Sunday, 29 June 2008
Under the bridge, a flurry of finches - a greenfinch feeding two fledglings and a goldfinch hurrying from bridge to tree and back again....
In the trees by the side of the river, the blue and pink pastel of a plump bullfinch, while a grey heron stands sentinel in the water....
rushing river -
grey wagtail leaps and turns
to chase flies.
But when is Herzog's great film about the nature of truth Incident at Loch Ness going to be released? It was the best film by far at the Film Festival about three years ago and really deserves to be released into cinemas in the UK (Or maybe I blinked and missed it....)
Friday, 27 June 2008
the black-white flash
previously published in Blithe Spirit, the journal of the British Haiku Society
I've got two haiku in the current issue of Blithe Spirit too, I'll post them in due course! I've also had a haiku accepted for publication in Wisteria.
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
I'm still without a home computer so can't post as often as I would like here but hopefully we'll have a new computer by the weekend.....
Monday, 23 June 2008
softly weathering -
the faded colours of
But on re-reading it, I felt it would be improved by changing the first line:
glowing at sunset -
the faded colours of
I felt that the sunset adds a second element to the haiku and enhances the feeling of loss implicit in the second part. What do you think?
Reuse, Recycle and Revise for Read Write Poem
Sunday, 22 June 2008
Thanks to everyone who attended and to the Salisbury Centre - there may be a possibility for me to offer similar workshops there again in the future!
Saturday, 21 June 2008
Friday, 20 June 2008
Visitors came from a distant land
with news of war and disease
I gave them flowers from my garden
but couldn't listen to their words
I have problems of my own I said
as I showed them the door
I turned back to tend the flowers
in my high walled garden
Flowers, belatedly, for Totally Optional Prompts
Thursday, 19 June 2008
I like to revise my work, I like to feel that I end up with the best possible poem. However once a poem has been published, I feel that is it, and I rarely rework a poem that has already been published. With blogging prompts, such as those on Read Write Poem, we only have one week to put together a poem in response to the prompt, so effectively anything I post for these prompts is by definition, a first draft. However because it appears on my blog, I feel it is published, so I rarely rework any poem that has appeared here or on Over Forty Shades.
However, in the interests of responding to my own prompt, I reworked a recent haiku, taking on board the comment made by Bill of Haiku USA:
sway in the breeze -
You can read the original haiku here.
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
Monday, 16 June 2008
A couple of years ago, a project called Green Caretakers was set up to help people in selected areas of Edinburgh to access and improve their communal backgardens. As our backgarden was one of the selected ones we were keen to get involved. We enjoyed visiting various other shared gardens around Edinburgh and getting the first glimpse of our own shared backgreen garden. Our backgreen is shared by a large number of tenement flats and cover quite an area. When we first looked at it, it was mostly unkempt but had lots of trees and bushes with great wildlife potential. (see this post).
Workshops were arranged over the following year but we still never got a key for the back door to the garden and so access was still difficult, we had to go via other people's stair doors which isn't something you can always rely on.... Green Caretakers were. despite their early promises, unable to help us to access keys.
Eventually, we finally found someone who has a key and we were able to get a copy made so now we have access to the backgreen whenever we want. It's much tidier than it was when we first looked in, and we hope to be able to put up some bird feeders and plant some wildflower seeds as well as get involved with the current series of vegetable growing workshops.
Funnily enough we had expected the key to be heavy antique wrought iron.... In fact its just an ordinary key.....
Old Key for Weekend Wordsmith
Sunday, 15 June 2008
We then wandered over to the Tree Festival further into Inverleith Park, but the poor quality of the music and the cold wind drove us away. Last year both the weather and the music were better, you can read about it here.
Friday, 13 June 2008
about the Waggle Dance -
the shaking and stepping moves
bees make to map out
where honey can be found.
dance longer - the honey is further
dance head up - fly towards the sun
The old beekeeper told me
different species of bees
can learn each others dances
but, he said
they're all getting tired
as each year they need to dance for longer.
Storytelling for Read Write Poem
Find out more about the UK's bees at the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
a honeysuckle flower
I've been without a computer for a few days now, so sorry for the less frequent posts and less frequent visits! I hope to be up to full speed again quite soon!
Monday, 9 June 2008
Sunday, 8 June 2008
Gautami also reviewed this book here.
The Meadows Festival takes place on the Meadows, a green space near the main part of the University of Edinburgh. It's much more of a city wide event and attracts not only large numbers of students but lots of hippies and alternative types. We had a very pleasant afternoon sitting in the beer garden, drinking Fraoch (traditional heather ale) and listening to local bands. We also enjoyed browsing the stalls selling second hand music and clothes and locally made jewellery.
