Category Archives: One Stop Poetry

One Stop Poetry’s Sunday Photo Challenge

Today’s Onestoppoetry.com challenge is to write about this photo taken by Walter Parada. As usual it  is a beautifully evocative image. On first sight of the photo one word popped into my head – nobility. Nobility See me, see my … Continue reading

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Improved ‘Warrior’ octain and one more

Thank you Caudia for helping me to sort the octain I wrote for One Stop Poetry’s Monday Form. I have added a syllable to the first/last lines and changed the 5th line to put the internal rhyme in the correct … Continue reading

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One Stop Poetry – Monday form – Octains

This has every element that I struggle with – meter, rhyme, the works. I really like the form when I read other people’s poems. I take on board Luke Prater’s, (the inventor of the Octain), words that it is challenging and … Continue reading

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More poetic prose than poetry!

This is not a poem really – much more like prose, but this is the way it came to me when I looked at this picture. Thank you Fee for the great prompts, and One Stop Poetry.com for giving me … Continue reading

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Rhyming, double dactyls and now pantoums.

This week has seen me chopping and changing between different forms of poetry. On Monday at One Stop Poetry Gay Cannon had us looking at and trying rhyme schemes. I posted English Seaside (https://sallyjblackmore.co.uk/2011/05/09/playing-with-rhyme/). I had some great feedback, as … Continue reading

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Cityscape

Feeling jaded today and this poem reflects my mood. I have posted it on One Shot Wednesday – thank goodness One Stop Poetry keeps me grinding along. Cityscape Architectural hubris, Thrusting concrete and glass Dwarfing the merely human to Wander … Continue reading

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Another poem, inspired by a Rosa Frei photo

In this sand I see  the world, pattern too large to comprehend, too small to understand, each grain unwittingly playing its part. In this sand I see the world, spilt blood absorbed, often unremarked, storms whipped up to cloud the … Continue reading

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One Shot Wednesday

This is a work in progress and I would appreciate any comments that will help me knock it in to shape so I am posting it for One-Shot Wednesday. No horizon, Low clouds meld With stricken meadow, Distant silver birch, … Continue reading

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Holding my breath!

I am flabbergasted – one of my poems has now reached the short list for the Fish Poetry prize. This is startling news and I have to keep pinching myself. Just to reach the last 20 something poems out of thirteen … Continue reading

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Minor key

Today’s thoughts arrive in minor key – laments, quiet songs, a prayer. Clogged by atmosphere Sultry thunder beats my ears. I’m stalked by nameless fear. Oppressive air heavy, still – asthmatic breath asphyxiates. Pollen hang glides mini-thermals, tightening lungs jam … Continue reading

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