Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Dragon Time

When you live with dragons
There's a roundness to loss,
A completeness

It's waiting,
everywhere you go
everything you do,

every movement slowed
as you wait
for the rush of wings

cold and sharp
as hope
and just as fleeting.

That's the thing with dragons,
you're their natural prey,
and they're patient

patient as time

A.J. Ponder

Have a great week everybody, and keep safe from dragons :)
A.J.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Thank you to my blog followers...and kidnap yourself today!



Once Bitten, Twice Poisoned and Thrice Shy in one amazing book
Thanks to all of you, I really appreciate your support, which is why I'm letting you know that my latest book, due to be released in paperback in April, is available for a very short time for 99c on Amazon (20-27 Jan 2016). Why not kidnap yourself a little reading time and enjoy?

that's 99c until 27 Jan

Read William Cook's review on Miss Lionheart's blog,
and see what all the fuss is about.
Or just kidnap yourself to mad scientist territory today...
Amazon UK
Amazon US 

or keep an eye out for the paperback launch in April 2016! :)
 

It seems so long ago when I was putting up the first Miss Lionheart ebook, it was very exciting, and now the compendium is here, I'm absolutely thrilled. I hope you have nearly as much fun rading it, as I did writing this whacky adventure. :)  But you know for those people who prefer a book to hold, the paperback is coming soon.

A.J.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Into the Woods: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Was watching the movie/musical Into the Woods tonight, and couldn't help but think of the famous lines of Robert Frost's famous poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Mostly because of the famous lines:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,

Unfortunately it seems as though the poem's still under copyright, fortunately it's still available on the internet, apparently officially, here at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171621

It's a remarkably famous poem, interestingly penned in a few moments after an all nighter on a work somewhat more recalcitrant. Life can be like that...with miles to go before any sleep!!!! :)

Have a great week people,

A.J. Ponder who is about to venture into the woods! Or more accurately, into a top secret land not heretofore seen...
 

Monday, January 11, 2016

There's a Star Man - Goodbye David Bowie

You have to hand it to Ziggy
he had those spiders,
what rock star doesn't?

But Major Tom
and his shirts,
there's nothing we could do

But dance,
dance the night away
whirled along
by the silver haired
silver tongued
fey
the one and only David Bowie  

You decided
what kind of magic spell to use
no one needed the crystal
the power was in you
to turn the world

If we can sparkle he may land tonight

So come on
let's dance,
dance the blues away

The moonlight a puddle of silver
reflecting
the angel
on the dance floor

A.J. Ponder

Goodbye David Bowie, ashes to funky, you were the lord of the dance floor, and greatly missed - although you work lives on....

Sad news, but an amazing life, and a legacy that will not be forgotten -
Ziggy Stardust,
A Space Oddity

and more songs are available on Bowies Official utube site https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialDavidBowie/videos

A.J.
Author of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death, and Wizard's Guide to Wellington.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy 2016 - time to break out the structured poems again?

The New Year is always time for resolutions, even when they're resolutions not to have any New Year resolutions.
 
I'm keen to keep up the blogging, but write fewer poems, while reintroducing a few more structured poems, especially poems around special events. 

Maybe I'll even manage a New Year sonnet, or even maybe a Christmas one. There's something about the constraints on old fashioned poetry that, as a poet, I think are worthwhile pursuing. In the meantime, This Year of Fire, is as good a New Year poem as any, it's a near-traditional sonnet, although it's very dark. I admit, I really wasn't sure about it at first, but it's grown on me. And I think that's always a good sign with poetry - since it's considered a good sign for music and other art forms!!!


Anyway, Happy New Year everybody, best wishes to everyone who follows this blog, and a sad final farewell to 2015, and of course the Tuesday Poem, which was the impetus to me blogging most Tuesdays, although I do hope to keep that up in 2016 and beyond.

cheers to you, my readers, and to the New Year, may it be a good one.

A.J.
Author of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death, and Wizard's Guide to Wellington.