Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DMC: "A Perfect Storm" by David McMullin


The weatherman's predictions are unclear.
I venture forth with pencil in hand.
Balmy prose are expected, but I prepare for inclement choices.
My umbrella is a well researched outline.
Writing is a breeze.
Idea clouds swirl above.
The sky opens up.
Lightning strikes.
I throw aside my umbrella, letting myself be drenched in inspiration.
Words flood my mind.
A flurry of letters pelt my paper.
Drifts of pages accumulate by my side.
As quickly as it came, the storm gives way to clear blue.
All is still except one fresh draft.
A draft carrying with it the promise of sunny skies.

© 2017 David McMullin. All rights reserved.

Click HERE to read this month's interview with Melissa Manlove, Senior Editor at Chronicle Books. Her DMC challenge is to write a poem that explores how writing (or a book) is like something else.

Post your poem on our May 2017 padlet. While some contributions will be featured as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration this Friday, May 26th. Two lucky participants will win a book published by Chronicle earlier this year: LOVING VS. VIRGINIA by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Shadra Strickland, or LOVE IS by Diane Adams, illustrated by Claire Keane.


  1. Those inclement choices are enough to make anyone want to stay under the covers. Wonderful metaphor, David, and a terrific poem!

  2. Thank you. My original intention was to show how difficult writing can be using the storm metaphor. But next thing I knew, the storm was the hero. A pleasant surprise.

  3. I love the storm metaphor. My favorite part is how the storm turned out to be the "good guy." I didn't expect that. Nice job!