“One Hundred…” and “Drip, Drip, Drop” by Richard Glover

Posted: June 14, 2016 in Vol. 8: Creative Writing

One Hundred…

A thick fog shrouds the shore, drums thundering amidst icy waves.

One hundred pairs of weary feet beat a path, our footprints washing away.

Liberty. Opportunity. Salvation. Hope. No flowers such as those blooms in our land.

One hundred pairs of despondent eyes look to the horizon for something better.

One by one we marched onto the boat that would deliver us to the Promised Land.

One hundred pairs of feet slowly marched, bearing one hundred uneasy minds.

For months we would travel, braving starvation, sickness, and treacherous seas.

One hundred pairs of hands worked to safeguard one hundred hopeful souls.

At long last, our journey comes to an end. Our promised land is in sight.

One hundred joyous voices cry out, filling the air with glorious hallelujahs.

We try to make a new life in a new land, but we are not welcome here.

One hundred pairs of feet walk away, footprints lost in the dust.

With nowhere to go and nowhere to return to, we are trapped in limbo

Until one hundred nameless graves bury one hundred broken hearts.

 

drip

 

Drip, Drip. Drop

Drip, drip, drop.

Raindrops ripple across the lake, shattering the mirrored surface.

Perfect reflections twist and bend, becoming warped caricatures.

Bright colors become gray beneath the stormy clouds.

Drip, drip, drop.

The rain stops and the clouds part, unveiling brilliant clarity.

The light shines on the lake, glittering like an enormous jewel.

The ripples fade away, revealing a clear, perfect reflection.

Drip, drip, drop.

The image shatters once more as birds flutter and splash.

Insects buzz ceaselessly, filling the air with a cacophonous drone.

Fish muddy the waters below as they swim and scavenge.

Drip, drip, drop.

As the sun sets, so too does the bustling of the world.

Animals flee to their nests and dens, and the pale moon rises

Reflected on the mirrored lake until the next morning rain.

Drip, drip, drop.

 

Written for Dr. David N. Odhiambo’s ENG 313: Intro to Creative Writing

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