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Writing 201: Poetry, Day Five — Fog, Elegy, Metaphor

Warmth gives way to blackness
Something I may never recover
My memory is under a blanket of wine
Or it was a bed never made

Sunlight cuts through my head
Astringent. Cleansing.
Only after bitter medicine
Can I begin to heal

Elegy as a concept – fine. Elegiac was just too stressful. I need to figure out how meter actually works before I really have to use it!

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Writing 201: Poetry, Day Four — Animal, Concrete Poem, Enjambment

Give a dog

Baby and Baby
are singing again. My favourite.
Knick-knack, knick-knack, knick-knack
Paddy-whack, paddy-whack
Oh! Go on! What’s
next? Something
for me? Tell me!
I need to know.
I know – I’ll sit.
Sitting’s good.
I can’t keep my
tail still. I’ll roll
over. That’ll do it.
They’re not watching me so
I’ll speak. Now they’re cross. I’ll lick
faces to say I’m sorry. Yum
Tastier than treats.

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Writing 201: Poetry, Day Three: Trust, Acrostic, Internal Rhyme

Far be it from me to see the best in someone
And yet here I rest, head on your chest
Is love blind? I don’t know or mind.
Trust is a warm pool in my heart
How far from harm, here in your arms.

Goodness me, just in before the deadline! I almost didn’t make it… Acrostics *and* rhyming? I could always break out my GCSE English exercise books.

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Writing 201: Poetry, Day Two — Journey, Limerick, Alliteration

Holiday

A wanderer I know I’m not
I just want to be somewhere hot
The thought of air travel
Makes me start to unravel
I wish I could just teleport.

The road to wellness

How will I know when I’m there?
Will I skip and cavort without care?
Does depression just cease?
Panic turn into peace?
Fearful feelings fly off in the air?

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Writing 201: Poetry, Day One — Water, Haiku, Simile

Retention

Puffed and indented
As firm as long-set aspic
I will pee for days

My first thought after writing this (and looking at others’ work!) is that it’s kind of ugly. My second thought is that that’s okay. In the thick of the third trimester, things are ugly and somewhat comical, but oddly fascinating, and I think that this perfectly sums it up.