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When we write symbolically, we choose something tangible to convey a more abstract concept or a mood/emotion. Rather than just saying something outright, the poet or writer uses, for example, autumn to convey later mid-life or a spider to express fear.

I ’m looking for in this prompt: express and idea, emotion or mood symbolically without saying anything directly.

Scarlet silk
like a waterfall
flowed and flowed
’til the day
liquid turned to drought.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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12 Responses to Scarlet

  1. Nan Mykel says:

    Ouch. Sad. Great imagery.


  2. Sabio Lantz says:

    As I search google for “scarlet silk”, images shows me nothing but sexy shots, then I imagine liquid turned to drought and imagined our sensuality fading as years go by. So the mood: disillusioned. That is what I got. Just one Reader
    Liked the poem


  3. Frank Hubeny says:

    Waterfalls drying up over time, once flowing silk is now still. I liked the description.


  4. That symbol of liquid silk contains passion… too often ends in drought.

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  5. Grace says:

    That passion and energy turning to drought is a sad ending ~ This may be a muse or relationship ~


  6. I see the cycles of life, of seasons in this beautiful imagery. All we can do is accept what is beyond our control.


  7. This makes me think of loss. And not just loss, but the loss of something or someone extremely precious, so much so that the memories make the new situation even worse.


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