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Marginalia: What was he thinking?

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NaPoWriMo day 24: Write a poem inspired by the marginalia of medieval manuscripts.

 
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MARGINALIA: WHAT WAS HE THINKING?

Maybe the lights in the scriptorium were low
and he was bored
and cold
and pined for wine

Maybe he felt particularly naughty that day
or wanted to give a finger to a pompous clergy

Or maybe there was an empty spot
at the bottom of the page that needed to be filled

Who knows what he was thinking, the monk,
when he decided
that a drawing of
a creature shooting an arrow
right into another creature’s rear
was the perfect accompaniment
to the Scriptures

Maybe he just wanted to leave his mark
for the posterity

 
(c) Zol H, 2017

 
The image above is from The Rutland Psalter and shows a blemmya with his head beneath the shoulders shooting an arrow into a monopod’s behind.

 
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Written by Solveig Hansen

April 24, 2017 at 4:35 pm

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Happy Earth Day 2017!

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NaPoWriMo day 22. Happy Earth Day! Be kind today.

Circle of recycling:
Jotting down ideas for new stories
in carefully chosen notebooks
recycled from books written
from ideas jotted down
in carefully chosen notebooks.

(c) Zol H, 2016

 

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Written by Solveig Hansen

April 22, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Rookies

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NaPoWriMo day 2: Write a poem inspired by, or in the form of, a recipe.

 
ROOKIES

We wanted
cookies
but because
the recipe said
make the dough
the usual way
and the usual
is still unusual
to us,
two rookies
in a new
home for two,
we bought
ready-made dough
and formed
near-perfect
cookies
and it smelled
like home.

Here’s to us,
two rookies
and cookies
in our new
home.

 
(c) Zol H, 2017

chocolate-chip-cookies

 
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Written by Solveig Hansen

April 2, 2017 at 7:54 pm

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Silence

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NaPoWriMo day 26: Write a call and response poem, like those used in many sermons, hymns and sea shanties. Basically an interactive exchange between one main speaker and an audience. Shanty example: Haul on the bowline, our bully ship’s a rolling, / Haul on the bowline, the bowline Haul!

What if the response from the audience is an utter silence?

 
…the silence
           where it used to be a thunderous applause

 
Zol H, 2016

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April 26, 2016 at 3:01 pm

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Orion’s belt

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NaPoWriMo day 24 is inspirational: Write a “mix and match” poem, mingling fancy and not so fancy words, to make the everyday seem poetic and keep the poetic language grounded.

 
ORION’S BELT

I look up and try to think of the mightiest word
to describe the multitude of stars in the firmament
Heaven’s own navigation lights for lost sailors to find their way home
I know I always feel safe seeing Orion’s belt in the night sky,
still in line, Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka
I smile wryly at my own thoughts and shiver a bit
It will be colder tomorrow
I hope the tomatoes will make it this year

 
(c) Zol H, 2016

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Written by Solveig Hansen

April 25, 2016 at 4:05 pm

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Sonnets are difficult

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NaPoWriMo day 23. Sonnet is today’s topic, and I am really not there yet. “Don’t try to write like Shakespeare” is a good advice for anyone who wants to write sonnets. David B. Axelrod at poetrydoctor.org says that the “test of a contemporary sonnet is to follow the form precisely, but make it sound like normal, conversational speech.” He says we should not go for easy rhymes, but rather rhymes/words that express what we mean. So, I am sweating away trying to come up with 14 good lines, each with 10 syllables, and a rhyme pattern of a-b-a-b c-d-c-d e-f-e-f g-g.

My not yet finished sonnet is called “Reassembly.” I look at my mirror image and she looks coldly back. With one swift look at me, she calls my bluff and sees that I am not living my life to my fullest potential. I scream, she screams and the mirror breaks. “Scattered fragments of myself all over.” I cannot “piece them together as they used to be.” I have to find my real purpose in life to be able to “glue me back to life.” I am not the only one inspired by Dylan Thomas’s Do not go gentle into that good night. My sonnet ends with this reference to Thomas: “No, Dylan T, I will not rave and rage, / but gentle go through life towards old age.”

Clichés, I know. This is ruddy difficult.

 
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Written by Solveig Hansen

April 23, 2016 at 6:47 pm

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Happy Earth Day!

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NaPoWriMo day 22. Happy Earth Day! Remember to write kind words to the world today.

Circle of recycling:
Jotting down ideas for new stories
in carefully chosen notebooks
recycled from books written
from ideas jotted down
in carefully chosen notebooks.

(c) Zol H, 2016

 

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Photo: iStock

 
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April 22, 2016 at 9:02 pm

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