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The Changeling

When she was very young
she often thought that
the fairies had swapped her
for a mortal child. Not that
she would ever impugn
her parents – respectable,
solid, dull – but
much loved.

At night, she would lie in her room,
bring light  beams to play
upon the ceiling, watch
through narrowed eyes,
the rose-patterned wallpaper
mutate into the faces
of hobgoblins, then
she would ascend
until she was  flying
in the ethereal realm
above the sky.

I’ve used Read Write Poems read write word #14. The words I’ve used are: changeling, impugn, room and bring.


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Today’s poem is a meditation on a letter, a prompt supplied by Linda Jacobs at the Totally Optional Prompts site. I used to be a maths teacher and hope this doesn’t sound too much like a lesson.

Ode to O

O is the perfect letter.

It can be drawn without
taking pen from paper
(as can several  others, I know).

It has two planes
of reflection symmetry
(For the non-mathematical
that means there are
two places where one half
is a reflection of the other)
and rotational symmetry
of order two (two places
to which it may be rotated
and still look the same).

If squashed down
it becomes a circle
which has infinite symmetry;
a numinous symbol
without beginning or end.

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I was never really into dating so I don’t have a vast store of old flames. Today’s prompt over at Read Write Poem is to list them and write a poem. I’ve had to be inventive but as is usual with my poems there is a tiny grain of truth in there somewhere. I’ve used a fibonacci sequence (1,1,2,3,5,8…) for the syllables.

me to French kissing
and could have put me off for life.

on the crown
a ballroom dancer
giving chocolates I didn’t love

years ago
a clandestine tryst
you were older, and now you’re dead.

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Blogging break

Watermaid will be away from her weblog until 16 March 2009.

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My new blog.

I have started a new blog for musings and prose writing. Please visit and take part in my poll.

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Photograph by Kamsin

Delicate blooms:

Transience transfixed

on desktop.

To find and read more poems on the theme of ‘flowering’ click on the logo below.

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Book Meme

I was tagged by Michelle Johnson at Shades of MJ.

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

The book I am reading at the moment is one of the set books for a course on postcolonial literature that I’m currently taking. It’s Burger’s Daughter by Nadine Gordimer who lives in South Africa. The heroine is the daughter of a dead political activist and the book is about her quest for her own identity. Not the easiest read but Gordimer is able to evoke multiple images with her words.

‘This kind of thing you’re doing, does it make sense to you? –
She looked the way I must have, for you, when you described to me watching your mother and her lover fucking in the spare bedroom. She would deal with what was put before her without allowing herself to see it, just as I did.’

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