I Really Wasn’t Intending To Blog Today

20 Sep

Honest; I swear.  But then I got the email to say the readwritepoem anthology for napowrimo has gone live and it looks so good I had to share it.  Find it here.  I’m on page 20 (or 34-35 if you use the bottom bit).  It’s well worth a look – where else can you read a whole book of great poetry for free?

As I am already here, I might as well share this poem for Writer’s IslandWe were asked to use this visual prompt:

Vane Kosturanov: FISHERMAN   You can check out the artist here; I didn’t know of him until yesterday but I love his work.


A WAG’s Tale
WAGs: collective noun for wives & girlfriends of sportsmen; it originated in British tabloid newspapers
Fish sits in his bowl.
Mouth opens.  Wide.  He swims side to side.
Feed me, he says. 
Feed me today.
Feed me.  Feed me.  Feed me again.
Fish is a bully; he feeds on her guilt.
He swims round his fake castle, fake flowers, fake lake.
Left side right side front side back side.
Forever the same view, same home, same space.
Feed me, he says; feed me again.
Fish is a parasite.  Fish is bored.  Fish is alone.
Fish must wait for his manna from woman.

WAG waits in her opulent home.
Mouth opens wide, her yawns become sighs.
Need me, fame says. 
Need me today.
Need me.  Need me.  Need me again.
Paparazzi are bullies; they feed on her gilt.
She swans round her fake castle, fake marriage, fake love.
In Hello magazine she glows as she shows off her home
(secreting the fee for an uncertain future; she has hate expectations).
Need me, fame says.  Need me again.
Fame is a fiend; it tires of her, even as she waits in her manor
for the rich man who made her his woman.





9 Responses to “I Really Wasn’t Intending To Blog Today”

  1. vivinfrance September 20, 2010 at 10:37 #

    Quite rightly, your take on the prompt turns our attention to the other side of the coin. And beautifully constructed into the bargain!


  2. b_y September 20, 2010 at 11:13 #

    the rwp issue looks nice, doesn’t it?


  3. slpmartin September 20, 2010 at 22:07 #

    The first stanza really sets up the second so very well…excellent job.


  4. vivinfrance September 20, 2010 at 22:27 #

    I forgot to ask, after the sad demise of my namesake, how is Jock?


    • Tilly Bud September 23, 2010 at 09:59 #

      Blooming as only a well-fed fish can bloom.


  5. pieceofpie September 21, 2010 at 00:24 #

    ohhh that’s good very good…. love that… you know thaz why a lot of people like fish as pets… not much interaction… but as a different turn fish seem pretty hi-maintenance with the constant feeding… the only good fish is a dead fish….perhaps… now a woman waiting for her man thaz a whole other story… woman needs to be fed too… regardless of the price… ahhh love is a many splendor thing… with regards to blogging my ‘puter was sick for a few weeks wasn’t able to blog… for two days now i’m been blogging my little heart out… now im sorta tired…. it’s hard work to write and blog… thank goodness it’s a creative outlet at the whim of a a a a.. for lack of a better word muse… so excited abt rwp poem book.. it is a delight to have participated… good idea to let others know… thanks tillybud…. pescador


  6. shanegenziuk September 21, 2010 at 11:23 #

    Well done. Such a difference to the one I wrote, both about the same painting!


  7. Deborah September 22, 2010 at 09:47 #

    Very good and very well written, well done!!


  8. Sharp Little Pencil September 25, 2010 at 06:09 #

    Great take on this prompt! Also loved the tabloid cover below. Lots of directions folks have taken, but yours gets the woman’s point of view and holds on for a wild ride.

    Also enjoyed your back and forth at Viv’s blog this week. Added some thoughts, too… I’m a fan! Amy BL


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