Weds poetry prompt: ‘A Body Betrays’


This week’s prompt: Write a ‘betrayal’ poem.

A Body Betrays

Despite the mind’s best intent
The body often betrays
The desires of within
And aching pleas of the heart.

It will bind and trap minds
In a rigid cell of inaction,
The madness of four walls
Sealing of all distraction.

In these confines, it strikes
With vexingly illogical pains
Until the body surely defeats
A fatigued and weary brain.

There is no rhyme or reason
To this brutal bodily revolt
But upon the sweet kiss of sleep
The mind might just rise again.

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Why I Write Poetry: Stuart Peacock


Inspired by this post from Writer’s Digest. Why do you write poetry? Would be great to hear from fellow poets just what it is that compels them to write 🙂

Why I Write Poetry: Stuart Peacock

I’ve always found myself drawn to poetry – whether it is delivering a deeply serious message, or simply a light-hearted laundry list of words arranged in such a way to make people laugh. Deciphering the meaning behind more mystic, cryptic poems is also something I find enjoyable – as if you are cracking the poet’s secret code and being let into the state of mind that produced those stirring words.

As well as reading it, writing poetry is something I just naturally found myself doing from a young age. In the broadest sense, I suppose one of the reasons I write it as it acts as a sort of therapy, a necessary release of the thoughts constantly whirring in my brain, be they good or bad. Anxiety is something I have always struggled with in my day-to-day life, and sometimes the dreaded black dog of depression rears his ugly head as well. Writing poetry allows me to give shape and form to this inner turmoil, which for whatever reason gives me the freedom to break away from it once it is there on paper in black and white. Not that I only write on exclusively negative feelings, I should add; other times I will feel in a cheeky mood and write something that pokes fun at the ridiculousness of everyday life, sometimes the words will spark from a fond memory, or often people and places encountered in my life will provide the theme. I suppose when you come right down to it, it’s simply a compulsion in my mind, the writer’s instinct – I have to write these thoughts down and arrange them into their appropriate rhythm (it probably helps that I am a sucker for wordplay and alliteration as well).

I also want others to read my work and enjoy the words for themselves – and find their own meaning from it – even if it is one that I hadn’t necessarily intended – that is the great thing about poetry, one pair of eyes can view the words one way while another may see them completely differently. If I know someone has found the poem relatable, or it has spoken to them in some way, you really do get a very warm feeling and sense of accomplishment. Conversely, if someone can’t figure out just what the hell you’re even talking about, at least you’ve got them thinking – frustration and befuddlement are perfectly valid responses as well!

All in all, I write poetry because if I didn’t, my brain would have dissolved into a pile of goo under the weight of all the unexpressed words a long time ago by now. It’s a much needed channelling of all the constant chattering in your head, and once it is down on paper, they are your words. You did that. And for poetry and prose writers alike, that is one of the best feelings in the world.

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Bugged by Life’


This week’s prompt: Write a ‘bug’ poem.

So I chose to combine the idiom of ‘something bugging you’ and bugs as in actual insects for this one – I’ll leave you to judge the result…!

Bugged by Life

‘What’s bugging you?’
‘Who’s pissed in your cornflakes?’
Ask those eternal irritants
Which only further frustrates
And deepens my distaste
For voices invading my headspace.

Hovering and talking away,
But ultimately saying nothing,
These vexing bugs sting not with venom,
But with tedious small-talk instead,
Threatening to take my very sanity
With babblings of utter banality.

Now don’t mistake me here,
I’m not some smug prick
Who’d compare the rest of humanity
To a bothersome cloud of flies,
But I do still savour silence
Above force-fed fakery to fill it.

So don’t drone on about the weather,
Or buzz in my ear incessantly
About petty things not worth the bother,
Talk to me of the wider world out there,
Beyond your narrow antennae,
And I might just tune you in…

…Above the noise of the many.

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Stu’s Writing / ‘Feel Good’ Playlist (Vol. 2)


So here we are with the next selection of tracks within my writing/feel good playlist, songs to cheer me up or lift that dreaded writer’s block. Anyone else out there have their own writing playlists? Feel free to link me or share 🙂

  1. Happy – The Lighthouse Family – ‘Who says you can’t be happy all the time?’ – well, exactly. A nice little reminder to just relax and let life float by sometimes.
  2. Imitation of Life – R.E.M. – Mellow yet upbeat at the same time, a fun one to sing along to, even if you don’t entirely understand the lyrics (a running theme with these guys I think…)
  3. Handbags and Gladrags – Stereophonics – Not bad considering this is a cover they originally recorded ‘just for a laugh!’
  4. Clocks – Coldplay – Powerful with quite an eerie, haunting feeling, this is one I constantly listen to. Have imagined this as an opening theme to a TV adaptation of a book series I’ve been working on for years, so should I ever finish writing the damn thing…
  5. Words – Doves – You might question a writer liking a song where the lyrics include ‘Words, they mean nothing’, but here it is in the context of not letting hurtful ones stop you in your tracks. A nice listen if someone’s pissed you off that day, I can assure you…
  6. Pounding – Doves – Another one from the same album, this has such an energy and reassurance to it – but perhaps a reminder time is limited as well…
  7. Just the Way I’m Feeling – Feeder – Another potential opening theme for my book series (the lyrics hint somewhat towards the themes within the story…)
  8. Love Pollution – Feeder – Again, I couldn’t just pick one from this album. A certain period in my life comes to mind whenever I listen to this – when I stopped fixating on the past and focused on who was right there in front of me…
  9. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton – Was reminded of this one recently when I saw a rather amusing webcomic about it…
  10. Getaway – Stereophonics – One of their more soothing offerings, a nice chilled out one to listen to.

