what will the waves do with their fury?

NaPoWriMo 2022 – April 21

This prompt asks you to write a poem in which you first recall someone you used to know closely but are no longer in touch with, then a job you used to have but no longer do, and then a piece of art that you saw once and that has stuck with you over time. Finally, close the poem with an unanswerable question.


We were both on the boat
The boat was at sea
I thought I saw him
I thought he saw me
Years passed – brother tight
Stood up – exchanged vows
With others back then – was all we knew how.
Now – he’s gone – don’t know why
Though, I think that I do…
But time has gone by
Let sleeping dogs lie.

Let sleeping dogs lie
Advice I’d ignore at a past place of work
Time to shine someplace else
And get out of the murk
Great job – few complaints
Rose through the ranks
Put some money in banks
But no longer fulfilled…
Though I’m comfy and warm
I’ll head out to the storm

I’ll head out to the storm
Which at first is not fierce
Just some oil on a canvas
Yet my heart it will pierce
static gray becomes mighty and murderous swirls
Waves awhirl with great peril
No longer so sterile
Dried paint with such life…
Dangerous life – we may will not survive
Must paint the scene now, before ship takes a dive.

Away from their sides
All under the tides.

Once we’re all gone,
What will the waves do with their fury?


Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth exhibited 1842 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N00530

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