Sunday, June 23, 2013

365 Poems in 365 Days: Fragments

Number 84. A leftover bit from the childrens' poetry exercise which resulted in this. I cut out a couple of dangling lines and suddenly it's not a terrible four line rhyme.

This is Mrs Veronica Smart
An evil woman with an ice cold heart
Her villainous deeds go so far off the chart
That I really don't know where to start

365 Poems in 365 Days: True Love For One Day

Number 83 is an idea that's been floating around my head for a while. I may come back to it.

I recall I loved you on that day.
Might that be the only time? It may.
Still, for an afternoon, on the grass we lay.
Our love was true until I went away.

Friday, June 21, 2013

365 Poems in 365 Days: Do You Feel Like I Feel?

My continuing obsession with Belinda Carlisle in the early 90s resurfaces in poem 82.

Lyrics so full of self-doubt they become existential
Giant backing band, dancers and Belinda Carlisle
Menacing a city; 1991 was weird for real

Song referred to is Do You Feel Like I Feel?

365 Poems in 365 Days: Magic

Maybe not a poem? Except that I declare it one, number 81 in this set.

Adeptus Exemplus, a grade in A∴A∴,
An occult society founded by
Aleister Crowley, sometimes known
As the Silver Star, requires the
Adept to publish and teach their philosophy
And understanding of the universe

Does this exoteric requirement
Explain the large numbers
Of crackpot books on magic
Or are these copycats, which
Create natural camouflage for
Serious magicians

365 Poems in 365 Days: Back to Back to the Future

In memory of the DeLorean. Poem number 80.

Using plutonium
A lightning strike or Mr Fusion
Out of place even in 1985
And suburban California 1955
And wild western 1885
And even crazy future 2015
The world's very first time machine
One night you go out for a test
Next day destroyed. Rest in peace I guess.

365 Poems in 365 Days: I Read Books: The Lost Fleet: Beyond The Frontier: Guardian

I read Jack Campbell's* novel Guardian and intended to review it to go with the reviews for the other books in the series. Since I am slightly behind in my poetry project I decided to review it as an acrostic. It... didn't work out quite as I expected for number 79.

Going into this, book 3** of the series, I was
Understandably hopeful that Campbell would
Address the theme I find most interesting;
Returning from the war, how can Geary
Defend the Alliance from the forces threatening
It from inside? Also, having won the war
Against the Syndics, can he now win the peace?
Not to mention, will there be space battles going on as well?

* aka John G Hemry

** Or 9 or 10 or 11***. Let me explain. Once upon a time there was a six book series called The Lost Fleet. Then there is a sequel series called, in order not to confuse my tiny mind, The Lost Fleet: Beyond The Frontier, of which this is the 3rd. So 3 or 9.

However there is a parallel sequel series called The Lost Stars (to make sure that I know the series are related). The first of these, The Tarnished Knight is set between (and during) book 1 and 2 of The Lost Fleet: Beyond The Frontier (although it was published between book 2 and 3. I would suggest reading it between Dreadnaught and Invincible). Hence Guardian would be book 10 of the complete published books.

But there is one more complication. It is clear from the events in Guardian that something has been going on in the background. That something is related to characters in The Lost Stars. So Lost Stars 2, Perilous Shield (publication date October 2013) may occur before, during or after Guardian. I suspect it will fit between Beyond the Frontier: Invincible and Guardian, which will retroactively make Guardian number 11 in the grand combined series.

*** 4 or 5 are possible, but silly.

365 Poems in 365 Days: Not There

In a slightly depressed mood I wrote number 78 about the same party I missed and described in number 77:

Dear Bert and Sarah, where ever there is fun
And people enjoying themselves, I am not there.
So whenever things go well, on balance, I reckon
It's for the best that I stay out of their hair.

365 Poems in 365 Days: No Wedding

Some friends were not getting married. There would be no surprise vicar at the party. I failed to make it and wrote this (77):

No vicar to take us by surprise
No bride and groom with gooey eyes
Just fun and laughter and maybe pies
Enjoy not being married guys

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

365 Poems in 365 days: Elf Queen

I've been worrying at an idea about an Elf Queen who was born early in the world's history and has seen wonders and mystery and horror and so on so many times. The first result is this silly joke. Go me! (Number 76)

When the Elf Queen was born there was no sun or moon
And you could hear the echoes of creation
So when we mortals enter asking for a boon
She may not grasp our need for rapid action.

365 Poems in 365 Days: In Which I Take Criticism Well

I wrote a poem about being dead and a ghost
Another student found it really quite funny
I intended it to be darkly ironic at most
Who'll be laughing when you're dead honey?

Number 75 is a bit more confrontational than I really felt. (It was this poem which is sort of amusing, even though I thought I was letting out my inner 17 year old Gloomy McGloom when I wrote it)

365 Poems in 365 Days: Timetable Tales

The bus was quite late
A man was irate.
Just calm down mate.

(Number 74. True but exaggerated.)

365 Poems in 365 Days: Spoilers!

Watched a bit of Game of Thrones last night. Daario, Grey Worm and Jorah fight scene was excellent! Also this (no. 73):

"All my heroes are dead."
That's what you said.
The wedding was red.