Mud and Tears

Mud and tears.

 

After the snow: the rain.

After the rain: the flood.

After the flood: the mud.

Snow imprisons me

And I dread the thaw:

Tears, anger and the mud.

What a mess!

But the black Nile silt

Laid thick across the plain

Made Egypt once

An Empire’s breadbasket.

Let then the ice melt:

Welcome the dancing torrents

And await the healing mud.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Mud and Tears

  1. Mud and smiles…
    I love to play in the mud:) and bring a smile to the faces of these two human(oids)!

    Beautiful poem, Ms. Viv! Springy, wavy, wag-salute!

    Oorvi

  2. I love the poem. Its direct cry of “let it end now!” is softened by the wonderful lines that follow – such vision in these, such positive thoughts as you evince a positive aspect, full of hope and optimism, that will emerge. A beautiful use of imagery through narrative!

    “But the black Nile silt

    Laid thick across the plain

    Made Egypt once

    An Empire’s breadbasket.

    Let then the ice melt:

    Welcome the dancing torrents

    And await the healing mud.”

    Wonderful!

    -John 🙂

    • I wrote this one a few years ago when we lived in the Midlands, on the border between three counties, Notts. derbyshire and Leicstershire and we had heavy snow that caused havoc coming and even more going. We lived within hearing distance of the river Soar(could hear the millrace weir from the bottom of our garden) and the river came up and over its banks, leaving mud and silt everywhere. It made dogwalking hazardous and messy.
      I find poetry therapeutic as I don’t like to leave things bleak at the end, because I feel no one benefits from such harsh thoughts. I don’t tend to show anyone the ones written at the height of despair!

  3. the healing mud is a great finish.
    I love the poem .
    We used to throw stinky pond silt at each other when we were swimming.
    It really made a smacking sound when it connected with the victims head .
    Your poem brought that back ,I can smell it now.

    thanks

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