That’s it for Vol. 2! Feel free to share with me any songs you listen to to lift your mood or get your writing going 🙂

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Land of Nod’


This week’s prompt: Take the phrase “Land of (blank);” replace the blank with a word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem.

Land of Nod

Each and every night we drift
To the fabled Land of Nod
Where darkest desires are found
In the form of twisted dreams.
These are the restless visions
From the minds of vagabonds
Struggling to find their place
In the wretched waking world,
So seek solace in night’s arms instead,
Where wanderers are welcome,
As are souls strained by agitation
And embraced without expectation,
Here, they may find their redemption.
In this land under a lens of truth,
With no artificial rules to be made,
Nor any fruit unjustly forbade,
Travellers will arrive at the answer
And forge purpose with closed eyes,
So that upon their eventual awake,
Their life will finally be their own to make.

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Stu’s Writing / ‘Feel Good’ Playlist (Vol. 1)


So I’m currently attempting to put a writing/’feel-good’ playlist together, i.e. songs that always lift my mood and get my creative juices flowing. Does anyone else have to have some sort of soundtrack while writing? Would be interesting to know what my fellow creatives listen to 🙂

So here’s the first selection, with a few short words on each track.

(Currently these are in chronological order of release, but I may mess with the order a bit in future!)

  1. Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi – I can’t not sing/roar along every time I hear this. (and yeah, Gina, sometimes I dream of running away too, I feel ya girl)
  2. I Am the Resurrection – The Stone Roses – The lyrics are so deliciously venomous in this one – ‘You’re a no-one nowhere washed-up baby who’d look better dead’ is particularly satisfying. I consider this song what I’d wish to say to a particularly toxic person from my past, if I ever saw them again. (instrumental at the end is nice too)
  3. Sit Down – James – A good kick-up the rear song for when you’re feeling down; and used masterfully in a recent Game of Thrones Season 7 promo.
  4. Keep the Faith – Bon Jovi – Yeah, him again…part of the soundtrack of many a childhood car ride, and a rocking, reassurring mantra to follow in my adulthood.
  5. Lifted – Lighthouse Family – Relaxing and uplifting, one of the ultimate feel-good songs.
  6. So Young – The Corrs – Chasin’ the moon, just running wild and free – a good philosophy to live by if you ask me.
  7. Just Looking – Stereophonics – This seems to resonate more with me now as a sometimes aimless, often overly-cautious adult…
  8. Driftwood – Travis – For similar reasons as #7, I suppose. Drifting under bridges, never with the flow, indeed…
  9. Yellow – Coldplay -During their glory days, they don’t quite capture lightning like this these days, sadly…
  10. Buck Rogers – Feeder – I’m instantly a teenager in 2001 again when I hear this. I must admit, I thought it was ‘Drink cider from eleven‘ for the longest time (it’s actually ‘from a lemon’ – I guess the idea of drinking from 11am onwards seemed perfectly rational to me…)

That’s it for Vol. 1! Stay tuned for Vol. 2 to come very soon…

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘An Ode to Van Gogh’

Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night (1889)

This week’s prompt: Write a ‘historical persona’ poem

Blimey, I got a bit emotional writing this one! Van Gogh has always been one of my favourite artists of all time (and don’t get me started on how many tissues a certain episode of Doctor Who caused me to use), so I felt honoured to write this little tribute to him, the deeply troubled yet immensely talented artist. I’ve previously written another poem inspired by the man’s work too, so be sure to check that one out as well 🙂

So please, enjoy…

An Ode to Van Gogh

I’ve always been struck by your sunflowers,
Their round, yellow hopefulness
Revealing the precious bright spots
Within your own inner darkness.

I still stand in awe of your Starry Night
With its enchanting, swirly sky
That defies any orderly direction
But is so whimsically pleasing to the eye.

I see the true darkness of man
In the deceptive light of the Night Café,
Life’s misfits chasing green fairies
To wash away the misery of the day.

I can see your own dark heart too
That all artists know too well,
It afflicts painters and writers alike,
The crippling pain of the creatives.

But your torment made works
That stir and inspire even today,
And even deeply twisted hallucinations
Became truly beautiful creations.

I admire you from ages ahead,
Wishing we could shoot the breeze
Or that I could soften your sorrow,
But then, would your immortal name
Still be attached to such masterpieces?
This, I cannot hope to know,
But if your images draw such emotion,
Then maybe that in itself is enough.

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