AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Friday, June 11, 2010

Pantoum for An Anger Persona

Collage by Gemma Wiseman ~ My winter fire + footprints on Dromana beach sands, Mornington Peninsula
Big Tent Poetry prompt ~ An experiment in anger management

Wicked, wily, fickle winds
No respect for sensitive cultures
Bruising our precious, natural skins
Devouring our minds like shameless vultures

No respect for sensitive cultures
Sour jets of bitter rain
Devouring our souls like shameless vultures
Mocking our wrenching, wretched inner pain

Sour jets of bitter rain
Vile vortex of shameless indifference
Mocking our hapless, wretched inner pain
Cursing our blot, our insignificance

Vile vortex of shameless indifference
Natural power always wins
Cursing their blot, their insignificance
Their wicked, wily, fickle winds


Anonymous said...

Interesting poem - it's a villanelle isn't it?

Stan Ski said...

You,ve got it simmering nicely here, don't spoil things by letting it explode.
Great post!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Stan...brewing and brimming, but not screaming at us. Like your use of the form to speak your mind.

- Dina

Mary said...

I can feel that anger bubbling. May it always be productive. Nice pantoum.

Cynthia Short said...

And you even RHYMED this! Very lovely...

Unknown said...

"Vile vortex of shameless indifference" -- I'd like to use that for a tag line for a product that people could purchase if they want to feel abused. Great line! You've wrapped a great pantoum around that anger, very subtle and elegant (I think anger can be quite elegant, if expressed as in your example).

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Gemma -- that's very beautiful. I feel too untalented to even comment intelligently. But what a beautiful way to find release and thank you for sharing.

Tumblewords: said...

wicked, wily, fickle winds - strong and beautiful. Wretched indifference. Provocative read.

Diane T said...

A strong poem with strong images. I like "vile vortex of shameless indifference." You have a beautiful blog.

Naquillity said...

i'm lovin' these collages you're making from your fire photo and other photographs. can't wait until my photoshop class so i can join in on the fun. hope all is well. have a great weekend.

Deb said...

Incredible imagery, powerful. And beautiful.

Julie Jordan Scott said...

Oh, my. That last stanza felt like it chewed a hole in my feet!


Read my Anger Pantoum here.

Anonymous said...

vile vortex indeed!



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