I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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6 December 2016


The next war: USA and China,
writes journalist Pilger, shared by a friend on facebook.

That Pilger! Always so confronting.
I put the article aside, make myself some toast

turn on the TV, not for the news
(who wants to watch angst and horror?) but Cirque du Soleil.

Robert Lee Brewer at Poetic Asides offers a new form challenge for December: the landay. As regular readers will know, I enjoy trying new forms, especially with such an opportunity to keep practising them, so you may expect to see a few more efforts here.

Note: It is clear from comments here and elsewhere that this one is not working satirically as intended, so it will need a massive rewrite later. (I greatly admire and trust Pilger, I never miss watching a serious version of the nightly news, and I do NOT recommend turning to 'bread and circuses' instead of confronting reality. [I do love Cirque du Soleil, and probably should have chosen something less beautiful and uplifting to try and make my point.])


  1. I haven't heard of this form Rosemary. I like your poem, it's a picture of real life. Will research the landay form now.

  2. Better Cirque de Soleil than the circus of trump. Good choice. For certain, given who will be in charge of the military, there will be a war. Unless he is stopped.

    1. Hmm, perhaps the gorgeous and brilliant Cirque du Soleil was a poor choice to use in the poem (but I don't know any others on TV). I was meaning to suggest a choice of 'bread and circuses' rather than dealing with what's real. Too subtle, perhaps? I might rewrite this one.

  3. As I live, I learn; and today I learn the landay. Thank you for exemplifying the form so engagingly.