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Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:41 pm
by RichardSanders
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?

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:35 am
by Ros
I pull skeletons
of leaves from the pond
without freezing
fingers to the bone

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:37 pm
by bodkin
four waiting
two ordering
two outside the door
-- petite --
even for a sushi place

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:30 pm
by nar
seven pints for seven mothers
lunchtime for weatherspoons
buggies for beds

- Neil

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:02 pm
by RichardSanders
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.

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:06 pm
by bodkin
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

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:49 pm
by RichardSanders
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

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:38 pm
by Ros
The old brass tap
in the empty changing room
howls

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:59 pm
by Antcliff
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.

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:01 pm
by bodkin
four black rooks fighting
on a green square
suddenly stop
and peck the lawn

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:48 pm
by bodkin
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???

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:07 pm
by Antcliff
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.

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:43 pm
by bodkin
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 :-)))

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:21 pm
by Antcliff
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.'

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:42 pm
by bodkin
traffic slow
not that late
ambulance
motorcycle
blanket

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:57 pm
by Antcliff
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.

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:02 pm
by L.G.Werribold
Bullfinch on a rowan branch,
Peach and pink preened puffball.
Black-capped beak, crush scarlet berries,
If I blink, I'll miss it all.

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

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

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:51 pm
by Antcliff
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.

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:23 pm
by Antcliff
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.

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:51 pm
by L.G.Werribold
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!

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:07 pm
by Ade9173
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.

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:24 am
by Mic
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.


(Switzerland, 26th January, 2012)

Re: Small stones: an exercise for January

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:15 pm
by bodkin
a spacious alcoholic
light on narrow feet
a carefully straight weave
towed behind a can