The wind and waves boomed up the lagoon
crashing surf and sand over invisible rocks.
The fish were gone –
flailing fathoms deep
while gutted shells cracked and splintered.
The trees bent violently before being
over the roiling waters
as fishing boats spun and whacked
into brittle shards.
The once brightly painted hulls
were now no more as remnant after
remnant was snatched into the
savage tumult of boom and horrible roar.
Jagged out to sea or shore-bound as lightning
zapped and zithered from rock to black water
and scarred rock again.
When dawn coloured in, the place was almost silent
except for the little sighs of the wavelets,
barely significant in happy low tide.
And also, darting and blithely unconcerned,
lots of tiny fishes
liquid and playfully light
swarming the carcass of a lost-eyed turtle.
Above them was the booted crunch of the
delighted with this series of newsy images.
They’d tell a story in
neatly framed pictures
of what he’d simply title
© Andrew Pender-Smith 2016
Lyrics, Narratives, Sonnets, Epics, Haiku and More…
A good development tip for a writer is to write poems in different poetic forms. It is a wonderful way of sharpening a writer’s thinking and communication skills. The discipline required in using a particular genre encourages the writer to make best use of it to express his or her thoughts and feelings. As an experiment, and I consider all writing to be an experiment, choose a theme or subject and try exploring it in three or more genres. In looking at the title of this piece, you will have seen some of the different forms are mentioned. I am convinced you will find that your abilities as a poet will have improved. The added benefit is that your abilities in all other literary forms will have been extended. Say ‘’Hello’’ to becoming a better writer of short stories, novellas, novels and plays. If you are unsure of how to create haiku or a narrative, to use two examples, read widely in the genre in which you wish to write and then write your own. Andrew Pender-Smith