Seasonal Haikus

Summer’s warming wind,
Blows gently through green leaf trees.
Rain is often thanked.

Crisp golden leaves fall.
Autumn comes as Summer fails,
And the air grows cool.

Snow covers the path,
Inches of cold frozen ice.
Will the Earth survive?

Flowers dig through frost,
Nature comes back from near death.
The birds fly back North.

The Cloudy Shallot

A cloud wanders slowly through the sky,

Sometimes it’s lonely,

But sometimes its friends float by.

 

Years and years ago,

It saw a beautiful land of leaf and sea,

But now all it sees is you and me.

 

Grinding, digging, and choking the land,

A cloud in agony,

To see the dirt turn to sand.

 

Warmer and warmer,

The Earth grows hot,

The cloud may as well reside on a cooking Shallot.

Another World

Rich and poor,

Businessmen don’t sleep on the floor,

Like the children,

Like the elderly.

 

Gold and mud,

They’d be happy for a flood,

Leave the children

Leave the elderly.

 

Brick and straw,

The rich always want more,

Exploit the children,

Exploit the elderly.

 

Medicine and blood,

No one helps but they should,

Help the children,

Help the elderly.

 

Help them all.

My First Haikus

Poetry today,

So I wrote some short Haikus.

I posted them here.

 

The Cherry Blossom.

Pink petals fall to the ground,

Dancing in the wind.

 

The Quarter Pounder,

Unnecessary gherkin.

Arteries thicken.

 

Said the Queen to Ned:

When you play the game of thrones,

You win or you die.

 

Please like or comment,

I hope you liked my Haikus.

Come back tomorrow.

H2O – A Poem Of Love

You’re stuck to my window,

Never far from sight,

You’re in my heart, body, and mind,

Without you, I’d be dead and blind.

 

If I couldn’t touch you with my lips,

Kiss you softly and drink you in,

My throat would cry out for you,

Cry for your deep pools of blue.

 

I’m sorry I ignored you,

And placed my hood above my head,

I’m here for you now,

I know we had a row,

But you did mess up my bathroom floor…

Teddy Bear

A stuffed bear sits on a toy shop shelf,
A little girl wants it for herself,
Her mother buys,
Because the bear lights up the girl’s eyes.

Dragged on the floor at home, school, and play,
The bear is the girls best friend today,
Through thick and thin,
It never once got chucked in the bin.

Years later it’s on a bedroom shelf,
It’s been replaced by a green wooly elf,
The girl learns to bake pies,
She gets older in her mother’s eyes.

Even later still a little girl plays hide and seek,
And in the attic she has a little peek,
Her mother’s teddy bear,
Placed on a dusty old rocking chair.

Dragged on the floor at home, school, and play,
The bear is the girls best friend today,
Through thick and thin,
It never once got chucked in the bin.

The Ten Best Things About Writing Creatively

Since my last post on literature, The Ten Best Things About Reading, was fairly successful I thought I would follow it up with this, The Ten Best Things About Writing Creatively. Obviously, writing is a less frequented activity than reading but it’s definitely important. What would we read if there were no writers?

Some of the points here are similar to the points on reading, the activities are linked, so there will be some overlap; however the ideas behind them will change. So, here we go…

10 – It’s a welcome distraction

Much like reading, writing is a welcome distraction from the busy world. When you’ve had a stressful day and all you want to do is relax, it may not be soothing, in fact it’s the complete opposite, but you can turn that stress into a story; and that is what is so special about writing. Once that story is finished, then you can relax.

9 – It can earn money

Some, extremely lucky writers get very, very rich; J.K. Rowling is one of very few such writers and most will never reach the lofty heights of stardom. However, there is hope for the many left behind like myself. Once a writer is good enough at their craft to get published, they can start to earn money; yes, this is not what writing is about and yes, it’s not much money, but it’s enough to support a writer until they can write another novel, and that is all we want.

8 – It can be enjoyable

Every writer, if they are writing for the right reasons about the right thing, enjoys what they do. Much like any other creative craft, we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t; no painter hates painting; no craftsman hates crafting, and no living thing hates breathing. It is what we do, it is who we are, and we love it. Well, that got a bit dramatic didn’t it…moving on!

7 – It allows you to become somebody else

It is rare for a writer to use their own voice in a novel, unless it some form of creative autobiography or memoir. Thus we adopt a new personality when we write: I am a white student from Blackpool in the North of England, but as a writer I have been a lonely old man wishing for his wife to live again; I have been a slave during the height of the slave trade in the Caribbean wishing for freedom; and I have been a murderer. When you can see from many angles, it gets a lot easier to see the whole picture.

6 – It can be educational

As a writer, you learn something new every time you write a story. This new found knowledge can be factual, like that found whilst researching a disorder a character in your story has, or emotional, like that found when you realise how a lonely, dying man must feel in his last hours. Through writing you can also learn about yourself, that is, the way you think about things; it’s a lot harder to ignore a homeless man when you know how he feels.

5 – It can be enjoyable for others

One of the things writers love the most, or at least I do, is when somebody congratulates you on a good piece of work. It’s nice to be appreciated, and when multiple compliments start coming in, well it’s wonderful, and I’ll leave it at that.

4 – It gives you a purpose

When all else fails, if you’re sad, lonely, or stressed, you can always count on writing to give you a purpose in life. Sometimes it’ll be more of a friend than you expect, lifting you out of a foul mood by allowing you to write well first time, but sometimes you’ll hit a brick wall. However annoying this brick wall is, and however much you want to throw your computer out the window, you’ll get past it, and when that happens the foul mood you once were in will be gone for just a little while longer.

3 – Your writing may one day influence another person

Among my greatest desires is that one day, I will publish a novel, and that someone will read and be affected by it, just like I am when I read a play by Samuel Becket, or a novel by George Orwell. I would love to have someone read my thoughts and have them influence their own, perhaps allowing them to better understand the position of someone under prejudice, or even the nature of the world around them. To be a definite factor in the development of a person, especially a child, would be absolutely amazing for any writer I am sure.

2 – It allows you to express yourself

What more can you ask of an activity than the ability to express yourself? Writing is one of the few activities that allow expression in its truest form; like art, dance, and song, writing allows us to project ourselves for others to see. This is a scary thing, it can be uncomfortable, especially when people don’t like what they see, but it is also a wondrous thing. In my opinion there is no better way to live your life than in a way that others can see and learn from.

1 – It makes us better people

Like reading, writing creatively makes us better, more well-rounded people. When you can see through the eyes of any person, influence others, and enjoy it at the same time you truly are at your best. Especially if you do it well.

Thank you for reading, I might write a story about writing this…