Trivialities, really, or: Futile rage

Poetry Partners #170

‘Snow’, a poem by Kiri Salazar of ‘TheDustSeason’

Snow, as heavy as death,
How you break the frail back.
Shoveling is a gladiator sport, and
Winter is the lion which slays you.

Roar the oncoming horde of flakes.
Sodden mittens clench the staff,
A blade against an unrelenting foe.
Blisters in anticipation.

Hurl the churlish weapon in futile rage.
A pain given is a pain received,
For every shovelful is death to someone.
And snowmen weep when the sun comes out.

Latticed crystals mock in six-sided glee
Covering once more the open ground.
Laying the monstrous earth to sleep.
Writing epitaphs in mounds of white.

A blank verse poem by ben Alexander of โ€˜The Skepticโ€™s Kaddishโ€™

Our neighbors' driveway; unbelievable
that I still recall... Well, might it suffice
to mention their car garage, which did not
face forward, but, rather, opened toward
our home from the side? One likely doesn't
notice, or, at least, consider such things 
on most days- trivialities, really...
Until he's making the rounds on a snow 
day with shovel in hand, hoping to make
a buck or two. Or, worse, it's not until
after he's agreed to clear the snow off
the rounded asphalt drive without asking
for more than... gosh, what did we charge back then?
Ten dollars? Fifteen? Either way, I ran
Out of juice before reaching the rightward
Stretch curving into the white garage door.
My weak attempt to renegotiate
Was rejected, frostily, out of hand.

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)

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30 thoughts on “Trivialities, really, or: Futile rage”

  1. Wonderful poems! Adore the personification and elemental feeling in Kiri’s, (that opening stanza especially is sublime), and then the contrasting direction yours took with harking back to a memory, bringing the past into the present (really enjoyed the rhythm of it)… great collaboration ๐Ÿ’–

  2. Our roads in Britain were salted and ploughed though driveways not. I don’t recall any really back breaking times. Just anti freeze and engines smothered with Newspaper.

  3. Kiri’s poem hits so very close to home!!! And David, yours is such a real slice of life… We only did the driveway shoveling entrepreneurship once and Sparky had to finish the job for the boys… And he made sure to get paid as a subcontractor!

  4. Snow shoveling is a dangerous job/activity/necessity
    Increasing heart rate and blood pressure.

    Snow Writing epitaphs
    Sealed my reasoning.

          1. Several factors David, but one of the most serious factors is corruption and looting of the utility. No wait, there is also Sabotage at the utility, it is being run to the ground.

            Was your twitter also down lastnight?

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