~Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
It's National Poetry Month! Time for celebrating all things poetry. I'm adding to my collection of poems about fictional places.
Today, we have poems by Irene Latham and Sandra Lindow. Thank you very much, Irene and Sandy, for allowing me to share these!
Margaret River Chocolate Factory by Steel Wool
Inside the Chocolate Factory
by Irene Latham
While the Oompa-Loompas toil,
we chart every chocolate river
and sample each chocolate tree.
The squirrels sort their nuts,
and no one swells into a blueberry.
The mystery is no longer mysterious,
and we crave the days before
we stepped onto the glass elevator--
when everything was wonder,
and hunger gnawed our hearts
with its tiny milk teeth.
It took nothing more than the rattle
of a chocolate wrapper to bring us
to the street, before we learned
to count what we didn't have,
when all was feast, and our lips
smacked of a sweetness long since
swallowed by these hollow, golden pipes.
Silver Lining by Grant Montgomery
The Theater for Cloud Repair
by Sandra J. Lindow
is in a warehouse
down by the Red Cedar River,
a hangar with adiabatic racks
for stratifying stratus,
separating cirrus, stretching them out,
icing them down,
back stage steam machines
for accumulating cumulus,
mending the worn ones,
stuffing and fluffing,
puffing them up, bleaching them out.
There's lightning practice center stage
and sound-proofed practice rooms
learn vigorous, squall lines
essential for bombastic rhetoric
and vocal techniques
for effective, long-lasting, rumbilious thunder.
is de rigueur for poets this year.
I dragged my cloud down to the shop this morning,
paid the extra hundred for priority service,
but it won't be done 'til Monday—
something about resilvering the lining.
That's why I'm wearing last year's
sunbeams, hemlines a bit uneven;
do you think anyone will notice?
I have a post about Poetry Friday up today at Savvy Verse and Wit. (I am sorry not to have been able to put something about *all* of the people I adore, respect, and learn from in the post!)
The Poem Farm is our Poetry Friday round-up host today.
The Theater for Cloud Repair was previously featured in Strange Horizons.