Small stones: an exercise for January

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Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Ros » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:08 am

Small Stones:
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The idea is that you write a small observation each day about something you've noticed - something that has caused you to pause and pay attention to it. Just a few lines.

Add your contribution to this thread every day in January (or as many as you can manage). We can also comment on each other's observations.

The plan is to do this throughout January, but if anyone wants to start immediately that would be great.

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:09 pm

Just replying so that the thread will appear in "my posts" and remind me to do it...
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Antcliff » Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:34 am

Away we go...early morning report before New Year on the island

Rain pitters in the pat.
There’ll be no seaweed
lifted. Fishboxes float.
Gloominess resisted.
We fray into the future, rarely wrought
Save in the tapestries of afterthought.
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by David » Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:48 am

Antcliff wrote:Away we go...early morning report before New Year on the island

Rain pitters in the pat.
There’ll be no seaweed
lifted. Fishboxes float.
Gloominess resisted.
That's a very good start, I think. Takes me there (or where I imagine there to be, which probably amounts to pretty much the same thing for my purposes).
Antcliff wrote:Away we go...early morning report before New Year on the island
It feels like a liminal zone, doesn't it? As though some door has been left open, briefly.

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by camus » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:07 pm

Waiting on a boat to Koh Somet

Crushed cans clash
in bile white surf;
the boat gently sways.
The island lights smile
so favourably far away...
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:33 pm

A wall,
a damp patch,
a pipe.
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by camus » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:40 pm

a torn sleeve,
a son asleep,
a fag packet
nearly empty.
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Ros » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:50 pm

Christmas tree -
baubles, tinsel, lights.
So very still -
it's unnatural
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by camus » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:57 pm

a cat died today
it was a family cat,
a family who had
broken. I felt hugs
and tears were
appropriate, but
we kept our inevitable
distance, mourned
with our eyes and englishness.
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Antcliff » Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:04 pm

camus wrote:mourned with our eyes and englishness.
Good line. English/British are indeed feeble at mourning.
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Antcliff » Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:26 pm

It isn't just the wind,
but salt in the wind.
Landscape of stubs of
plants and trees,
green salted away.
Not at their right angles,
slashed, like aftermath
of medieval battle.
Not clear yet which will survive
and which will die.

....liminal, yes.
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Save in the tapestries of afterthought.
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by BenJohnson » Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:12 pm

Buds like corn unpopped,
await the growing heat
for their fusillades of green
to rattle against the sky;
at which point
we will jump and point,
Look, Look at the leaves.

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:29 pm

even on the way back, sheep
are still piled on the silage rack
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Ros » Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:44 pm

for a moment, the clouds
are edged with pink
before the rain returns
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by RichardSanders » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:49 pm

Weather forecast;

Localized vertical fog rising,
expanding with the winds.
Soon to cover the country in sulferic smell.
To light our way with magnesium glare, into the new year.
A year of ecological conscienceness?

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Oskar » Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:54 am

9:05 A.M. New Year’s Eve

Suspected gas leak
Clearing path to meter in the garage
Plumber on the way
Muffled “Exterminate”
Heard from under books and boxes
Dalek resurrection?
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by BenJohnson » Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:35 am

Sky the colour of a dirty duvet
pulled over our heads
even the light is stiffled

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:57 am

layer of glass
layer of rain
space
layer of tree
sky
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Ros » Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:23 pm

the day divides
into cups of tea
event markers
like standing stones
on a day of walking
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Antcliff » Sun Jan 01, 2012 3:44 pm

Walk the soggy beach with my father
both thinking of lines of verse.
Turn back in the rain.
We fray into the future, rarely wrought
Save in the tapestries of afterthought.
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Nash » Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:49 pm

.

We dismantled winter today,
packed her safely away in the attic.
I see Aldi have daffodils for sale.



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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by RichardSanders » Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:46 am

I saw a duck with a broken leg
flopping his wing on the ground to compensate,
as he was chasing a female across the grass.
With every second step-and-flop,
he strikes his competitor hard on the head.
Disability revealed in slap-stick comedy.

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by BenJohnson » Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:08 pm

The docks I dug two feet under
have sailed beneath the soil
through the whole of winter
they slide tubes among the void
to peer through waves of mud,
before rising from the black
depths and slowly they are undug
to unfurl their great green flags

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Ros » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:15 pm

Bromeliads in the hothouse
turn part of their leaf pink
to indicate a flower coming.
Part of a leaf? Seems
penny-pinching.
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Antcliff » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:39 pm

Yet more wind.
Blank faces at the pier.
Fisherman are no longer
joking. This is hard.
We fray into the future, rarely wrought
Save in the tapestries of afterthought.
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