April 26: What time is it?

Five more poems for the month. Or five more prompts—hoping you get many poems.

Today we continue on our quest to convey the abstract through the concrete, and we’re going to get more specific.

From The Daily Poet: “Write a poem where the reader knows what time it is and what season it is through the details of your poem. Do not use words like morning, evening, winter, summer…” Instead, let what’s happening in the poem and the images you use provide that context.

An image I keep coming back to is from a poem by Tracy K. Smith:

“They have been waiting
Since before the station smelled
Of cigarettes.”

(from “Mangoes,” The Body’s Question, Tracy K. Smith)

What images can you find that show time?

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