Literary Hook: ‘Nightwalk’: Lyrical phrasing, repetition and romantic narration
By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet
Here is a poem by Linda Melville. It has lyrical phrasing, interesting use of repetition, and a romantic narration that we can all relate to.
By Linda Melville
into the dark
where wind-torn trees
shower down leaves
to cushion our steady footfalls
Raise both arms
across and aside and around
scrape our brittle fingertips across black canvas
Breathe shattered ebony air
betraying winter’s stealthy approach
Hold on tight with your tattered mitten
Lengthen your stride as I shorten mine
Walk through the night with me
Linda Melville grew up on the southwest side of Chicago and came to Rockford as a student teacher at Carlson Elementary, where she taught for the next 39 years. Writing has always been important in her personal and professional life, whether practicing the craft or sharing her passion with students.
Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.
Posted Feb. 3, 2015