Monthly Archives: April 2018

A for Apple and other fun facts

I can’t believe this is the last day!! I’m on-my-knees exhausted and nearly out of words, but what a blast it has been. Here’s the last one, I think…  A prose poem. A postcard. Almost Again.

hashtag with blue background behind

Hey, Sweetie, you can put a stamp on, although many have tried, you can’t order me — alphabetically speaking
the longest word I know that does that is — ALMOST, ordered correctly A-Z
and you almost can, if you reverse a bit and look me up back to front. (see details on some website or other, btw)
A bit obscure, for you, if not almost for me — try looking up this apple, honey

1% of all women can achieve 100% orgasm just by stimulating their breasts can I be one of them?? Almost. I’ve tried. I’ve fiddled with the knobs, but I just can’t get off —
(tried for 37 minutes which is the average for any sexual experience)

That’s not working. Wait, babe.  I can’t find the hashtag button on my Apple Mac either,
(which is called an octotoph in any man’s language.) Why don’t I have one when 99% of the population seem to have access?? I can’t type octotrophmetoo, can I? Sounds cracked.
metoo metoo metoo
Another fun fact — A duck’s quack doesn’t echo and though they’ve tried, no-one can figure that out.  Sounds quacked. Quack Quack Quack. Lack of interest? — how about this chestnut?

An estimated millions or precisely a more or less of trees are sprouted from the nuts buried by forgetful squirrels. Bless their cotton socks, the furry nut jobs! Or, are they on a mission no-one knows about?? Almost, I imagine. The bees can’t do all the work, honey!
There was that Johnny Appleseed, of great and noble deed, who planted appleseeds and grew trees too. He only did it though so as folks could be pressed to distill apple juice to cider and get pissed. weird. I almost bless him as well. For the moonshine, hashtagCheers!
Sweet Sweet Sweet!

btw 30/04/2018

Napowrimo Day 30:-write a poem that engages with a strange and fascinating fact. It could be an odd piece of history, an unusual bit of art trivia, or something just plain weird.



I grabbed for a warm hand

ful of cherry blossom, shoved

it in my mouth, impatient

for the fruit

I couldn’t wait


there was no juice or blood but

the petals stuck pink and delicate in

and around my mouth in

muted protests  — too late

I sucked escaping perfumes in

to my nostrils to taste them but

in return I got a mischievous tickle

then a revengeful sneeze


flower matter fell in

patterns on the grasses, rosy in

against the daisies and dandelions

a mess? a waste?  — not a bit of it!


I grabbed another fistful, look

I drank a gulp of liquid sky, stuck

out my tongue and lapped at muted

blues and grays — a graze of breeze

on bare skin like breath on a mirror, look

I twirled in a blur of birdsong, frantic

with spring, immersed in all this


I grabbed another fistful of cherry babies

and jammed them in my mouth

then I went at the lilacs

still green, not quite purple

my throat thrown open

btw April 26 2018

Napowrimo day 26:- write a poem that includes images that engage all five senses. Try to be as concrete and exact as possible with the “feel” of what the poem invites the reader to see, smell, touch, taste and hear.




Fair of Face

‘I s’pose you’ve heard of that guy that died in ancient times, but I’ll tell you why…

a certain son of a …. Let’s get this straight. There was once this…’


an hombre by the name of Narkissos who

was birthed between kisses and ripples

between swirls of blues and turquoises

stilled on an instant between breaths

of a willing nymph and a river  — God! but what

he was, he is, was always and infinitely is

pretty pretty pretty, actually and definitely perfection its self

caught in a reflection of him self


he came out perfectly formed on tongues of water

he came out at himself sideways at first, perplexed

floated on a ruisseau gently filled face to face at last

and be came conscious of him self

a perfect pool crystallised to flesh


he, an apple caramelised, his admirers lyricised, hypnotised

affected by his pheromones, his dulcet tones, his astounding beauty — God!

