365 Day Writing Challenge 52: Memory Lane

365 Day Writing Challenge

52. Memory Lane: What’s it look like? How do you get there?

White light through clear windows

Green leaves glowing in the sun.

Large and austere, but not cold –

full of little details, little nuances

that make it perfect for me.

 

It always hurts my head to think

That a house can be a home to so many people

Be special to so many people

Belong to so many people.

Having someone else paint your home a different colour

And it call it theirs feels so

Violating

jarring, driving past and knowing that it is no longer yours but theirs,

(they,them)

it’s… hard.

 

 

 

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365 Day Writing Challenge 50: Just Say No

365 Day Writing Challenge

50. Just Say No: Write about the power you felt when you told someone no.

We say no for a reason.

We say no to tell the other person that

our minds are our own,

that we don’t want to share ourselves with another.

More than just a refusal,

it is a statement.

an act of war,

but mostly an assertion of ourselves

separate from the other.

 

 

365 Day Writing Challenge 46: Dirty

365 Day Writing Challenge

46. Dirty: Write a poem about getting covered in mud.

I loved

jumping in

and feeling the squelch under my wellies

I would find the muddiest, dirtiest part

and dig my feet in, over and over, and feel the earth move beneath me

every step was a joy

just to feel

 

365 Day Writing Challenge 41: What You Don’t Know

365 Day Writing Challenge

41. What You Don’t Know: Write about a secret you’ve kept from someone else or how you feel when you know someone is keeping a secret from you.

It’s like a black shadow
sat in your stomach,
long creepers
pulling you down
from your core
making you heavy
churning your stomach,
rolling you between its long long
fingers,
reaching into your throat,
stoppering your mouth,
finding your teeth and making them grind, grind against each other,
your stomach is a knot now,
you try to regain your body in this battle,
but you feel yourself sinking,
sinking
your heart is fluttering
like a bird trapped in its cage
only too aware of the cat outside,
sharpening its claws.

365 Day Writing Challenge 37: Puzzle

365 Day Writing Challenge

37. Puzzle: Write about putting together the pieces of puzzles.

I decided to rewrite the scene in the Snow Queen where Kay has to rearrange pieces of ice to spell out the word “eternity”. I always loved this story when I was young (even though it scared me) and this scene really stuck in my head. I hope you enjoy it!

365 Day Writing Challenge 32: Rewrite a Poem

365 Day Writing Challenge

32. Rewrite a Poem: Take any poem or short story you find anywhere. Rewrite it in your own words.

The poem I’ve rewritten is She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron

He lives in gold, like the sun –

In Eden days of blue and white,

And all that’s freedom,

All that’s light,

Meet in his aspect and his eyes,

A beauty never matched by even

The brightest star of the night.

 

One ray the more, one shade the less,

Had half impaired the nameless grace

Which lives in every chestnut strand,

Or softly brightens on his face;

Where thoughts so happily express

Themselves in such a loved resting place.

 

And on that cheek, and in his eyes,

So soft, so warm, so joyous,

The smiles that win, the eyes that see

 

All the good in everyone,

A mind at peace with all he sees,

A heart whose love is strong yet innocent.


Of all the challenges this was by far the hardest. Byron rhymes (and mine in this poem have been patchy at best) and uses meter, both of which I never use in any of my poems. All I can say is thank God for my English degree because a lot of things I learnt there became useful when I was writing this – deciphering what Byron is actually saying line per line especially.

 

 

365 Day Writing Challenge 10: Friendship

365 Day Writing Challenge

10. Friendship: Write about being friends with someone.

It’s weird looking back on the poem I wrote for you. It’s weird to think about who I thought I was. I don’t like her. In fact I hate her. She tried so hard to be the person she thought you wanted. But then you tried too. We created little moulds for ourselves, defined ourselves through our friendship, a friendship which fell apart as soon as we weren’t there to remind each other who we were supposed to be.

I was going to post the poem, but I just can’t. It’s too cringey, like seeing an old photo of yourself trying to be fashionable.

I don’t think I really do hate the version of myself that was friends with you. And the friendship wasn’t completely false. It was based on something true at the start, we just fucked it up. We were both so young. And I think that’s how I felt at the time too – when I was at uni it was genuinely the youngest I have ever felt. I always felt so much older than everyone around me. So, yes. You were good for the time. Good for being young. It actually says that in the poem. I don’t regret the friendship starting, but I don’t regret it ending either. I regret nothing. If you’re reading, I hope you remember this.


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365 Day Writing Challenge 7: The Rocketship

365 Day Writing Challenge

7. The Rocket-Ship: Write about a rocket-ship on it’s way to the moon or a distant galaxy far, far, away.

What no one ever tells you about space,

what no one expects,

is the silence.

The silence of a vacuum.

It could easily swallow you whole.

 

The rocket floats.

We are moving fast, hundreds of miles an hour, and yet…

It just seems like we are floating, aimlessly. Endlessly.

We are not here. We are not there.

We are not anywhere.

There is just the silence,

and the stars.

And us.


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“But my good Lord, I wot not by what power…”

Quotes

“But my good lord, I wot not by what power, –

But by some power it is, – my love to Hermia,

Melted as the snow.”

Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

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