Limerick – Time Machine

If you could go anywhere in time,” she said
Where would you go to, dear Fred.”
Well Fred stood and scratched,
Till a fine plan was hatched
I’d use it for extra hours in bed!”

 

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Written for: https://mindandlifematters.wordpress.com/2016/07/16/limerick-challenge-week-29-time-travel/

Taking a break…

I had the pleasure of attending my brother’s wedding at the weekend, and managed to go completely offline for (most of) two days. I returned to a mind-blowing 400 emails, mostly blog notifications. Even if I read and dealt with each one in a minute, that amounts to 10% of ALL my time over the weekend, waking and sleeping!

I need to scale back a bit.

Actually, a lot.

There is so much that I want to do with my writing, but trying to keep up with the endless treadmill on WordPress is exhausting. There are so many talented poets, writers and bloggers that I follow… so much is inspiring, or beautiful, or heart-felt, or just plain old-fashioned funny… but it’s a distraction from my own writing, and what I need to do.

I am off to the Isle of Wight Festival this weekend, and will be completely offline from Thursday to Monday, most likely caked in mud, and merrily light-headed/unconscious (it’s a binary thing – either one or the other) from my stash of Jack Daniels, my festival buddy.

This weekend is a good catalyst for me to take a bit more of a break and re-charge the batteries.

So … drum roll… I’m going to take a full fortnight off from anything WordPress-y. This will be a HUGE challenge for me, but it needs to be done! (Can you help me out by being a bit less interesting and awesome for this fortnight? Please? 🙂 )

While I’m away, I’m going to write my Blogifesto – my promises to you – and I’ll share that with you in a couple of weeks. I’ve got a couple of other things up my sleeve that I hope you’re gonna love too…

Have a great fortnight, whatever you’re going to be doing. I hope you’ll still be here when I come back! 🙂

 

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Getting away from it all…

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Writing 201: Poetry #8 – Last Day of Summer

We slurped our ice creams in the sun
Sitting there, us four
Vanilla, fresh! and chocolate,
Who could ask for more?

We sat in gorgeous silence
Watching that sun set
Packed our things and made for home,
A happy, free, quartet.

But the sun that set that night,
Never rose again.
Summer ended then and there:
A family, broken.

They rest now solely in my dreams
Us four, down by the lake.
And when I smell vanilla
My heart does freshly break.

 

 

Writing 201: Poetry Day 8 prompts – flavour – elegy – enumeratio

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Haiku Challenge – “Recipes”

This is my contribution for TJ’s weekly haiku challenge – check it out here: https://amaviedecoeurentier.wordpress.com/2015/09/05/tjs-household-haiku-challenge-recipies/

My two year old has been baking with my wife in the kitchen this week, and I was desperate to write a haiku about that… the words just wouldn’t come though. Sometimes you can’t force inspiration. Sometimes it finds you.

Luck, time, two fine souls:
Bond them in life’s crucible.
True love’s recipe

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Pitch and Time #2 (poem)

There is a weekly haiku prompt challenge on the Ronovan Writes blog which I follow (you can check it out here: https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-45-pitch-time/ ).

The theme this week is “pitch and time”. A couple of days ago I posted my first effort for this challenge (https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/pitch-and-time-poem/), but have got a little obsessed with it in the meantime!

Here are three more entries, in differing styles:

Pitchforks at dawn
Angry pitchfork mob!
Nothing left for me here.
Time to move on out

Angry pitchfork mob! Nothing left for me here.
Nothing left for me here. Time to move on out.

Love begins?
Help me pitch a tent?
It’s been far too long a time.
Her eyes said the rest.

Help me pitch a tent? It’s been far too long a time.
It’s been far too long a time. Her eyes said the rest.

Love denied
In the pitch-black night,
He thought he’d found his true love…
It wasn’t his time.

In the pitch-black night, he thought he’d found his true love.
He thought he’d found his true love… it wasn’t his time

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Pitch and Time (poem)

There is a weekly haiku prompt challenge on the Ronovan Writes blog which I follow (you can check it out here: https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-45-pitch-time/ ).

The theme this week is “pitch and time”. This is the first time I’ve entered this… hopefully this will become a regular thing.

PITCH AND TIME

I pitch for your heart
On my knees, making love’s case.
Running out of time.

I pitch for your heart on my knees, making love’s case.
On my knees, making love’s case. Running out of time

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