Saturday, 27 March 2010

Poetry Bus, Poetry Bus, where are you taking us?




Hello and welcome to the first stop on the Poetry Bus Tour – a little place we could call the Rambling Stop. We know few limitations here...and we're setting off on Saturday because...well, because we're ready.

So – the guidelines (loose...very loose...) were back here. Once your work is done send me your links and I'll add them to the end of this post.

First off, here's my own offering.

The word I chose was...

LIGHT



It's another simple, everyday word (that's my world, folks, that's my rediscovering-the-well-trodden-paths-approach...). It is an everyday word but it's such a huge monster of a word at the same time though, isn't it? Aren't they all when you look closely? I've never done any of those wordle/word cloud things with my poems but if I did I'm pretty sure LIGHT would be shining out of anything I produced like a big ol' torchbeam staring into the eyes of startled rabbit (or something). One of my most complimented poems ('Not tonight, Radiohead' – it's here – video and/or text) is an awful lot to do with 'light' (in many senses) and I'm sure there are many, many others I could dig out linked to light too. Still, you just can't have enough poems about light, can you, so here's another one. It's a short one – and I used to write quite a lot of little poems (whole section of them on my website...) but I haven't done so many lately. Time to put that right.


Light house

I gasp to breathe it loudly in
Bright juice of mother-father sun
So hot here holed in glassiest house
With shoots all fighting, bursting, wasting



RF 2010


And now you lot...words and poems aplenty. For anyone new to the Bus this list will grow and grow over the next couple of days. Get yourselves on it...put your link in the comments or email it to me.


First out of the bus garage is crazyfieldmouse. The word over there is unforeseen - can you compute?


Meanwhile it's all about the bliss over at Jeanne Iris' place.


Stone is the heavy word over at Dominic Rivron's.


Karen's Keeping Secrets but sh...I know her word...listen...it's serendipity. In fact she has two poems up - the other one is here.


It's him...it's the Blogfather...it's Totalfeckineejit...and his word is guddle.


Peter Goulding has chosen snogging. And why not..?


And now it's Day Two and here is Shaista at Lupus in Flight waiting for the Bus. Her word I'm thrilled to say is yes. What a great choice.


Don't we all love The Weaver of Grass? Her word today is scrimshank...sounds like my middle name...


Anything's possible, they say, and that's the word over at The World According to Evalinn.


Enchanted Oak has gone for another biggie...another word that gets thrown around a lot...it's hope.


Niamh Bagnell at Various Cushions has sensibly focussed on essence.


And the dog has chosen a horse - Titus has gone for hippocampus. Tally-ho!


Perhaps Sunday's last entry before I turn off this machine for the night - here's Heather from Ragged Old Blogger (with another dog!) and her word is springtime.


Well, it did used to be the Monday Poem...lots more to add today starting with Ann at Inkpots n'Quills. Her word is chivalry.


Emerging Writer is chitting us. Really.


Mojo at Why? What have you heard? is on a voyage of discovery. Go and find out what, where and why...


Argent at one of my favourite-named blogs (Delusions of Adequacy) is running with quicksilver. And now I must run...got to get a girl to school on time...


And on we go...and the next traveller has the nerve to ask for two words! NanU at Have genes will travel wants let's go. OK, you're on...


A mystery for you to solve over with The Watercats maybe...


Will this be the last passenger..? It's a little bit of science with Cosmic Rapture. And so ends Day 3 with this driver.


Day 4 and here's Susan Sonnen. She's on the prairie. Lovely.


A trifle tardy - here's Domestic Oubliette and her word is firkle.


And they're still coming in...it's Pure Fiction with pool.


And whilst Swiss didn't make it to the Bus this week, he has posted a map for the next trip. See you all then...




x

52 comments:

crazyfieldmouse said...

Really like that Rachel. My uncle used to have a nursery growing chrysanthemums in huge greenhouses, and sensation is very familiar from my childhood visits.
I like short poems, something about the way everything has to be contained in few words, concise and precise, nothing wasted.
thanks for sharing
cfm

Rachel Fox said...

Thanks cfm. Yes, I love a bit of precision - can't beat it! Makes up for all the rambling other times too...

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Titus said...

La La La Not reading yet. Erm... see you Monday. I hope.

Rachel Fox said...

I don't know how TFE gets round and comments to everyone as well as posting it all. We've hardly started and I'm feeling fairly busy already...He's more organised than he looks!

x

Totalfeckineejit said...

Love that light house poem

Totalfeckineejit said...

Wowza! The Bus is GO.Nice driving Rachel,I'm proud of YO!

My poem is here......http://totalfeckineejit.blogspot.com/2010/03/poetry-bus-poem.html

hope said...

I love your brief works...and not just because they're brief. :) I like how you get to the heart of the matter, without losing the emotion.

I'm waving at you all as the Bus goes by. (And would you believe my verification word is SAILING?)

Rachel Fox said...

Thanks folks. I was going to work on it more and then I thought...no, you know what, I think this is it.

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Ann said...

Well I am going to give this a try.

Rachel Fox said...

Make sure to send me your link when you're done!
x

Karen said...

Your short poem proves it is the depth that matters.

Rachel Fox said...

Thanks Karen. There are a lot of lives in that little poem!

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Peter Goulding said...

Hi Rachel, Ah, I see - a light house, not a lighthouse! I was thinking it was like no lighthouse I'd ever seen. They're always very unglassy.
Its like a longer poem that has been carefully stripped down to the bear essentials. Lovely.
Oh and I have my ticket - http://stammeringpoet.blogspot.com/2010/03/poetry-bus-on-tour.html

Peter Goulding said...

Of course I meant to see bare essentials. Promise.

Rachel Fox said...

