WRITING 201: Evacuate

Oh so dark sky

in a starless night

Still I brave the road

with a single flickering light

Oh so cold water

bathe my tired feet

Still I pursue our lane

flooded at 3 meters deep

Oh why so quiet

usually noisy neighbors?

Still I head home, and

saw a scene I will not savor.

Oh so quick

we have to move.

Still the flood rises high

in fast, full groove.


©2015 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

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In response to Writing 201 Day 7 assignment:

Day 7: Neighborhood, Ballad, Assonance

What do you think about when you think about your neighborhood?

Whether it’s your block, a favorite store or coffeeshop, or just a general sense of community (or lack thereof), keep today’s poem local, within the radius of a leisurely stroll from your home.

I re-imagined that fateful October night when we are forced to evacuate due to flood.

It was unforgettable, not just for me and my family but to our whole community.


68 thoughts on “WRITING 201: Evacuate”

    1. Yay! Thank you, Clarissa. 🙂 I think, this is just the effect of the writers that I usually read. I have read for a lot of times that writers should write with brevity and as simple as possible. 🙂 So I just do it. 🙂
      And, I am not also fond of too wordy pieces. I write as if I am the only reader of my piece that’s why I write pieces that I myself will really read. 🙂

      Thank you, again! I know you can do better than me! 😀

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      1. Yay! Me too! I used to write poems before but not in English! But I am enjoying the course.

        Oh yes! I was actually promoted. My boss tasked me to hold a really big company’s PR. The task is actually daunting but I hope I can do it! 🙂

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  1. That was an absolutely beautiful poem, Rose Marie! Your style is becoming streamlined — and the poem is filled with a lovely set of rhymes and images . My favorite lines:
    “Still I brave the road
    with a single flickering light.”

    That must have been terrifying!
    Was it Haiyaan? (I thought Typhoon Haiyaan was in 2013.)

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    1. Oh thank you, Vijaya! Coming from a very good poet as you are, your words are really elating!

      Oh no. It is not Haiyan. Haiyan is sadly far more disastrous than our experience that I have told in this poem.

      Thank you again, Vi!


  2. Great job! That’s terrible you had to evacuate because of a flood! I hope everyone was okay and there wasn’t much damage for your families home.

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