Haynaku – #NaPoWriMo20 – Day 10

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Heylo 😊

Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt wanted me to write another specific form of poetry:

“…the hay(na)ku)….the hay(na)ku is a variant on the haiku. A hay(na)ku consists of a three-line stanza, where the first line has one word, the second line has two words, and the third line has three words.”

I wrote the first thing that popped into my head (as often happens)

 

Well!

That’s just

mean of you:

Give

a verbose

woman less words…!

What

am I

supposed to do..?

Stick

within limits,

and like it?!

 

Again, short poem, sorry 😉

 

Stay safe, everyone! Day 11 approaches…

 

Monty X

 

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Quest to Conquer Concrete – #NaPoWriMo20 – Day 9

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Hey there!

I think I can categorically state I haven’t conquered concrete poetry by any stretch of the imagination, but when I am asked to try I like to oblige 😉

It seems that I am becoming somewhat of a short poetry writer for this year’s challenge. Sorry if that’s annoying anyone?! I did write more than one entry for Day 9’s challenge, however.

Concrete poetry is the kind “in which the lines and words are organized to take a shape that reflects in some way the theme of the poem” as the NaPoWriMo site explains. I am no whizz at trying to make the computer replicate that though, so I will pop up some pictures of how I wrote the poems in my sketchbook, then type them conventionally so that you can read them without cricking your neck!

 

Inside my boring turn of phrase –

My failure to amaze –

Beats a human heart.

Have you succumbed to the craze

Of lying to my face

So mistrust can start?

 

 

 

 

I saw a bloom upon its stem,

Nodding like Spring’s emblem.

I saw its leaf all new and green,

I saw its petals’ burnished sheen,

I knew it held strength in its root

And here great wonders were afoot…

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday!

Four today!

I hope all your friends came to play?

(And all that chocolate’s ok?!

Won’t make you ill or wobbly…?)

 

Obviously that last poem is one without social distancing being in place 😉 Youngest and Eldest had their birthdays in isolation and lockdown, respectively, this year. They did very well with the unfairness of it all – probably cushioned by the fact that there was still a chunky chocolate cake made for each of them AND I relented on my “no Nerf guns” decree.

*slaps forehead*

#LockdownMadeMeDoIt

I hope any of you that had birthdays recently (or have one coming up) still found (find) something about the day to relish. I know it definitely isn’t all rainbows out there (!) but there are still sunbeams that visit our livingrooms and birds singing on the branches.

Big hugs to you all, and I’ll be back with my own warblings for Day 10 😉

 

Monty X

 

 

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Tumbled – #NaPoWriMo20 – Day 7

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Hello!

 

I loved the story about tumbleweed ‘attacking’ motorists from the article below, and it also made me sigh to read the title of it – the “weird” has definitely been brought into 2020 now!!

https://www.newswars.com/2020-just-began-and-weird-things-are-already-starting-to-happen-all-over-the-world/

The NaPoWriMo prompt for today was to write a poem based on a strange news article, so I wrote this (equally off the wall, I feel) short poem:

 

I tumbled –

Weed-strewn –

Into nothingness.

Muffled cries all around.

In my upside-down car

The world seemed cushioned –

Imprisoned in a rogue hairdo

Intent on stopping traffic.

 

I like the fact that the second line could be taken as a reference to drug use, because I suppose for the motorists the ‘invasion’ would have been a trippy experience?!

Anyway, enough of my tenuous links, I’m away to think poetic thoughts (and to sleep). See you for Day 8!

 

Monty X

 

 

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Again – #NaPoWriMo20 – Day 6

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How do?!

 

“Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem from the point of view of one person/animal/thing from Hieronymous Bosch’s famous (and famously bizarre) triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights said the optional prompt for Day 6’s NaPoWriMo jolly. I had never seen this piece of art, and if you follow the link you’ll see why it is such a good prompt to be given!

I chose to write a poem from the point of view of the owner of the third foot in the shell on the man’s back (to the left of centre, towards the bottom of the middle panel, with a description on the website marked ‘travel journal’) 😉 I decided that foot belonged to a woman…

 

Again

 

And again, he muscled in –

Bade me clam up and cleave to him.

 

My wisdom:

Pearls among swine,

His one wish my eternal command.

 

I am to be cloistered with his need,

Unobserved by the world;

Just flesh upon

A mere shell of all I was.

 

Not the happiest little ditty, but one of those that arrived in my handwriting within 5 minutes and I didn’t feel the need to tweak (apart from adding one word to the last line). Always a godsend when time is at a premium!

I think I will bookmark this painting and come back to it – so much to look at and think about! What characters do you like the best?

Keep staying safe and well, and I’ll ‘see’ you for Day 7!

 

Monty X

 

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On Not Legging It – #NaPoWriMo20 – Day 5

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Hi 😊

 

Today’s prompt had twenty parts to it, but I only tried to hit the first five (as I have the kids about, and peace is hard to come by, yada yada. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it…)

  1. Begin the poem with a metaphor.
  2. Say something specific but utterly preposterous.
  3. Use at least one image for each of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.
  4. Use one example of synesthesia (mixing the senses).
  5. Use the proper name of a person and the proper name of a place.

