Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wooing Weather (Poem)

Wooing Weather

Mount Sinabung erupts,
taking down a house of God

and the fields, ash-flocked,
go gray against green.

In old Porthcawl harbor,
the ocean breaks its back

on South Wales's coastline,
waves' angry brows arched

high as hills. Here at home
the polar vortex makes a pass

across plains, swoops South,
and nicks us North and East,

wind wasting the unwelcome
on Epiphany. Think Bulgarians

care? Who's first to grab that
cross in the icy lake likely won't

die of pneumonia. Twelfth's
the Night might niggle over loves

lost and found but who knows who
would ever woo in this weather.

© 2014 Maureen E. Doallas

16 comments:

Ruth said...

Clever references and plays on words in this, Maureen. I enjoy proper names in poems, and no doubt we will all be writing more weather poems before this winter is over.

Peggy Rosenthal said...

Great fun, Maureen -- as I hunker down indoors to avoid minus 3 temps outside (up here in western NY)

injaynesworld said...

I love this, Maureen. Although, out here in California in 79 degrees weather, the wooing continues. :)

Kathleen said...

Timely! And weatherly!

Brian Miller said...

well i certainly would not try to woo in the weather...frostbite for sure...and that would hurt...ha...its bitter cold here...nature does not make a dependable lover either...always surprising in her ferocity...

M. J. Joachim said...

The image of the volcano is striking in this piece. The description of how it affects everything around it, so real.

M. J. Joachim said...

The image of the volcano is striking in this piece. The description of how it affects everything around it, so real.

Björn said...

What a word of weather woos --- great one...

Jay Blue said...

beautiful imagery - from volcano to winter's deep freeze... but yes, this weather is made for wooing... Nicely done!

Jay Blue said...

Nicely done. Beautiful imagery. From volcano to deep freeze... but ahh, this is just the weather for wooing. Nice!

Jody Lee Collins said...

who would ever do ANYTHING in that weather. Heard it's supposed to 'warm up.' Hope so.We're snug here in Seattle at 46 degrees. Stay safe!

Katie said...

Very nice! Loved the imagery in this piece! I really liked the last stanza. :-)

signed...bkm said...

the world, the weather we all hold on for - may we all prevail through...great piece of reporting...bkm

billgncs said...

yes - we are all connected and influenced by the great calamities, even those so far away.

I liked the cadence and word choice.

Wolfsrosebud said...

you've taken us on a trip... in the most elegant way

Margaret said...

A beautiful education in these words - (looked up a few). "Waves angry brows " is a pure treat, and wooing does occure becuase isn't June (or July) the biggest birthing month? :)