Goodnight, Dad

I remember your strong hands and your gentle soul

Your quiet strength and your infinite control

The way you were ready to catch me, should I fall

with no apparent effort at all


the way you would rewind your favourite scene

so it would come to life again on the screen

the heavenly taste of your chocolate cake

that you would always give, and rarely take


the nights we spent on a computer game

the fact, at the root, we are one and the same

the way you would listen as I rattled on…and on

how you chased my tears until they were gone


your easy smile and the deep rumble of your voice

your pride in me and how you would rejoice

in all my achievements, big or small

I remember it, Dad, I remember it all


Thanks for indulging me in this. I rarely write poetry, unless I’m forced, but I felt a strong urge to write this. My Dad died ten years ago today and I wanted to shake off the sad a little.



The Black Widow’s Tale – An Ode to Husband Killing

I was challenged by a writer friend of mine, Mark Morris, to write an ode to husband killing. So after spending much time online, being haunted by the greats and all things stressed and un-stressed, I decided to got with the traditional rhyming form of A B A B C D E C D E (for each 10-line stanza), with an unstructured, free form approach for a little light relief. I apologise to the poets among you!

The Black Widow’s Tale
The first one was good with his hands
and built me a house with a view
a great little spot on the sands
a paradise made for two
The guy was polite to a fault
and left me the deeds in his will
So I gave him a kiss with my axe
And proceeded straight to the vault
Before savouring my very first kill


The second was an architect too
and doubled the size of my land
He hired a talented crew
to keep up with my every demand
In the end he became rather dull
a bore who was sugar and spice
So I ended his life with a hammer
by braining him up side the skull
and paying the ultimate price
with a nice healthy stint in the slammer


Husbands three and four are a blur
and pale in significance to five
A man who caused quite a stir
one I’d intended to keep alive
But he had something else planned
much worse than my two by four
He wanted to end my dream
and after gaining the upper hand
he filled my nights with gore
and took pleasure in hearing me scream

Not your run-of-the-mill Superhero

Some of you might know that I don’t write poetry unless I’m either challenged or psych myself up for it! Since Paul Burgess gave me a friendly challenge to write a Limerick, I decided to take him up on it. Paul has some crazy mad skills when it comes to poetry, and he favours the Limerick, so I’m hoping this hits the spot 🙂

It’s based on a character I’ve been dragging around with me for quite a while (Lance Legion), and I’m particularly fond of him.

I hope you enjoy it.

Not your run-of-the-mill superhero

Thanks for reading.



A Small Victory – Be Inspired Weekly Challenge #27

This week’s challenge calls for a Deptwwwbeinspiredcuain. As described by Amreen at Paint the World with Words, here’s how to write a Decuain –

The Decuain is a short poem made up of 10 lines, which can be written on any subject. There are 10 syllables per line and the rhyming scheme can be either: ababbcbcaa; ababbcbcbb, or ababbcbccc.

Here is my contribution to this week’s challenge. I hope you enjoy it (you might want to click on the picture to enlarge the text).

A small victory

Thanks for reading.



There is no greater gift than friendship – Be Inspired Challenge #26


Before I get to my entry for this week’s Be Inspired Writing Challenge, I wanted to say a huge thank you to Amreen for her recognition, her support and her encouragement. She awarded me with a much sought after ‘Be Inspired badge’, and I will display it with pride. If you’d like to read the post, you can find it hereI always enjoy taking part in the challenges, not only because I am keen to improve my skills in poetry, but because they do exactly what the title suggests – they inspire me.

The challenge this week is to write a Clarity Pyramid, and here is my contribution:


I know I’ve used the subject of friendship before, but I hope you enjoyed it. The friendships I’ve made throughout my life make me a better person, and it is nice to think about all the friends I have yet to meet, those who will touch my life as I, in return, touch theirs.

Thanks for reading.



It’s all changed – Written for the Be Inspired Writing Challenge


This week’s poetry form for the Be Inspired Writing Challenge is a Triquain. For details on how to write a Triquain click here.

I promised myself I would reduce the number of challenges I take part in during Camp NaNoWriMo, but it seems I like a challenge. To compromise, as I’ve done previously, I wrote the poem around Worlds Apart and the character of Audrey. I hope you enjoy it.

Everything has changed

It was an interesting one for me this week, and a kind of experiment. I planned out the poem, decided what I wanted to say and came at it from a completely different perspective.

Thanks for indulging me. I really enjoy taking part in these challenges, and if truth be told, this is the only time I write poetry. It’s a learning curve and one I enjoy from week to week.

How about you? What parts of your writing do you enjoy to work on the most?

Until next time


Lighting the way – Be Inspired Weekly Writing Challenge – #24

ptwwwbeinspiredPerhaps it’s not the best way to start a post, but I’m going to be honest and tell you I struggled with this week’s ‘Be Inspired’ poetry form – Quinzaine.

The English word quinzaine came from the French word qunize, meaning fifteen. A quinzaine is an unrhymed verse of fifteen syllables.

These syllables are distributed among three lines so that there are seven syllables in the first line, five in the second line and three in the third line (7/5/3). The first line makes a statement. The next two lines ask a question relating to that statement.

I gave it a go anyway, and here it is. I hope you like it 🙂


Thanks for reading.


Heart of Darkness – Be Inspired Weekly Writing Challenge #23

This week’s poetry form for the Be Inspired Weekly Writing Challenge is a Monoku.

A Monoku is a senryu/haiku with a slight enigmatic/ambiguous flavour, written in its earlier Japanese form as a one liner. A ceaesura (pause) may be appropriate, dictated by sense or speech rhythm,and usually very little punctuation. Seveteen syllables or less. They may also be in a sequence form.

Here is my interpretation, I hope you enjoy.


Thanks for reading.



The Mighty Avenger – PTWWW – Be Inspired Weekly Challenge

ptwwwbeinspiredFor the Be Inspired Weekly Writing Challenge this time the poetic form is a Clerihew.

clerihew is a whimsical, four-line biographical poem invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. The first line is the name of the poem’s subject, usually a famous person put in an absurd light. The rhyme scheme is AABB, and the rhymes are often forced. The line length and meter are irregular.

Here’s my interpretation:


Tony Stark


Hidden Treasures Buried Deep: Be Inspired Writing Challenge #20

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The Be Inspired Weekly Writing Challenge this week is to tackle a Memento poem (based on a holiday or anniversary). A Memento consists of two stanzas, with a syllable count of 8, 6, 2 – repeated twice in each stanza. The rhyme scheme is; a/b/c/a/b/c.

Hidden Treasures Buried Deep

A tricky one this week, but I had a great deal of fun with it.

I hope you enjoyed my interpretation.

Thanks, as always, for reading.


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