I started with a metaphor I have used before, and then wrote the rest of the poem trying to incorporate the other 4 steps. I’ll let you be the judge of how well I did, and I’ll catch you for Day 6 as soon as I can!

 

Trying Not To Leg It

 

Spiders are chess queens:

Scuttling with sly plans

To take over your every living hour

With thoughts of their next move.

 

Eight eyeballs boring into your mind…

 

Each tickle a tactile hint.

Of where they may land next –

A silk signature strewn

With silent precision

Cruelly caresses careless cheeks.

A sixth sense for their archetypal shape

Keeps you alert.

Thankful for their lack of noise

(And wings)

But still hampered by their stealth;

No stench (like cockroach cronies)

To track their breeding grounds.

 

A sighting’s felt in the chest.

 

Montaffera can never limber up enough

To be equal. 

 

No matter how legendary she once was:

The livingroom is theirs.

 

 

Monty X

 

 

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Dream Scenes – #NaPoWriMo20 – Day 4

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Hi 😊

 

I hope your Saturday has had space for a fulfilling activity for you. We ventured around the block today in pairs, which was our first time past the end of our garden for us since the 23rd of March. Our neighbours’ cars were all shiny in the street, the birds were chatting up a storm, and the air smelt very good!

 

With all this surreal restriction having descended upon many towns and cities across Europe (and beyond) at the moment, I suppose it isn’t a huge leap to start to think about the concepts of control, reality and what it means for us as individuals (especially, as I have already mentioned, when you are holed up with two little Whovians, and watching episodes from Season 6 with Matt Smith as the Doctor, trying to get your head around the timeline of River Song, etc…).

Step in the prompt for Day 4 of NaPoWriMo, which asked me to write a poem around dream imagery! I have had some really vivid dreams, and I always dream in colour. So I got my rhyming head on and went for it:

 

Dream Scenes

 

I am in a storeful of tools

With the staircase from school

And the weapons of war

Littered on the floor.

 

And the people I see

Have all been lost to me,

But I’m not meant to know

So I keep quiet. Grow –

Like a tree – from a root

With a venomous shoot

That is creeping around,

But not making a sound.

 

And the only true way

To save anyone’s day

Is to just play along

But make it go ‘wrong’.

[If I let on I see

That this is all a dream

Then everyone will

Perish by my tendrils…]

 

So I think, and I change,

Manipulate strange,

Til the Carebears have time

To shift this paradigm.

They dismantle the wall,

Rainbow-forcefield us all,

And my fingers return!

So: I pay for 6 ferns,

 

Depart in a rocket,

(A star key in my pocket)

Sing a beautiful aria,

Breaking all psychic barriers;

Anger an evil lord

With burning mystic swords

 

But wake up as they fall…

 

In my bed I’m then sprawled.

 

Something about the subject matter and rhyming scheme takes me back to my poetic 11 year old self 😉

What weird dreams do you have? Have you ever written them down? I always feel I should keep a dream journal and finally write a best-seller or two from it. That proved extremely successful for Stephenie Meyer, after all…

 

Monty X

 

 

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Stasis – #NaPoWriMo20 – Day 3

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Hello!

The prompt for Day 3 of NaPoWriMo instructed:

“First, make a list of ten words. You can generate this list however you’d like – pull a book off the shelf and find ten words you like, name ten things you can see from where you’re sitting, etc. Now, for each word, use Rhymezone to identify two to four similar-sounding or rhyming words”

I enlisted the help of my old pal https://randomwordgenerator.com/  to come up with the initial ten words, then found the ‘rhymes’ as tasked. I have put the original random words in bold throughout my poem, and underlined the ones I chose from those presented as ‘rhymes’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a revolutionary (but scary) move

The huge human system

Was given licence

To stop.

 

Like nature’s subterfuge,

Suddenly our meristems

Were allowed to burst from creative soil.

 

Without the usual toil,

Some perfect thoughts

Pushed past stubborn egos.

 

And Spring was seen

For the privilege it always is.

 

Slowing our usual dictation

And engaging in consultation

With this state of homeo…station

Could be the levelling basis

For metamorphosis.

 

Well, I feel that was a poem firmly pointing to the present and future, not trapped in the past 😉

What do you think we will learn about our usual way of conducting ourselves through this period of social distancing? Do you predict that humankind will build on any knowledge we glean, or do you think this time will just become a “where were you when…” talking point that loses its introspective spin offs down the years?

As always, I hope you all remain safe and well – and I’ll come back with my response to Day 4’s prompt as soon as I can!

 

Monty X

 

 

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Imprint – #NaPoWriMo20 – Day 2

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Hey there 😊

 

Today’s optional prompt, on the NaPoWriMo site, was to “write a poem about a specific place” and to include details to make it feel real to the reader.  

 

Imprint

 

I stared at the flowers on the wallpaper

And they looked back.

I traced their faces

With imaginary ink,

Whilst sat on the loo.

 

I look for similar designs

In swathes of

Vintage material.

 

And a Liberty print,

Or crisp gingham check,

Can catapult me back

To the smell of the tile

In that childhood porch.

