October 21, 2014
Lake Turano, Poetry, Sagra Delle Words, Swimming
Last Tuesday, I swam in Lake Turano, with Sheree Mack, Jessica Wortley and Caroline Kemp. It was absolutely magical – as all our post-swim poems showed, there was definitely something special about that morning, that place, and that experience. This poem was started months ago, but completely rewritten after our swim.
By the Water
By the water, we know the people we want to be.
By the water, all is peace:
worries carried off on silver platters
by skittering shards of fish
as we skim our stones.
By the water, souls take flight,
rising on thermoclines
and stolen breaths,
shocked into letting go.
By the water, smiles shine out.
Faces turn to the sun, squinting
against sea-bound diamonds,
icy-blue as the skies above.
By the water, we can’t sit still,
or fight the urge to submerge.
We slip off inhibitions,
and make our leap.
In the water, we are nature,
humbled by our Mother,
feeling small yet mighty,
in her warm embrace.
In the water, we are the people we want to be.
Our little piece of Lake Turano
October 16, 2014
Lichen, Poetry, Sagra Delle Words
“We’re a lot like lichen,” he says,
our fingers meshing as we wait
outside the emptying church.
“Symbiotic,” he continues – “the whole
is greater than the sum of its parts.”
I nod, think of our secret,
our own growing ecosystem,
and turn my face to the sun.
October 16, 2014
After so many trials and tribulations, I have finally got myself blogging on my phone again…
This week, I am at the Sagra Delle Words writing retreat, in Monteleone, Italy, and my head is spinning with ideas, images, and thankfully, almost complete poems too! Yesterday, we visited Villa Farnese, with its spectacular grotto, complete with artificial rain. Stunning. Happily, poetry can now start to flow again!
October 7, 2014
I really shouldn’t set myself public challenges! Losing the ability to post from my phone has scuppered me far more than it should have done, and it feels forever since I last posted… So if anyone has a good WordPress app which works on Nokia Lumia phones, please let me know!
I have been writing, which is the one good thing, and this Sunday, I shall be jetting off to Italy for the fabulous Sagra Delle Words writing course / retreat. My first time in the country, and my first time on such a retreat, so I am very excited, as you can well imagine. I don’t suppose there will be much posting while I’m away, but fingers crossed for my return!
NaNoWriMo is sadly not going to be happening for me this year, but I do feel the need for a challenge (I know, I don’t learn), so I thought I would attempt a re-run of NaPoWriMo, and write every day, even if they don’t quite reach the finished stage. I’m not going to promise to post something every day, but I shall certainly be scribbling!
September 19, 2014
#100HappyDays, scotland, Scottish referendum
I am not overtly political, and this opinion is entirely from my heart, not my head, but today’s happy moment was waking up this morning to find that Scotland were staying with us.
Thank you, Scotland – things would not have been the same without you…