Way back in April, it was my turn to post the May challenge for the Swaggers. I had recently run across Cheryl Dumesnil’s poem, “Today’s Sermon” and thought it would be a great inspiration.
is slop buckets knocking
against each other
and a towel cart
squeaking down the hall
and grease stains
worked into cracked palms.
(click on the above link to read the rest)
I suggested using her poem as a prompt in any way we liked–as a mentor, by lifting a line, using the title, creating a found poem from it or whatever.
Way back then, in April, I had a plan– a rough draft about great blue herons. But life has a way of revising plans and I got a bit thrown off course. When I let the others know I wasn’t going to be able to post on the first Friday in May, they graciously suggested that we all wait to post until June.
So, now it’s June, and time to post. This poem is very different from my initial draft, because, well, you know, …life.
Today’s sermon was derailed
by the run-away train
racketing down the track
headed toward the gap.
Today’s sermon attempted to bridge
that maw between before and after
but was stung by a blitzkrieg
of ricocheting gravel.
Today’s sermon was drowned out by
the long, low howl of the train’s horn
keening through an alien landscape
thin and penetrating and
the tick tick tick of the tracks
constricting in the ceaseless heat.
Today’s sermon, taut and tilted to one side,
braced for the approaching curve and
the inevitable crash.
©Molly Hogan, draft
If you’d like to see what the other Swaggers are doing with this challenge, click on the links to visit their sites:
This week’s Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Margaret Simon at her blog, Reflections on the Teche. Make sure to stop by and see what she did with this challenge and what else she’s been up to. You’re sure to get inspired!
I am heading out of town to celebrate my son’s wedding (yay!) and will probably not get around to reading and commenting much, if at all, this weekend. Hopefully, I can dive in next week as we finish up our last full week of school.