Poetry 18, 2014

The Last Kingdom

The vast forest that surrounds the last kingdom
lives compressed between the base of the mountain range
and the quiet royal gardens, where everyday in the afternoon
the childless queen sits in the shade clutching the satchel
of deadly herbs to her side. The alluring call of the deep
woods beyond her guarded space soothes her mind, calms her
hand against the ultimate betrayal against her people.
The woman’s thin, cold lips harden the hope in her eyes,
her mythological reputation preceding her every
She is at once their ruler and their prisoner,
and she often thinks about life beyond the loud city’s high stone walls.

Color: royal, soothing, calm (violet)
Animal: alluring, deadly, mythological
Body of water: vast, cold, deep
(Pacific Ocean)
White room: quiet, compressed, loud

Prompt: What’s your favorite color? Jot down three adjectives that describe that color. What’s your favorite animal? Write three adjectives that describe that animal. What’s your favorite body of water (general or specific)? Jot down three adjectives that describe the feeling it evokes. Now, imagine yourself in a white room, no windows, no doors, no noise. Three adjectives that describe the feeling that evokes. Now, write a poem using all of your adjectives in any order. NaPoWriMo

Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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