2018 April PAD Challenge Day 20: ‘Temptation of the Vine’ #aprpad

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Day 20’s prompt:  Take a line from an earlier poem (preferably from this month) to begin your poem for today.

Hm, an interesting prompt this one! I opted to take the first two lines from the second verse of Day 6’s poem, to use as the first two lines of this one. Enjoy the result…

Temptation of the Vine

It was not the expected apple
So bland and ordinary to me now
That aroused my wicked side,
Leading me wildly astray
From conformity’s domain
And whet my appetite to disobey…

No, it was a darker taste
Which tickled my tongue that day;
The seductive and hedonistic grape
Swallowed and suckled with abandon
By so many kings and deities,
Dropped in their mouths, scandalously
By wench and servant-boy alike.

Even crushed it is a delight,
Within the magical elixir that is wine,
And solid, so much more elegant to bite
Than the clumsy crunch of an apple.
To me, it is the true fruit of temptation
And an image more tantalisingly pleasing
Than the supposed forbidden fruit of yore.

Last year’s poem for Day 20: ‘The Harshest Taskmaster’

I actually performed this one at a poetry slam – see the video below (and I may have added some swearing, just to warn you 😉 )

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‘Lyrical Stimulation’

This is a video of me performing at a ‘Poetry Brothel’ event in my town, a poem entitled ‘Lyrical Stimulation’ – this is the poem I referred to that I was working on at the time in this post – it all came together eventually! Hope you are suitably stimulated by my words…and here it is in text form below:

Lyrical Stimulation

Down here, deep below
The senseless noise of the surface
Lies the deeper and darker words
All dripping with intent and purpose
And laced with sensual rhythm;
The smoky, sultry voice of the poet
Heard in secret spots such as these
For those bold enough to seek it.

The lower floor of the bar or lounge
Is the ideal poetical domain,
An alluring lyrical dungeon
Where touch is not used to entice,
They’ll seduce you with words instead,
Tongues twisting with tremouring rhyme,
Leaving an audience on its back, begging for more.

We declare the truths others wouldn’t dare,
Lay our deepest and darkest thoughts bare,
But not completely naked and brazen,
Rather, wrapped in a silky cloak
Of quiveringly pleasing words,
Showing just enough of our minds to tease,
But still leaving the imagination a little treat.

We may not offer a quick release,
But satisfaction is guaranteed
Once the words have had a chance to sink in,
That’s when you’ll go weak at the knees
Upon reaching the deeper meaning,
Yes, you have to work for the satisfaction
But a thoughtful climax is more pleasing
Than one mindlessly cheap and sleazy.

Like this poem? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, avaliable NOW!

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I won a poetry slam! (with videos)

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So this week I competed in a poetry slam that took place in my hometown (and hope to take part in any future ones too) – I’m only just starting out with the whole public performance thing, but think I’m slowly gaining more confidence with it. What I wasn’t expecting was to win! There were two votes for best poet, one from the audience and one from the poets themselves. I was somewhat taken aback when I was announced as the winner of the audience choice! (Netting me a voucher to use for the local theatre, where the slam took place). I mainly tried out some of my more light-hearted, comedy stuff, which as you can see from the performance of ‘MARINA’S Magical Fingers’ above, seemed to get a pretty good reception (originally posted as last week’s Wednesday poetry prompt) As someone who’s never had a lot of confidence in himself (and very nearly didn’t go at all due to this self-doubt), this was a pretty big deal to me and has made me a lot more motivated to keep performing at events like this and really make a go of getting on the ‘spoken word circuit’. I have also been trying to put together a collection of more light-hearted, comedic poems, so again the positive reception here has given me more motivation too.

Anyway, please check out these videos of the other poems I performed – hope they entertain you too 🙂

‘Sticky Notes’ (originally posted as Day 8’s poem for the 2017 NOV PAD Challenge – as ‘Post-it Notes – this was before I thought of the more obvious, filthier title 😉 )

‘A Swing for All Seasons’ (originally posted here)

‘Remembered by the Words’ (originally posted as Day 24’s poem for the 2017 Nov PAD Challenge – ending on a more serious note…)

I’m also due to perform at another poetry slam in March – so I’ll let you know how that one goes!

Like these poems? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, avaliable NOW!

Paperback – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Awakening-Selection-Poems-Stuart-Peacock/dp/1911476335

eBook-: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M</a

‘Beyond the Diagnosis’ (video)

This is a video of me performing the poem, ‘Beyond the Diagnosis’ – which is about celebrating autism and the uniqueness of people on the spectrum. This was a performance as part of the spoken word stage at an event organised by the company I work for (I’m a support worker for people with autism), and is me truly speaking from the heart. I am aware I need to work on my performance a little, try and be a little more natural – but I hope the overall message comes across.

This is the poem in text form:

Beyond the Diagnosis

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Me, Poetically’

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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.

Like this poem? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, avaliable NOW!

Paperback – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Awakening-Selection-Poems-Stuart-Peacock/dp/1911476335

eBook-: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M

Entering the world of Open Mic…

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So recently I have been trying to get myself out there and perform my poetry at any open mic nights or poetry slams I can find, and also began enlisting those with me to record me so I can establish a presence on the poetry ‘circuit’ – as a few months back there was one publisher I was eyeing who were taking submissions, but required you to have proof of an established presence within spoken word poetry. Hence the motivation to build up exactly that! So in this post I am sharing with you videos of two of my performances; I am hoping with time and practice I will become a bit more natural and confident with it, but I hope you enjoy regardless 🙂

Subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more in the future, and of course I’ll post them here on my blog as well 🙂 Has anyone else braved the world of open mic? Would be interesting to hear others’ experiences…

Check out my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, avaliable NOW!

Paperback – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Awakening-Selection-Poems-Stuart-Peacock/dp/1911476335

eBook-: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M