Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Poetry Thursday 67 - Dolphins

These creatures are amazing to me, my favourites for their beauty, intelligence and abilities. BUT are they really native to the planet?


Blue, crescent moons, scything their rapidly oscillating
pathway through tossing, ashen oceans.
Moon clown faces and jolly clicks belying the truly 
efficient hunter capable of taking sharks.
News of helping humans abound – they even perform 
tricks that we understand.

Clever creatures that communicate with the world in
their way.
Never known to carry out an unfair act or a dangerous one.
Ever they’re bringing joy to all who take the time to 

Are they of this insecure and inadequately
stewarded world?
Far and wide across the Earth’s oceans found in
delightful variety.
Star connate species planted on our sphere for a purpose 
yet to be discovered.
©David L Atkinson June 2013

This poem gives two examples of poetic styles that can be 'played' with depending on what you are wanting to achieve with your work. I have rhymed the first word of each line rather than the more conventional final word and I have used enjambment which is a French term for 'crossing over'. Instead of stopping at the end of a line the end comes part way through the next line. Now this is not the purest form of enjambment. Below is a better example by Keats,

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: 
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness but still will keep 
A bower quiet for us, and asleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.(ll .1-5)
The first and last lines above are end-stopped; lines 2, 3 and 4 are enjambed.

God Bless