GloPoWriMo: Day 4

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GloPoWriMo: Day 4

The Day 4 prompt was to write a poem with a secret.  The “enigma” in the title of the popular British work of classical music, Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations is widely believed to be a hidden melody that is not actually played, but which is tucked somehow into the composition through counterpoint. Taking some inspiration from Elgar the prompt was to write 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.  I could choose a word, for example, “yellow,” and make everything in the poem something yellow, but never actually allude to the colour or perhaps I could closely describe a famous physical location or person without ever mentioning what or who it actually is.  I have written a poem about one of my favourite places.  I’m not going to say where it is, but if anyone would like to guess feel free to comment!

A Group of Men

A group of men stand
Looking out to sea
At the city skyline
And the valleys

A group of men stand
On slipping grains
Covered in footprints
The sea comes closer

A group of men stand
As the tide comes in
Never moving an inch
Always watching

A group of men are barely visible
As waves crash against the sea wall
Now and again a head seems to bob in the water

A group of men seem to have drowned
The sea moves away

A group of men stand
Looking out to sea
At the city skyline
And the valleys
Never moving
Always watching
As waves crash against
A group of men
Who will stand forever

 

Copyright, D M Day, 2017

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