Weds poetry prompt: ‘The Song of the Sea’


This week’s prompt: Write a ‘second home’ poem

The Song of the Sea

By rippling waves
And under gleaming sun,
My other little home
Away from endless bustle
Of cold brick and mortar,
Built instead of calming sand
Beside serenity of water,
This is the place I go
To drown out modern noise
And hear the song of the sea.

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The Fall of the Simpsons: How it Happened

(NB: Not my video!)

Just wanted to share this excellent analysis of the downfall of one of my favourite TV shows ever – I agree with most of the points and it explains excellently just how the show is now a shadow of its former self. As hardcore a fan as I am, I stopped watching regularly long ago and wish they’d let the damn thing die. Might even write my own thoughts on it on here at some point…

Weds poetry prompt: ‘Chasing the Days’


This week’s prompt: Write a ‘big event’ poem

Chasing the Days

With bated breath we await
Some achingly distant date
Whether an exotic escape
Or simple shift in daily fate.
The weeks before all fade
Into gruelling hours of grey,
Then colour returns upon the day
That vague desires have made,
Ceasing the torment and pain
Until there is another day to chase.

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Me, Poetically’


This week’s prompt: Write an ‘intro’ poem

Me, Poetically

So here I am then, this is me
Here to spew some poetry,
Well, it keeps me busy
And ensures my immediate sanity,
Some might call it vanity,
Just self-indulgent soliloquy,
But I must unleash my creativity
For nights of well-mannered frivolity
And possibly a helping of hilarity
(Maybe even a pinch of profanity).
So indulge my little spin on reality,
My escape from daily banality
And listen to words arranged fancifully
Into pure, rhythmic sensuality.

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Quick Book Reviews: ‘Alfie the Doorstep Cat’


Alfie the Doorstep Cat (Rachel Wells)

Not to sound snobby, but I was expecting this book to be one of those light, fluffy reads, the sort designed for you to read while lounging on a beach on holiday, i.e. nothing too heavy or complicated in terms of plot or themes. And yes, it basically is, but I still found myself captivated by this tale of a homeless kitty trying to find a home in a scary and unfamilar street. It probably helps that I’m a bit of a sucker for anything involving cats or dogs in the first place; partly why From Baghdad with Love proved such an emotional read for me as well, and why I was inspired to write a poem about my recently acquired pet cat, who himself was homeless and seemingly looking for a home to call his home just like the titular Alfie of this book. As explained within the book, a ‘doorstep cat’ is one who stops at various different homes in a neighbourhood, for food and/or human affection, not simply choosing one to settle in. Alfie feels compelled to do this after his elderly owner passes away, and does not want to be in a situation where he is left all alone again, so therefore opts to have several homes rather than just one. One of the most interesting things about the book is how it is actually told from the perspective of Alfie – he is the one speaking in the first-person (first-feline?) narration. This in turn provides a lot of the humour in the book, giving a feline perspective to the actions of humans, which of course do not always make sense when viewed through the harsh judging eyes of a cat. While the plot and events end up becoming rather predictible after a certain point, and the dialogue often coming off as unnatural and clunky, I still found myself rooting for Alfie and the various humans he encounters, all with their own problems and issues in life. As I said, the book probably relies on you being an animal lover in order to emotionally manipulate you, but a lot of the sentiment does indeed ring true – Alfie brightens these people’s lives, and call me a foolish romantic if you like, but I am convinced that my own cat, Charlie, is able to tell when I’m upset or I’ve had a monumentally shitty day, and is always able to make me feel better. The book is hardly a literary masterpiece by any means, but there is something about it that is still very compelling. I’m even tempted to check out the sequels that have apparently followed, of the further adventures of Alfie.

While I’ve mentioned the writing and dialogue isn’t always exactly stellar, there is a surprisingly deep message from our feline hero at the end of the book, and I will leave you with his perspective of what it is to be be human:

“…Not that you ever become completely healed, you understand. There will always be a part of you that is still healing, still hurting, but that becomes a part of your character and you learn to live with it. That’s what I think happens, anyway, because that’s how it feels to me”.  — Alfie.

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘The Number Game’


This week’s prompt: Write an ‘money’ poem

The Number Game

We dream of more zeroes
At the end of dismal funds;
Of the day digits can’t chain us
To a forced, cautious hesitancy
And a constant crippling uncertainty;
Days where numbers don’t matter
Nor can they label and divide us;
But while they still define us
We are tethered to the game
Where everyone’s struggle is the same.

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The ‘To Read’ List (Updated 9th August 2017)


EDIT: Updated 9th August 2017 – The Handmaid’s Tale and A Clockwork Orange added to list.

…As for the subject of this post; yes, it is the dreaded ‘To Read’ pile that, for those like me who enjoy a good book, seems to grow ever bigger due to the heavy demands and committments of our everyday lives. It became a bit of a problem for me last year, as I was constantly buying books from second-hand bookshops/charity shops, thinking ‘I’ll get to all these someday’, only to find I had so many building up in my room, still unread. It was at that point I literally sorted them into a ‘To Read’ pile, and began, you know, actually reading the blasted things, further vowing to not buy anymore until I had finished them. I’ll admit I make the occassional exception – if there is a new Margaret Atwood coming out I will either buy it or ask for it as a gift, for example – but I’ve generally managed to keep to this pretty well. So, in order to keep an actual list for myself, here are all of the books that have amassed in the pile, with links to their Goodreads pages (I will give my account on there some attention as I work through all of these as well!). Click to read on…

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