Giles

  • Giles commented on the post, The Long View 2 years, 11 months ago

    for anyone interested in what the office building was and what it looked/looks like, it was the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency, the central registration centre for all motor vehicles licenced in the UK. It was situated on Longview Road, Swansea. I worked on floor 12 of the 16-storey tower block, hence the view out of the windows. Here’s a website…[Read more]

  • Giles commented on the post, The Long View 2 years, 11 months ago

    very interesting, Deborah! Having done a bit of Googling, I’m presuming that you lived in a US city called Swansea, rather than it being twinned with Swansea, Wales? There are many states in the US with cities called Swansea, do you mind me asking which you lived in? I’m considering going back to the uni to study an MA in creative writing,…[Read more]

  • I mis having a cat around the house. It’ll be 3 years in November since Mr. Bix departed. When I came back from America to Wales I had to leave my cat Maggie behind, though she’s happily living with my old dialysis nurse in Rochester, NY and she must be about 13 years old herself now (though I’m only guessing how old she was when she came to live…[Read more]

  • Hmmmmm, I wrote about the view from my window in hour six, so I’m going to remember the view from my tower block office, at the top of a very steep hill. The ‘ugly, lovely town’, is Swansea, now a city, as […]

    • This is the perfect length. Long enough to not lose the reader with the drifting tissue!

    • I really connected when I first read that this was about Swansea

      I lived in the sister USA city.

      Your pace is captivating

      • very interesting, Deborah! Having done a bit of Googling, I’m presuming that you lived in a US city called Swansea, rather than it being twinned with Swansea, Wales? There are many states in the US with cities called Swansea, do you mind me asking which you lived in? I’m considering going back to the uni to study an MA in creative writing, specialising in poetry, in 2018/19, which will be 24 years since I graduated with BSc in chemistry … gosh that makes me feel old 😉

        • Now that is funny – I was in Swansea, Illinois, US – we think we are your only twins, lol! Google has a way humblings such grand illusions

    • for anyone interested in what the office building was and what it looked/looks like, it was the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency, the central registration centre for all motor vehicles licenced in the UK. It was situated on Longview Road, Swansea. I worked on floor 12 of the 16-storey tower block, hence the view out of the windows. Here’s a website with some photos of the DVLA site 🙂 http://www.walesonline.co.uk/business/business-news/20-pictures-dvla-bring-memories-8804832

  • This poem is actually about Mopsy, the very first cat in our family, who lived to be a grand old lady of 19 and was named after the rabbits Mopsy, Flopsy, Cottontail and Peter, in Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of […]

    • Nice poem.

    • Your build up to the lovely close:

      “You will be missed
      and every sigh that passes lips
      along with breath
      will echo with your voice,
      never lost.”

      Provides comfort to me about those whom I have lost.

    • I mis having a cat around the house. It’ll be 3 years in November since Mr. Bix departed. When I came back from America to Wales I had to leave my cat Maggie behind, though she’s happily living with my old dialysis nurse in Rochester, NY and she must be about 13 years old herself now (though I’m only guessing how old she was when she came to live with me and my ex-partner) 🙂

  • thanks CeeSie 🙂

  • I’m using the descriptive text on the Wiki page about this painting, which provides a lot of description. I do enjoy writing ekphrastic poems, responding to the painting’s title and description. I feel the Madame […]

  • This is only a short poem so it’s not overly loaded with exaggeration, but pro rata to the protagonist’s size, I suspect it’s certainly got in its money’s worth.

    Baby’s First Bathtime

    I’m drowning
    you […]

  • I read this in a newspaper a little while ago, about an octopus that photographs visitors to her tank. I’ve not done a very good attempt at this poem though.

    Smile for the Camera

    Rambo resides at Sea […]

  • This was news in 2015, a planet called Kepler 452b was considered very earth-like and potentially capable of supporting life. My old cat, Maggie, who I had to leave in Rochester, NY, would love being in a […]

  • I love teas, my favourite being the Chinese white teas, which are the top 2 buds of the tea plant, which are left to dry in the sun, with no roasting. White teas are caffein-free. The White Hairy Monkey tea of […]

  • I’ve been pondering writing something like this as a prose piece, but there’s no reason it can’t work as a poem. It is, sadly, the true story of my life, and how my losses are so small.

    Why Me?

    The question […]

  • I really struggled with this prompt. I don’t really know any famous movie characters that well that I can use their typical wordings, without which it’s hard to write in that character’s voice. I was about to give […]

  • I love re-telling ancient myths in modern settings. I’ve done a couple before and have one in mind to re-tell the story of Eros and Psyche, with Psyche being blind rather than blindfolded. I struggle to think of […]

    • Well done; I knew which story before I looked to see what you had labeled at the start! Easy to tell that you liked this prompt.

  • I managed to squeeze 7 of the 10 words into my poem, which is set at a movie awards ceremony. The lines about the evening of a thousand stars, and the suitcase in another hall, are transplants from songs in the […]

  • My poem this hour hasn’t really got beyond the rough sketching of ideas. I want to feature a world in which ghosts and humans swap places, with very few of the former ghosts believing in the human ghosts, except […]

  • I try not to write poems directly online, lest my shaky internet connection dies and I lose all I’ve written! Vut Word also has a word count feature, and this poem clocks in at 97 words, including the title, and […]

  • I haven’t got the second stanza anywhere near right yet, but I like the idea in this poem, which would probably have a multitude of colourful butterflies dancing the jig.

    Magic in the Garden

    Splodges and […]

  • You may not realise this, but blind people, even those who’ve been blind since birth, still have favourite colours. In this poem I try to give an insight into how a blind person can relate to colour. My favourite […]

  • I’ve actually written two poems about spiders before, and I’ll preface this new one with one of them — a haiku.

    Drumsticks

    Raindrop snared in web
    believes it should fear spider
    while death comes from sun

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