NaPoWriMo – Poem / Poetry – “Vintage Dangers”

DIG LAZARUS DIG!

Hello everyone, you’re looking fabulous tonight (except you over there, wipe the chocolate off your chin, there’s a good chap).

We are now at Day 19 of NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) and scarily enough I have actually decided to follow the prompt again! I like to think of myself as a Captain Barbosa type (from Pirates of the Caribbean) in that prompts to me are like The Pirate’s Code – merely guidelines. However,  every so often they are too big to ignore and have to be followed to the letter!

Here is the link to today’s rather excellent idea:-

NaPoWriMo Day 19 – She sells her sea shells on the glorious sea shore due to recession (Haiku by David Ellis)

The inspiration is to take one of the wild and keerazy names for seashells on the NaPoWriMo post and turn it into a poem.

I have therefore gone with “Lazarus Jewel Box”, which leapt off the page at me and threatened to strangle me if I didn’t use it immediately! Hope you enjoy it.

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“Vintage Dangers” by David Ellis

Exploring ancestral roots
Baring our teeth
Resurrected in sound
Celebrating death

DIG
DON’T QUESTION IT

Climatic signs
Vying for hungry eyes
Pictures painted backward
Stealing all the smiles

KEEP DIGGING
THE JOY IS IN THE GIVING

Voyaging out to sea
Portraying a thief
No crocodile tears shed
Dining on vintage release

GETTING CLOSER
IT’S ALMOST OVER

The heart starts beating
All thoughts merely fleeting
Controversial secrets found
Better left eternally sleeping

JUST A BIT MORE
KNOCKING AT THE DOOR

Sharing words with those you love
With everyone you grew up around
A bunch of letters, photos, unanswered questions
The past should remain buried underground

YOU’VE ARRIVED
INNOCENCE LOST

Because once you start, you cannot stop
You can never go back
Death maybe the enemy of humanity
But family endures and stubbornly lives on

This is the danger of nostalgia
Particularly if we’re talking about
That nude photo of me
At the beach when I was twelve
I thought I burned them all
Those magnificent buns refuse to go down

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9 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo – Poem / Poetry – “Vintage Dangers”

  1. Excellent poem David. I had to laugh at the last stanza 😉 I was going to choose “Lazarus Jewel Box” also, but instead went with something easier, I am in to easy today lol.

  2. Really brilliantly fun – with the serious bits thrown in for good measure. I must say that I’m really enjoying your efforts and have benefited from re-discovering the poetic word again.

    • It might be late at night and these bones are weary but I’m positively glowing from that compliment – thank you so much Patricia, your support means the world to me! It’s the last part that really moved me and I’m so happy I have done that for you. Wonderful 🙂

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