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Londonscape

london landscape poem
london landscape photoart: ©laura granby

Silurian mudstone slurps and settles
a smattering of mollusced marine creatures
petrified below seams of red sands
yellowing old earth that would brick up city bounds
from the footings of this foetid furor
a landscape of upheaval spewed in volcanite fashion
heat of empires forged and tempered in the river
successive kingdoms broke its banks
whipping through waters, long ships with wood and oar
glint of metal and clash of sword
sailcloth snapping hard on the heels of war

in the wake, regal cathedrals ascended
block-and-tackle Magnificats with signs of need
tattooed upon palatial stanchions
pushing and pulsing each way came madcap populations
clogged with cacophony the arteries of  alley
and city bells rang the changes in sombre symphony
ghastly visitations of fire and plague and bomb
beheaded even verticals of reverend stone

six metres down this history is hidden
boreholed now like fury for future foundations
convoys of crane come to bob and block the horizon
their busy silhouettes mesh a meccano of glacé nuclei
to steely eyed reaches in the sky
a London landscape that winks and blinks between sun-ups
and cremates the dark in a blaze of neon nightcaps

Kim at dVerse asks us to paint a landscape and flex our verbs in this week’s Poetics

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Author:

playing with photography @ eljaygee whilst Tell Tale Therapy has a weakness for words

21 thoughts on “Londonscape

  1. Wow! This is Londonscape in perfection!. A huge canvas this is and I had to run to google for a number of time. Love how you captured history specially in rhymes.

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  2. Londonscape made me homesick,. Laura! I like the effective use of sibilance in:
    ‘Silurian mudstone slurps and settles
    a smattering of mollusced marine creatures’.
    There is so much force and movement in the verbs, which convey rapid growth,
    development and violence. I especially love the lines:
    ‘heat of empires forged and tempered in the river’;
    ‘sailcloth snapping hard on the heels of war’;
    ‘clogged with cacophony the arteries of alley
    and city bells rang the changes in sombre symphony’;.
    and
    ‘a London landscape that winks and blinks between sun-ups
    and cremates the dark in a blaze of neon nightcaps’

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  3. Oooo, my imagination is running wild now with historical scenes of people, structures, activities, and of course, creatures and seas, long before human habitation. You paint fascinating word pictures. I will have a new perspective of London now. Loved it, and I hope to visit again, someday.

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  4. Wonderful poem! I especially like the last two lines – so very descriptive. London definitely flexed its buff muscles in this. The sibilance of: Silurian mudstone slurps and settles
    a smattering of mollusced marine creatures,,,,great write.

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