Small stones: an exercise for January

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by RichardSanders » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:41 pm

Glare of winter sun
burns the memory
of three weeks of
unrelenting rain
out of my head.
Where has winter gone?
Is that spring behind that cloud?

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Ros » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:35 am

I pull skeletons
of leaves from the pond
without freezing
fingers to the bone
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:37 pm

four waiting
two ordering
two outside the door
-- petite --
even for a sushi place
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by nar » Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:30 pm

seven pints for seven mothers
lunchtime for weatherspoons
buggies for beds

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by RichardSanders » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:02 pm

The company went through a reorganization
Noone knows how the new structure works
And all look at each other questioningly
I shrug and mutter deorganization.

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:06 pm

plans, plans for plans,
plans for making plans,
plans for handling
the absence of plans,
and just rushing on
without a plan in the world
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by RichardSanders » Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:49 pm

A half moon smiles
with teeth of hollywood actors.
While golden arches on the horizon
beckon me to come digest
cardboard burgers on gummy buns

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Ros » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:38 pm

The old brass tap
in the empty changing room
howls
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Antcliff » Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:59 pm

Buddha,
pass the bedda budda,
This budda’s bad.
Got bedda budda
even from my brudda
and he’s a bitter
budda bidder,
buying butts
of badly budda.
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:01 pm

four black rooks fighting
on a green square
suddenly stop
and peck the lawn
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:48 pm

walking in the winds and
walking in the woods and
walking in our scarves and
walking in the mud
with the sound of
a distant tank???
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Antcliff » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:07 pm

There is no tank on the island.
Never has been, I bet.
Apart from septic tanks.
Bottles of Tanqueray perhaps.
Uncle Wesley had a tank at El Alamein,
but he lost it somewhere.
I like those first world war tanks with tread all around.
I smile when they are on the telly.
You know they will break down after 3 feet.
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:43 pm

Yes, the fact is that those WWI tanks were actually no use at all, but they _looked_ great :-)

((OK, I checked wikipedia, apparently they had "mixed but impressive" results on their first outing :-)))
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Antcliff » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:21 pm

bodkin wrote:Yes, the fact is that those WWI tanks were actually no use at all
Sassoon:

"We're sure the Kaiser loves our dear old Tanks.'
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:42 pm

traffic slow
not that late
ambulance
motorcycle
blanket
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Antcliff » Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:57 pm

I want to build a cross betweeen
a first world war tank and riverboat
and move, slowly, around the island.
The pace would fit today.
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by L.G.Werribold » Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:02 pm

Bullfinch on a rowan branch,
Peach and pink preened puffball.
Black-capped beak, crush scarlet berries,
If I blink, I'll miss it all.

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by L.G.Werribold » Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:04 pm

Antcliff wrote:I want to build a cross betweeen
a first world war tank and riverboat
and move, slowly, around the island.
The pace would fit today.
Sometimes we need to slow down... your idea sounds ideal.

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Antcliff » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:51 pm

L.G.Werribold wrote:Sometimes we need to slow down... your idea sounds ideal.
Might be a bit too slow. :D Tourist buses would back up behind it.
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Antcliff » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:23 pm

L.G.Werribold wrote:Bullfinch on a rowan branch,
Peach and pink preened puffball.
Black-capped beak, crush scarlet berries,
If I blink, I'll miss it all.
Like that.

No finch on my rowan;
no frill-flurrying to welcome spring;
nor softly sing.
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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by L.G.Werribold » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:51 pm

Antcliff wrote: No finch on my rowan;
no frill-flurrying to welcome spring;
nor softly sing.

That wicked finch in the tree,
To forsake you, and flaunt with me!

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Ade9173 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:07 pm

We see each other less these days.
A meeting brought him to our town-
An awkward guest, a tacit bond
From common times and memory.

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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by Mic » Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:24 am

Now

the Alps are golden
dressed in nothing
but a slip of sun;
pine trees crowd
the mountain
slopes, snowballs
stopped mid-flight
in outstretched branches.
A turquoise sky
rolls into darkness.


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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Post by bodkin » Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:15 pm

a spacious alcoholic
light on narrow feet
a carefully straight weave
towed behind a can
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