Friday, 6 June 2008
10 Years Ago
June 1998 - I had left one job and was just about to start another, just as I am at the minute!
5 Things on My To Do List
Take out the recycling
Write my first villanelle
get a copy made of the key to the backgreen that a neighbour has kindly lent us so we finally get to access the gardens whenever we want....
update my bird records on Birdtrack
send some poems off to journals
Things I'd Do if I was a Billionaire
Pay off my mortgage, give me, my partner and family incomes for life then invest the rest in charities working in the environmental field.
3 Bad Habits
drinking too much tea
laziness (eg about sending my poetry to journals, doing the dusting)
sticking to tried and tested recipes in the kitchen instead of trying new dishes
5 Places I've lived
Manchester (with my parents)
Malawi (2 years)
Cornwall (3 months)
Edinburgh (most of my adult life)
5 Jobs I've had
Advice Worker (volunteer)
Charity Development Officer
Director of Charity Regional Office
I'm not going to tag anyone with this, but if you want to take part, feel free - remember to let me know by leaving a comment here! Thanks to Na of Shadows and Clouds for joining in!
Thursday, 5 June 2008
is a coward's game.
We will keep our gazes high,
carry on playing cards
While the waters rise
and forests drown.
Clouds on the horizon
look beautiful at sundown.
storms for Totally Optional Prompts
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
I've been in my current job for 5 years and I'm really looking forward to starting my new job with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens in a couple of weeks.
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Gorgie City Farm was established in 1982 using land from an old railway yard. It is a lovely space with fields of pigs, sheep, goats and ponies, pens of various breeds of poultry and a pet lodge with resident guinea pigs and rabbits. The pet lodge offers a pet boarding service, that Anya took advantage of a couple of years ago when we went to Italy. Gorgie City Farm also has a herb garden, a vegetable garden and a wildlife garden. Produce from the gardens are on sale and also used in the menus of Jemima's Pantry the farm cafe. Its a lovely place to spend a day and hopefully will be a very nice place to work!
Monday, 2 June 2008
Answer at least three of the questions. Yes, I know a few look time-consuming and there are several of them. That's why I only ask for three. See? I'm nice!
Post them and the rules on your blog, and please link back to me here. Pretty please *^_^* ?
Comment here telling me and the rest of our little party where you're at and link to yourself.
Oh yeah, don't forget to tag others!
OK... here we go:
What's the last book you read that you thought was really super, inspiring, you'd recommend it to most anyone?
Dream On by Chrystos - everyone should read her poetry - its beautifully lyrical and passionate andalways engaged in issues. She has a real connection with nature.
What food totally grosses you out, you'd never be able to touch it?
I'm a vegetarian and any kind of meat is unappealing but the mice on sticks sold at bus stops in Malawi looked particularly gross...
Did you ever watch a scary movie that frightened you so much you were afraid of the dark afterward? I mean like you're lying in bed trying to sleep, but you have to pee, but you're scared to get up. It doesn't have to be recently; could be when you were a kid. So what movie was it?
I don't watch that kind of scary film! The image of the edge of the forest coming inexplicably nearer for the forest dwellers in The Emerald Forest, which I saw when I was young, has stayed with me though as a very scary image of what we're doing to the earth...
Is there a song that makes you dance every time you hear it?
I'm sure my partner would say 'is there a song that Crafty Green Poet doesn't dance to every time she hears it?'
Tattoos: yes or no? Do you have any? Tell us! Do you think they're gross? TELL US!
I don't have any but i think they can look really nice. I sometimes think about a dolphin tattoo in my shoulder blade....
When's the last time you laughed so hard your ribs ached and/or you nearly peed yourself? What made you do it?
I have laughed like this recently but really can't remember why...
Draw or doodle a picture of your pet(s) and post it if possible. Nothing fancy, don't be shy!
I drew Anya several times, you can see the results here:
Binkying Bunny Easter Card
Anya in the magical woods
carboard rabbit puppet
Go through a stack or box of your old music. Stuff that you may not have heard in years. Pick one and tell us about it. Is it as good (or as bad) as you remember?
Well I picked up Dexy's Midnight Runners Searching for the Young Soul Rebels and was really enjoying it and then it started falling apart in the tape machine. If there's any music i don't like any more I give it away to a local charity shop so there is rarely anything in my music collection that I don't like.
Do you still sleep with a stuffed animal? We won't laugh!I have a few (especailly rabbits and tigers) but I don't sleep with any of them
I'm not going to tag anyone, but if you want to play along, please do and remember to let me know!
Sunday, 1 June 2008
above the still blue lake -
light fades to dusk.
This is my second poem for this week's Read Write Poem prompt which suggests using any form of poetry to rework another poem in another form. This haiku uses the six repeated words from yesterday's sestina to recreate part of the scene of that sestina.