flood moon; toad; morning commute, still

The Tuesday dVerse prompt this week was “flipping meanings“:

Flood moon

The round orb,
washed white by rain,
floats high in the stream.
It is a record
of what has been.
It asks a question
about what was lost.

Bushfire Moon (April 2020)

A thin crescent,
bloodied by smoke,
hangs low above the ridge.
This is not a portent
of things to come.
It is a statement,
of what is here.

Elementals III: toad

Without a murmur
the water closes behind
the mud-black blob, rising
glabrous body flopping.
A mugshot of the murk.

Elementals I: cockatoo (June 2020)

With a shriek
the sky splinters,
a dawn-white shard falls,
sulphur crest rising
like a glimpse of sun

morning commute, still

Oil slicked concrete
subtly rainbowed
has taken the place
of the fresh green
fields and hills,
spread wide, reaching up
to a clean blue sky.

Morning commute (July 2020)

Frost coated fields
in glittering white
give way
to the dull grey
of the city
huddled beneath
its brown winter cloak


There was a wonderful video of “the opposites game” with the dVaerse prompt – an animation of a narrative poem about a class of children turning a line from Emily Dickinson into its opposite word by word.  Playing with this, I found that sometimes the meaning is reversed, sometimes it remains the same, because flipping “is X” to “is not Y” doesn’t change the meaning where Y is the opposite of X, and often it just doesn’t make sense if you’re too literal.  You can see examples of reversal of meaning and meaning retained in my attempts above. 


Filed under musings, poem

17 responses to “flood moon; toad; morning commute, still

  1. Interesting take, and well worked. I enjoyed very much how you played them out. 🐸

  2. Really lovely images in both originals and opposites, Kate.
    Flippin’ interestin’

  3. :::applause::: You’ve nailed it, Kate. More than that, you have a wonderful knack for it!

  4. Awesome. I agree with nickreeves.

  5. Well done! I attempted this and was never happy with the outcome.

    • It’s really tricky to balance being too literal/precisely negative with generating gibberish. I had a few false starts before deciding I just needed to be less exact – not easy for a pedantic physicist. 😀

  6. I most especially love the two on the moon. Both are truly beautiful.

  7. Cara Hartley

    The alternate universe images of the originals are amazing!
    ~cie from poetry of the netherworld~

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