Monthly Archives: March 2010

Hopscotch

I was talking with a friend recently, about childhood games and words we like.  Well, actually, she was talking about childhood games and I was talking about words I like.  We met somewhere in the middle, over hopscotch.

I couldn’t remember how to play hopscotch, and I’m not sure she could either.  Although she insisted it was easy, ‘You just throw the stone and hop,’ I was sure there was more to it than that, however, she insisted it really was that simple.  I guess if she’s right (I checked, she is*), then hopscotch would make a good metaphor for life – we just throw our stones and hope for the best.  Anyway, I digress.

So, I was talking about the word hopscotch, I like the sound of it.  To me, it kind of sounds just right  for what it describes.  The word itself conjures up images of childish games and carefree summers spent playing on the street with perhaps just some chalk and maybe a skipping rope.  Maybe it’s actually that ‘sk’ sounds that does it – skipping, scooters, skittles, skittish…  See what I mean?  It’s definitely a playful word and that’s what I like about it.

What playful words do you like, and why?

*kind of.  There is a little more to it, but not much…

Your heart is a weapon

There is poetry everywhere.  Find it, map it, and share it at G.P.S (Global Poetry System). 

That is all.  Go, spread the word.

Getting back to basics

I have just been over at Dan Goodwin’s blog (also known as Coach Creative), reading his latest post, about starting all over again. Dan asks ‘If tomorrow you lost every single thing you owned, and were given some money to begin your creative life all over again, what 5 things would you buy?’

It got me thinking (which of course was the point), about how many channels I use to create these days. If I had to pick 5 of the things I currently use, they would be (in no particular order):

  1. My Dell notebook
  2. A selection of journals
  3. Several pens ranging from an old bic biro to a mid range fountain pen
  4. A camera (usually the one on my phone)
  5. Actually there are only 4 things but I want to make this look like a list of 5.  I don’t know why this feels so important to me.

However, on reflection, all I really need is a pen or pencil, and some paper.  A journal would be nice, but any paper would do.  When I was younger and worked part time in a shop, I used to write stories on the back of til receipts that people left behind.  I guess what I’m tryng to say is that even with nothing, if we want to create, we will find a way, making creative tools out of whatever we have to hand.

So, I would like to thank Dan for his post, for reminding me that when I find my creativity stalling, perhaps simply getting back to basics can get the ideas flowing again.

Springshine

I can smell spring in the air today and it makes me happy.  If pushed, I would say my favourite season is the summer, but I do have a special affection for spring. There’s something about this time of year that feels so full of hope, perhaps it’s the anticipation of what’s to come.

Here’s a poem I wrote about spring last year:

Springshine

A mixed fruit medley dances a honey drizzled tango on my tongue
Face warmed by the afternoon’s unexpected sun
I float outside, wrapped in springshine
Where blossom scented streets re-align my racing mind 
And, re-born into spring
I allow myself 
To Shine.