Three Topical Tanka

Learning to Write #27 Three things happened – Scotland won the Calcutta Cup, The Heavy Falcon flew successfully, and friends of mine won national awards for being awesome women in IT. The diamond tanka, above, is for the latter – inspirational people that I am lucky to know and to work with, who have risen…

Valentines Eve Tanka

Learning to Write #26 Two Tuesday Tanka. It’s Shrove Tuesday here in the UK and also Valentines Day Eve, which isn’t really a thing, but made for a nice theme. It’s the hopefulness before the crushing disappointment, the chance to take a chance followed by the inevitable playing it safe. Firstly, to everyone who’s ever…

Rubbish

Learning to Write #27 This is about my morbid fear that my descendants are going to look at what a mess we’ve made of the planet and say something like “what the heck were you doing?” or “what were you thinking would happen when you bought all this crap and then just threw it away”….

Three Tuesday Tanka

Learning to Write #25 Discipline, practice, discipline. That’s what I keep reminding myself of and forgetting about again. So…. this was kind of my day in Tanka. First of all, a cereal disaster! Crossing the granola boundaries and mixing cereal. Like putting rice krispies in your cornflakes packet by accident. No! Then a reminder of…

National Poetry Day 2017

Learning to Write #22 This year, the theme for National Poetry Day was Freedom. My response was a bit sixth form love poetry but, hey, sometimes that’s where the words take you 🙂 This was a response to a lovely line in Swallowtail by Brenna Twohy. I was going to use a simple moth to…

Three More Tuesday Tanka

Learning to Write #21 Autumn has arrived, and these three tanka reflect different aspects of the season. Sort of. Cricket isn’t designed for autumn is it? Wet grass slows play down, and the chilly wind makes it harder to keep your pint steady in the stands. And politics. Autumn is the season of party conferences in…

More Tuesday Tanka

Learning to Write #20 Subtitled – the dangers of writing poetry after several pints of beer. And/or on holiday and more relaxed generally. Don’t you sometimes feel like a ghost at busy points in life, removed, detached, disconnected? And don’t you wish pebbles had friends for life, they could stay in touch despite the best…

Two more Tuesday Tanka

Learning to Write #19 I had a craft evening with my youngest daughter and a good friend of mine, both of whom are infinitely more crafty than me, and it struck me how conversation ebbed and flowed around what they were doing, and what they were doing took shape even as the conversation seemed to…

First Birthday!

Happy First Birthday! Celebrate with a haiku, My poetry blog. Ha. It’s been a lot of fun writing this, I might not be reaching huge numbers but I’m enjoying it, and it is allowing me to be creative, so that’s cool. Happy birthday drbpoems. It’s because my name is really common, and people at work…

Two Tuesday Tanka

Learning to Write #18 Discipline. The challenge of writing something for a deadline. Every Tuesday, I will write a tanka, prompted by something on the day or the day before. Here are two tanka, one from last week, one from today. The first was based on a short exchange on Twitter about how we all…

Leeds Pride 2017

Learning to Write #17 I apologise, this is slightly churlish of me. I really enjoyed being part of the Leeds Pride 2017 parade, it was great to see families out there in the thousands (proper thousands, not Trump thousands), celebrating diversity. The rush of walking down from Millennium Square, high fiving the crowd and seeing…

Blurring the Line

Words and Faith #4 Two pieces to share, from that big space in my personal Venn diagram where poetry and preaching intersect. Firstly, I read a blog about the sacrament of place – those physical spaces where we particularly experience God’s grace. This struck a chord with me, because I’d preached the previous Sunday on…