Getting cosy in my little flat
It’s a blustery day here in South Down. I love the word ‘blustery’…ever since I read ‘Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day’ and poor Piglet getting blown away. Anyway, today is mild but super windy. Perfect walking weather…or soaring through the sky like Mary Poppins, whichever suits best. So the DB and I were out in the park collecting conkers. Yup, autumn is officially here and seeing the leaves turn for the first time in two years is making me think of cosy evenings curled up with a good book, really getting my teeth into a tasty piece of literature.
Or even better and actually get involved writing some, like I always say I want to. I’m making plans to write as part of NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – which takes place every November. 30 days to write 150,000 words (roughly 175 pages), no editting or going back. Just getting your arse in the chair and writing everyday until you’ve fulfilled the word target. Daunting to say the least but I’m excited for it and at least I’ll know loads of other people are doing the same thing with me at the same time. I find a sense of community really motivating as opposed to the Robert Frost image of writing alone every evening in the depths of a New England winter. Would mind being as good at writing poetry as Robert Frost however…
Yesterday was National Poetry Day, celebrating the best of poetry across the UK, and it’s theme this year was HOME. As a songwriter I often write things that don’t work when sung but sing in their own right when spoken or read. I love reading poetry too…studying it for A-Level English Literature really openned my eyes to all contained so elegantly in such little dense packages. Basically I just love words, messing around with words!
So here is my contribution, a poem I wrote a few years ago about home…it’s no Frost but I hope you enjoy (please be kind with the ol’ criticism)The Mechanics of Belonging The Coin slips home, Silently, Through a gap. Neighbours turn, Tut, Nudge the news along, Weight the options, Then open.