Welcome to the second week of the A-Z Challenge 2015, which is running Every weekday in April; and welcome back to those who have been reading last week. For this A-Z, my theme is Response Poems, and for each letter prompt I am introducing a poet I like, and using his/her poetry to come up with my own to post here, all in less than 400 words. Poetry's useful like that, it can say a lot in small wordcounts. Though I personally have nothing against long, Elaborate posts, hey I like reading! I'll read whatever grabs my interest and holds it, long or short. Now, letter E -
is for Eliot, T.S. (1888-1965)
A famous American poet, and a major force in contemporary literature. Many consider his The Wasteland to be the single most influential poetic work of the last century.
Responding here to his The Journey of the Magi
A December trip
It was not momentous, no-one like the Magi
undertook that trip, and no winter hardships
though it was December, yes, but the red eye
in the sun burnt mild, beyond unravelling strips
of cirrus clouds. Unexpected events yanked us three
high into the skies, scooped away from our routine -
the earning of bread and learning by rote, housewifery,
the desolation of the savannah turning from green
to a mean yellow slow-blended with desert winds
that cut perpendicular to pressurised comfort
in the cabin, amply leg-roomed, cool, oxygenned,
the pilots suave, the cabin crew smart, expert,
served the meal trays somewhere over Lebanon
or maybe mountainous Iran, the dim origin
of the Kings, land of histories, epic connections
and scriptural sweep, only I didn’t know it then;
neither marked that exact moment my world fractured
a little, happened beyond my ken - the whole string
of those random events. My father rendered
wordless, my mother in confused low-key mourning.
We flew East and landed, the cloaks and blankets,
the floor rugs felt comfortless, slightly threadbare.
Not a birth, we had journeyed for an out-of-turn deathand nothing had shattered, nothing major anywhere.
Do Elaborate posts put you off? What is the golden word limit - 100, 400, 1000?
Posted for the A-Z Challenge 2015