This past weekend, I finished up reading Lord of the Flies to my daughter for her school assignment. I’d forgotten just how rich with symbol it was, set on that island of mountain, fruit, shore, and eventually fire. (I’d remembered mostly the conch and Piggy’s glasses.)
But rich it was. The mountain became a seat for the terrible god, the jungle a place where boys melted back to savages and became one with the creepers, the sea a perennial washing away of the murderous (and eventually the source of rescue). And of course there were the boys themselves. Simon the prophet, Piggy the visionary, Ralph the force of Order, and Jack the fount of brute Chaos.
Write a poem that features a villainous or heroic symbol from nature. Or, if you recall Lord of the Flies (or wish to go back and research a little), write a poem about one of the heroic or villainous characters in the book, including a bit of the landscape as relates to him.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s prompt. Here’s one we enjoyed from Monica Sharman:
Hers were scissor hands,
whet stone at the ready,
wicked blades razor sharp.
Slash, cut, slice
on the bias. Piece. Baste
batting to batik.
Photo by PS Lee, Creative Commons, via Flickr.
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