15 write while listening to music or inspired by it
Beethoven, The Beatles, Bon Jovi
Tchaikovsky Def Leppard and Pink
I love all their music, their lyrics and songs
But its not conducive to trying to think about writing
a poem whether rhyming
or prose I just have to switch off or forget
Whatever I’m trying to write
It goes wrong
And I do love a song.
But the Moonlight Sonata won’t Help me Keep the Faith
And the Sugarplum Fairy gives me Hysteria
Perhaps I’m just Mizunderstood
Maybe We can Work it Out
And Get the party Started soon.
17 forgotten technology
Me mother ‘ad a mangle
She turned it wi an ‘andle
I loved to see the water squashed
Out of all the clothes she washed
Me brother bought a motor
And made it automatic
So the handle wasn’t needed
And me mother was ecstatic.
One day me mam were poorly
So me gran came to do t’washing
She didn’t know about
The automatic squashing
Got her fingers in the rollers-
She wont do that no more
Her fingers don’t do laundry
But they’re good for sweepin’ t’floor
23 a word where each shape of the letter is described, to describe the whole
The A points up, where I aspire to be, with a brace to keep me strong
The M is the ups and downs of doubt. I wonder if I’m wrong
The A comes back, says keep going upwards. Yes
The N is not so sure – but it’s one doubt less
The D peers outward. Where do I begin?
The A is strong. Amanda will win.
Fruit of the day
Is a fruit a meal? –
A food integral to the day?
Or just a snack? A way
To get from lunch to tea
Would you merit points for fruit?
Would size correlate with value?
Would origin or price compare
The points for mango, plum or pear
How to value pomegranate?
The juice may stand to have some merit
How awkward are the pips or seeds
How easily can it be peeled
How quickly will it spoil
Once its inside is revealed?
How do you value fruit? Citrus, Date or Berry
How fruity are your values?