Throw a coin into a well, blow out a birthday candle, pick up a pin. Small acts of superstition? Yes, but also they are small acts of magic that brighten an otherwise mundane world.
By George Potter If depressed by your age Remember the Sage Who by numeric twist Would thereby insist That at year Twenty-one (The age of great fun) A mathematical quirk Commences to work Stopping further addition From then to perdition. He said “Double your age, Then add an ‘0’ Divide by your age, C’mon,don’t be […]
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He prowled silently across the room to where she slept, his black coat rendering him almost invisible in the darkened room.
He paused a moment, assessing his target, before he leapt onto her.
“Milo,” she murmured as he pressed into the crook of her legs, happily tucked himself up behind her knees, and began to purr.
Poison is in my throat, wild and burning…
A wonderful poem, please read and give kudos (and maybe a comment and/or follow) at the poet’s blog.
A haiku in honour of the Year of the Rat and all the wonderful pet ratties I’ve loved (photo of my pet rat, Zack, circa 2001).
So quick and clever
Whiskers twitching, bright-eyed rat
Bring us luck this year
Today’s poetry topic idea is thirst. A poet could write about: Being thirsty Dehydration An inadequate supply of clean water The idea of being thirsty, with, for varying reasons, undrinkable liquid available Quenching thirst Drinking liquids Thirst in survival situations Thirst as a metaphor Here is an […]
If you’re struggling for an idea of what to write, maybe M Sakran’s blog post can help inspire you.
Light returns slowly
But inexorably and
Spring will soon be here
She’s tired of the usual New Year’s resolutions. They’re so predictable and boring, uninspiring and leaning towards self-denial (give up this, cut out that) or self-torture (get up at 5am and run 5 miles every morning, go to the gym 6 days a week).
January, cold and wet, with still more hours of dark than daylight – all the more obvious when the Christmas decorations are carefully packed away until next year – is a bad time for these things. Late spring is the time that a fruit smoothie and a walk by the river might win over a bar of chocolate eaten while huddled inside in an oversized jumper and fuzzy slippers.
Breaking these over enthusiastic resolutions just seems to make people more miserable.
So this year she’s choosing happiness. What that means she hasn’t fully decided. Sometimes it might mean staying home instead of going to a party she doesn’t want to attend, sometimes it will mean going to a party because seeing her friends and sharing a bottle of wine sounds fun. Sometimes it will mean drawing, however badly, because she enjoys sketching for the pleasure of it rather than as a means to any monetary end. Sometimes it will mean doing housework and then a long hot bath she feels she’s earned.
Choosing happiness is a goal she can happily work towards, not something she’ll be miserable over three weeks into January, and that’s a good start.
Romaine realises how important El’s companionship has become to him.
El made pasta, store brought ingredients though she added a handful of fresh herbs to the mix. Romaine laid the table, poured the drinks, lit a tealight on the ceramic coaster for some added atmosphere.
It still felt odd in some ways, after being alone for so long, to have this level of companionship. It also felt, paradoxically, utterly normal. It had become usual and he didn’t want to think too hard about it ceasing to be so. It wasn’t like he was a stranger to finding himself cut out of people’s lives or needing to cut them out.
“Isn’t it good?” El asked, frowning. He looked up from his meal.
“It’s wonderful,” he said sincerely, gaining a smile from her. “I was just thinking. About how nice it is to share meals like this.”
“I enjoy it too,” she said.
He changed the subject and soon they were laughing and talking about anything and everything. What he and El had was special and he’d cherish it.
This is a haiku from last year and the sentiment still stands.
A new year, a chance
for a new beginning, a
fresh start, renewal
Happy New Year, and may your 2020 be happy, healthy, and successful.