Words for Wednesday

North Wind Eric Gill (1929) – Tate Britain

Opus 1

Wind strums the sinews
plucking nerves – discordant chords

Stretching skin taught
beating – staccato rhythm

Striking the ribs
expelling air – bass sibilance

Resonating vibrating
pulsing – elemental beat

Man and wind contrapuntal soloists
before the storm’s crescendo

5 thoughts on “Words for Wednesday”

  1. Your vast knowledge extends to music too, clearly – I had to check what contrapuntal meant, but I particularly liked that last ‘verse’ after the build up of different sounds and method of making them. You have hatched a rare breed, I think. Storms are so graphic and therefore ideal for poetry, aren’t they – is Opus 2 simmering away on the back burner? I like the Eric Gill carving too.

  2. As ever you are generous in your praise – I’m just an intellectual butterfly fluttering from one subject to another. As for another – be careful for what you wish for – I’ll have to wait for the muse to be inspired, but the weather always fascinates me.

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