Poetic Pomegranates


Fifty poems. I need fifty poems by the end of July, all linked to the theme of War…or rather, what it is like to have a close family member serving in the Armed Forces at a time of heightened activity.

In his last phone call home I suggested to D that maybe he could get me embedded as a war poet. Needless to say that idea was not greeted with  a great display of enthusiasm. I can’t imagine why not – surely all soldiers would like their Mum along…

Seriously, I need to expand the theme and so have decided to encompass the changes that are being made as a direct result of the intervention of the troops. There was a great (I’m told) programme on Radio 4 about rebuilding in Afghanistan. Needless to say I missed it first time around and so now will search for it on listen again. I also have a programme lined up on the Tivo about Afghan poetry, so that should provide some inspiration. Any ideas from anyone else as to places I could plumb for ideas would be gratefully received!

The poem I am currently working on is about pomegranates. It came from an exercise around the colour yellow. I have used military images quite unconsciously and then discovered that the best pomegranates in the world are grown in Kandahar. There must be a future in this idea, then I would have 16 of the required fifty.

I have just calculated that I have 23 weeks – that is roughly one and a half poems per week.

Not impossible.

Unlikely, but not impossible…

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About SallyJ

I am a writer and a poet.
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2 Responses to Poetic Pomegranates

  1. Dan blackmore says:

    Pomegranate’s eh? I think you should do something entitled The Price of Pomegranates. It is used by commentators as a measure of whether farmers in afghanistan are able to get crops to market, how much taxation they have to pay to the taleban and rogue police etc and is somewhat emblematic. It is also one of the traditonal crops that is pushed as an alternative to poppy.

  2. Sally j Blackmore says:

    Serendipity never ceases to amaze me. It would seem from your comment that I have stumbled on something useful. Thank you for letting me know. Did you know there is a charity promoting the growing of pomegranates in Afghanistan? There is a link to it on my Blogroll (get me!)
    Thanks for reading D.

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