Friday, September 5, 2014

The Second Flood

The second flood is coming; we must gather
them by twos and twos against the rain.

The men of sweat and diesel.
The women with calloused hands.

The makers, menders,
builders, and tenders of fields.

These are our workhorses and hunting dogs.
They can live on mud and remake fire.

Maybe they'll save a few of our worthless kind
with their duct tape and baling wire.

Inspired by Marian's prompt at Real Toads

17 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Sounds about right to me, you clever lady!! Have a lovely weekend!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Let's hope they save a couple of poets, too!

Björn Rudberg said...

To be saved by duct tape and bailing wire.. hmm maybe I don't want to be among the saved...

Björn Rudberg said...

To be saved by duct tape and bailing wire.. hmm maybe I don't want to be among the saved...

Arushi Ahuja said...

Duct tape hah!!
like they say- "if you cannot fixed something maybe you haven't used enough duct tape!! " ;)

bwfiction said...

on a farm, you really can fix almost anything with duct tape and bailing wire.

Hannah said...

Truly - feels like Mad Max style/setting, to me. Love it!

Fireblossom said...

Maybe.

grapeling said...

maybe it'd be better if there's no new boat... ~

manicddaily said...

Hope so. I used to be a pretty good cook, so maybe I can pass on that. (I don't think my lawyering skills will go for much! Maybe better hide that part.) Very well framed and evocative. k .

violet dust said...

This is my favorite couplet:
"The men of sweat and diesel.
The women with calloused hands."

Marian said...

is it weird to say that this reminds me (in a great way) of one of my favorite children's books, Frederick by Leo Lionni? love it.

Jim said...

Nice, I was loving the high tech modern flood poem but it ended a bit too soon. ;)

It did remind me a little of the movie, Evan Almighty: The Building of Noah's Ark (2007). I enjoyed the very excellent animation of that one.
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Jim said...

Nice, I was loving the high tech modern flood poem but it ended a bit too soon. ;)

It did remind me a little of the movie, Evan Almighty: The Building of Noah's Ark (2007). I enjoyed the very excellent animation of that one.
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Susan said...

One can hope and pray, but which way? Which way?

Kerry O'Connor said...

One thing I often marvel about in your poetry is the brilliance of your opening lines. This one sets up the whole biblical proportion of your description, all the more poignant when one reads the authentically drawn portraits.

Susie Clevenger said...

Many of us have surrendered our skills to survive by blood, sweat, and hands. I pray they do save a few of our worthless kind.