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Ambitious, by Britta Benson

This wee poem was inspired by yesterday’s Moonwashed Challenge. Theme: Ambitious. Here’s the link to the full blog post: https://amanpan.blog/2022/08/23/moonwashed-challenge-ambitious-august-23-2022/. Ambitious Counting hours, years, words, fingers won’t suffice. Cold, rain, cold. How many lines does it take to forget the old? Be kind to paper. Trees bear witness with practised stoicism, but won’t take onContinue reading “Ambitious, by Britta Benson”

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Friendly advice from nature, by Britta Benson

Here’s my response to Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Challenge over at http://www.wordcraftpoetry.com (https://wordcraftpoetry.com/2022/08/23/tankatuesday-weekly-poetry-challenge-no-286-8-23-22-themepromp/). This week, the theme is ‘Lessons from nature‘. I chose to write an etheree. The poem seemed to naturally flow that way. Friendly advice from nature Be tidal, seasonal, let come go, grow, change and develop. Respect rest, hibernate. Accept darkness, allow light,Continue reading “Friendly advice from nature, by Britta Benson”

Musings of an Obliteration Room sticker sheet, by Britta Benson

A few days ago, I visited the Tate Modern in London. Until the end of August, people can take part in the Obliteration Room, an interactive artwork by Yayoi Kusama. It’s basically a big, white apartment in the Turbine Hall of the museum, and visitors can walk through the various rooms. At the entrance, everyoneContinue reading “Musings of an Obliteration Room sticker sheet, by Britta Benson”

National Bad Poetry Day, by Britta Benson

It’s National Bad Poetry Day today. I wrote about it on Britta’s Blog (https://brittasblog422041504.wordpress.com/2022/08/18/national-bad-poetry-day/), but of course I couldn’t refuse contributing my own Bad Poetry Day poem. It had to be done… Here goes: National Bad Poetry Day At the end of a day, miles of thread that won’t weave… Lines upon lines, their texturesContinue reading “National Bad Poetry Day, by Britta Benson”

Behaving like humans, by Britta Benson

This poem was inspired by a free expressive writing workshop, run by Michelle Berberet (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/expressive-writing-zoom-workshop-fall-session-tickets-399661768107?aff=ebdssbdestsearch&keep_tld=1). These Tuesday classes have become a fixture in my diary and I cannot recommend them highly enough. The group is simply wonderful. Supportive. Creative. Human… Behaving like humans Simple. One rule. Send love. In a breath, a thought, a word,Continue reading “Behaving like humans, by Britta Benson”

Seen through pane, by Britta Benson

Here’s my response to Reena Saxena’s Poetry Challenge over at Word Craft Poetry (https://wordcraftpoetry.com/2022/08/16/tankatuesday-poetry-challenge-no-285-8-18-22-ekphrastic-photoprompt/). This week, the theme is ekphrastic poetry and Reena has provided a drawing as inspiration. You can see Reena’s beautiful piece by clicking on the link above. Here’s the scene: This morning, as I read the blogs I follow, I cameContinue reading “Seen through pane, by Britta Benson”

self, by Britta Benson

Regular readers of my poetry blog know that I like to experiment. Some of my experiments work, others, not so much so. My poem ‘self’ has been included in the t’ART Press Summer Showcase. Theme of the submission call was ‘self’ and for me, it had to be a found poem. Sometimes we look forContinue reading “self, by Britta Benson”

London Lanturne, by Britta Benson

Here’s my response to my own prompt guidelines for the W3 Poetry Challenge (https://skepticskaddish.com/2022/08/10/w3-prompt-15-weave-written-weekly/). I’m in London just now and this is my attempt of describing the city in the current prolonged heat wave. I initially chose the lanturne form, simply because of the alliteration. With hindsight, though, I think it works quite well. LondonContinue reading “London Lanturne, by Britta Benson”

Stillness, by Britta Benson

Here’s my response to Brian Vos’ Weekly Poetry Prompt. Theme this week: Stillness. You can read his full blog post here: https://brianvos.com/2022/08/05/stillness-your-weekly-poetry-prompt/ I like responding to prompts. Sometimes, it’s an organic process that takes a while to get to where it needs to go. Other times, a poem simply manifests, hey presto, and becomes fullyContinue reading “Stillness, by Britta Benson”