Blood, Lust, Grief – National Poetry Month – Day 21

“For today’s prompt, write a poem that responds (or somehow communicates) with another poem. You can respond to any poem. If you’re having trouble figuring out which one, choose a poem from this following list of poems from collections I’ve been reading this month:

There Are Birds Here, by Jamaal May
Aubade With Burning City, by Ocean Vuong
The Translator, by Sandra Beasley
Ode to the Flute, by Ross Gay
How to Triumph Like a Girl, by Ada Limon”

I chose to respond to, in part, Ode to a Flute.

—————

The Satyr’s Flute

Its music lays
on a breeze

that weaves
through the glade

as a spider’s web
twines, silver and soft,

between the fingers
of an oak’s crooked hand,

pouring as a mountain stream
from the passion of a hooved beast

lurking in the darkness
pinched between shadows,

a heart beating: blood
and lust, and grief.

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