Cyclone Cook: Easter 2017 – NaPoWriMo 2017 – Day twelve – prompt: alliteration & assonance


Cyclone Cook: Easter 2017

The streams are surging;

flood waters furiously flowing.

The second time in a fortnight,

some fierce god shows his wrath.


The centre of the cyclone

comes ashore  hitting the sodden

low-lying districts; driving

the town’s residents further afield.

Twenty homes highlighted as no-go.

Few will return after record rainfalls.


They wait out the foul weather

in halls and homes regarded

as safe. Fraternizing with friend

in the same boat; Families fretting;

the cyclone fritters its way south.

All flights were canceled.


The swollen streams swell. What

will the future hold. They talk of

climate change and they talk of

Cyclone Cook, the high humidity;

the strangely warm weather.


It is only the beginning of winter.

The swollen streams swell.

All flights were cancelled.


Benita H. Kape © 13.4.2017 (for 12.4.17


finally, here is our daily prompt (optional, as always). Today, I’d like you to write a poem that explicitly incorporates alliteration (the use of repeated consonant sounds) and assonance (the use of repeated vowel sounds). This doesn’t mean necessarily limiting yourself to a few consonants or vowels, although it could. Even relatively restrained alliteration and assonance can help tighten a poem, with the sounds reinforcing the sense. Need some examples. Here’s Gerard Manley Hopkins showcasing alliteration and assonance on overdrive. And here is a poem with a more restrained approach from Kevin Young.