Friday, January 9, 2015

The Friday Free For All: Finally some new writing!

No, I haven't stopped writing poetry over the past week, I'm trying to mix things up.  I don't forget, however, that this blog was originally dedicated to my creative writing, and my poetry in particular.  So this Friday I give you a brand new piece.

I don't know what it's like where you live, but us northeastern states are positively frozen right now.  Most of us only venture outside when absolutely necessary, and even then for the shortest amount of time possible.  I'd be able to get to and from the car a lot faster if there wasn't ice all over the place, but I do the "frozen ground shuffle" at a pretty nice clip, if I do say so myself.

Given these circumstances, it's unsurprising that the cold has seeped into my poetry as well as my bones.  Therefore, this week's Friday posting is my latest work exploring how to make a breath of nearly subzero sound poetic.  Let me know what you think!

"A Frigid Breath"

One sharp, shallow breath
A single sip
Of freezing air
Shocks the warm, moist airway
With immediate
Crystalline constriction
Breath halts
And only the faintest wisp
Is visible
Hanging slender
In the night air
Before dissipating
In a slight swirl of a breeze
The tongue does not escape
Metallic crystals form
As the frigid air
Sweeps down the throat

A sputtering, raspy cough
Expels the fiendish freeze

As the sanctuary of warmth is sought

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