Category Archives: free verse

Wordle 243 – A Tribute

I want to tell you about a blogging-quilting friend. Born to cycle, every day a journey, no matter what the sky throws at her she pedals around the country, never standing still, exerting all her energy over stones and rough … Continue reading

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The things that hands make

Hands knead and pummel flour,  yeast,  salt and water to make the dough for bread, shaped skillfully into the staff of life. With the years hands lose their strength to be replaced by sleek insensate machine. ~ Needle, thread, scissors, … Continue reading

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Wordle 242

    Listen to wise words ─ they can transform the lives of dreamers present them with an object, a goal, until they flower and shine, water the deserts and other arid places; bring ease to the troubled, soothe the sick … Continue reading

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REGRET

dVerse wants us to use a line from this poem by Naomi Shihab Nye, Burning the Old Year in a new poem of our own.  I chose two lines: “absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a space”  and “only the things I … Continue reading

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Quadrille: Grin

7.30 am  today   To see the sun pop up like a jack-in-the-box from the horizon this morning makes me grin with happiness. My morning walk will be all pleasure, unencumbered by waterproofs. Wet washing can be dried outside ─ … Continue reading

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More Rooms

For the last Open Link Night at dVerse I posted some poems about rooms I have known,.   I promised more, so here’s another instalment, as and I’m still mining the ideas that crowded in while writing them. Beaulieu Dadsdad’s asbestos … Continue reading

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Adventuring

  Guest prompter Matthew Henningsen at dVerse wants us to go travelling When I can’t sleep because my head is full of whirling thoughts and images.  I think my way back to a small crescent-shaped bay on the island of … Continue reading

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Quadrille

Surly sky cannot belie the bubble of happiness as we, cocooned in warmth and comfort of friendship, look out over pewter sea, when suddenly appears a gaggle of horses and riders to splash along the tideline. Child giggles with delight … Continue reading

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More Rooms I have Known

Gran’s kitchen with the copper in the corner to boil the clothes; mangle on the angle to squeeze them half dry. Built-in Dresser by the door where Gran kept crayons in a drawer Smelly gas cooker to provide marvellous meals … Continue reading

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Fortune Cookie Wisdom for this Lover of Words

    Your shoes will make you happy if you take them for a walk through woodland paths and country ways where you might see a hawk fly overhead. A merry heart is healthy. It’s always good to laugh, for … Continue reading

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Quadrille

In the brief lull between two gales we assess the damage, pick up broken pot pieces, retrieve the lid of the compost bin and weigh it down with a rock; hold our breath in the forlorn hope that Storm Imogen … Continue reading

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Reincarnation

A cat’s life for me, a pampered domestic cat with ample laps at hand for caresses and gourmet food at the drop of a hat; a garden safe from marauding dogs where I could hunt discreetly for that tempting furred … Continue reading

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Thirty-year old African violet kept for sentiment.

Too little earth for support in an over-large pot causes the plant to tip a dusty grey-green amorphous nimiety of leaves over the side. A wrinkled weak purple flower pokes defiantly out at the top — undeserved reward for years of … Continue reading

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6-word-Saturday….WEATHER

Drunk on unruly surge of words my poem tussles to emerge from flood as rivers burst their banks in rage Driving rain before snell wind penetrates the stoutest garments, awakens aches with irritation sours tempers, darkens mood. Harsh taskmaster branches … Continue reading

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Conjunctions

  Thread and stitches or knots make clothes to keep us warm. Cement, glue, staples, nails and screws make furniture to give us rest and homes to keep us safe. Roads, railways, tunnels, seaways and airways all link us across distance. … Continue reading

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