Seeking A Replacement – #writephoto

A lonesome house, seen across the land
Is watched over by, a troubled man
He was a priest, from times of old
At least that’s how the story’s told

A cellar lies, down stairs so steep
In which hides a secret, he must keep

isolated - writephoto by Sue Vincent

Isolated #Writephoto by Sue Vincent

It hides a door, a secret portal
Never to be opened, by any mortal

 

The priest was a hunter, in his day
But he didn’t hunt animals, per ‘say
He thwarted demons that escaped from hell
Then enclosed them in his earthly cell

But the man grows old, his time is near
The world is once again feeling fear
The demons are restless, growing strong
We need a replacement, are you the one?


Originally Written in response to Sue Vincent’s #WritePhoto challenge – Isolated using the fabulous photo of the lonely house seen in the skyline. So does anyone want the job? Lol. KL ❤

Joy, Laughter, Happy Thoughts – Time to Change

A little joy, a little laughter

Is sometimes, the stuff I’m after

A little bravery, a little courage

Someone to stop me, being discouraged

A thoughtful comment, a pleasant smile

A little thank you, once in a while

Happy thoughts, that special place

Those negative thoughts are such a waste

Fear takes its form, in many ways

It’s often hard, keeping it at bay

Yet positivity can, be so rewarding

Stopping those fears, that you’ve been hoarding

Change can be made, with little steps

Making the decision, not to fret

Stop the panic, forget the fear

Reach out for your future, it is here!


Changes - Dilbert

Lewis Carroll_Alice in Wonderland_different yesterday


Originally written in response to todays WQWWC topic “Change” with
my favourite quote about change by Lewis Carrol. With a little help from Dilbert, Linking it back to my #Maydays Challenge post on Laughter! Much Love. KL ❤

The Tale of the Tower #writephoto

This wasn’t like the stories I’d been told
Fables, treasures, times of old
My breath was short, my legs did ache
How many steps for goodness’ sake?

I know each challenge differs in the story
How the hero gets their glory
All Prince charming did was fit a shoe
Surely that’s something I could do?

Rapunzel’s beau just climbed a rope
Then he had the cheek to gloat!
Snow white’s prince gave just a little kiss
Not exactly the hardest task of his

For my true love the task I face

Spiral Staircase by Sue Vincent

Spiral photo by Sue Vincent from Daily Echo

In this ancient magical place
Is to climb this never-ending tower
And reach the room by witching hour

 

I spot the window and take a glance
This looks like it’s my only chance
Outside is a ladder how had I missed it
To reach my future I had to risk it

Dangling off the ledge I made the leap
It only really was a few feet
Climbing up my arms started to burn
I was quite unfit I was starting to learn

In another window, I saw the door
Pushing it open I heard a loud snore
Stretched out on the couch in front of the tv
My dream man laid before me!

What’s for dinner he said with a stretch and yawn
I shake my head maybe I was wrong
It must be a trick of some kind
This wasn’t the prince I had in mind!

Cinderella Slipper - Princess - Rule the world


Hehe! A fun take on a few borrowed classics, originally written for Sue Vincent’s #Writephoto challenge. Check it out!

 

Two Little Letters

Ta

That little word of expression
Can fill the darkest day
When everything goes unappreciated
Those two letters go a long way

Thank you, cheers and ta
All do their own little bit
Of showing appreciation
Instead of acting like an ungrateful git!

It winds me up something rotten
When people are not polite
It’s so easy to say please and thank you
Doesn’t take long and makes everything right.

So Ta for popping by
I hope you enjoyed the rhyme
Scribbled for Stream of Consciousness Saturday
So pop by whenever you have time

thank you dog

When you have a dog in your life…

…there is always reason to laugh!

A Bit Long in the Tooth

Our oldest little woof, is now over 11 years old
Not a hugely old age, for a mongrel I’m told
But changes have started, life’s taken its toll
And some of these changes, are starting to show

It started around the eyes, (as most ladies will know)
Although it isn’t wrinkles, that started to show
Her patches were once a lovely deep brown
But they’re now speckled white, with the odd grey around

She’s a lot more tired and, loves nothing more than a nap
(and I must say, I’m a bit envious of that)
But when she curls up, into a nice doggy dream
She snores the house down, ’til I’m ready to scream

She’s always been the boss, the one to lead
But her direction is off, causing laughter indeed
On her daily walk, she caused such a lark
By charging at the poo bin and proceeding to bark

There is also the incident with the sneaky lamppost
That must have snuck up beside her and said boo like a ghost
She didn’t like it, not one bit
And gave it a good barking too, she looked such a…ditz

Another walk lately was a scene quite mad,
She had heard the rustling of a carrier bag
Assuming it was an enemy, she set off on foot
Disappointed at the outcome, although it was such a hoot

So, time has come, to keep her on the lead
It won’t be easy and she won’t be best pleased
The problem with her craziness is it’s me that looks mad
Laughing alone in a field with a dog and a bag!

 

Millie asleep

Catching up on a nap!

 



Originally written in response to #WQWWCLaddie - Dog laughter tail
by Colleen and Ronovan over at Silverthreading. Check it out for more inspirational writing quotes with today’s theme “Laughter”. Hope my attempt gave a few more people a giggle. KL ❤

An Ode to Bedtime

When you’re a child it’s such a chore to go to bed
It becomes the time to ask a parent all the questions in your headShoe Stuck - Photo by TreyRatcliff
Or request a storybook be read from end to end
Or a time to dress-up and play at make-pretend

Now I am all grown up Bedtime is such a treat!
You even get a rest for those precious party feet.
An afternoon nap is such an unexpected delight!
Especially if there is a party to attend that very night.

