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16 April 2017

Streetlight, Rain

(American sentences)

Streetlight, rain, a rain-blurred moon in a black sky – my Autumn neighbourhood.

After the big April floods bumpy road surfaces muddy edges.

Flood-ruined possessions line the streets, piled as high as the water was.

Climate change summer too hot too wet: garden of weeds and mosquitos.

After a few days the rain stops; after a few more the cat ventures out.

A branch from the bush with red flowers juts across the path: pruning time.

Music piercing walls and scaling fences: schoolboy neighbour's recorder.

Shrieking cockatoos fly over at twilight, urging each other home.

When shops and businesses shut for the night, it’s already sunset.

Summer over, I wear pyjamas to bed; the cat snuggles closer.














Day 16 of April Poetry Month at 'imaginary garden with real toads' is Micro Poetry ~ Streetlight Rain in which we are invited to write poem of 10 lines or less, or to try the American Sentences invented by Allen Ginsberg as a Western kind of haiku, or to focus on the theme 'Streetlight, Rain'. So I thought I'd try the lot! If my 10 separate American sentences don't exactly constitute one poem, they at least have a common subject, all being descriptive of this time of year where I live.

14 comments:

  1. After a few days the rain stops; after a few more the cat ventures out.

    I love the way the semi-colon creates the pause in this sentence. Thanks for sharing your rainy impressions of April.

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  2. These are really good, Rosemary!

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  3. I love that last sentence for its coziness and settling in

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  4. Love these, especially with that ending sentence... perfect!

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  5. That's an impressive collection of American Sentences, Rosemary - I couldn't manage ten! I especially like:

    'After the big April floods bumpy road surfaces muddy edges';
    'After a few days the rain stops; after a few more the cat ventures out';
    and.
    'Summer over, I wear pyjamas to bed; the cat snuggles closer'.

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    1. Yours, though, cohered beautifully into a whole, indivisible poem! :)

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  6. So clever to do 10 American sentences. :) I love all of these, Rosemary.

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  7. Oh gosh these are absolute perfection, Rosemary!❤️

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  8. Quite American for an Aussie :) ~

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  9. Congratulations. I believe you brilliantly and poetically met your goal. (with a message - all returns)

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  10. Love how These sentences build upon each other

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  11. Especially loved: After a few days the rain stops; after a few more the cat ventures out. Goodness, it is an entire story!

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  12. Fantastic! You took the challenge and made a story out of it.

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