I have been inspired lately to learn more about poetry. I have learnt about ‘Haiku’ poetry and I may even share my attempts at that style at some later date. Usually though, I just write as inspired, I don’t know the rules at all but I like conveying thoughts in some sort of lyrical picture.
Anyway, I have a blogging friend called Lorrie from ‘Grow Up Deep’ and she is a very gifted writer/poet. Lorrie recently took up a challenge and wrote one of the most amazing poems I have read in a long time. Her poem is called ‘Unsweet’. Simply magnificent!
So I thought I would take up the challenge too, and this is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it…
Blood on the White Cliffs
The moonlight dashes
across the cliffs of Dover
A swallow falls from grace
it lays itself down
and flutters then gasps
it will bleed
Then life no more
[Dover, moonlight, swallow, bleed — from the Kate Bush song ‘The Night of the Swallow’]
I have actually been to the White Cliffs of Dover, and the history of that place goes back 2000 years. In fact I was born not far from this area. My Grandmother and Grandfather who have now passed away, remembers seeing the dogfights in the air as they lived a matter of kilometres from the Channel. They watched as the enemy planes flew overhead and bombed London in what was called ‘The Battle of Britain’.
The house I was born in, literally, was within walking distance to this coastline that witnessed all the horrors of war. This coastline is the gateway to England and has a very long rich history.
Hopefully there will be more poetry to come. Would you like that?