NaPoWriMo 2.19: Stopping Above Huddersfield on a Sunny Afternoon

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The view from Castle Hill above Huddersfield

Here’s my rubaiyat (though I think I lost the rhyme scheme in the last two stanzas – gah!), inspired by how sound carries on a bright day, above an urban setting…The title is a nod, of course, to the Robert Frost poem mentioned on the NaPoWriMo site.

Stopping Above Huddersfield on a Sunny Afternoon

From the great lawn below, sounds shine up:
each dandelion instant, each buttercup
that dots the afternoon, this warm air’s stave
with symphonic gulps from each pint’s sup.

On her cracking patio, she’s trying to save
the barbecue from doom. Despite the grave
warnings on the sausage’s pack: Defrost
five hours. She gives her guests a half-baked wave.

He’s tracing each bubble, counting hours lost
last night. How many did he accost
in the primal lights of Lloyds No 1?
Yet no new contact, just lines crossed.

On the bus, they’re avoiding each other’s eyes,
holding singles tightly. Craving KFC fries,
a giant Pepsi. Alone, with the sun.
From the driver’ seat, a blackbird harmonises.

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NaPoWriMo 15: Transaction on a Spring Day – A Pantum

The OWL (Observation Wheel Leeds) at night – which is the ‘great revolving wheel’ in the poem…

 

Today’s prompt: a Malay verse-form “of rhymed quatrains (abab), with 8-12 syllables per line. The first two lines of each quatrain aren’t meant to have a formal, logical link to the second two lines, although the two halves of each quatrain are supposed to have an imaginative or imagistic connection” (to quote the NaPoWriMo site).

I am not sure if it follows the rules fully – but I tried! Might put another one up later/tomorrow too…

AND (in the style of ANTI-BOTNET) I HAVE NOW CAUGHT-UP FROM BEING FOUR DAYS BEHIND!

 

Transaction on a Spring Day

 

I push the DVDs across the till,

Exchanging our feelings about the stories;

Above the skyline, a great revolving wheel

Magnifies the sky-screen’s bright-blue glories.