National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #24 (pt. 1)

Here is my Day 24 poem using the napowrimo.net prompt: Open a reference book and use the two pages in front of you as inspiration.

I used Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (Centenary Edition), pages 516 and 517…

On the morning of the good hope
at the edges of the haugh
a secret creeps between the blades of grass
carefully steering a wide berth
around the pelf from yesterday’s kill

Ten years before the mast
a garland of hawthorns was left
on the last post of the fence
accompanied by nothing whatsoever
to explain its intent

No heads turn
eyes twitch and dart
to track their quarry
come in at the hawse-hole
to evade detection
as the needle in the haystack

Confused as to leash or lure
the hayward shrugs
he heads to the other end of the lawns
only hours now before the ceremonies
as long as it remains well clear of the house
all will be well

(24 April 2019)


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