Friday, 28 February 2014

An Ode to Non-productive Writing Days

Poet's Sleep, 1989, by Chang Houg Ahn 

Some writing days are better than others … I wonder if the poet was having a bad day? 
This week a little ode to those non-productive days courtesy of Tess at Magpie Tales.  

He works with words
And rhythm and rhyme,
He writes and scribbles
Line after line.
His thoughts and ideas
May be big and bold
From the colourful mind map
Near the paper fold.
He changes the ink,
He swaps the pen
The Magpie challenge
Hurrah, Sunday again!
But inspiration fades
To a silent peep
So he lowers his head
And falls asleep!

Wishing everyone a successful writing week.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Red bricks and cabbage ...

There it was. His first apartment when he arrived in New York City.  Brickwork dull, dark and dingy, just as it was all those years ago.  He noted the rickety staircase. He recalled clandestine lovers with stiletto heels in hand; giggling, ‘shushing’ and exiting sharply before the dawn chorus.

Danny was sure he could smell cabbage soup from the apartment below. Mrs. O Shaughnessy was not a cook. The stench of over boiled cabbage lasted for days. He had never known anyone cook and kill so many cabbages. He hated cabbage.

The old bicycle sign remained, now like him, a little worn and weathered by life’s storms. Robert Sullivan, the cycle saviour made bike hire affordable at weekends. On Sundays, Mickey Dillon and him cycled miles out of the city.  

Today, he returned with his student daughter.  She moved to a studio apartment.  Now settled in a fashionable part of town. It looked nothing like here. More glass, grey concrete and characterless.  

What stories might the old apartment tell if those red bricks could talk?