December 23rd, 2009

writing, pen

Busy day poetry: Another Day Please & Pleasing to None

I want to kill my alarm clock.

Today's entries will be drawn from my store of original poetry (i.e. not based on a fandom, just my own life and thoughts).

These two are a light kick-off, a couple brief verses for those too-early mornings and too-busy days.

Pleasing to None
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Another Day, Please
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writing, pen

Poems for coming spring - Silver Day & First Wind plus Honey for a cup of Tea

Behind my hand that holds the door,
The stove burns warm, the kettle steams -
But still I stand and clutch my coat,
To fill my breath with the greener things


I sometimes wonder if the most important things in this life are much softer and smaller than we think they are. A cup of tea in the sunlight, a change in the air with coming spring.

Silver Day
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The First Wind
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A Drop of Honey
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bessie

Poems for the New Year - the Future, Callouses & Gentle Touch

Three for the new year, the first for where we're going, the second for how and the third for why.

Future
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Callouses
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Gentle Touch
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explosives

Battle Cry

Now here's a curiosity - I found this recently among my old school papers, having apparently written it back in 1983, my teen years, and then tucked carefully away - so carefully I forgot it. It's a bit over the top with the old-style romantic-era phrasing, a somewhat melodramatic youthful view of war, but I strangely like it. I was reading things like Tolkien, Dumas and Shakespeare at the time.

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Poetry for partings - He Leaves & Apart

One for the traveling, busy father who must go, leaving his sleeping children in their beds, and one for the wife who waits for him at home. These were written for a friend, but I've known so many families who go through this in one form or another, even my own parents in the past.

He Leaves on Another Journey
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Apart
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Poetry Forms - the Letter A, part 1

Poetic forms are rather like little word puzzles to me, and Lewis Turco's Book of Forms is the ultimate handbook for anyone who likes to play with them. I've taken to working my way through all the forms alphabetically (well, skipping the really looong ones like "comic opera" that is), and will share a few of them here. I chose the themes of cats and gardens when I set out, and for the most part I've continued on those lines.

Acrostic: Green Tiger
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Adonic line:
Curvature query
Whiskery weary.

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Ae Freislighe: Catspaw
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Alba (a song for dawn)
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Alcaic: Tuna
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Poetry Forms - the Letter A, part 2

The other half of forms beginning with the letter A, very brief bits.

Alexandrine Couplet:
Behold the cat who curls beneath my sleeping child's afghan,
Deduce the one most sweet with sighs, contentment's chosen one.
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Amphigory:
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Anagram:
Beaded dew drop…
Weed-pod bed, dear.
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Antiphon: The Purpose
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Awdl Gywydd: Catfood
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Poetry Forms - the Letter B, part 1

More experimentation with poetic forms - I've a dozen for B, four per set, on cats and gardens. I have an exceptional liking for the greenhouse one here.


Backwoods Boast: Pete

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Ballade: Greenhouse Seasons
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Barzeletta (in Blank Verse): Catmint
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Benison: Blessing for the Garden
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Poetry Forms - the Letter C, part 1

Wow, the letter C is a long one - I've a whopping 24 poems here, each in a different form. Most are pretty short, but it still seems prudent to set them out in readable batches so I'll go with four sets of 6 apiece. All types here, enjoy the buffet - still mostly cat and garden themed.

Cancione (canzo): Order
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Capitola: It Figures
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Carole: Silver Frost and Candlelight
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Casbairdne: Pilling the Cat
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Cautionary Verse: Kit Clause
I had a friend who thought it amusing when his kittens climbed his legs...at first.
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Cento: For Want of a Cottage and Picket Fence
This works a bit like 'found' poetry - from P.G. Wodehouse
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Poetry Forms - the Letter C, part 3

Six more - again, wide variety within the forms, but the garden theme uniting them.

Clerihew: Catihews
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Clogyrnach: Plums
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Common Measure: Gardening Book
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Complaint (jeremiad): Lament for Transience
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Couplet, split: Nocturne
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Curtal Sonnet: Washed Away
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Poetry Forms - the Letter C, part 4

The end of poetic forms starting with the letter C! Hope you enjoy.

Chydedd Fer:
When going to sit, please have a care -
The cat has dibs on every chair.
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Chydedd Hir: Cat Spot
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Chydedd Naw Ban: Popsicle-Toes
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Cyrch a Chwta: Garden Panther
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Cywdd Deuair Hyrion: Green Patch
Early on the seed was sown -
Refreshed lawn of great remown.
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Cywdd Llosgyrnog: Fragrant
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Pondering poetry and shifting gears towards Who

I'm looking over the remainder of the poetic forms poetry I have and have to conclude it's just:
a) too much! and
b) not really themed for the interests of my flist here therefore
c) meh.

Letters A-C will stand, but I may or may not continue posting the remainder for general reading lest they merely clog up the works.

It seems to me that this would be a grand time to go ahead and move on to the Doctor!
bessie

Snatches of an Old-Fashioned Coat - Doctor Drabbles

Drabbles!

Not only worse than potato chips, but nearly as numerous. Drabbles are (of course) 100 words, no more, no less and my drabbles are usually pretty exact in their count though the various sites automatic 'wordcount' things give varying numbers, I count them by hand before posting (titles not included).

These are all for Doctor Who - My collection of Tolkien drabbles are earlier in this journal, just click the tags to find them.

Here's most of the collection in a jumbled order at Teaspoon and an Open Mind (inclusive of occasional other Doctors beyond 1, 2 and 3):

Snatches of an Old-Fashioned Coat

Or, if you prefer, I keep them collected by Doctor for One, Two and Three at fanfiction.net:

First Doctor:
Snatches of a Mischievous Grandfather

Second Doctor:
Snatches of a Rumpled Genius

Third Doctor:
Snatches of a Velvet Coat

If I accumulate enough, I expect there'll eventually be collections for Four and Seven as well.