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Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:18 pm
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This April's going to be a weird one, isn't it?

Let's try some poetry anyway.

2019: A Dragon of Carefully Chosen Words
2018: Hopes and Fears of a Sleeping Dragon
2017: Cadi's Caterwaulings
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Ahead of April, I'm going to do the Inspiration Activity Hunt from last year, to get me in the mood!

NaPo Goals: I want to write 30 poems, one a day. I also want to read lots of other people's poems, and leave them comments where comments are welcome! Given *waves hand at the whole world* all this, I'm going to be super forgiving of myself if I don't actually get any of this done. Goal post (lol).

A Non-YWS Poem: I had to analyse To Autumn by Keats at GCSE, but I still like it.

A Structure: I think I'd like to try one of these Welsh forms: awdl gywydd, byr a thoddaid, clogyrnach or cyrch a chwta.

My Poem: I still think #2 from 2018 was a concept that deserves more than I gave it.

Outside: There is a satellite dish. There is a round, circular, grey, pale grey, matte grey satellite dish. It's attached to a pole, a long pole, a long, narrow, grey, pale grey pole. It's against a dark roof, a dark grey roof, a pitched tiled roof with orderly, linear, lined-up dark tiles.

Quotes: "I love you whatever your water content" is not from someone famous (it's from a friend of mine), but I like it. I also like "Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.", from Ursula K Le Guin, who I've been reading a lot of this year.

Prompt Central: What was the message of the last thing you watched? Use that as a theme for your next poem.

Poetic Line Generator: your oldest friends of words touch wordlessly,

Page 30: "Not anymore, sir." (Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett)

Laffy Taffy Jokes: What kind of brush do you use to comb a bee’s hair? / A honeycomb.

Nonsense metaphor: Grief is a piano
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Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:01 pm
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#1

Black and white it is not;
the chords, once played, sustain
indefinitely.
Major and minor, the new baseline of your life
diminishes with time
until some accidental reprises the melody
(and you realise
it never went away)

Spoiler! :

April, let's do this!
This one uses the "nonsense metaphor" from the inspiration hunt.
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#2

Fourteen days in Mexico
Three in the Yorkshire Dales
Model village, Legoland
Rocking trains on rails
Paintballing programmers
Popcorn and cinema chairs
Meals cooked by someone else
Going up and down stairs
Mother's Day bouquet of flowers
The pub with all the plants
Summer sunrise on the River Thames
Visits from uncles and aunts
Barbecues
Volleyball
Picnic lunch
A space less small

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If this had a title, it would be "Specific Tiny Futures to Grieve".
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Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:44 pm
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#3

Beneath my leaves in dappled dark
come see, my friend, these rusted spars
of steel encased in swaddling bark,
two girders welded to my heart;
and if you'll bend your head to read
each graven pole still states its creed:
adore another
disesteem thyself

By month, by year, through languid time,
growing timber realigns
and though I did not choose these signs,
now deep embedded, they are mine;
but if my grain could be unfused,
what other message might I choose?
esteem all others
adore thyself
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#4

curled
in a sunbeam
cushioned and cosy
golden-bathed
turning pages
escaping
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#5

I love you whatever your water content
be your thirst quenched, and your flesh water-fat,
floating in a paradise of fountains and pools,
sailing on an ocean of joy;
or your tongue sandpaper-dry,
your cheeks gaunt and hollow,
grasping for a single drop of water
as your own leaks out in sobs.

Spoiler! :

We're running with the "just slop one out" approach to poetry writing today, folks! This one scribbled in about two minutes when I realised I was about to be busy for the rest of the evening.
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#6

Walking loops in squares of green,
tiny scenes of branch and leaf,
dripping rain and blackbird's song;
though not long, a small relief

Spoiler! :

It's an awdl gywydd! It's also about my walk this morning.
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#7

My dad and I built a shelf.
He brought the wood, the tools, and his grandfather's know-how;
I brought the design I couldn't find in IKEA;
and we made it, one sunny Sunday.

Lightly in pencil we marked the size,
with spinning saw we cut;
chisel, drill and router bit sharply into hard-wearing oak,
spitting out mouthfuls of sawdust on the grass.
We were a whole morning at it,
measuring, shaping, joining,
and at the end he varnished it for me,
brushing its shining, tawny coat.

Then I drove home to my gardenless flat:
me, two bits of wood, and that deep, tight knot of care unspoken.

Spoiler! :

I'm missing some things, and some people, pretty hard right now. I guess we all are.
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Cadi I'm enjoying your napo so far! (and I also love that you're inspired by the Inspo Activity Hunt again - that has some fun prompts!)

My favorites of your's so far I think are the welsh one - poem 6 - it was just the perfect bite-size poetry piece, and good use of smart word choice too!

And then I also thought, "Specific Tiny Futures to Grieve" was pretty impactful - I've been thinking a lot about those "tiny griefs" and I think you do a good job capturing some of the ordinary losses that people are going through that really adds up - it's a beautiful timely reflection.

Looking forward to the rest of your thread this month! (also you're right on track for 30 poems!! )
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Spoiler! :
Thank you, @alliyah! Yes, the Inspiration Activity Hunt is a fun way to get some diverse prompts!


#8

temper short
day long
work frustrating
patience gone
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#9

I did say, in January,
that I'd like to watch more films this year
but I did think, this might be silly,
I'd get to watch them in the cinema.

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Low effort, doesn't scan, doesn't really rhyme, unless it actually does in the accent you're reading it in. Still counts.
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#10

I am the bumblebee on wing
from blooming flower to hive
(and back)
collecting the nectar of life
(moving my body
stretching my wings
reaching out to red clover
turning away from barren lawns)
keeping me in honey
building myself a future.
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#10b

The park gates hadn't been locked for the night
so I went through
saw that familiar place rendered unheimlich by the dark
the path stretching into unknowable shadow

I have been too long indoors
too long in the city
that this scrap of grass, a mere four hundred yards around
sets my heart skipping in my mouth
longing for the enclosure
of rows of four-storey buildings.

Spoiler! :

Bonus poem, courtesy of my nearly-midnight walk.
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#11

Me,
not-quite cross-legged
(hips too tight, knees too stiff)
arse going numb
on the dark planks of the balcony.

Me,
draped in evening sunlight
(cooler than the fire of noon)
breathing deep
air that breathes in breezes.
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