Weds poetry prompt: ‘Chasing the Days’

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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’

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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.

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘The Number Game’

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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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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Capacity of Error’

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This week’s prompt: Write an ‘error’ poem.

Capacity of Error

Minds warped by impatience,
More prone to simple mistakes,
Sharp tongues of the easily irritable
Cannot swallow the slightest foible,
Haste and hatred lead to failure
Whilst care and restraint are our saviours.

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Published on writersdigest.com!

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Well, this was a nice surprise yesterday! As you may know I am a frequent visitor to www.writersdigest.com , and in fact take part in their ‘Wednesday Poetry Prompts’ every week, the resulting poems posted here. A few weeks ago I saw their post asking people the question of why they write poetry, and to submit their essays by e-mail. I wrote and submitted, not thinking it likely that mine would be chosen to be posted on the site, in fact I posted it here for my followers’ perusal. So imagine my surprise yesterday when I received an email informing me that it had just been posted on the site! Seeing my name and picture right there was somewhat surreal, but this really made my day and has encouraged me to keep going to try and get my poetry out there. See the post for yourself here:

http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/stuart-peacock

I was hestitant about submitting it to the site, but so happy I did now! I’d encourage anyone else who may be hesitant about this sort of thing to just go for it – who knows what it may lead to? 🙂

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘The Power of the Paperclip’

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This week’s prompt: Write a poem about a useful (though seemingly innocous) object.

The Power of the Paperclip

Paperclips
Those temporary connectors
Of possibly-related papers,
Not yet ready to commit
To cold finality of a stapler,
The clips merely keep order
To hurried notes, wild ideas,
Until the time finally comes
To bind them to practicality;
If able to be tamed at all;
Some may resist the steel call,
Escape the wire loop of elasticity
And be lost in a snowy vortex
Of pure unpinned insanity.

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The ‘To Read’ List (Updated 25th July 2017)

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EDIT: Updated 25th July 2017 – Alfie the Doorstep Cat 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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