London Lanturne, by Britta Benson

Picture credit: Britta Benson. London, from a different point of view.

Here’s my response to my own prompt guidelines for the W3 Poetry Challenge (https://skepticskaddish.com/2022/08/10/w3-prompt-15-weave-written-weekly/).

I’m in London just now and this is my attempt of describing the city in the current prolonged heat wave. I initially chose the lanturne form, simply because of the alliteration. With hindsight, though, I think it works quite well.

London Lanturne


Heat
wave. Sun
through top leaves.
Park life, playful.
Grass,

parched.
Warm breeze
between dream
and solid ground.
Breathe!

Brick,
river,
opposites
mix and mingle.
Noise.

Calm
heartbeat
in the midst
of Oxford Street.
Peace…

Not
still. Stress
fractures, stop
and go, people
move.

Back,
lying
under oaks,
others. Acorns
rest.

Bronze.
Dazed skins.
Parakeets
screech their green songs.
Hide.

Hope.
Stories
remember
downpours. August.
Sleep.

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