Friday, 29 April 2016

Day 29: Friday Feeling

Not feeling the 'remembrance' prompt today (well, not yet anyway...) More of a go-with-the-feel-flow of observation.

Friday Feels

Jazz floats on the air 
like a sultry smoke, bubbles
over rain-dappled pavements,
a hopskotch of delight. 
Music to carry flowers by: 
white roses
and lilac tulips. 
Music to watch pigeons by:
iridescent bebop swagger. 
Music to come alive by:
effervescent overspill,
every single thing a fascination.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Day 28: Story


Today's prompt is to tell a story, backwards. 

Life of a Leaf

A leaf falls from a tree. 
A copper goodbye, dipped in ochre light.
Green, a memory now, veined in its heart. 
Crinkled and curled at the first feel of cold,
head wilts, bows to teardrop pose

Summer a dream, a frond-filled fantasia,
frills and thrills of possibility.  
Tendrils leap into a pageant of palms
that cheer in the breeze, ever-present applause.
Until May beckons a glorious chorus of green.  

Sun, shine, rain, hail; it holds tight, tensed. 
Fist of belief, clenched against the elements.  
From small beginnings, a bud appears

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Day 27: Long Lines

Today's prompt is to write a poem using long lines. Hmmm, long lines are often my downfall, so I do like to keep them clipped and short, but hey, I'll go with the flow today so...


Today a story of sights: 
fluid script of serene come-and-go waves,
curlicues of white as taut as intricate lace. 
The calligraphy of tree branches as they wait for leaves. 
One magpie's unlucky black and white fly-by.  
Cars that pass oblivious, slow verbs in the distance. 
Clouds that can't seem to make up their mind -
stay, go, float, fall; all the same, whatever which way
Two lone pink flowers on the cherry blossom at the end of the lane -
spring's mascot, weak-willed, biding its blooms.  
And for the epilogue - one blue-winged, russet-blushed swallow's
sleek dart-dip, home again, (heart again), to announce a new season 
to the world beneath its wings.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Day 26: The Heart

Get up

I didn't like the prompt today - the call and response one - but instead was inspired by this picture above from the brilliant comic strip: Heart and Brain 

Hearts are really amazing aren't they?

Occupations of the Heart 

Trapeze artist
and trampolinist.
Exuberant existentialist.
with far-reaching range, 
rose-tinted viewer.
seldom speaker,
Lie-detector, extraordinaire.
jazz -shaker,  
involuntary beat-maker. 
(Wild percussionist -
upon occasion.)
Full-time lover,
Default dreamer. 
of non-monetary wealth.
rebel, with many causes. 
Artist, alchemist.
Reluctant horologist. 
of much silly behaviour,
architect of extravagant plans.
Master mechanic -
the muscle
in every sense. 
Insistent dauntless seeker 
Soft at core
but persistent, resilient 
hard worker.
Invincible, almost
Under-appreciated life-giver
in more ways than one;
(see above).

Monday, 25 April 2016

Day 25: Stolen Lines

Excuse my absence, it's been a tough few weeks unfortunately in which a crisis has ousted poetry for a more pressing practicality.

But. Onwards. For poetry is always a salve.

I accidentally read the prompt wrong today - instead of stealing one famous line to start with, I'm using several. A big nod to T.S Eliot.


Maybe April is the cruelest month -
breeding love out of the deadlands,
mixing memory with regret, new buds
with old imaginings.
For to make an end is to make a beginning.

How long, how often, we've tried to start anew,
but happiness is a grafted plant
that refuses to grow in shallow soil
rife with rocks, and not-so-nimble fingers.
Do I dare disturb it?

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons
the taste of each new day a stimulant;
night, a back-to-black affair.
Where have all the bells gone?
Exultant, ye who go on.

Let us go then, you and I
to a place just shy of sky, huddled
together so well they'll strain to know us. 
Consider my universe disturbed.
Love is a madman's song
querying the dawn.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Day 11: Detail & Abstraction

Today's prompt is to write a poem in which you closely describe an object or place, and then end with a much more abstract line that doesn’t seemingly have anything to do with that object or place, but which, of course, really does.


The window pane brailled with raindrops, 
grey pearls of bejewelled matter. 
The new leaves beginning on trees
lime tufts; confetti-flung green. 
Sky a vast streaked Impressionist swirl.
Daffodils playing a tune of mirth
on the sidelines of road, continuous concerto 
of yellow cheer.

Happiness is a keen anomaly.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Day 10: Book Spine Poem

Well, I never knew there was such a thing as a 'book spine' poem - but there is! It consists basically of stacking books on top of one another with their titles in a poem alignment.  Which is today's lovely and very fun, very addictive prompt. I couldn't stop doing them, once I got one (and my bookshelves are in a mess to prove it!)

Hello sunshine!
The grass is singing, 
the people look like like flowers at last
eating fire, 
butterflies and moths. 

