By the River, In the Park—Red Bank Battlefield
In scant light, slant light, shadows stroll
by riverbank, appear, then gone.
But ancient bones remain to troll
in scant light. Slant-light shadows stroll
from battlefields, from glory. Whole
and broken, there before the dawn
in scant light. Slight, light-shadows stroll
by riverbank appear then. Gone.
Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt is to write a triolet. I haven’t written a triolet in a long time. There’s one I wrote years ago about cave paintings in my book, River Ghosts. So this early morning effort is about the park where I often walk. An American Revolution battle was fought there, and last year archeologists found the bones of Hessian soldiers there.
Reblogged this on The Wombwell Rainbow.
Thank you very much, Paul!
‘in slant light, scant light’
Like an incantation 🙂
Funny, I used the word ‘scant’ yesterday and as it came into my head, I remember thinking, what a great word and I don’t think I’ve used it often, if ever, before.
Thank you! 🙂
That first line just came to me like that–probably the Oracle whispering because it was first thing in the morning!
It is a good word. It’s good of you to share.
Her whispers are often for general consumption, I think 🙂 For all those who listen.
Merril, this is so good! Love the subtle changes you have made with punctuation.
Thank you so much, Punam! 😊
Nicely done, Merril!
I thought not bad for first thing in the morning before coffee! 🙂
I love your enjambments!😍
Thank you so much! 💙
This really captures the haunted feel–as does the photo. (K)
Thank you very much. I’m so pleased that came through.
Thank you, Ron.! 🙂
I like how the poem captures the play of light and shadow in the photo–and what is unseen outside the frame.
Thank you very much, Liz. I wrote the poem, and then I tried to find one of my photos that would work with it. I’m pleased you thought this one did!
You’re welcome, Merril.
Excellent light and shadow in verse and photo
Thank you, Derrick!