Helter, or: Skelter

A ‘Coraline’ poem

'pon shores renowned for rough welter,
by unlit lighthouse whiling days,
whooping from trees along lush bay,
untroubled by glowing swelter...
'til dark morn papa brought grim news
that left him mourning all he'd lose-
no longer to helter skelter-
leave behind easy, breezy ways.

chapter two in dark, woodsy lands
brought with it astounding surprise;
despondent lad rubbed saucer eyes,
remembering beloved sands,
bedazzled by oddest of sights-
surely, the conjuring of sprites;
tears welled with joy; up flew small hands-
t'wards unknown but welcoming skies.

d’Verse prompt: The strange houses of Lee Madgwick

At d’Verse, poets were encouraged to write ekphrastic poems inspired by their choice of one of five paintings of houses by artist Lee Madgwick. Click here to see all five paintings.

Moonwashed weekly prompt


Twiglets #296


Murisopsis’ poetry scavenger hunt

This ‘coraline’ poem was written for Murisopsis’ scavenger hunt.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

40 thoughts on “Helter, or: Skelter”

  1. Oh, that was a great prompt – his paintings are so surreal with a keen eye for detail. Beautiful writing – there’s always something new to learn from your poetry!

  2. You created a masterpiece with your weaving of prompts plus, your imagery is stunning. The poetry form is interesting and you made it shine. Brilliant penning, David!

  3. I don’t know what to make of the artist’s work. I know that empty feeling that a dysfunctional lighthouse brings now just a beautiful architectural achievement and landmark brings a twist of depondency
    As in some forms of love nothing apart from one another, but put together they simply meanย “chaos.”

    Remembering the Beatles

    Look out!
    Look out!
    ‘Cause here she comes

    But of course this is not the what the sleep-eyed little boy was looking up at.

    Beautifully orchestrated prompts.

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