Monday, 2 December 2019

Stories in Verse

After one of our group attended a play written in verse, we decided to give writing a story in verse a try - with rhymes optional extras depending on the person. We generally used a story that we already knew well. Despite that it was challenging to say the least. Still some great writing was done!



FANTASY WORLD

You live inside a world of the mind
In a fantasy world in which truth is pined

I wish that in your haunted wood
Everything would turn out good

Although I know that in summer there is no snow
Yet still I feel cold and slow

Your world is orbiting round and round
Although I stay here on the ground

Alas what will we ever do
To make this story rich and new

Your mind is a book
Within which we look

I will read your fancies free
And I will always wait to be

The object of your mind
Which is always to be truthful and kind.

- M.F.




THE FIRST CUT

You are going away
and I wish you would stay

Although there were no if's and buts
Into your brain they'll be making cuts

I do not know what to say
To keep the men of science away

I know that soon
All will be quiet in the room

In which you walk
We dare not talk

Standing there in the rain
Carrying just half a brain

Yes, a zombie made by men
Your true self immortalised by your pen

I writer yes, a writer good
You never did what you should

Through your brain they dragged a knife
And made you a zombie for the rest of your life.

- M.F.



HERE COMES CHRISTMAS AGAIN

They left Palmerston North Railway on train number 626
All were excited, as the day was on the eve of Christmas

They packed the carriages all full and loaded baggage too
And the logo it did strongly pull, train 626 on through

When Ruapehu came in sight, its beauty was admired
But all aboard then took full fright, as 10:21 expired

The rail bridge, as the lahar crashed, was broken and washed down
And the loco downwards fell and smashed and carriages, six, did drown

So many died that Christmas Eve, one-sixtyone we hear
And Christmas 1953 was spent in grief and despair.

The mountain warning is now in place to protect the downstream travelers
But we remember Tangiwai as each Christmas Day approaches.

- Kate Jenkins




Sunday, 1 December 2019

A narrowing field

What we write on can sometimes change what we write. At least that was the plan at today's writing session which involved decreasing widths of paper, forcing us to write in shorter sentences until we were writing only one or two per line. Each paper had a different topic. First was about Dunedin/Otepoti; second was about a character, person or statue; and third was about what made us feel good and gave us a sense of wellbeing. Big thanks to Karen for the concept!


Dunedin - Best Place to Live

I think of students down the north end.
Dunedin comes alive when they are here.
Quiet at Christmas holidays.
Then we get visitors who enjoy the beaches with the locals.
Depending on weather, sports teams play on Oval.
Scottish, Irish and English are Dunedin's heritage.
Now we have people living here
from all parts of the world.
Best place to live.

Gail


Feeling Good

Weather - seeing sun, smelling flowers.
View from top of hill anywhere,
Breathing fresh air.
Visiting with friends.
Animals love me no matter what I do.
Going to Artsenta.
Having an aqua jog at Moana Pool then hot shower.
Heaven

Gail

I Feel Good

Sunshine
Ocean
Splashing
Hills
Trees
Flowers
People
Animals
Love
Friendship
Family
Walking
Out
Food
Music

Gail

Peter Pan

Young boy stands proud in the gardens.
Children climb on him,
Birds sit on him.
Peter Pan
Friend to all
Story book friend
Saves Wendy from Captain Hook.
Looks after the lost boys,
Our hero.

The Unexpected

Life often throws up unexpected situations. A weather event, a trip, a gift or old friend. It can be positive or negative and sometimes what appears a negative at first can become a positive once we settle down to dealing with the situation. And so it turned out at Writer's Group, with the usual staff member away, the group turned to their own resources to keep the session going. Hence the theme for this session - the unexpected!




THE UNEXPECTED

The unexpected
Takes you
By surprise
It turns around and
Spits directly 
In your eyes
It says ha ha!
I fooled you again!
Not once, but twice
See how you like that
It's not very nice!

The unexpected 
Seems to say
Not your will but mine
Will be done today!

The unexpected
Can leave you feeling
Lost, abandoned
And somewhat reeling

The unexpected
Leaves you knowing
Nothing is certain...

- Pauline




THE EXPECTED

Sinister
Invisibly
Colouring everything
Enemy of the moment
Unadorned
By the past
Ghosts of childhood 
Revisited

- Pauline




THE UNEXPECTED

I was going along nicely,
- Washing done
- Job application in
- Paper read
- Phone calls answered
All points bulleted and ticked off,

when the door bell rang
    Missionaries?
    Real estate agents?
    Fundraising school kids?
    Politicians?
    ... family??

I open slowly the sticking door
Hello.
  Hello?
    HELLO?

No.
  No one
    Nobody, nil, nada
      Nothing to see
 No one to talk to

- Kate Jenkins




THE EXPECTED

I thought I had time planned
not Life itself, but bits and pieces
job, retirement, popping off
all bits of Being on life's horizon
but formatted, calculated, analysed
and endlessly (endlessly) thought about
pondered, cogitated, ruminated

So I'm told I over think things
that I should just jump in...
...but what if there's a hard landing?
a trip, a fall, a mental blip?
Should I take a leap of faith...
...but where did God go?
Should I float on a wind...
...that could become a gale?

I like the expected, it's warmth, comfort
with occasional planned excursions
Because every now and then I like to
ride the gale, commune with God
and follow a thought less spoken

- Kate Jenkins

Stories in Verse

After one of our group attended a play written in verse, we decided to give writing a story in verse a try - with rhymes optional extras dep...