set to sticky sweet, to salt, at addiction  — he, attracts a plethora of lesser

beings bee-wings being — as unrequited whinings best ignored but is there fault?

for who could not resist the calling

for falling falling falling

deep deep deep in love

this vision, vision vision

water falling, cascade of drops, of lost selfs, lost lush to

damnation, admiration, as sickly elixir as ever was

getting thinner thinner thin as water

‘well, that still sparkles long after the disaster

well, the myth, and a name retained, is all that remains

well,  that,  and a flower  —  an echo echo echo of this

well, ain’t that fair,’ pronounced Nemesis

NaPoWriMo day 21:-

prompt based in the myth of Narcissus. After reading the myth, try writing a poem that plays with the myth in some way. For example, you could imagine that imagine the water is speaking to you, the narcissus flower. Or you could write a poem in which the narcissus berates the Kardashians for stealing their neurosis. Or a poem that comments on the narcissism of our time, i.e. beauty and body obsession, etc.

Sid Philips lives next door

Andy doesn’t notice him, no-one does

but he exists

on the other side of the fence

Sid Philips seizes toys and re-tells

their stories in vicious bites

by plucking eye balls for their heads

hacking legs and torsos off

mix-matching to imagine monsters

for his own sadistic pleasures


skull and crossbones on his unwashed t-shirt

match his blackening young heart

sparking ambition as a future star-serial-killer

confined, for now, to his basement, bedroom

neglected back yard

but later

when it’s time for tea

and his toolbox is discarded

he sits upon his mother’s knee

kicks his little sister away

ignores her cries

that whinny insect, he’ll pick her wings off


he accepts his mother’s loving kisses

and her soft arms as a tonic to his nightmares

where no-one plays with him.

btw 13/04/2018

  • Sid Philips is the villainous boy next door in the hit Pixar Disney flick, Toy Story.

Napowrimo Day 15:-In her interview, Blake suggests writing a poem in which a villain faces an unfortunate situation, and is revealed to be human (but still evil). Perhaps this could mean the witch from Hansel & Gretel has lost her beloved cat, and is going about the neighborhood sticking up heart-wrenching “Lost Cat” signs, but still finds human children delicious. Maybe Blackbeard the Pirate is lost at sea in an open boat, remembering how much he loved his grandmother (although he will still kill the first person dumb enough to scoop him from the waves).

where Mary had a little Slam

(I couldn’t resist another one on today’s prompt! Just for fun..)

Wham! Bam! Warts and blisters…

What fairy godmothers never tell ya

Y’all get what you deserve in the


bend over Cinderella, in the es’pend, retrieve ya

own slipper, getcha feet wet, slip down and up the gutter

wipe and snipe your own damn fair

of place – mat your way out of childish disgrace, fall from enough!

eat enough!   give enough

rope enough to hang

bang!   yourself

any witch way, but loose the grimace

dance! Princess, you goose

chimes wait for no man or gander

Good! for ya, and, if you press Send

Ps. Always wear comfortable shoes

The Bend.
Napowrimo day 13: Today, we challenge you to write a poem in which the words or meaning of a familiar phrase get up-ended.

Naked Blush


Morning raucous of neighbourhood crows bring me blinking onto the balcony. Hazy silhouette of not so distant mountain across the blue grey bowl of Lac Leman, filled with holy waters of pure snow melt. Each day the view changes clothes; moody greens, granite blues, peaks and ravines revealed or coquettishly concealed in mantles of cloud, slung low over shoulders, or completely shrouded. In winter, she wears sugar coating, of course, it’s the fashion.

Early afternoon, magnolias bloom and bud and burst into debutante blush. With pink faced determination, in pale promise, they manage to lift my heart from the sludge of winter dullness. This naked, first blush, pressed against still slate grey skies, for the most part, will be brief, but enough to revive those curious yellows. They peek out from beneath broken earth and early grasses; the posies of primroses, profuse patches of daffodils, sprays of daisies preceding dandelion weeds. Next will come the wilful tulips, deliberated planted in sculpted beds by industrious gardeners, but lets us not get ahead of this moment.

