Shelia Moore is tempting us with a prompt today at the pub, where we are required to write Onomatopoeia poetry. For the full explanation, swing by dVersePoets, but to keep it simple…we’re focusing on sound. Think the “POWS” of the comic books or the “Quacks” of ducks. She has provided great examples to tease your muse, and we’d love to see you pop over and play poetry with us.
The knock was rapid, persistent
Like the machine gun fire
That would echo through the house
While grandpa lost himself to memories
Of glories never to be known again.
Thump, thump, thump
Dad, thundering down the stairs
The sound of his heavy footstep
All that was needed for proper identification
Mom never stomped like that.
Then I remembered…Mom was gone
3am again, again the desperate
Just months ago hadn’t I already lived this
I waited for the voices
Not knowing why they would be calling here
At this hour
Grandpa would be fast asleep
Dad was obviously home
The silence that followed
Was not heavy enough to hide the scent
Wafting up the stairwell
Thump (pause) Thump (pause) Thump (pause)
I would know the sound of the basement door anywhere
I never knew Dad to run like that…
Top of the stairs now
Loose floor board
That had prevented so many
Late night escapes
And caused so many arguments
I knew why Dad would never fix it
No matter how Mom had nagged.
My eyes stared out into the darkness
Watching a strange shadow dance
at the meager stream of light
the hall lamp allowed to stream
through the small wedge of my nearly closed door.
it begin to open.
Special Note for Twitter Addicts: This years Shorty Award nominations got underway January 3rd. What a birthday surprise from Roger Baut (@ChasingTao)when he nominated me in the author category. Even bigger surprise? Right now I’m sitting at #10 on the nomination list. Not that I have any delusions about winning, but I’m having a blast playing the game! (Look out JK Rowling!) and any votes would be appreciated! (wink, wink, nudge, nudge!) Thanks so very much Roger! (who is kicking butt in the photography category..VOTE @ChasingTao! And all you dVersePoets will be pleased to hear your pub is sitting at Position 5 in the art category! I don’t know about the world…but I’ve got a feeling we can work together to at least take over the twitterverse with Poetry!