Throwing Poems

writing in north norfolk

Poems
are grenades:
we remove the pen,
throw them into the world,
wait for them to detonate,
ducking  critical shards,
burning with awe
at the impact
and  heat
of the words.

Kim M. Russell, 2018

My response to Poets United Midweek Motif: Weapon and linked to dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night.

For our motif today, Sumana has chosen ‘weapon’.  She says that weapons are varied; in fact, anything can be turned into a weapon if the user wills – one can find a weapon or be a weapon. She has given us some interesting examples of poems about weapons: ‘The Furious Gun’ by Thomas Wyatt; ‘Dream Deferred ‘ by Langston Hughes; and  ‘Incident’ by Countee Cullen. All we have to do is write a new poem.

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