Written for: dVerse Poets Pub - MTB: some shadowy lines
(posted by Laura Bloomsbury)
"Shadows are as much part of our physical landscapes as our metaphysical world and so it is no surprise that the penumbral is a recurring theme for poets and writers."
"Your challenge is simply(!):
. write a sonnet poem of 14 lines and 10 syllables (iambic pentameter is
. choose the Italian, English or French rhyme form *
. start and end each line with the same word (including derivatives and
. put ‘shadow’ or its derivative in your title
. use the notion of shadow as metaphor or reality somewhere in your poem
(Did my own thing with this one.)
When a street lamp casts a shadow on the ground,
an amber light like a painting of Van Gogh’s,
I imagine a film noir scene, heightened sound,
A man in silhouette striking match; it glows.
Is he wary of date with dangerous dame?
Mysterious woman, long wavy red hair
with sensuous mouth who might lead him astray.
He thinks of her hourglass curves everywhere.
Remembers seeing her with some shady men.
He tips the brim of his hat down low, smoking.
As he nears the front of the club, he tenses.
A redhead steps out of the shadows in cloak.
Enough light to see silver of her gun
He fires first, she falls, this movie is done.
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