Strange that green growth survives,
though a dry yellowish look it gives,
music lost from keys white and black
seems to ring with the unseen breeze
where have all the senses gone?
where have all the flowers gone?
where have all musicians gone?
Gone with poverty, everyone?
Gone with greed, everyone one?
But no, there is hope,even with one
broken and silent ,
mind is alive
spirit is not dead
celestial sympnonies are in the air.
Thank you kindly for all of your warm words of encouragement and feedback so far. This year was a very difficult journey through the marathon event as it was much more internal and insular than in previous years.
Not only was I against the clock throughout the event, but spent most of it proving care to my family members who I normally arrange support for while I am writing. This wasn’t possible this year, but it did not prevent my participation, although I was only able to transcribe my handwritten work after the marathon’s close which really made it feel like less of a win for me this year as networking and engaging with you all is a big part of what I come here to do each year.
I started strong, making it harder for myself than it had to be by writing five poems per hour for the first seven hours. The Gigan of hour 8 threw me and I lapsed behind for a few hours as I struggled to catch up. Midnight came and went and it wasn’t until 2am my time, or hour 12 of the event that I was fully caught up again. I wrote for two more hours, then had to go to bed for about four hours as I had to work for the last three hours of the event this year.
Never before have I written poetry in the dark in a cinema, but the marathon has a way of creating new experiences and this was certainly one of them.
I have had so much fun going through and transcribing my work to share it properly and I’m thrilled to have a fourth marathon under my belt, even if it doesn’t feel like the proper wins of the past.
Roll on The Poetry Marathon 2023 so that I can try again, but until then I leave you all with links to my responses to this years prompts.
My thanks and eternal gratitude as always goes to Caitlin and Jacob for all they do for our creative community; and to Amanda, Renee, Ofuma, and Anjana your words of encouragement during the event made an impossible task feel doable. My friends it is always my honour to write along with you all.
Congratulations are in order, you have done something wonderful, congratulations
writers you are and always will be because you have proved yourselves writers
you should always be proud of yourself, no one is better than you.
have the rest that you have earned and then celebrate all that have
worked harder for this than for most other tasks and achievements which have worked
hard to ensure you were able to celebrate how hard
and persevered in all that you gave and
earned the right to brag, the right to bask and the right to believe you have earned
your reward and recognition, and the pride of your new peers, while sure of your
rest being justified and needed, but you are more deserving of this rest than any other. So rest.
Congratulations writers you have worked hard and earned your rest. Congratulations.
Are there words to put you into yellow,
red, aquamarine, turquoise dream
aesthetic value corporations mellow
outright rage or passive fury scream
a little quieter please that echo in
a little glass drum is distracting
me or you, can you hear that too? Sin,
well not a saint or pontification
participation in a daily ritual never
a chore always a pleasure not like
that isn’t a star, isn’t, is, I/sever
watch it bleed
Moments of tenderness echo within;
making tea when I wake in the morning,
talking from night till the sun is dawning
or, just brushing my hand against your skin.
So many moments, where do I begin
before the moments I remember
are tender hugs one after another
their echoes have become a solemn hymn.
I will hold onto my tender moments
which you left to me with such abundance
as the precious gift they always will be
until the loneliness of life relents
and I create tender moments by chance
with someone that always remembers me.
When the rain is very heavy
using an umbrella is absolutely useless
and holding on in the rain is fruitless
when the rain is very heavy.
Just walk on with no distress
you will dry when you are ready.
When the rain is very heavy
using an umbrella is absolutely useless.