Bring me sunshine, 
tigers in red weather
ways of seeing

The versions of us 
lost in translation:
love poems. 

Paris Poem

Paris was ours, 
Paris to the moon!
Paris, Paris -
a moveable feast. 
Paris, mon amour. 

 A Couplet on Being Single

In a town of five thousand people
the heart is a lonely hunter.  

Travel Haiku

On the road
lonesome traveller, 
big magic.

Tender is the night.
nocturnes -
to the moon.


The snow queen,
the ice queen,
there but for the
green heart.  

Love begins in winter:
the spinning heart, 
the magnetic north;

A confederacy of dunces
the world to come.  


Saturday, 9 April 2016

Day 9: Frightening Line


Today's prompt is to write a poem that contains a line you are afraid to write -  be it a truth, a fear, an unsettling image. 

Hmm. The truth, the whole truth,the scary truth and nothing but.

(I must confess I took some inspiration from this ace song I've been listening to: Thousand Eyes by Of Monsters and Men)


I watch it all 
with a thousand eyes:
how I loved you, how I lost you. 
Stuck on repeat, replay.
Every day, a new reel
I'm forced to see;
glare of multi-faceted regret.  

At night, the subconscious loots
through the loss, unstoppable. 
Greedy for guilt, my masochistic mind
can't let it go, tries in vain
to find a consolation -
there is none.

On the surface, you see me bluff 
But it's never that, not even close.

Your image splits me open:
a thousand different things 
I could have done... could have said.
The thousand ways I saw the world
refract your light -
reduced now to a shuttered one.  
Possibility has a lifespan it seems,
much too brief for love's.  

And the thousand days since -
gone by
in the blink of an eye
and still, I'm there.
Sometimes I wonder
if I'll ever be able
to leave you behind.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Day 8: Flower Poem

Today's prompt is a simple one (well, theoretically): to write about a flower. 


Here, says the rose, is beauty
many layers deep.
Labyrinthine elaborate design,
petals whorled tight
in a swooning roulade;
mille-feuille of pink kisses. 

The telltale flower of love,
romantic missive to declare
a fanfare of feeling.
A story in its curvature, gently told:
perfect, patient, brimful,


Exactly how the heart unfurls
when given as a gift.
Its quiet blush a promise,
banner of delight.
To bloom, says the rose,
is the fate of all who love.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Day 6: Food Prompt

Today's prompt is to write a poem about food. This haiku was inspired by my coffee break today:

Blueberry Muffin Haiku

Purple flecked treat,
triumph of patisserie,
every crumb a feast.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Day 4: The Cruellest Month

Today's NaPo prompt was from the first line of TS Eliot's 'The Wasteland' - 'April is the cruellest month' - asking us to write a poem about which month we find the cruellest. There are a few contenders for that hot spot with me (!) but only one poem came forth:


September wrings its scythe high:
sow and reap, do or die.
Time, slowed and stilled until now
begins to tick with a furious routine.
Do the flame-licked trees, I wonder, feel regret,
mourn for leaves they must lose?
Everywhere, the fire in their branches an effigy
of what is lost. 

The year before glimmers, a mirage.
Back-lit glances and good intentions
choked by September's fisted grip.
A month of endings, false beginnings,
new chapters born as nature dies.
Summer, love; take your final bow -
nothing is spontaneous now. Winter
the only certainty, a whisper away,
the endless miles of cold to come. 

I lost you in September
and leave you there, your memory
a riot of delight and decay.
Something beautiful
gone, suddenly, like the sun.
Pious change the new order
of shadow-smoked days.
Always, the peal of bells
putting an end to all play.
The dying embers of the year,
the ashes of what could never be.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Day 3: Birthday


Always at the outset of NaPo, my birthday. A busy day for a poem, but an inspiring one too!


Day begins with an asterisk.
Everything shiny with celebration:
first light, first bite of a sugar treat,
the ceremony of cake. 

Even the sun, a longed-for party guest
bestows his golden gift.
Confetti greetings colour in
the minutes and hours.

Self-triumphalism (if there's
such a word) the order of the day.
As if there are trumpets in the air
declaring your place here. 

Age curtsies to mind over matter.
Night takes its curtain with candles
and the thin curl of a new moon,
on which to make elaborate wishes.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Day 2: Sisyphus


Instead of a rock, 
it's a heart
that I push
up a hill, 
day in, 
day out. 
And again. 
it feels like the weight
of a world.  
Breathe in, breathe out. 
When will the toil ever end?

Friday, 1 April 2016

NaPoWriMo 2016 Day1: Lune

Well it's that crazy time of year again!  NaPoWriMo rolls into town on an April carpet. Hurray! 

Day 1's prompt is to write a lune, a short 3 line poem. I'm going with the 5-3-5 word count instead of syllable count. And since the word 'lune' always reminds me of the moon and 'strings' for some reason, this is the result:


Tonight my heart sings another
bone white tune,
only the lone moon knows.