Category: Poetry

Feb 21

A Writer’s Dream

A Writers Dream or How to paper the walls with rejection slips   I’d like to write for Mills and Boon Of heroes dark and handsome Or stories of suspense in which There’s kidnappings and ransom Erotic books of love and sex That Editors would bid for Purple prose on every page They’ll really flip …

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Feb 19

Fun Poetry from the Latest Workshop

Fun Poetry from the Latest Workshop   We had a very enjoyable writing workshop in Playa Blanca (Lanzarote) on Saturday 14th February and the group produced some super writing, including short stories, reflective pieces and some fun poetry: Poetry A Poem doesn´t have to rhyme It can but needn´t every time Times it does and …

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Feb 13

Fun with Verse from Lynda

Fun with verse from Lynda   Poem – with apologies to Edward Lear How high the bushy fertile land He wrote it with an ampersand Dull and plastic, vibrant eight She shut the door & closed the gate It behoves me much to read and see This stupid poem – writ´ by me Clothes and …

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Feb 09

Poem: Loneliness

Poem:Loneliness.   Asked to write a short poem for the blog, Ray, in sombre mood submitted this reflective piece entitled: Loneliness Old man old man All alone Sit you yet in your Humble home? Dreaming of childhood Adolescence Your life past Your life present Friendships made Friendships lost You were never one To count the …

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May 02

Group Session: Learning to Write Better Poetry

 Group Session: Learning to Write Better Poetry Discuss some tips and suggestions, at the start of the group session, for learning to write better poetry. (You may like to introduce a few ideas generally and allow the members to expand and draw out the ideas themselves or you can find more detailed advice, in books or …

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Oct 23

Poem by Lyn

Poem by Lyn     This poem by Lyn, a member of my original Creative Writing Group, was written as a response to the way she observed people treating her disabled son-in-law. We were discussing using poetry to express strong feelings and this, along with Sandie’s poem ‘The Drinker’s Lullaby’, was one of the resulting poems …

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Sep 22


Poetry   The Kite by Patricia Payne. We flew his kite, my grandson and I. With the wind beneath it skimmed the sky. First to the left and then to the right It was such a colourful sight. Orange, green, purple and red, On the way down it just missed his head. Up again, swirling …

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May 21

Villanelle: A Fixed Verse Form

Villanelle: A Fixed Verse Form One of our earliest members,currently spending time with her family in Australia, decided to try the Villanelle form of poetry and examples of her work are included below. Villanelle is a highly structured poetic form, descended from choral dance song, in which a vocalist, usually female, sang the unique lines …

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May 17

More Poetry

Poems We were given a number of household items to choose from and after handling them and writing down whatever words/phrases/thoughts the object brought to mind, we were asked to write a poem inspired by the exercise. I chose a rubber doorstop with a clown on it and here is the poem…… Take a magic …

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May 10

The Drinker’s Lullaby

Poetry:The Drinker’s Lullaby We have noted, in Session 17, how poetry can be nostalgic and simple in form (Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems) and we have listened to the rhythms and figurative language of John Masefield. You can often say more, in fewer words in poetry and also, maybe find it easier to express things that …

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