Hush

Hush you, bell-voiced babe,
don’t cry tonight;
the tart-taste of the winter’s
dust-tongued gales
cannot claw
your tear-culled heart
from nightwish
of my scythe-eyed charm.

Hush you, silk-boughed girl
don’t cry tonight
but honeysuckle darkly
in the bedstead of my arms;
dream with me
to lark-high blackness
of a lidless sky

Hush you, lace-lost lady
don’t cry tonight
but butterfly with me,
get lost in Lethe with me
on pebbled streams,
were we are hushed
in unison
of moon-blown trance.

Sleep by Francisco Goya

Today Laura guest hosts at dVerse, and she introduces us to the techniques of Dylan Thomas, and lists a few compound words to employ in our poetry. I have used some and created a few of my own, as well as try to verb some nouns.

April 16, 2019

22 responses to “Hush

  1. You had me at /dream with me to lark-high blackness of a lidless sky/; damn fine word-smithing. This prompt is garnering really exciting pieces that echo Dylan Thomas, while reflecting ourselves as well; an excellent prompt.

  2. Nice sounds in this. I like “bedstead of my arms,”
    The “lace-lost lady” makes me think of Miss Havisham, who certainly would love to be “hushed
    in unison
    of moon-blown trance.” It does sound rather lovely.

  3. As soon as I saw the title I started singing the Deep Purple song ‘Hush’ and now I’m playing it in the background as I type! This prompt has inspired such brilliant poems, Björn, and you’ve not only used the given Dylan Thomas compound words but also added some of your own wordsmithery.
    I especially love ‘honeysuckle darkly in the bedstead of my arms’ and the ‘lark-high blackness of a lidless sky’.

  4. you created your own verbings and hushing worked so well, painting a sensual lullaby.

    i adore the different sounds of c’s in these lines:

    cannot claw
    your tear-culled heart
    from nightwish
    of my scythe-eyed charm.

  5. Just beautiful, and as beautiful as when I was here before.

    ‘Hush you, silk-boughed girl
    don’t cry tonight
    but honeysuckle darkly
    in the bedstead of my arms;’

    You do certainly have a way with words, Bjorn.

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