Poetry Challenge 19

Things that go fast

Suggested by Glow:  Write about things in motion–horses, melting ice, the wind, a spring day.  Slow down your (and the reader’s) perceptions of these things by paying attention to details, using all the senses.  Dwell in the contrast between the things that go fast and the slow recollection of them in the poem.

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“No One Important” sent this:

Wind whistles down the shaft

As the arrow speeds toward its target.

The twang of the bowstring

Echoes after it

But the arrow speeds on

Leaving the sound behind

In its wake of misplaced air.

The arrow spins faster than the archer’s eye can follow

Blurring the arrowhead and the fletching.

It slices through the air

Aim pointing truly at its target,

A sudden gust of wind brushes it.

The arrow doesn’t stop until–

Thud!

Sound catches up to the arrow,

Which is planted solidly…

Outside the painted bullseye.

“Damn it! I missed AGAIN!”

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One Response to “Poetry Challenge 19”

  1. No one important Says:

    Wind whistles down the shaft
    As the arrow speeds toward its target.
    The twang of the bowstring
    Echoes after it
    But the arrow speeds on
    Leaving the sound behind
    In its wake of misplaced air.
    The arrow spins faster than the archer’s eye can follow
    Blurring the arrowhead and the fletching.
    It slices through the air
    Aim pointing truly at its target,
    A sudden gust of wind brushes it.
    The arrow doesn’t stop until–
    Thud!

    Sound catches up to the arrow,
    Which is planted solidly…
    Outside the painted bullseye.
    “Damn it! I missed AGAIN!”

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