Even better is an early night, bath and book in hand
Unfortunately those precious nights are in short demand
So, if you get the opportunity savour it with delight
For there is a shortage in the world of those precious early nights!


Originally written to support the foot image above for the FFfaw challenge but I realised this doesn’t really fit the fiction guidelines. So borrowed the pic for todays Daily Post instead. 🙂

Hope and Doorways

This door to your past is open

So, if there’s something you can’t let go

If you feel that you need a token

Of that someone you used to know

 

I’d like to set you a challenge

To close that door on your own

So that next time your past comes a-knocking

You’ll be strong enough to leave it alone

 

Instead open the door to the future

Good things wait there, that’s a fact

There may not always be sunshine

But there’s new hope and what’s better than that!


Written in response to Linda’s #socs – This and That.

A little late in the day but I hope people enjoy it and find a little hope. 🙂

KL ❤

 

Know Your History – 5th November – Ella Wheeler Wilcox born

know your history - writingOn this day… 5th November 1850, Ella Wheeler Wilcox born.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850 – October 30, 1919) was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was “Solitude”, which contains the lines, “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone”. Her autobiography, The Worlds and I, was published in 1918, a year before her death.

On Writing

Her most famous poem, “Solitude”, was first published in the February 25, 1883 issue of The New York Sun. The inspiration for the poem came as she was travelling to attend the Governor’s inaugural ball in Madison, Wisconsin. On her way to the celebration, there was a young woman dressed in black sitting across the aisle from her. Ella Wheeler WilcoxThe woman was crying. Miss Wheeler sat next to her and sought to comfort her for the rest of the journey. When they arrived, the poet was so depressed that she could barely attend the scheduled festivities. As she looked at her own radiant face in the mirror, she suddenly recalled the sorrowful widow. It was at that moment that she wrote the opening lines of “Solitude”:

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth
But has trouble enough of its own

She sent the poem to the Sun and received $5 for her effort.

Did You Know?..

 Ella tried to communicate with her deceased husband.

She had a pact with Mr. Wilcox that they would keep in touch when either one died. Mr. Wilcox died in 1916. Ella was convinced the promise was kept. One message was, “Brave one, keep up your courage. Love is all there is. I am with you always. I await your arrival.”

Know Your History – 27th October – Dylan Thomas born

know your history - writingOn this day… 27th October, 1914 – Dylan Thomas born

Dylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “And death shall have no dominion”, the “Play for Voices”, Under Milk Wood, and stories and radio broadcasts such as A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog. He became popular in his lifetime and remained so after his premature death in New York City. In his later life he acquired a reputation, which he encouraged, as a “roistering, drunken and doomed poet”.

On Writing

Thomas once confided that the poems which had most influenced him were Mother Goose rhymes which his parents taught him when he was a child:

“I should say I wanted to write poetry in the beginning because I had fallen in love with words. The first poems I knew were nursery Dylan Thomasrhymes and before I could read them for myself I had come to love the words of them. The words alone. What the words stood for was of a very secondary importance … I fell in love, that is the only expression I can think of, at once, and am still at the mercy of words, though sometimes now, knowing a little of their behaviour very well, I think I can influence them slightly and have even learned to beat them now and then, which they appear to enjoy. I tumbled for words at once. And, when I began to read the nursery rhymes for myself, and, later, to read other verses and ballads, I knew that I had discovered the most important things, to me, that could be ever.”

Did You Know?

Dylan Thomas wrote in a shed

Dylan Thomas’s Writing Shed in Laugharne (“my word-splashed hut”, as he described it) was where the poet retreated to work during the last four years of his life.

Perched on the cliff overlooking the Taf estuary, held up by stilts balanced on the rocks, he would gaze from his desk at the sands, sea and beautiful Gower peninsula – and compose some of the most lyrical verse in the English language. The Writing Shed and neighbouring Boathouse where Dylan lived are open to the public and should be on a must-see list for an enlightening visit to Wales.

Know Your History – 26th October – Sir Andrew Motion born

know your history - writingOn this day… 26th October 1952 – Sir Andrew Motion born.

Sir Andrew Motion, FRSL (born 26 October 1952) is an English poet, novelist, and biographer, who was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009. During the period of his laureateship, Motion founded the Poetry Archive, an online resource of poems and audio recordings of poets reading their own work. In 2012, he became President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, taking over from Bill Bryson.

On Writing

The Guardian featured an article on writing poetry for your Valentine. This was Andrew Motion’s advice:

  1. Speak from your heart. Poets have in their toolbox every trick of rhetoric and linguistic structuring – from alliteration to zeugma. The toolbox is there to be ransacked, but the strength of your feelings might be diverted if you get too tied up with technical stuff.
  2. Simply to say “I love you” or “you’re beautiful” is not interesting. Remember William Carlos Williams’ advice about writing – there is no truth but in things. So be particular. Things have a fascination that abstractions don’t. A reader will be more likely to identify with your poem if there are references to personal situations or particular features – be it their body, attitude or behaviour.Andrew Motion_early_bird
  3. A sense of humour is not at odds with passionate intensity. Catching the ridiculousness of a situation doesn’t betray the subject or misrepresent the strength of your feelings. And don’t shy away from flaws. The whole business of being attracted to people is connected to their imperfections.
  4. Pay attention to rhymes and rhythms and the sound your words make. The sound of the thing is as important as the dictionary definition of the words.
  5. Revise, revise, revise. Our first thoughts are almost never our best.

Did You Know?..

Motion won the 2015 Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry for the radio programme Coming Home.

The production featured poetry by Motion based on recordings he made of British soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.