You and your dim accuracy, head lolled loose eyes whitened and widened till the pupils blink out. Words come clipped, ransomed love letters read like shopping lists, or obituaries. Call this a grey life, the air sucked clear your mouth a pursed funnel, but I am the culprit. Found the bruises of your hands, like marble sponge, cold as stone the heat slipping over you without warming. In the well shade you sit while I sink deeper, darker for the waterline. Come up spitting dust and excuses. Shoulder a shallow cloak of indifference, already the hem unpicked by those grasping hands always tapping rapping at the weakest point. Feel them at my temples tonight, tomorrow, today, at the weakest point always tapping away.
Ah, I’m really hoping I got this right. The five Samuel Greenberg charms that I used for my response are as follows: dim accuracy / grey life / marble sponge / the well shade / shallow cloak. I tried to emulate Greenberg’s abstract style (though not quite as drastically as he employs the abstract).
If you look under the ‘poetry’ tag on the WordPress reader, you’ll find more posts than you can shake a stick at. (Or read in a lifetime if I’m honest.) A lot of it is personal poetry, and if you start reading through it, a lot of it uses the same sort of language and the same sort of imagery.
Thank you for stopping by, and if you enjoyed the poem above then you might enjoy my poetry collection ‘It’s All In The Blood’ which can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com. It’s a self-published collection so I have to rely on readers buying and reviewing the book to help promote it, especially in places such as the USA. Thank you again for your time.
Well September is over and October is here in full force. Leaves are on the turn, England has turned grey and rainy (well even more so than usually) and everywhere you look people are prepping for Halloween (or in some cases Christmas).
This is the second month that I’ve had the honour of hosting the Speculative Fiction Prompt and hopefully this month’s image inspires as much as last month’s. If you want to read the stories for last month then you can check them out at the September Speculative Fiction Prompt.
The guidelines for those of you who are new are as follows:
Speculative Fiction: a genre of fiction that encompasses works in which the setting is other than the real world, involving supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements. [Oxford Dictionary]
Use the image below to write a story, poem, perhaps even a script. There are no rules about form or style. If you would like to create a piece of art in response that is also welcome. This prompt is about being artistic and creative in whatever way suits you best.
Please keep entries PG as this is open to all. (i.e no erotica)
The prompt is open from the first of the month to the end of the month.
You can create a pingback or use the link up below. Whichever method you are more comfortable with.
I try to at least read every entry in the prompt and I’d love to encourage anyone taking part to try and check some of the other entries if they can.
As always, re-tweets, re-blogs, and shares are gratefully received. We are always open to new participants.
Now that the guidelines are out of the way, it’s over to you. Take a look at the picture above and let loose your creativity. Have fun.