Sunday, September 20, 2020

a poem from 3 book titles

Asteroid 2020 LD, with an estimated diameter of 120 metres, passed within the moon's distance on June 5 but was not actually discovered until Jun 7 because the sun's glare masked its approach.

photo by KELLEPICS from pixabay

a poem from 3 book titles

      one last good kiss
     these final minutes
     on this river of stones,
  of dancing waters, of golden
    light through the tall trees,
   this last planet we will meet,
amongst the willows, the songs
of birds, the wing beats of dragonflies,
   and the silence of regrets
burning in water drowning in flames
as the asteroid breaches the stratosphere.

written : 05/04/2011
revised : 13/07/2020

This was a prompt from the 2011 edition of NaPoWriMo. The first prompt, in fact. It wanted us to "write a poem that incorporates the titles of three books you have in your house."

Going through the shelves, I randomly took out 3 books :
1. The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
2. Burning In Water Drowing In Flames by Charles Bukowski
3. pay attention: a river of stones edited by Fiona Robyn and Kaspalita

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2020

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Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Good job, i am unfamiliar with all three books so i'm glad you noted them.
Enjoyed your poem
Thanks for dropping by my sumie Sunday today, Cheong Lee san


20 September, 2020 23:31  
Blogger Magical Mystical Teacher said...

A kiss is the best way to go!

20 September, 2020 23:37  
Anonymous Colleen Looseleaf said...

I feel that doomed destiny. Crash. Love the tree.

20 September, 2020 23:41  
Blogger scotthastiepoet said...

Effervescent write and great flight of fancy that takes us where we need to be - at the point of origin!

20 September, 2020 23:44  
Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

"the silence of regrets

Oh, dear Lee San, those lines stick. They have the feel of a haiku, too.

21 September, 2020 00:57  
Blogger Rommy said...

The shaping of this is quite clever! And it still reads so smoothly, like that last kiss, that last look in a lover's eyes, before oblivion... really nicely done.

21 September, 2020 02:06  
Blogger C. Sandlin said...

That is stunning. The images (trees, sunlight, stones) bring the globe within the compass of imagination before the shock of the last lines.

21 September, 2020 03:11  
Blogger indybev said...

An interesting challenge of using book titles, accomplished seamlessly! Congratulations, as well, for mastering the new Blogger (or Wordpress) and creating the shape of your poem!

21 September, 2020 07:00  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

What a wonderful poem you made from all this! I love it much, for its language and images, even while appreciating the end-of-the-world implications.

21 September, 2020 14:41  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you! :)


i think so too. :)


glad you liked the 'tree'. :)

21 September, 2020 15:10  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you! :)


haha! the feel of a haiku.
Thank you! :)


i like to do shape poetry once a while. In fact, the revision is to rearrange the lines into the shape of a tree (or the cloud of a blast).

21 September, 2020 15:17  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you! :)


the 'new' Blogger is a pain. don't know why they go and fix something that is not broken. the shape, i have to go in and write some HTML. :(


Thank you!
keeping in line with the 'Ominous Times' theme? though this was written some time ago. :)

21 September, 2020 16:03  
Blogger rallentanda said...

Clever use of the book titles.I think we will be long gone before the asteroid hits.

22 September, 2020 22:37  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thanks, Rallentanda.
yes, the chances of a large object collision is very unlikely. :)

22 September, 2020 23:50  
Blogger Joel (@Stranded Tree) said...

You've described a place that I want to escape to, filled with bird songs and trees to rest under.

23 September, 2020 12:29  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

I did?
Thank you for the visit. :)

23 September, 2020 21:19  
Blogger ashok said...

Nice poem

24 September, 2020 00:19  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Ashok, thank you! :)

25 September, 2020 18:45  

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