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GloPoWriMo: Day 27

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GloPoWriMo: Day 27

The Day 27 prompt was to write a poem that explores the sense of taste.  Many poems explore the sight or sound or feel of things and Proust famously wrote about the memories evoked by smell.  My poem could be about food, or wine, or even the oddly metallic sensation of a snowflake on your tongue.  I have written a poem about the unusual taste of Greek firewater, or raki, and the physical reaction I have to it.

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Firewater

Bitter
As a wasted life
Burning
As an inferno in summer
Metallic
Solid, cold and scraping
Pressure
Intense, growing and never ending
Shudder
Violent and easing all at once
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Copyright, D M Day, 2017

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GloPoWriMo: Day 12

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GloPoWriMo: Day 12

The Day 12 prompt was to write a poem that explicitly incorporates alliteration (the use of repeated consonant sounds) and assonance (the use of repeated vowel sounds).  This didn’t mean necessarily limiting myself to a few consonants or vowels, although I could. Even relatively restrained alliteration and assonance can help tighten a poem, with the sounds reinforcing the sense. I have written a drunken poem and I think the alliteration and assonance enhance the drunkeness resembling slurring speech, staggering and going off on tangents!

 

Alcoholic Frolic

I went for a walk
Wavering, wiggling
Wandering aimlessly
After drinking a lot
And having a talk

With friends and foes
About their woes
And the ends
Of their toes
Finally finishing
Fresh flavoured wine

I staggered outside
Staring up at the stars
Stepping towards home
Where I can sleep and hide
Slipping into bed

But what’s this in the sky
A spaceship hits my eye
And lands in front of my
Very person, oh my
I hope they’re friendly
And I don’t die
Maybe if I offer them pie

I went for a walk
Wavering, wiggling
Wandering aimlessly
After drinking a lot

I may have seen aliens
Even left on their ship
If you want to see them too
Here have a sip
But you have to promise
To keep your mouth zip

Copyright, D M Day, 2017

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Tour de Yorkshire

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Tour de Yorkshire

So yesterday I had a tweet asking if there were any villages I’d recommend for a visit in Yorkshire.  Now obviously Yorkshire is an awesome place to visit with tons of cool locations to go to and you just can’t cover that in 140 characters.  So here are my top ten places to visit in Yorkshire, villagey and otherwise.

10 – Knaresborough

Knaresborough is a lovely village in North Yorkshire.  I spent some time there over Christmas a few years ago at which point it was particularly sleepy and peaceful.   It is also home to Britain’s oldest tourist attraction, Mother Shipton’s Cave.

9 – Whitby

Whitby is a town on the Yorkshire coast.  It has a good mix of things to do, from the usual coastal activities, to the Goth weekend it’s become quite famous for.  Then there’s the associations with Dracula, and it’s always nice to visit places that are mentioned in books!

8 – Hawes

Hawes is a market town in the Yorkshire Dales, and is actually the highest town in Britain.  I first went to Hawes with my boyfriend and it’s a gorgeous place to walk around.  It’s also where Wensleydale cheese comes from.

7 – York

I suppose you can’t really mention visiting Yorkshire without mentioning York!  It’s obviously a city in North Yorkshire and you can walk around the walls and visit the Shambles, the most picturesque street in Britain.

6 – Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey is one of the best preserved abbeys in Britain and I’ve been visiting it since I was little.  I’ve also taken my niece and nephew a few times.  The Abbey itself is in huge grounds where you can go for nice walks.  Across the road is the Abbey House Museum which is interactive and has a replica of a 19th century high street.  It also has one of the best Santa’s grottos I’ve been to.

5 – Roundhay Park

Roundhay is another place I’ve visited since being little.  The park is massive and there’s lots of places to go walking and have picnics.  There’s also Tropical World which has the largest collection of tropical plants outside of Kew Gardens and various animals, including meerkats, which are awesome.

4 – Hazlewood Castle

My boyfriend took me to Hazlewood Castle last Valentine’s day.  It’s a beautiful building in beautiful grounds and it was all very romantic and fairy tale like.

3 – Pateley Bridge

This a little town in Nidderdale and is another place I first visited with my boyfriend.  It has the nicest little museum ever, which, even though it’s quite small, has loads of stuff in it.  Pateley Bridge is also home to the oldest sweet shop in Britain.

2 – Haworth

Haworth is a village in West Yorkshire which was home to the Brontes.  As well as the Bronte museum, the village itself is a lovely place to visit with cobbled streets.  My favourite way to get there is on the old steam train.

1 – Ilkey Moor

Kinda goes without saying really.  It’s the home of our Yorkshire anthem, it has some of the best views in the county, and is, all in all, my favourite place in the homeland.

Visit Yorkshire – it’s a lovely place!

Copyright, D M Day, 2016

 

A Surprise Trip

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A Surprise Trip

This is a poem I wrote for a writing group.  The prompt was the annual summer holidays, which sadly, it doesn’t look like I’m getting this year…  Still, I’ve had a couple of lovely sunny days at home (when the British weather decides to be summery for 24 hours) and I’ve also had a few productive days hiding from the rain and writing.  So it’s all good.  Now it’s coming towards the end, I hope you have all enjoyed your summer, with or without holidays at home or abroad!

