That Kingfisher on the line
He was beauty to me
Late sunshine catching his feathers.
He said something
And this was a sign language
Only you and I understood.
But then a note came, a condolence
At your passing from
The very person who spelled
The jagged knife of my own
Jealousy; your betrayal conveyed
Here in an art note regarding
A Kingfisher. I could never shoot
A kingfisher: so I shot you.
Benita H. Kape © 4.4.2018
Not sure I’ve hit the mark here but this was the exercise.
And now for our (optional) daily prompt. Our craft resource today focuses on the use of concrete nouns and specific details, using the idea of “putting a dog in it.” Today, we challenge you to write a poem that is about something abstract – perhaps an ideal like “beauty” or “justice,” but which discusses or describes that abstraction in the form of relentlessly concrete nouns. Adjectives are fine too! For example, you could have a poem about sadness that describes that emotion as “a rowboat tethered with fishing line to a willow that leans over a pond. Rainwater collects in the bottom, and mosquito eggs.” Concrete details like those can draw the reader in and let them imagine the real world where your abstract ideal or feeling happens. Happy writing!