Small stones: an exercise for January

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:34 pm

one toddler lies on the cold ground
while the other falls over, laughing
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by RichardSanders » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:21 am

Empty cardboard boxes of spend fireworks on the side of the streets,
Empty beer and champaign bottles in a cardboard box in my hallway,
Empty guest rooms, plates of cheese and sacks of potato chips,
Empty slates and new year's resolutions soon to be forgotten,
Each new year starts off empty; how will we fill this one?

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Inky » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:23 am

Have you ever doubted
dawn? Procellous seas?
Loved a gangrel of a girl?
Found an ectype without a prototype?
Only on this January lucent earth,
red-boned.

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Antcliff » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:02 pm

Hailstorm between the car and shop
and hear talk of 21 days of gale on Skye.
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 RichardSanders » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:12 pm

Antcliff wrote:Hailstorm between the car and shop
and hear talk of 21 days of gale on Skye.
Sound like a time to cuddle up by the fireplace with a nice dram of Talisker. :wink:

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:44 pm

folded and folded and folded, a crisp packet
between the drainpipe and the wall
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by BenJohnson » Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:37 am

I am used to worms being shorter
and more full of colour
from the flesh coloured band
wrapped around its throat
like an elastoplast to the end
of its tail this worm is like a sock
that has stretched in the wash
dragged down by the weight of water
it is so full of rain it is almost
the colour of rain. It heads towards
uncertainly over an expanse
of slowly drying tarmac.

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:47 pm

bright red lipstick
bright red 'reduced' labels
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Ros » Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:40 pm

on the pond
double ripples
of perfect circles
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by RichardSanders » Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:20 pm

Rooms all clean and tidy again
and now the floor's expanse
from wall to bare white wall,
seems larger without the clutter of my life.
Empty floors and barren walls,
clinically lifeless.
I prefer messy.

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:21 pm

paging through the speed-dial
saw the dead-man's number,
stopped
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by BenJohnson » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:56 pm

A sea gull and a sea gull
one of them dancing
for worms

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Antcliff » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:24 am

For the first time in weeks
there is no sound of wind at night.
Everything seems friendlier.
Small hours are mine again.
We fray into the future, rarely wrought
Save in the tapestries of afterthought.
Richard Wilbur

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by anaisnais » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:00 am

Loving this thread and the concepts within....

Houses on parade
Guards to civilisation
A great divide between man and space
Escapism opposed to reality

Sentinals stand at either end of street
Neighbourhood watch
Dangerous tongues gossip
Prepare for another enslaught

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by dragonfly » Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:18 am

Pale, tight
crocus buds -
eyelids shut
against the wind.

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by RichardSanders » Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:49 am

A few leafs in browns and reds
hanging on in doubt
if winter has come
without snow.

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:48 pm

Yesterday:

Nemo swims
takes the colder shower
slaps himself dry
with a tiny towel
can a used car salesman
actually be a Spartan?

Today:

A Subway server thinks
'a little mayonnaise'
means floating
only one battleship.
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by RichardSanders » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:58 pm

Twenty-twelve, the twins started tweeting.

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by anaisnais » Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:55 pm

children on scooters
kirby and kick the can
... lost in remember when
Twilight zone
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:13 pm

two on the seeds
two on the lawn
two flying in
and two flying out --
molto chaffinches
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Antcliff » Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:24 pm

Fat rolled into a ball
and hung for birds.
Untouched, which is unusual.
Moral: there are no birds left.
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 Ros » Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:37 pm

four pennies and a satsuma
on the stone in the stone circle
pagan gods come cheap nowadays
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by nar » Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:00 pm

Seven foot zero of nicotine-bearded Gandalf
is boarding the eight-eighteen again,
bemoaning (by Blackberry) his staff,
to his (Glasgow City) Council.

Fly, you fool.
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:23 pm

full moon
in the tree
behind number forty-two
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Antcliff » Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:42 pm

Dad dodged a cow,
wrote off the car.
Dead car beneath the moon,
listening, bitter, to the sound
of a cow munching.
We fray into the future, rarely wrought
Save in the tapestries of afterthought.
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