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31 July 2016
10 lines for Because It Is My Heart – Micro Poetry at 'imaginary garden with real toads'.
Title from Stephen Crane: 'The Black Riders and Other Lines' (though his use of it is very different from this!).
30 July 2016
Linked to dVerse OpenLinkNight #176
26 July 2016
24 July 2016
how my freaky synapses work.
23 July 2016
I see you are still an excellent teacher.
22 July 2016
Title: I explore & examine my totems so as to create #poetry – which I'll post on twitter, that is I'll tweet – each one called a #poetweet
good for a maker of #poetry,
[And a further note just for readers of this blog – the hashtags have to be within the 140 characters, so for this exercise I needed to include them in each tweet. Because, yes, I have tweeted all of the above, including Title and Note. But not this bit.]
21 July 2016
20 July 2016
than to snuggle between Andrew and me,
purring all night in deep rhythm.
Later, when Andrew and Freya were gone,
Levi would curl up next to me and purr.
Now he too has left me; they are all gone.
My new cat is wary, and shares the bed silently.
Yes I know, comparisons are odious, and the new cat is gradually getting more trusting and affectionate. (She did purr the other night while sitting on my lap, as I wrote two poems ago.) I love her – and I still miss the others.
A sevenling for dVerse. We were asked to write about music.
wisdom but no lasting answers.
14 July 2016
I wonder if you get several versions popping up in your inboxes in quick succession? Probably. All I can say is, prefer the last one.
I am making good resolutions to wait, go away and do something else, and have a fresh look at a new, supposedly finished poem after some hours have passed. That might work. (But there's something about seeing it posted which instantly highlights all the faults!)
I'm linking this to Poets United's Poetry Pantry #313
12 July 2016
leave that spot
This poem seems a perfect fit for Poets United's latest Midweek Motif: Absence
10 July 2016
our world and us. It always was.
do it myself, even if....
9 July 2016
Linking to the Tuesday Platform at 'imaginary garden with real toads'
7 July 2016
I'm linking this poem to Poets United's Poetry Pantry #311
6 July 2016
4 July 2016
Possibly the subtitle and the last verse will be best understood by Australians, in the light of specific recent government policies and utterances.
Linking to The Tuesday Platform at 'imaginary garden with real toads'
3 July 2016
overseas to war
but to camp,
training against invasion.
(He was already wounded.
His leg, injured at 10,
needed daily dressing
all his life.)
Andrew's dad went
to the trenches –
20 years later, his son
found one surviving page
torn from a war diary:
'Hell. Hell. Hell. Hell.'
Written for Flash 55 PLUS! at 'imaginary gardens with real toads'. We are asked for a 55-word piece (excluding title) plus we may use the theme of war. My father and father-in-law were involved, in these different ways, in World War II.
2 July 2016
In the land of flowers
be healthy.' So I learned
evanescent, glimpsed in dream,
* Words of St Augustine, translated by Helen Waddell and quoted exactly as above in her book on Peter Abelard. (Part of a longer piece of writing, the rest of which she doesn't quote.)
I'm linking this to The Tuesday Platform for July 26 2016 at 'imaginary garden with real toads',