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

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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.

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