Our new tide – Response Poem

This is a second response poem to a poem written by Franzad…  here .  To see other poetry I’ve done based on inspiration from poems, comments, paintings, photos and music, do a search on my blog for “Inspired by”



Our new tide

The chill I’d feel if still alive
Swirls round the cottage
Its grip ever tightening
Round the heart within

Blood drips down from squawking beaks
To bury itself in the dirt
Under silent, shuffling feet

Tis our turn now to dance the night
Ship wrecked
Off course
Northward bound

Left to huddle round this cottage
Wanting in, bodies thin
As we kick stones beside the window sill

Fighting men
Left to bang swords on shields
Stomp feet on ground
Rustling up the meekest of sounds

Inside one lies wide-eyed
Hidden under the covers
Wondering, waiting
Tucked in with fear as we near

Once again I hear the call
Our chief’s battle cry
Rallying us on high, the call to fight

Our nonexistent blood boils
As we swirl up
Swarm above the cottage
Old habits pulling, guiding us

Circling, we build our fervor
Swords and shields clang
Sounds drift down
Heat rises

Chill’s fingers work the cracks and crevices
Pathways to the heart
We start

Rain begins to fall
Each, in our turn
Grabs the rain to ride it down
Freezing it as we go

Assaulting the cottage
Pounding it with ice
Our swords guiding the wind
As we ride our new tide


Stephen Kellogg – 2012

About Stephen Kellogg

Poetry, Ponderings, Prose, Photos & Pounding out the Pathways All at my blog... I hope you'll take a few minutes to wander around the site. Not all of what you read there will be happy or sad etc. but I trust my writings, photos etc will encourage, touch, inspire or just make you think…. I really appreciate feedback!! Thanks and enjoy Peace! Stephen Kellogg All of my writings, pictures etc are original works, unless otherwise noted, and should be considered copyrighted.
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