A Beautiful Time
Freedom turns sour
Hours turn to dust
Bells turn your head
Beds to find the truth
I still had fun
None is yours for good
This found poem was made from the lyrics to A Little Time by The Beautiful South, and I made this little pencil sketch to go with the poem.
I am slowly getting back into drawing and have also started to experiment with digital collage. After NaPoWriMo is over, I would like to start making my own poetry zines decorated with my own art.
painting by Rebecca Chaperon
drawn from nature
I love these strange portals that appear in the mystical work of Rebecca Chaperon. You can find this work and others on Instagram: @rebeccachaperon
Mother cried that her little boy chose
his words from mouths of babes. Flirts
spoke tricky, they sit stoned,
lost at night. Why jaded beauty?
They’ve made you stain, without
This found poem, based on the lyrics to Hey Jack Kerouac by 10,000 Maniacs, takes on the perspective of Jack’s mother who, in this poem, blames the group of people he used to spend time with for his early death.
Petra im Rosenhag by David Jones
inner life captured
Last night on Instagram a prompt by @pinkplastichouse caught my eye. This must be one of the quickest poems I ever wrote, but I had so much fun doing it.
You can read the poem on the Pink Plastic House website or on the Instagram page above.
I really do think that these spontaneous prompts get the some of the best work out of me, because I get to bring my perspective to what at first seems like alien imagery. I get to make the imagery my own, which means that I have to think about how I relate to it.
How do you feel about prompts? Do like word prompts or picture prompts?
My contribution to Poetry Pea’s latest Haiku Pea podcast shows that I am not a very good cook! To be clear, the haiku in the image represented here is not the same haiku as in the podcast. So, if you’d like to hear it, you can listen to the podcast or read the show notes at the link above.
A bit of news
April is nearly here and I have come up with a little project for NaPoWriMo (national poetry writing month). I will be posting ekphrastic haiku and erasure poetry (e.g. blackout poetry) on alternating days. I will post across three platforms: this website, my Instagram account and my Twitter.
If you are already following me on more than one platform, please feel free to pick your favourite and mute notifications, or unfollow me, on the others. I wouldn’t want the responsibility of giving you a bad case of déjà vu!
I haven’t been very active, except on Instagram, but that is going to change in the near future. That does mean however that there will be duplicate content across channels!
I am looking forward to sharing with you what I have been working on.