Triumphant trills of promiscuous birds; a lively mayhem of mating rituals.  I take my coffee out on to the terrace and timidly remove layers of clothing, risking goosebumps for a dainty taste of Spring on my tender skin. It’s a sin. “Enleve pas un fil en avril…” as they say here. But this is Lausanne at its best and I’m excited. I’ve survived.

Ditch the tourist pics of snow and slopes, cheese and chocolates, cowbells and watches. This is bees knees! This is champagne fizzes! This is sweet nectar. The scent of summer on the breeze comes, from a distance, I’ll admit, but defiantly detected. I take a great, fat, grateful breath of it….and….and …and  begin to sneeze. Damn, I always forget this bit!!

magnolia creams
brief blushes brush blues; timid
rays tiding Summer

Napowrimo Day 12:- its’ a haibun to day! Here’s mine!


Akela – na! No Labels, please.


come, bend over, stand on a chair, look back between your legs, relax

pull up a glass, try a tipple, look deep into the fire and into the ripples

see me there, drink, this is who i am in small strong drams

rum punched artist, flowered, thick wines divined unto herself  — help

yourself, coffee creamed mother bakes baby shams which burgeon to mans —help-

less, godless , daughter, auntie, sister, prickle

whisky pickled poet spits out cubs, shouts and whispers to the tune of some things concocted, cocktail and shot, folded, origami style into precisely timed, pliant little beasts, bite sized

tannin-tainted teacher thieves scout badges, pulls out dainty stitches turns them inside out at 4’oclock and just in time for tea and scones and such things as please — as thank you

pink-bottomed witch, scotch bonneted hot, hot, hot, too hot to touch, pause

just listener, finger deep in a wishing well, well, well, said the cat with creamy whiskers

people-pleaser, taster, teaser, lover, twister, talker, scholar, stranger, stranger as the school bells rung of all the tall orange and lemons peels possible, addled and subtracted over easy anglo-aussie-swiss-miss-missus milked double bubbled toiled and troubled, twitched and ripped off labels  — except ….

human woman

or perhaps, sky-clad maiden tendril wolf whisper — damn!

can you see me, or not, afraid knot —what!

I am the watcher inside them all, you fool, drunk on mischief and secrets in the half light, thin as a worn out shriek, with hair all messy and displaced like this
and pale with blush — shhhh… come, let’s speak


Napowrimo Day 7:  prompt ….suggests writing out a list of all of your different layers of identity. For example, you might be a wife, a grandmother, a Philadelphian, a dental assistant, a rabid Phillies fan, a seamstress, retiree, agnostic, cancer survivor, etc.. These are all ways you could be described or lenses you could be viewed through. Now divide all of those things into lists of…. Here is where I lost the plot….

Band’s Got the Runs

NaPoWriMo Day 3:- we challenge you to try this out yourself by writing a list poem in which all the items are made-up names. If band names don’t inspire, how about a list of titles for romantic novels? Or new television cop dramas? They can be as over-the-top as you like, because that’s (at least) half the fun. 

Which would ya like ta watch? Take ya pick, the music’s thick and thirsty fer ya ear’oles. Make it quick. Here ups the bill tonight.

7pm sharp. Tickets at the Door


Write a Note, Mate     always late, followed by

all the Greedy Spiders what glides like

a wet bunch of Beer-Buzz Soddoffs    what  lay about like

Roses in the Kitchen Cupboard   drunk like

Holey Shitty Water  dried on dark on

A Man A Lone dances to his own in

OXO Circles to the tune of

In The Skinny Blue through a true

Non-Nomadic Crowd toxic with Metal Bubbles

and no Damn Women Aloud!

Emergency Exiters to the left, Fire Hosers to the right

Now, let’s get this DigShin started, eh!