Weds poetry prompt: ‘Bugged by Life’

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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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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Land of Nod’

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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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Weds poetry prompt: ‘An Ode to Van Gogh’

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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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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Silent Souls’

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This week’s prompt: Write a ‘snap judgement’ poem

Silent Souls

Delicate and sensitive souls
Crack easily under life’s demands,
After burying them into the pile
Of things to be tolerated and/or ignored,
So that a strain so long suppressed
Must inevitably break and snap
Into the form of frantic outburst
And barely considered decision,
But these jumped-to judgements
Reveal the concealed wishes
Of limp and weak-willed men
That would otherwise remain hidden
In the harsh mists of silence
Never to be seen again.

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Panic’s Puppet’

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

Panic’s Puppet

I’m all too quick to panic,
Easily shaken and rattled
By diving into needless battles,
Yes, I’m not always very selective
About where my stress is directed,
Expecting a swift resolution
After an impromptu mental explosion,
And broken pieces to magically reform
Following each inevitable storm
Of clouds which cannot be changed
Nor controlled, yet still I attempt to.
It is only after the eventual calm
That I can stand back and repair
The further damage I have done,
And find the correct answer.
If only the mind made its move first,
Before the heart hastily runs in
Then I might just spare myself
From this misguided torture
And recover the rational me for good.

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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…

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Diamonds of Intent’

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

Diamonds of Intent

The ambitions and big ideas
That chatter away in my head
Are quickly and ruthlessly broken
Into petty, incomprehensible shards
When cast out into reality,
Merely becoming minute pieces
Of a fabled master plan
That I am unable to assemble
Or indeed, even recall the path to,
As these evanescent half-concepts
Are inevitably carried away
Up to the vast, confusing sky
Before becoming lost in the clouds
Never to be seen again,
Their fragile and fleeting nature
Ultimately meaning it is futile
To attempt that final cohesion
Until the mind seeks and finds
Those rare diamond intentions
That the world cannot so easily shatter.

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