I wrote "Mirage" using the Imagism style, with a generous portion of alliteration thrown in for good measure. A definition of Imagism is given after the poem. Don't stare at the sun without proper eye protection!
Baking, broiling, blindingly bright, blistering sun,
super scorching, sweltering, sizzling sand
the kabob that is my body searing, skewered
Deceptively blue skies devoid of any deliverance
no cavalry of clouds coming to convey compassion
Rising balloon-like bubbles of hot air
causing distant objects to ripple and dance
shimmering in the atmospheric boil
Falling to my knees, I detect in the distance
glimmering patches of blue and green—Mirage!
A maniacal mime of molten mockery
deriding my dreadful demise
Poetry form: Imagism
November 19, 2019
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"A poem that is written using the imagism style should easily and quickly create visual images that tell the story. This style uses the most simple words and explanations in the poem. Whatever the poet is attempting to express must be very clear in Imagism poetry. The words used must be precise in the way that they portray an exact image. The main subject of the poem must be clear and the poem directly deals with the main subject at hand. There are no words used in imagism that do not directly contribute to the story or message of the poem. Imagist poets write in a way that flows well but does not follow a regular rhythm." -PoetrySoup, Imagism definition
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