Oh what a lovely thing a typo can be! Made me smile.
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Rachel Fox said...

And now I'm wondering...when we've all contributed (all those playing this week anyway...) should someone try to write a poem that contains all the chosen words..?

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Shaista (Lupus in Flight) said...

The briefest of poems are often the loveliest, as though the poet could have said oh so much more, but left the rest for another day :)

My favourite word is Yes!
Here is the link
http://shaistatayabali.blogspot.com/2009/10/year-of-yes.html

I wrote it a while ago, but re-linked to my latest piece. I hope you don't disqualify me for not writing it today? I'm new to the bus :)

The Weaver of Grass said...

Scrimshank is my word Rachel - posted a few minutes ago. "Blogfather"? I like it.

Rachel Fox said...

Shaista - I don't think we do disqualifications on the Bus. Yet to see one...

And Weaver...yes, he'll always be Brando to me now.

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Enchanted Oak said...

I'm flagging you down, Rachel.
I Hope the Bus Stops Here

Niamh B said...

Like your light poem Rachel, a bit claustrophobic, but tight, and emotive.

I'm on board now

Rachel Fox said...

Yes, EO , it's on the timetable.

Niamh - claustrophobic could be one of my least favourite words...but let's not spoil the trip. Plus you've picked out an important strain in that little poem (I wish it wasn't there...but it so is).

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Mama Zen said...

I like it! Great word choice.

Rachel Fox said...

Thanks MZ. Great name!
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Rachel Fox said...

And it was a good day for light yesterday...what with Earth Hour (lights out) and we ended up watching the Brian Cox sun programme...and it doesn't get lighter than that (it was great).
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Titus said...

Right, I'm up!

Titus said...

This is the link:

http://titusthedog.blogspot.com/2010/03/poetry-bus-why-are-we-going-long-way.html

I'll try and e-mail it later.

Rachel Fox said...

You don't need to email AND comment it. It's up.
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Titus said...

Oops!
Yours is four lines of heavenly light.

Rachel Fox said...

Bless you, my child. Or my puppy, perhaps I should say...
x

Heather said...

I thought I was getting on the bus early but it must be nearly full! Just posted my offering Rachel. Your poem may be short but it says so much - beautiful.

Rachel Fox said...

Thanks Heather...you're the last one I'll squeeze in today but I'll be back tomorrow (Monday) to continue this fascinating journey! Sleep well everyone...hope you brought your little inflatable travel pillows...

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Ann said...

Tried emailing you my link, but that just isn't working. My offering for the bus is over at http://inkpotsandquills.blogspot.com


Have enjoyed checking out the links for this weeks bus.

Emerging Writer said...

Thanks for your poem. I like the h's and mother- father sun.
I'm on board http://emergingwriter.blogspot.com/2010/03/for-poetry-bus.html

Mojo said...

I could feel myself sweating by the last line.

Thought I'd toss out a word that's been floating to the surface a good bit the last few days.

You can find it here

Argent said...

I'm aboard finally. Min is here. I'll be back to sample all the others tonight.

Rachel Fox said...

OK that's all Monday morning's lot up. Off to walk the dog now!
x

NanU said...

Here's my ticket!
http://sciencegirltraveler.blogspot.com
I can hardly wait to make the tour of the other stops.

the watercats said...

Lighthouse poem is beeootiful!.. really atmospheric! and biggly small enough to do the word justice, (if that even makes sense!) (which it does in my head!)
I'm up.. here's the linkage :-)
cheers!
http://thewatercats.blogspot.com/2010/03/poetry-bus-tour-trippy-trip.html

Rachel Fox said...

Cheeky NanU with your two words..you're on.

Mysterious Cats with your clever teasing...you're up too. Glad you liked the 'light house'. I'd forgotten how much I love writing short poems.

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Eryl Shields said...

This is a great poem, I actually feel the need to step out for some air. And that last word!

Argent said...

Great little piece, not a word wasted in it. Don't change it whatever you do.

Rachel Fox said...

Thanks you two. These challenges always make me work harder...it's partly the deadline timewise I think.
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Totalfeckineejit said...

Well Rachel you took the Keys and drove brilliantly, much better than me! Well done and thanks very much.Delighted to get a few new passengers, that was one of my hopes. Give the keys to Swiss , he can be found here..http://travelsinthefloatingelvis.blogspot.com/ and here
http://theswisslounge.blogspot.com/ Oh and another passenger 'Cosmic Rapture' to be picked up here...http://cosmic-rapture.blogspot.com/2010/02/neutrino-casino.html


Go Foxo!

Dominic Rivron said...

Re Lighthouse: Like the idea of breathing light loudly in. It reminds me of a JG Ballard short story I'm just reading. A plant develops the ability to sense sound, but it sees it as light.

Rachel Fox said...

I look forward to seeing Swiss' task for the next bus! He wasn't on board this week either...does that mean he's hidden away somewhere...coming up with something devilishly difficult for next time...? I think we should be told.

Going to bed now.

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Karen said...

Thanks, Rachel!

SUSAN SONNEN said...

Per my usual fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants self, I am slipping onto the bus at the last minute!

I really enjoyed your poem, Rachel. Shorties are my favorites.

I chose the word prairie. Here is my ticket (poem):

http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewPoetry.asp?id=275499&AuthorID=29831

swiss said...

both figuratively and literally getting a kicking at work this week so decidedly unpoetic and missed my stop. i haven't even got to read any yet : (

Rachel Fox said...

OK, Swiss...I'm throwing the keys now. Are you ready...here....CATCH!

x

Domestic Oub said...

I'm late! But I'm onboard! http://domesticoubliette.blogspot.com/2010/03/tardy.html

Sorlil said...

You packed a lot into those lines!I also read it as lighthouse first then wondered what on earth it was about!