Monthly Archives: November 2011

An epistolary poem for WWP

  QE I courtesy of Wikipedia Dear QE One, What stirring times you lived in Explorers turning up with new-fangled vegetables and the cursed tobacco, not forgetting new lands and riches. You didn’t do much for world peace – rabble … Continue reading

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Hungarian Strop

http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/?zx=b5584de227c1b80e set us the writing exercise of a Strophe poem.  For some reason, I found it impossible to take it seriously, so I apologise to those readers who came up with stunning examples.  I leave the form beside the nonsensical poem. x. … Continue reading

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Murphy’s Law

  Whenever I join a queue it’s the wrong one. Whenever I’m feeling blue there’s no-one. When I have a  cosy new coat and crampons and boots, the winter’s a warm one. Whenever I’m truly prepared nothing goes wrong. for … Continue reading

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Number crunching

One is my birthday another my son’s age and a third, my daughter’s. One more is the age I’d like to be, the next my real age backwards, while the last is just a stab in the dark. Those elusive … Continue reading

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Changes for dverse poets

The End of an Era The long, long room is empty, swept of all the trappings of our life. Dust swirls in cheerless sunlight        pouring through the oddly clean glass. One last look round. What have we forgotten? Power turned … Continue reading

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I Saw Sunday

It’s been a funny old week:  anticlimactic let down after Tillybud and Hub’s visit, eating a lot of leftovers, getting fat.  Then the joy of Tilly’s take on France in her blog – even technophobe Jock was moved to sit … Continue reading

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Wordling wonder

His ice-cold impassivity was punctured. A spark from the fires of her passion ignited a smouldering combustion which refused to be quenched. Little by little she crept under the skin, and into the heart of this proud man – a … Continue reading

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6-w-S

November like no other I’ve seen This was last week, taking Tillybud back to Beauvais, but it’s been this weather ever since. and to prove it, this is the view from the guest room window this morning   I took … Continue reading

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Songs of Praise*

On Monday, http://liv2write2day.wordpress.com/ gave us a prompt to write about sacred music.  A busy week pushed the idea to the back of my mind, despite being something I care a great deal for.  Here’s the result of the days of gestation, … Continue reading

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PAD 17 – Revelation

A good shake crumbly earth falls all around brown papery skin rustles as I peel and discard it layer upon layer of succulent flesh revealed pungent aroma sets me sneezing eyes a-streaming big knife flashing reduces the globe to tiny … Continue reading

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Brandenburg 6

Margo’s Tuesday Tryout this week is a prompt after my own heart, to write to a piece of music. The choice of music to listen to was holding me up – music is everywhere in my life –until this morning while … Continue reading

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Triolet for Poetic Bloomings

http://poeticbloomings2.wordpress.com/ gives us a wide choice this week: to write an in form poem, any form!  But I’ve written sonnets and terza rima, sestinas and villanelles shadorma and haiku pantoums and senryu but today my mind is blank. For this pathetic effort, you … Continue reading

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Questions answered – a corsair is not a pirate

Earlybird has asked me to find out about the statue of the corsair in my diaporama of Tillybud’s visit.  His name was Georges-René Pleville le Pelley, and it seems he was quite a chap.  Here’s my very rough translation of the Wiki entry at http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges-Ren%C3%A9_Pl%C3%A9ville_Le_PelleyContinue reading

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Once upon a time

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides/poetry-prompts/2011-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-day-16  wants us to play with the old story starter.  Here are my little games: Once upon a roller coaster don’t get off until it stops. * Once upon a downhill path take your feet from the pedals and enjoy the … Continue reading

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Poetic officialdom

This morning I received an email from my local CPAM (health authority). It translates roughly as: if antibiotics are used wrongly, they become weaker.  Much less poetic – and less effective? Les antibiotiques :  utilisés à tort, ils deviendront moins forts

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