If you haven't seen this before or are new to SSiG, this is a writing prompt community project in which we share our art and writing for encouragement and constructive criticism.
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|Copyright Claudia Bernasconi Esposito. Source.|
Reflecting on the prompt (above) made me think of undines, which became the wreaths or petals of the poem, and grew backward and inward from there.
I would be very grateful for a critical eye: style, word choice, stanzas, story, anything that catches your attention. I purposefully did not ask for feedback on this before hand.
The idea is to encourage and critique. But please be gentle and considerate! We want to uplift, not to trample.*
Miranda at the SternThe buoyant fruit, seededwith pearlescent faces bearing namesof extinct, pedantic gods,dives from father's cayin albatross form, sails puffedbut breathless, catching no current,slapped by the wide palms of rain;the mineral sea a mouthlessappetite, devouring islands, spitting themback like stones.The waves' tongues pitch and rollthe rootless boat. Fish-eyedundines swirl, stareat she who tore and drifted throughthe veil, broke the soot-circumferenceof Prospero's pentagrams, forsookwhat is solid, with no placeto anchor.
* Please also be aware when offering constructive criticism that, as a writer once said about her craft, "there are no mistakes, only effects." Tone and style are unique and personal. It can be hard for the un-trained critiquer to recognize the difference between what isn't working and what isn't his personal taste. I would be mortified if, through a desire to help foster someone's creative inclinations to art and writing, we unwittingly discourage and cause self-doubt and discouragement.