Photo I captured of a paper napkin my friend issued me yesterday. It apparently came from the Fitzwilliam, Cambridge, so full marks to the artist and some free publicity!
I think I wrote this poem based on an entry in The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon,
which was a list of ugly things. I tried to bring it up to date with pet hates of the
20th and 21st century.
which is unkempt with fine clothes;
on a helmet-like mullet;
hand-made paper spoiled
by spidery handwriting;
low-cut brides kneeling
in front of praying vicars;
presenting logic to the
who try to pretend
that they understand;
a trout-pout selfie taken
by a narcissist – tramp-stamped,
and no Spring chicken either.
About two years ago I was experimenting with using Japanese poetic
frameworks and was trying to paraphrase and utilise poetry from the Tale
of Genji etc, but attempting to re-phrase the little cameos in my own words.
This poem seems to have been left out, so I offer it to you now.
Sometimes you visit,
unexpectedly, a friend
and you stumble on
evidence of graciousness.
No show is put on:
it is their habitual
way of doing things.
It reflects nobility.
Even if you were to spy
on them, you would find
they’d behave in the same way.
they’re true to themselves,
whether they are being watched,
or not. It’s integrity.
Hi, dear followers!
This week I won an art competition and so, fired up with success, I have entered
5 of my designs on the above site.
The prize is to be taken on as a designer on their site- they produce cushions,
prints, etc etc
For every sale they plant 3 trees.
Now, I am not expecting anyone to buy anything, but the prize is awarded
according to ‘likes’ on your mocked- up product, not on any sales. In fact, I
believe that they produce the competitors’ products for the duration of the
competition, but only the 3 prize-winners are taken on permanently.
I entered 5 of my designs to see how they would do. I do not have a very
big Facebook following- deliberately, but I wondered if some of my wordpress
readers would take a look and give me some likes.
I do not really like these systems and would rather just be judged by a panel,
but it seems it is the way things are handled.
If you can’t be bothered, that’s fine!
Wraptious only register the likes on their Facebook site at facebook.com/wraptious/posts/4204537399608686
The number code is for my designs, under the name Marion Bond
Extreme revanchism row with neighbours:
no statutory nuisance laws back then;
no one issued an abatement notice.
He was ‘the Brave’ – at war with the Hyksos.
It’s amazing what lack of sleep can do.
They just snapped over his noisy hippos.
A desire to cull turned to lust to kill.
We’ve all been maddened by a noisy pool.
The disturbance carried on the night air,
travelling from Thebes, up to Avaris.
Then his younger son captured their city,
almost twenty years into his own reign.
A little bit of poolside decorum
may have prevented an execution.
Users of swimming pools should roar quietly,
to avoid the fate of Seqenenre.
The unspoilt church William Morris was inspired by when he founded the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Monuments. A gem, sadly attacked by heartless lead thieves a couple of years ago.
Photo by Candia Dixon-Stuart. All Rights Reserved.