Thursday, January 01, 2009

New Year's Day 2009

well, i'm starting as i mean to go on this year - making the most of nick being home to keep an eye on the kids, i've been holed up in our bedroom for most of this afternoon, reading and writing...
i'm working through this book at the moment - it's a writer's course that comes with a couple of CDs, so i actually feel i'm on a writer's retreat :o)
while reading, i was suddenly inspired to pen this poem! it's only a first draft, so please critique it kindly :o)
New Year’s Day
The alder is grey-white
Against the white-grey sky.
All is still, silent, windless, cold.
Not even a solitary bird
Ruffles the window scene.

Inside is warmth and colour:
Blue ink across a yellow page,
Steam rising over a crimson cup.
Words tumble, images form,
But still the silence remains.

The writer reaches for the cup,
Casting a smiling eye on the alder.
It’s good to be alive, she thinks,
On the first day of a new year,
As the gypsies enflame the room
With their timeless dance.

In response to the chapter ‘The Gypsy Dances’
in Emily Hanlon, The Art of Fiction Writing


At 5:39 pm , Blogger poppy m said...

Hi Claire

Happy New Year

Loved the poem - it created a real image of a writer at work in a "nest". Would Nick like to pop over & walk the dogs, fed the hens & muck out the horse etc while I jot down a few lines!! Only joking - all the above keeps me grounded & provides time to think!! Have a lovely day.

At 6:23 pm , Blogger Kai said...

Aloha Claire,
Well, hasn't it been quite the year..
I've been reading your blog (congraddies on the foot splint.) and looking at your art, celebrating your family and treasuring our friendship.. I wish we could all meet for a round in the pub again.. If ever I'm in England again!!!
Peace and hope for 2009!
Kai and Mr Dan xx

At 10:58 pm , Blogger Olivia said...

I too like your poem very much! Happy new year, Claire! Love, O

At 12:15 am , Blogger Yolanda said...

It was so good to hear from you. I wish you a wonderful new year.


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