Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Daily Spark Word: Break

Happy Easter! Sorry for the delay in posts - I've been in Madrid for the past five days. To acknowledge the Easter break, today's spark word is the homonym 'break'.


i snapped the bones in my
left and right wrists
playing when a kid

despite tears and a loud cry
the swelling was missed.

no one believed what i did.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Daily Challenge: Smell

Sorry for the long delay! Work is a nasty time-eater :( Today's challenge is 'smell'. Enjoy!


her grandmother had a
powdery florally scent that
though dulled
was still there behind the
musty fleshy earthy
damp of death

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Daily Challenge: Touch

Today's challenge is a poem to do with 'touch'.


there was something
about slipping that
glove over my hand
the inside so
it felt still damp with

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Daily Challenge: See

Sorry - my challenges are slowing down from daily to weekly due to time constraints. Hopefully I'll be able to drag them back up to daily soon! Today's challenge is another sense: see.


we stood on the shore
you and me
and purple clouds drifted
before our eyes

you asked me
'where does the sun go?'

i replied
'can't you see?'

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Daily Challenge: Hear

I'm back from my holiday! In keeping with the theme of the previous poem, today's challenge is the sense 'hear'. Enjoy!


when young we spoke in
whispers, our
peevish words
slapping against plump
lobes and our
sugary breath
snaking into our
then one day we
noticed -
after days of
we could no longer hear
our own thoughts.

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Daily Challenge: Taste

Today's challenge is to write a poem focussing on one of the five senses. Today's sense is 'taste'.

first kiss

the taste of you is
lawn fresh and sky
clear, and your lips are
ripe grapes, and your
tongue is sweet
but your breath
is spicy, and your too
warm skin breathes
liquid fumes that make
me want to

Friday, 15 February 2008

Daily Challenge: Elegy to an Everyday Object

In response to Tamara's suggestion of writing an elegy to an everyday object (ala Carol Ann Duffy's poem Valentine), today's challenge is to take an everyday item and make it significant.


she had always eaten lychees from a can
not knowing the true roughness of their
till she stood in the misting rain
one held in her

he told her to close her eyes

he peeled the fruit
he placed it between
her lips
and she bit into an

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