(Always that smell!)

 

And a black marble’s swirl

On a worktop…

 

But,

Somehow,

The patterns I seek

Are not available to buy.

 

As we watch more and more Dr Who while the kids are at home all day, I keep seeing ‘portals’ to the past everywhere and reflecting on their significance. I feel this is shaping up to be a bit of a theme…but there are 28 poems to go in the month, so maybe Day 3’s will veer down another path 😉

I hope you are all well and taking time to get creative yourselves? Take care, and I’ll see you in my third NaPoWriMo post…

 

Monty X

 

 

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Opening – #NaPoWriMo20 – Day 1

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Hi!

I really hope this post finds you all well?

I haven’t been doing earth-shattering things over the last few months that I was away from the blog, but interesting things none the less.

There have been teeth lost and creative offerings left under a happy little boy’s pillow. I will elaborate on that in future posts. 

My sketch books sport doodles aplenty, I even went through a spate of following YouTube videos to start teaching myself one (and two) point perspective in drawing.  I managed to do a doodle or part of a larger drawing EVERY day from mid-February 2019 until the 13th of December, but then the kids caught a nasty tummy-bug-fever-thing – and once we got over that we were swept away by Christmas…but I got back into the practice of producing a doodle or part of a drawing every day by the end of January 2020 and I know it’s going to sustain me through all the lockdown measures in the weeks (and possibly months) to come.

I did have a nice little writing practice going, where I wrote at least 500 words a day, for more than six months in 2019; but it also fell by the wayside when the kids got ill. Now (somehow) we are in April 2020 and I’ve not written creatively with any regularity for a quarter of a year!!  Eeek!

But 2020’s NaPoWriMo challenge has urged me to fill that void with its optional writing prompts and thought-provoking nudges to look for inspiration in interesting places 😊

Today’s prompt was to “make a specific action a metaphor for your life”. I wrote the below, which is probably too literal to be a metaphor…

 

Upon Opening *That* Cupboard

 

And again: I face my nemesis

The place I dread – the one I miss

Out of the plans, because it is

A seething, shame-filled stack of shizz.

 

[But shizz I ‘need’

And shizz I ‘want’

Shizz that, if tossed,

My dreams would haunt!

(Because: a shizz-pile towering tall

Cannot mean I’m, in fact, small…?)

 

A past collected in one place

Becomes, then, a fixed point in space.

It matters (does it not?) that I

Could have my mess from rockets spied?!

 

A declaration: (arms outflung)

“I came! I lived! I AM SOMEOOOONE!”

 

And one day,

(Maybe?)

They could build

A new me

From the dust and silt…??]

 

The last few lines are something I turn over in my head a lot (!) so I have probably written something very similar on this blog before?! I have over 520 posts on here, though, so I have no idea how to begin looking for it, but know that one day history will probably roll its eyes at my repetitiveness 😉

Catch me in my next post to see what I make of Day 2’s prompt…

 

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Hello…?

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*Waves* 

So! I wandered off for a few months again, it would seem!

But I come back to this blog in March 2020 with a rather different world outside my safe little home, a situation that we didn’t know was brewing back in November 2019.

I hope that wherever you are reading this, you and yours are safe and well, and your family has not been hit too devastatingly with this illness sweeping the globe.  I send virtual hugs to everybody, and have nothing but admiration for those of you still out working in key positions, keeping your fellow humans as fed, protected and medically cared for as you possibly can <3 thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone out risking their own wellbeing to serve others. You truly are angels.

We at the Comfy Restless residence are living up to the name nicely here in Scotland after our first week of lockdown 😉 We are incredibly fortunate in that hubby can easily work from home and I am the chief kid wrangler anyway. Of course it is harder keeping ‘home harmony’ when it kinda feels like a holiday and yet the kids are meant to still be looking at schoolwork – and when there are tight restrictions on how we conduct ourselves outside – but our income is secure, we live in a fab community that cares about us, and none of our household are considered to be in a high-risk category for any symptoms we get turning nasty on us. We know far too many families can’t say the same, and we really hate that.

So: if you’re struggling or grieving, overwhelmed – or anything in between – my heart goes out to you. Feel free to send me a comment, or PM my Facebook page, if you need an ear. I have an energetic 7 and 9 year old here charging about giving me cheek and attitude, so feel free to share any parenting woes, too! 😉

I will be participating in NaPoWriMo again this April, and posting my daily ditties around the chaos of the kids being at home for the foreseeable. I don’t know what frivolous topics may be cast up in my poetry, but please believe that I am watching the news with horror as the global death toll goes up, I am hoping for a swift vaccine and I can’t get over how selfless our medical professionals are for being brave enough to endure the swathes of critically ill people and fight the infection, even when they may succumb themselves.

I am hoping to concentrate on brighter things here in the main, however.   I think we may all need it?

So, starting tomorrow, I will write a poem a day for a month, using the prompts from the NaPoWriMo site. I will also aim to actually post my endeavours on the correct day – kids permitting 😉

Catch you in my next post! Take care and please stay safe.

 

Monty xxx

 

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