Friday, May 31, 2013

The Swallow


Sit quietly, and wait.
Watch for the movement.
Sit quietly enough
to feel the movement,
a flutter, downward,
a sensation of motion
accompanied (or not)
by a forced push,
lubricated to enhance
the possibility of success,
movement from one place
to another, what physicians
call the swallow.

Over at Tweetspeak Poetry, Seth Haines has a poetry prompt – a poem about a swallow. Or a swan, or a phoenix. Oh, wait. He meant the bird.   

Can a poem rise
from the ashes
of a misunderstood
poetry prompt?
Detective Swan
investigates, only
to determine willful
misunderstanding
and sends the perp
back to Phoenix.

This is getting worse. Never mind.


Photograph by George Hodan via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.

5 comments:

Maureen said...

Clever take, Glynn.

Doug Spurling said...

Ha, I took a swan dive right in

diana said...

Love these. So nicely done.

Brian Miller said...

ha some of the best poems can come from 'reinterpretting' a poetry prompt...smiles.

just wanted to give you a heads up...a friend of mine did a review on your book...

http://dancarman.blogspot.com/2013/05/dancing-priest.html

nance said...

a welcome post