LIFE IS A POEM THE BEST VERSES DO NOT HAVE TO RHYME

DAY FIFTY-TWO: Sunday 21st February 2021:

LIFE IS A POEM   THE BEST VERSES DO NOT HAVE TO RHYME

I have my own series of life mottos such as LIFE IS A DISCO SO DANCE and now I am adding LIFE IS A POEM   THE BEST VERSES DO NOT HAVE TO RHYME

I am working on my poetry anthology POETS CORNER which will be published in three, perhaps four, volumes on Amazon by the end of the week. One week’s time and it will be the end of the month but that is another subject.

Within my anthologies I say that I cannot write poetry, I love poetry but I cannot write it. Yesterday I was sitting in the beautiful parkland of the National Trust at Stowe looking at a carpet of snowdrops when a poem burst into my mind. I scribbled it onto a lose piece of paper I had in my pocket then at home refined it just a little to this:

 

A hint of spring on a winter’s day,

the snowdrop in a carpet of white

upon a field of green.

The naked branches of the trees

look down and envy all they see.

Then they smile at what is yet to come.

A robin dances on the ground

his red breast differs with the white

and thinks could this be a nesting site ?

But then the footsteps of a man come near

and with it sadness, dread and fear.

The snowdrop, trees and birds

worry the end may soon be theirs.

Extinction of climate is the aim of man.

 

As a teacher in school if a teenager had submitted that to me as a piece of work I would have said: Well done, that’s good but realistically that is not going to get me a place in Poet’s Corner is it. But never mind I am proud of my little effort and at the end of the day LIFE IS A POEM   THE BEST VERSES DO NOT HAVE TO RHYME.

SMILE OF THE DAY:  Love is putting a piece of your soul into someone else’s care, and being responsible for an equal share of theirs. This is soulmate love.

Yesterday I watched the film THE BOOK THIEF. OMG what a wonderful story that was. The Book Thief is a historical novel by Australian author Markus Zusak, and is his most popular work. Published in 2005, The Book Thief became an international bestseller and was translated into 63 languages and sold 16 million copies. It was adapted into a 2013 feature film of the same name. As a prolific writer of prose how I wish I could write a story like that.

Yesterday I did not write a lot, just 3,354 which brings my total since 1st January 2021 to 375304. My snowdrop poem is contained within those words:

A hint of spring on a winter’s day,

the snowdrop in a carpet of white

upon a field of green.

The naked branches of the trees

look down and envy all they see.

Then they smile at what is yet to come.

A robin dances on the ground

his red breast differs with the white

and thinks could this be a nesting site ?

But then the footsteps of a man come near

and with it sadness, dread and fear.

The snowdrop, trees and birds

worry the end may soon be theirs.

Extinction of climate is the aim of man.

 

After we left Stowe yesterday we drove past a garden centre where we spent a lot of money on pots of snowdrops to plant in the garden.

Today I have a lot pf work to do with our SMILE envelopes which have to go into the post tomorrow morning. The quiz sheet I am using is POETRY IN MOTION. See how many you can answer.

POETRY IN MOTION

Johnny Tillotson had a number one hit in 1961 with Poetry In Motion. Great little song, here you are invited to test your knowledge of poetry, all of it in motion in this fun little quiz.

 

