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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.




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.


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



Photo: iStock


Written by Solveig Hansen

April 22, 2017 at 5:04 pm


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


We wanted
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
and it smelled
like home.

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

(c) Zol H, 2017



Written by Solveig Hansen

April 2, 2017 at 7:54 pm

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