Saturday, 6 February 2016

daily 5th February 2016

nugatory [noo-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, nyoo-] adjective
1. of no real value; trifling; worthless.
2. of no force or effect; ineffective; futile; vain.
3. not valid.

her cheating husband
and his nugatory pleas.
Thriving bamboo patch





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February 5 writing prompt: ZED / ZEE (the letter itself)

well-meaning  friend
changes his name to just 'Z'
to my 'Omega'


for NaHaiWriMo



went to ASDA and bought two duvet sets and three sheets


Something that made me smile today:

getting the laundry done. Small things, I know.




a bit of writing, gaming, TV




Written today:

poem - 21
Gilded Cage ()


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Friday, 5 February 2016

Poem 2016 / 021

Life Lessons

last lesson of the afternoon
while her blouse dampens at the armpits
as she hides a yawn behind one hand.
History, and the open windows admit
the hum of lawnmowing,
as the caretaker walking back and forth,
back and forth,
rugby-shirt stripes on the playing field
where older boys in summer whites
pretend to be civilised one bowl at a time.

At night it's all “Julie, give me a handjob
and I'll give you a pound,” “just touch my cock
for a cigarette,” “how do you do question seven
on the maths homework?”

She doesn't tell her parents
why she comes home covered in grass stains
and smelling of beer and cigarettes
with her hair tousled
and the beginnings of a black eye.
The call her a tomboy and let her
cut her hair short and play football
and boxing for girls though no other girls
are signed up for it.

The gnats come out when the streetlights
glow dim and red in the evening air,
when the strains of Coronation Street
echo through the gullies of the new estate.

“You dirty bastard, What's my mom
going to say when she sees this stain?”
She buries her skirt at the bottom of the washing
basket and hopes she doesn't notice.


© Rachel Green 2016


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short forms 4th February 2016

Cornwall
where high hedges
give way to sunken roads
and the path to her redemption
is dirt


© Rachel Green 2016

flashes of colour
among the crocus and snowdrops
crisp packets


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a day off
leads to renewed interest
in writing
some editing to do
then a return to Broken Goods


© Rachel Green 2016

lesbian tale
leaves no room for sex
platonic love

just as well
when the ladies involved
are sisters

but they didn't know it


© Rachel Green 2016

mashed potato. A memory of Mum.

© Rachel Green 2016

Thursday, 4 February 2016

daily February 4th 2016

desiderata [dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh, -rah-, -zid-] plural noun, singular desideratum.
1. things wanted or needed; the plural of desideratum:
“Happily-ever-after” and “eternal love” appear to be the desiderata of the current generation; to whom “fat chance” say those of us who are older, wiser, and more curmudgeonly.
Synonyms: essentials, necessities, requisites, sine qua nons.

a happiness dream;
her prime desiderata
drama-free girlfriends







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Feb 4 prompt: ZEBRA

panic drill
at a Japanese zoo
escaping zebra

for NaHaiWriMo



shopping in town with the dogs


Something that made me smile today:

helping a friend




editing, gaming

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Written today:

poem -
Gilded Cage ()


You've been reading Of Literary Bent. I thank you.

Short Forms 4th February 2016

what now?
their adventure
shattered multiple lives
and left an aftermath of fear
broken


© Rachel Green 2016

scattered sunlight
I add more prisms
to the window


© Rachel Green 2016

index cards
a ragged pile
on the bookshelf
soon it'll be time to retrieve them
back to Damaged Goods


© Rachel Green 2016

first round of edits
the new story
needs continuity
that's my work for today
open documents
and track changes
comments welcome


© Rachel Green 2016

old novel. full of fond memories.

© Rachel Green 2016

daily 3rd February 2016

alpenglow [al-puh n-gloh] noun
1. a reddish glow often seen on the summits of mountains just before sunrise or just after sunset.

the nearest she got
to seeing an alpenglow
Sheffield gasworks

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feb3 Zealot

campaign zealotry
just replace 'Jew' with 'Muslim'
American Pride


for NaHaiWriMo



Ah, got a good reception on the novella. Some minor changes to make.


Something that made me smile today:

The dogs actually doing as they were told.




A day off. No writing, no stress.

Gaming, TV, a film (The Gunman 2015 - Sean Penn doing Krav Maga)




Written today:

nothing


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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

short forms 3rd February 2016

endings
the brother lives
and the dad kills himself
in the way of his own mother
voices


© Rachel Green 2016

sunshine
a brace of pigeons
fucking


© Rachel Green 2016

quick dash
to open the back gate
window cleaner
too lazy for shoes
I now have wet socks


© Rachel Green 2016

novella
sent to editor
long delayed

it was all the better
for the elapsed time
and the evolved plot

quite pleased by it


© Rachel Green 2016

chekov's gun. fires at the close

© Rachel Green 2016