I take back what you have stolen and in your languages I announce I am now nameless.
My true name is a growl.
Margaret Atwood

5 April 2018

weather this skin



weather this skin
the wind is howling raptors
cousin to the screeching Pterodactyl
in full fingered flight
hawking hard edges to this freshly sodden snow
she's a razor beak pecking mean wounds
as the goose-feathers stuffed down my throat
choke
for the spines prickling out of skin
where my larynx used to live
silently accuse
why did you kill spring?


after: Imaginary Garden with Real Toads: Take the Weather With You

Original copper engraving of the P. antiquus holotype by Egid Verhelst II and published by Cosimo Collini, 1784 ~ public domain image



11 comments:

  1. Why indeed? As Niko Case advises, never turn your back on Mother Earth. Or Mother Nature. She'll cut a bitch.

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    1. LOL@ she'll cut a bitch.

      great phrase Shay - love it! thanks - I'm going to have to remember this in context to ME/MN

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  2. Dark weather here. Splendid writing.

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    1. thanks Paul - a/typical Canadian weather - hard, cold, predictably unpredictable, ugly for the impatience of the transitional seasons - but I still love it.

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  3. Yes, why? I think this poem expresses what many of us are thinking. :)

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  4. I love the howling raptors and howling edges....and the goose-feathers in the throat. Sounds like one terrible storm. So well done!

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  5. What a wonderful metaphor for the cruel April weather... the claws of the Pterodactyl is exactly how it is when winter comes back with a howl

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  6. Such an unexpected metaphor - it made the cold wind suddenly very real to me here on a warm day in the southern hemisphere.

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    1. thanks Kerry - oh these Canadian winters - especially if not living in the milder climate areas (which I'm not) - they can be so brutal, and with extreme weather across the globe, it's like everything is far worse for the wearing. Enjoy your southern autumn - hopefully it stays agreeable.

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  7. Yow! And wow! This is the winter I love to hate, brilliantly evoked.

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    1. thanks Rosemary - the weather can be a cruel headmistress!

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thanks for sharing your thoughts, I greatly appreciate it.