A poem for a friend

Over a year ago, a friend and I promised we would exchange poems. We wrote within parameters we created for each other. Here is my end of the results. I’ve listed the parameters at the end if you’re as geeky about writing as I am.

Aging maple branches embrace a Connecticut corner
sounds of youth bounce along concrete walls
here is dark brown fur with chocolate paws
a dog digs ditches down and out
at the sunlight’s introduction he begins
with due diligence until blues shift through orange to indigo
a dog digs ditches down and out
leaves, snow and rain fall
but the dog digs ditches down and
out! into the pale wash of sunlight
out! onto foreign curbs and freshly trimmed lawns
out!
the air is an aromatic syrup
of honeysuckle, meyer lemon and frosted gin
red bicycles racing over curbs cracked by gnarled roots
their foil tassels shake and steady themselves
as the wheels gain momentum, stability, speed
a dog digs ditches down and out
a passing thought, how sweet it truly is!
abrupt. a loss of oxygen, searing pain in one side
a Volvo sailing on to more important waters
a dog digs ditches down and out
farther down, and finally out.


20-25 lines
anaphora
6+ words / line
no intentional true rhyme

use: state name, color, animal, vehicle

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