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…

General Election Haiku – The End

Learning to Write #16 The final few, we’re here – polling day! Brutal, exhausting, variable in quality…. But enough about my daily election haiku 😉 It’s been a blast, and I’m glad I’ve done it. It has been hard to work quickly and put something out to a deadline when it is only 70% done….

General Election Haiku 7

Learning to Write #15 The penultimate collection of my daily election haiku. The finish line is in sight! This weeks debate has been dominated by Teresa May and her u-turns, the plight of the NHS and Jeremy Corbyn’s reluctance to make a firm statement about nuclear weapons. It is very odd that people put so…

General Election Haiku (6)

Learning to Write #14 The sixth installment in my daily election haiku marathon. I’m quite enjoying this now, I find that I’m looking for a hook, a moment, a phrase or just something to build on. And I get quite excited when I find it, when I write around it, when I get an image…

Election Haiku (5)

Learning to Write #13 What can you say, really, in a week as tragic, as heartbreaking, as desperately sad as this one. What can you do? Carry on, with all of the passion of our hearts bent towards justice, and freedom and on simply making things better. Every shuddering moment where we fall back, reclaiming…