Saturday, April 25, 2009

NaPoWriMo #26

Following on from the previous poem, I used the reference to a "rope of sand" to spark the next poem.
Strictly speaking this is not a "how to" poem, which was the prompt, but the idea to brainstorm a list of impossible things and describe how to do them reminded me of folk lore - songs like "Scarborough Fare" with its lines "tell him to plough me an acre of land/between the salt water and the sea strand" - impossible tasks.

This is just a short piece but I wanted it to have that fariy, folky sort of atmosphere. It's something that I suspect is more likely to turn up as a lyric in a folk tale than as a stand alone piece.


Take a swan to be your boat
tie it with a rope of sand
let a feather be your anchor
gather crew from all the land

weave a sail of spider silk
cast off with a mournful tune
guided by a falling star
boatman fly me to the moon


Kimberly said...

A lovely piece - kudos!

P.S. I love your poetry, so I've picked your blog as a recipient for the Kreativ Blogger award! Congrats!

Andy Sewina said...

Lovely little poem!

Linda Jacobs said...

Magical and mystical! You've got some beautiful lines in here!

And I like the line you added to the collaborative sestina! Thanks!

Erin Davis said...

It definitely has that fairy quality. Love it.

Wayne Pitchko said...

yes indeed very good

Liz at Yips and Howls said...

So whimsical - a delight to read. I especially like the image of a sail of spider silk.

January said...

A lovely, little poem indeed!