Facing the Flood – A Summertime Memory

Facing the Flood – A Summertime Memory

“Most men pursue pleasure
with such breathless haste
that they hurry past it.”
Danish Philosopher
(1813 - 1855)

Photo c2009 by Nickers and Ink
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Soggy Stuff and Sure Enough –
Limericked Lines for Rain or Shine

Our heirlooms dear twirling the drain,
As clouds may defy weathervane,
We survey the skies,
And still scrutinize.
Oh, when will the rain ever wane?

Our vision is blinded, behold,
As power lines dangle, out cold.
Our home modified,
Dismantled, beside,
By forces beyond our control.

A doll in the downpour may smile;
Assimilation is her style.
The rest of us groan
For all that we own,
Possessions we’ve tried to stockpile.

This baptism banal takes shape,
With every discarded drape.
Ablution evades,
As groundwater raids
Our homestead with no near escape.

Insurance adjusters want blood,
Replacing each stick in the mud.
Most items unpaid
Make memories fade,
Along with the force of the flood.

Yet gratitude comes in a flash,
Considering in the backlash –
We all are unhurt,
Despite damp and dirt
And treasure troves tossed in the trash.

Posted for a variety of prompts:
Catchwords/In other Words (Kierkegaard quote)
Easy Street Prompts (“baptism – absolution - escape”)
Heads or Tails (“summertime memory”)
Mad Kane (Limerick: “Oh, when will the rain ever wane?”)
One Single Impression (“assimilation”)
Pumping Your Muse Prompts (“the doll”)
Simply Snickers (“blind,” “beside” and “bold”)
Sunday Scribblings (“vision”)

Photo prompts:
Odd Shots (photo/s – odd shots)
Scenic Sunday (photo/s)
Sunday Stills (photo/s)
Weekend Snapshot (photo/s)

Love poetry? Check out Simply Snickers and The Meme Express for blogging prompts.

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  1. An accumulation of mementos can be swept away; and then the question of meaning is laid bare before us.

  2. Beautifully written...I enjoyed this piece. Your poetry reads like the classic and great poets of yesteryear. : )

  3. Thank you! I think that's one of the finest compliments I have ever received!

  4. Beautiful poetry.. has a certain rhythm to it.. goes very, very deep..

  5. Your amazing, Linda. The most prompts I've ever used to write one story was three!


  6. I'm so glad that you are all ok. Went through something similar after a housefire years ago so I have an inkling of what you are going through now. Kudos for being able to put it into words and leave it here for us all to see :)

  7. wonderful poem ~
    I do hope this is not your story and that you are well! Floods, storms and fires are such a huge presence when they visit.

  8. This reads as startling as truth but I can't help but hope it is fiction. Wonderfully done, whichever way.