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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EDIT: Updated 8th May 2017 – Ah – been a while since I’ve updated this, hasn’t it? Apologies for that. In the time since the last post I have since completed Good Bones and Profiles of the Future, and may post some brief thoughts on them shortly. I have also added Pompeii and Switch Bitch to the 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…
So like last year, I am taking part in the Writer’s Digest November Poem-a-Day Chapbook Challenge – with a prompt set every day in the month. I put a selection of the poems I wrote last year into a collection after a little bit of tweaking, which I still need to look into submitting to publishers – must get on that, not quite sure where this year has gone! Anyway, here is the first poem for this year – enjoy!
Today’s prompt: Write a ‘stay’ poem and/or a ‘go’ poem (I combined both into one)
Red or Green
Sit and stew on it a spell.
Get up and grab the day.
See it through to the end.
Escape before bitterness begins.
To do the sensible thing.
To strike one for spontaneity.
To play it safe for now.
To roll a riskier pair of dice.
In that comfortable, familiar sweater.
And rip the old you to shreds.
Stay or go, the fact remains
That it could tighten those bonds,
Or finally break you free.
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Source: The Awakening – Sample poem
Just posting a quick plug for my Sega-focused blog over on Tumblr, SEGA MEGAMIX, which you can access here. A lot of the content/retrospectives have been posted here within my ‘Years of My Life‘ posts, but I plan on posting various other Sega/video game based content as well. If that sounds like your sort of thing, be sure to check it out and give us a follow 🙂
A Shenmue art competition, specifically, in which the prize was a sculpture of the ‘Phoenix Mirror’ from the game. The competition required you to design your own mirror, that wasn’t of one of the mythical creatures already featured on a mirror within the games. (i.e. Dragon or Phoenix) This was mine, a ‘White Tiger’ mirror, which, considering this was my first time doing any sort of art for a loooong time, I’m pretty dang pleased that it won!!
I’ll be sure to post photos of the sculpture when it arrives 🙂