The Beasts of Caerbannog #NaPoWriMo2017 #GloPoWriMo2017

The most foul, cruel,
Bad-tempered rodents
Any knight ever set eyes upon;
These rabbits had a vicious streak a mile wide:
Born killers!
Baring huge, sharp . . . ,
Able to leap about . . . ,
Behold the strewn bones!
Enter their realm, trembling,
Besmirched with fear . . .
Then, run away!

Day 24 of Na/GloPoWriMo and today’s challenge is to write a poem of ekphrasis — that is, a poem inspired by a work of art. The additional challenge was to base the poem on a very particular kind of art – the marginalia of medieval manuscripts. This quadrille poem (44 words) draws on the images displayed which seem to have featured in the margins of bibles, and is inspired by the art of Terry Gilliam, and a scene from one of my favourite films of all time, Monty Python and The Holy Grail.


Armchair Sportsman #NaPoWriMo2017 #GloPoWriMo2017

TV won’t be coached
No medals for punditry
So much still to give –
If armchair sports really were
I’d be an Olympian

Two thirds of the way through Na/GloPoWriMo 2017 – 20 down, 10 to go. Today’s prompt challenge is to write a poem that incorporates the vocabulary and imagery of a sport or game.

Futurama Wisdom from Philip J. Fry

When you do things right
Grace makes love seem effortless
People won’t be sure
You’ve done anything at all-
Second nature takes first place

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post, drawing inspiration from the ‘Godfellas’ episode of Futurama

“You can’t lose hope when it’s hopeless. You gotta hope more, then put your fingers in your ears and go, “Blah! Blah! Blah! Blah!… “
– Philip J. Fry

Exercise your Chuckle Muscle

Laughter is a gift
Exercise your ‘chuckle muscle’
Else it wastes away

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post, and inspired by veteran English comedian Ken Dodd

Two Birds, One Stone #NaPoWriMo2016 #GloPoWriMo2016


Writing poetry
As tritina is tricky
Better do haiku

(with apologies/deference to John Cooper Clarke)

Today’s one-word daily prompt word on The Daily Post is ‘tricky’

Day Seven of the National/Global Poetry Writing Month challenges us to write in tritina form – The tritina is a shorter cousin to the sestina, involving three, three-line stanzas, and a final concluding line. Three “end words” are used to conclude the lines of each stanza, in a set pattern of ABC, CAB, BCA, and all three end words appear together in the final line.

“Three, three-line stanzas . . .”
“End words to conclude . . .” – tricky
(Not giving up yet)


Just for fun

prompted by Sunday Photo Fiction

London bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round,
round and round,
slowing down.
the wheels on the bus grind to a halt,
in London traffic

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish;
slosh, slosh, slosh,
swish, swish, swish,
the people on the bus go wish, wish, wish,
we weren’t in London

The horn on the bus go beep, beep, beep;
Beep, beep, beep,
because no-one’s getting anywhere,
in London traffic

The people on the bus go splutter, splutter, splutter
cough, cough cough,
feeling rough.
wish we were by the sea instead of stuck,
on this London bus