Here’s to blue skies and sunshine and, most importantly, lovely summery cocktails!

A Surprise Trip

One surprise trip
For our anniversary
Thirty minutes to pack
Everything I’ll need
Three rainclouds outside
Will be lovely to get some sun
Four maxi dresses
Should be enough for days out
Eight different bikinis
String, strapless, bandeau
Two strappy pairs of heels
For cocktails on balmy evenings
Five bottles of sun lotion
And one of fake tan, just for, you know
Two passports grabbed
One front door locked
Two ears covered on the plane
One big surprise
Two people land
One big smile
One step out of the plane
Into -2 degrees, in Stockholm
One big row

Copyright, D M Day, 2016

British Barbecue Quandary

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British Barbecue Quandary

Well it’s the beginning of August and I’m sat in the house listening to the rain pound the windows while the builders fix up my bathroom.  This is the sound of the great British summer.  Rain and home improvements, and plenty of both.  My little corner of the internet is filled with pictures of my friends’ hot dog legs and sparkling colourful cocktails and beaches.  Not sure we’ll get a holiday abroad this year so we have to make the most of what we have here.  So here’s a little poem dedicated to the great British summer.  Long may it rain…  😉

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British Barbecue Quandary

Bee buzzes quietly
By bulging quinoa
Burger’s black, queasy
Bring brolly, quick!

Copyright D M Day, 2016

NaPoWriMo – Day 7

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NaPoWriMo – Day 7

The day seven prompt was to write a tritina. The tritina is a shorter cousin to the sestina, involving three, three-line stanzas, and a final concluding line.  Three “end words” are used to conclude the lines of each stanza, in a set pattern of ABC, CAB, BCA, and all three end words appear together in the final line.

I generally struggle with structured poetry and really struggled with this one in particular.  At a loss for inspiration I wrote a poem about my upcoming move from Yorkshire to Liverpool.  I’m not massively happy with it, but it’s done and tomorrow is another writing day.

The Other End of the Canal

All ready to move to Liverpool
Away from the rolling hills of Yorkshire
At the other end of the canal

It seems extra long today, that canal
It seems a great distance to Liverpool
From the rolling hills of Yorkshire

The beautiful county of Yorkshire
Split apart by a canal
Ending in the city of Liverpool

Leaving Yorkshire for Liverpool, it’s not far along the canal

Copyright D M Day 2016

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51 Shades of Maggie – Review

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Saturday night, the Theatre Royal Wakefield and a request for no nudity in the auditorium!

To be fair, I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey, apart from one very short excerpt in a writing magazine and I’ve listened to a reading on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K1RcKJVbHA it’s really quite funny). From what I have read/heard though, I didn’t like it. I didn’t find it offensive or anything, I just thought it was a bit poor. *ducks to avoid being beaten by the fans* So when my friend asked if I wanted to go see 51 Shades of Maggie with her and some others, I was a little bit apprehensive, but agreed. It was a mick take. How bad could it be, and after all, it’s not like I had anything better to do this Valentine’s Day weekend.

We had some food in Leeds first (All Bar One burgers are surprisingly nice), then ran for the train, missed the train (probably my fault, I’m a punctuality disaster) then got another one. We arrived, pretty much on time in Wakefield (Westgate Station has been all done up and is well posh now, check it out if you have reason to go!) and scurried off to the theatre.

The Theatre Royal is one I’ve not been to and I have to say it’s dead nice. Quaint and cosy but I had plenty of leg room. I realise this isn’t difficult with 29 inch legs, but still.

There were also a lot more men there than I expected.

So, the deal is I went in with a closed mind expecting the show to be a bit crap, but it was actually really really good. It was well written, well performed and really funny. I was pleasantly surprised.

It’s basically a one woman show with a revolving bed as the only prop. Leah MacRae performed all the roles brilliantly. You could always tell who she was, which is a skill that a lot of one person shows fail on. The music fit the tone, the costume design was simple but genius. Without any deliberate spoilers, there’s also a big change in tone at one point which was performed beautifully and believably. The theatre went silent (apart from one cackling woman who got told to shut up by someone and responded by telling them to screw themselves – really – and it wasn’t me, I swear!) and you could feel the atmosphere just completely change.

Then there’s a happy ending, and that’s always nice isn’t it?

I’ve read a few reviews online before and since seeing the play and there’s a general attitude that the show is vulgar and there’s too much swearing. From what I do know about the original Fifty Shades, I’m not really sure what these reviewers were expecting to be honest. As someone from a working class background I barely noticed the swearing (judge me on that if you please, I don’t really care) and as for it being vulgar, it’s about sex and BDSM so if you’re likely to find that offensive, don’t go see it.

Personally, I think Leesa Harker’s written a good show and it’s being performed well. I’m also stealing the phrase Niagara knickers, because it amused me.

The icing on the cake was after watching this show, full of references to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Scotland generally, performed in a variety of Glaswegian accents, was my friend saying “so what was she Geordie?” on the way back to Leeds.

Awaaaaay!