On Writing

Prompt 20: Fog by Carl Sandburg (Poem)

Book: Chicago Poems (1916)
Author: Carl Sandburg

Poem: Fog
Genre: Poetry

Prompt from Chloe Bristol

By Carl Sandburg

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.


The Fear comes
at me like Henan’s
heavy luck bell1
(emptied of
Its robust waist
pendulum me panicked it’s
sound bow dimpled
lip around the clapper
& CLANG! Too loud!
(I cover my ears with my
cold-sweat palms –)
yes I am afraid

and when the ground
settles her vibrations the ghosts
come trapeze-ing on the bell’s crown
whistling to keep fear a tongue-tie
away from my hollowing body

Fear moves on, huffing
looks back at me – bell-bottom
jeans torn at the hem
high on haunches

 1Bell of Good Luck, Henan China, weight 240,000 pounds

Discover artist Chloe Bristol!

Chloe illustrated the cover of Charis Cotter’s newest middle-grade masterpiece, The Dollhouse.

Thank you for today’s writing prompt, Chloe!

Discover Chloe’s art HERE.

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