  1. Where would you find poets corner ?
  2. Who wrote the nonsense poem The Dong With The Luminous Nose ?
  3. In what did the owl and the pussycat wrap their money and money in ?
  4. What colour were the paws of the dog sleeping in his kennel in Walter de la Mare’s poem ?
  5. On which bridge did William Wordsworth write his poem ?
  6. Complete this rhyme: A million housewives every day pic up a tin of beans and say…..
  7. Complete this rhyme: A Mars a day helps you…..
  8. Who is the current Poet Laureate ?
  9. What subject matter did Wilfred Owen use for his poetry ?
  10. What illness brought about the young death of John Keats ?
  11. Which comic poet has written on his grave: I told you I was ill ?
  12. Which comic poet wished she had looked after her teeth ?
  13. Who told the story of good news being taken from Ghent to Aix ?
  14. Of whose ride did Henry Wadsworth Longfellow relate ?
  15. In Cockney rhyming slang what is trouble and strife ?
  16. About which prison did Oscar Wilde write a ballad ?
  17. Which poet and playwright had a curse put on his grave ?
  18. What tales did Geoffrey Chaucer write ?
  19. According to Shakespeare how many ages does a man have ?
  20. He wrote The Jungle Book, Gunga Din and If but declined to be appointed Poet Laureate. Who was he ?
  21. Who said he must go down to the sea again ?
  22. About which train did W H Auden write ?
  23. Which poet was married to Elizabeth who also wrote poetry ?
  24. Who is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland ?
  25. Who gave us The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Kahn ?

 

Every day I share our SMILE of the day with a background picture on social media. Starting today I am sharing the figures from china virus on social media. I have put the words and figures over a background of love. As a nation we are so sadly failing to respect our dead and send love to families. This, I hope, will be my little bit towards changing that.

So Wikipedia, Wonderful Wikipedia, what can you tell us about 21st February ON THIS DAY ?

21st February 1952: The British Government under Winston Churchill abolishes identity cards to set the people free. I THINK WE NEED TO IMMEDIATELY REINTRODUCE IDENTITY CARDS TO HELP CUT BACK ON CRIME AND TO IDENTIFY THOSE WHO FAIL TO FOLLOW THE RULES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CHINA VIRUS – THE OLD BIDDIES WHO POKE THEIR NOSES OUT THE TOP OF THEIR FACEMASKS.

21st February 1958: The CND peace symbol is commissioned.

21st February 1965: Malcolm X is assassinated while giving a talk in Harlem.

21st February 1972: United States President Richard Nixon visits the People’s Republic of China to normalise Sino-American relations. WHY CAN THE WORLD NOT SIMPLY BLOCK CHINA OUT OF OUR EXISTENCE ?  OVER DECADES IT HAS DONE SO MUCH BAD.

21st February 1975: The Watergate Scandal – former US Attorney General John N Michell and former White House aides H R Haldeman and John Ehrichman are sentenced to prison.

ANYONE I KNOW BORN ON THIS DAY – 21st FEBURARY ???????????

21st February 1951: Larry Drake born. WHO ?

21st February 1954: Christina Rees supposedly a politician born. POLITICIANS ARE LOWER LIFE FORMS, ARE THE REALLY BORN OR DO THEY JUST HAPPEN ?

21st February 1960: Plamen Oresharski born. ANOTHER LOWER LIFE FORM POLITICIAN THIS TIME FROM NULGARIA – MAKE THAT BUKLGARIA.

21st February 1983 Braylon Edwards an American footballer born. FOR GOODNESS SAKE WHEN WILL YOU UNDERSTAND AMERICA DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO PLAY FOOTBALL !

21st February 1985: Jamall Westerman ANOTHER PHONEY FOOTBALLER FROM AMERICA BORN.

21st February 2002: John Thaw, born in 1942, died. WHAT A GREAT ACTOR HE WAS.

21st February 2018: Evangelist Billy Graham died at the age of 100 years. GOD DSAID KEEP THE GATES CLOSED, I CANNOT COPE WITH HIM UP HERE !

LIFE IS A POEM   THE BEST VERSES DO NOT HAVE TO RHYME.

A hint of spring on a winter’s day,

the snowdrop in a carpet of white

upon a field of green.

The naked branches of the trees

look down and envy all they see.

Then they smile at what is yet to come.

A robin dances on the ground

his red breast differs with the white

and thinks could this be a nesting site ?

But then the footsteps of a man come near

and with it sadness, dread and fear.

The snowdrop, trees and birds

worry the end may soon be theirs.

Extinction of climate is the aim of man.

 

SMILE OF THE DAY:  Love is putting a piece of your soul into someone else’s care, and being responsible for an equal share of theirs. This is soulmate love.

Catch up again tomorrow

Dave

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