaph
as rhythm falters
each sunken cheek a despoilt altar
broken windows left unrepaired
no word is spoken
Sunday formed a puddle round my bed
crow dark, my throat scratched out any text
erased activity - even intent - held woods at bay
leaves fell unobserved, chill winds missed their target
while other torsos filled my space
on hills, on piers, on lawns, on streets, on Sunday.
© P Nolan Oct 2009
This prompt requested no investigation of the musical piece until after writing. I had heard it somewhere before but didn't know it was Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima by Krzysztof Penderecki.
The image above shows paper cranes made by japanese schoolchildren in memory of Sadako Sasaki whose tragic story, while horribly sad is also searingly beautiful. She died on October 25, 1955.
This poem is dedicated to her memory.
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