Urban Free Verse: Wet Blankets and Sky

In this urban free verse poetry, “Wet Blankets and Sky.”

The last few days here in Seattle, we have been suffering from air quality…due to some really bad fires from careless folks who lit fireworks in our dry summer days. The grass is so brittle like match sticks you can snap in two so easily.

And I suffer from allergies, this has created a huge impact on my health. I’ve had to stay indoors with windows and doors shut tightly. And it’s been in the 90’s for heat. It’s been quite challenging, to stay on top of Bianca going to school as well. I’m hoping for rain soon so it will settle the smoke in the air. I thought it appropriate to title this urban free verse poetry “Wet Blankets and Sky.”

Urban Free Verse Poetry: “Wet Blankets and Sky.”

Red suns have cause
I’ve lost myself in one.

The dull, gray haze of heaviness: my endless times
of wearing a wet blanket.

I felt weighted. Lost in the smoky haze.
(Lost and not have a cause.)

Delicate is the lung that breathes,
I find few in gasps.

In all the beauty the eyes can see, it hurts me:
like trying to sift sand through the fabric that’s woven so tightly.

How do I inhale this smoke?

The short quick breaths, lungs smothering in thickness,
air so dense, you can slice with a cake knife.

Today was the worse, from the smoke came ash, white, broken clogging particles. Coating everything.

I watch as they run scarfs over mouth and nose.

A once-free-breathing elderly
with a handkerchief in hand.

I wish for rain, for the washing of the sky.
So wet lungs can breathe easier.

Breathing deep, deep with a sigh.

©Linda J. Wolff 2017

|Wet Blanket and Sky|
An urban free verse poetry

What is a Free Verse Poetry? Typically patterned by speech rather than meter, this form of poetry is very open to the author’s discretion and usually does not rhyme. Visual and sound effects are often employed.  It can have as many lines as the writer wishes.


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9 thoughts on “Urban Free Verse: Wet Blankets and Sky

  1. Hello. It’s a shame that those people continue to set fires every year. But it seems that only a few have been caught. I’ll pray for you and your family. And thank you for enjoying my blogs. Please come back more often. I’ll continue to read your blogs too. Take care.

  2. I have allergies as well. So I do understand your suffering. You have my empathy. I am amazed that despite your allergies you can make good poetry. Take care and stay well.

  3. I’m sorry that your allergies have been getting to you. Hope they get better soon.
    But they did inspire your poem. Something positive came out of a negative.

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