Blessing, or: Curse

A poem in blank verse

The vociferous clamoring follows
me, as I descend into the tunnels,
fading slightly as I slosh through the wet,
gurgling flow of words. Cringing, I recall
the mob's chanting: "Charlatan! Imposter!"

Pipes clink and quiver, releasing tonal
rhythms of steam around me, drowning out
the distant blabber. Here, deep within me,
dissonance dissolves into honeyed hums;
Aurus' sonorous mumbling reaches me.

Splashing about at the rippling source is
the imp, babbling in the vibrant waters,
rainbowed by his endless, rambling verses.

"They've discovered you, Aurus! They've figured..."
Gleefully, Thesaurus cackles: "At last!"

d’Verse poetics prompt

The Poet’s Store House

At d’Verse, poets were encouraged to do one of two things:

  1. Write a SOUND POEM which includes AT LEAST ONE from EACH of the FIVE HEARING CATEGORY SELECTIONS below: (reference the hearing words you chose in your post).
    • bellow; clink; drone; jingle; quiver;
    • clamor; dissonant; rip-roaring; tempestuous; vociferous;
    • dulcet: honeyed; poetic; sonorous; tonal;
    • blabber; cackle; dribble; gurgle; seethe;
    • beseech; chant; drawl; embellish; intone
  2. Simply write about the Thesaurus – what it means to you; describe it, have fun with it. Let the synonyms flow, or antagonize with antonyms.

I did both.

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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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81 thoughts on “Blessing, or: Curse”

  1. Yeah, I can tell you had fun. I was about to say how the poem shows that book of words as both blessing and curse, then I remembered the title. This whole thing works so well and I love rainbow as a verb. That was an especially fun section.
    (I have figured out my WP issue which has prevented me from commenting here the last little while, but know that I have enjoyed your d’Verse poems)

    1. ❤ D. ❤

      I love rainbow as a verb.

      That’s my favorite part too! Thank you.

      I’m glad you resolved your WP issue – the technical side of things can be so frustrating! 🙄


  2. this was fun to read “”Splashing about at the rippling source is
    the imp” and I also liked how you picked out Aurus part – the aural hearing part of the store house which is what I look for in the great book.

    this was

  3. Of all the things I expected, the ending was the last thing on my list. I can’t believe you’ve completed both the prompts in a single blank verse poem, just by adding that twist in the end!! Just sublime ❤

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