Use of cacophony and dissonance to create chaos and tension in this piece. Cacophony is the use of hard consonant sounds (k, g, c, etc.) where dissonance is the use of off-vowel sounds with single syllable words.
June 5, 2012
Tin slips reckless down a
deadly vivid dream. The call of
wildfire. Branches snapping,
flick burning embers out at
crackling angles. A bonfire party.
A cannibal roast, a bad dream yanks
a silent scream from little Tin's air-
burnt throat. Grubby fingers in the
tangled underbrush, stacked imps with
sharp pickaxes parading crudely about.
Panic stamps its way across the ground
and poor Tin, the childish dreamer, runs back
head first to a trap. Snickers in the trees,
Tin thinks they can probably see. How sharp,
their pointy axes? How quick their hatchet throws?
Turgid limbs slow frightened Tin, whose
gaudy friends are close behind. Their gay
hurrah's, their hungry shouts tumble sharp
from ground and sky- thickly gargled savage
conversation. Where to run? Tin's not got long.
A blast of pain behind the knee
numbs the senses. Sluggish and sore,
his limbs collapse. Crawling in the scratchy
weeds, he head for vines and bark.
Imps and arrows bury sharp their
miniature ammunition, their tiny hurt.
Tin is tired once again, the abrupt return of
pre-slumber states make dying by fireside
a less troubled way to go. "Naps," said Ma,
"It's time for your naps now, boy..."
Tin wakes to chores and troubles,
the scent of burning in the air,
the imps and their pinpricks fresh on his skin.