Moment XII

Last night I ate sea urchin. It tasted of the ocean. The body soaked with the tears of whales crying for the loss of their children. The warm fur of a white seal pup before it meets its end at the hand of cruelty. The plastic embrace of a shopping bag around the throat of an arctic tern. It cried for its fish brothers that nevermore would dart between its feelers searching for food. It whispered to me of lost porpoises trapped in nets raping the sea. It told of sharks too fearful to leave the sunken ships of death’s folly. I heard the boasts of old sailors swapping trinkets for lives. I stopped a moment and put the chopsticks down. Then ordered another item from the menu. One without the bitter taste.

This came about after going to a restaurant and trying sea urchin for the first time. It got me thinking about how we abuse the sea, the plastics and rubbish littered there, and the depletion of fish numbers as well as other mammals.

POEM: Pants

New pants are on the scene
Have you ever seen something so supreme?
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday’s best
With a label upon its crest
A symbol of the snuggly feel
That you get from a Sunday meal
Everything in its right place
Puts a smile upon your face
Jump to the left
Hop to the right
With these pants
I’m full of might
I can do anything
In red pants of glory

I got thinking of the time when I was young and we got new clothes. The excitement, particularly of new pants. Bigger pants. They seemed to symbolise growing in age and becoming an older boy.



POEM: Words

Words are watching you
They gather your thoughts
They tell your secrets
They spread lies
and state truths
They can break a heart
They ruin friendships
or destroy an evening
Beware words
They can imprison you
or set you free

This poem came about as I was mindlessly watching tv and thinking of the impact that certain people’s words have had on others. It got me thinking about the power of words and how easily they can be misused to create harm.

POEM: Man In The Moon

Half moon

 

There was a man in the moon,
Who switched the lights off too soon,
Day turned to night,
All people in fright,
Running in fear of the doom.

 

This type of poem is called a limerick.  It was made popular by Edward Lear in the 19th century. I just love these types of poems. They are great fun to write because of the clear structure and rhyme pattern. 

A limerick has five lines with a clear AABBA rhyme pattern:

There was a man in the moon, A
Who switched the lights off too soon, A
Day turned to night, B
All people in fright, B
Running in fear of the doom. A

and a da-de-da-de-da, da-de-da-de-da, de-da-de-da, de-da-de-da, da-de-da-de-da rhythm to it.

Why don’t you have a go?

There are more examples here: https://www.brownielocks.com/kidlimericks.html

Write-30 No.57

Write 30

Free Choice.

Write about anything you want. It could be about your day, about a TV programme, a computer game, in fact anything you want.

STUCK?   Try this idea: Pick a place, an object, and then a person from a book. Write about them.

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.50!

alien eyes

Alien Invasion.

Aliens are gradually taking over the bodies of the people in your town. Only you seem to notice. What can you do? Who can you get to help?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Things started to go weird after the night of the asteroid. It crashed over in Johnson’s fields on the edge of town. But no one noticed. Most people were watching the Saturday special on TV or were online gaming, too busy to realise what was about to happen.
Jamie was the first to notice something wasn’t right. It began in a small way. He popped to Mabel’s Store to collect the newspapers for delivery. Higgin’s wasn’t around, which was a bit odd, but Jamie figured he was out back having a smoke (disgusting habit) so grabbed the bag of papers, hopped on his bike and set off for Henry Street. He couldn’t hang around for Higgins, he would be late for school. So he dropped off the first paper at No. 19 and sped off to the next house.
Jamie finished the route by about 7:15 so headed back to Mabel’s to grab his weekly pay. Higgins was stood behind the counter saying nothing. This was odd because…

What happens next?

DID YOU KNOW? There is an old film I loved as a kid called Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) about the people in a small American town being taken over by aliens. It’s great fun.

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.49

Cooked shrimp with green vegetable on red plate

The Queen’s Dinner.

You are the head chef at Buckingham Palace. The Queen has asked you to prepare a banquet in honour of a visit by the New Zealand Prime Minister. What food will you provide? Write the menu.

STUCK?   Try this story starter:

STARTERS

Tomato soup
made from rare bead tomatoes
collected by the elves of Epping Forest

What’s next?

 

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.42

blue muscle car jumping in the road

Rocket Car.

You have built a rocket car. It is the fastest car in the world.  What does it look like? What noise does it make? What do you do with it?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Jamie stood by the machine. It was finally finished. All those years of toil, sleepless nights, missing out on going out with friends, had been worth it. It was ready. Hesitantly he pulled out the starter keys and looked down at the gleaming machine. Its ….

What happens next?

DID YOU KNOW? There is a book about an amazing car. It is called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming (he also wrote James Bond). It was also made into a famous musical film.

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.41

Gold statue of man holding gold statue

Talking Statue.

Imagine you are sat in a square waiting for your mother underneath a statue. What if it suddenly spoke to you? How would you react? What would you think? What would it say? What would it want?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Of course she was late. Mum is always late. Whenever she says, “I’m just popping to the shop for a few things,” it’s never a few. And so I find myself sat on a cold ledge beneath a boring grey statue in the middle of a dull empty square. There is nothing worth looking at. There is nothing good about this place.
I hear a cough. But it is not me and there is no one else who could have made it. How strange. I look up at the face of the statue above me. It has a chiselled chin, crooked hat and long wavy moustache. I joke, “I suppose that was you?”

What happens next?

Write 30

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.