Friday, June 5, 2020

Have you seen the news

Have you heard the news today?
oh boy
there were armed troopers in the streets
and it was more than sad
they didn't care the world was watching


I saw the photograph
broken arms and blinded eyes
and if we should get to the heart
of how many dollars does it take
to fill a rich man's chest?
yes, it's really for the best
if we don't know

Have you seen the news today?
oh boy
all the eyes have lost and Standing Rock
was just a test
look how many people must be blinded 
for the world to see

the sky is falling

And yes, it's been so fast
and it's taken so long
they sold us out for just a song
a pretty tale of freedom and
while we stood and stared
someone took their last...

You'd think
we'd be aware
but we've simply
turned away
there is no,
there is no news today


And that's the poem I wrote in the middle of last night, because the tune for the Beatles song "A Day in the Life" broke into my head.

Because sometimes it really does feel like the sky is falling. But unlike Standing Rock, people are watching. There are too many people to ignore, all risking their lives for freedom, not just the fake freedom to die, but the freedom to stand up against hate, systematic racism and creeping fascism.

Do not forget this moment.

We can go back to "normal" or we can change the world.

"It didn't need to be like this" Dr. Rev. Barber on Democracy Now. You might know him as the guy who brought back MLK's poor people's campaign, "Fight for Fifteen" and June 20th poor people's digital march on DC.

Friday, May 8, 2020

"The Zed Bubble Plot" or "Stay on Your Couch For Your Country" (with apologies to Dr Seuss)

The Zed Bubble Plot

Or Stay on Your Couch for Your Country (with apologies to Dr Seuss)

All across the world, a fever was spreading
Called Covid 19, the pandemic was heading
Through Asia, America, Belgium and France
It seemed nothing would stop its relentless advance

Soon word came to the Zedders, it was heading their way
Coronavirus, Viruses, Germs, Bacterial, BacteriumAnd they looked to each other and said - not today! 
We Zeds down in Zedville like living a lot 

So the Zeds all got to work, and they all hatched a plot

From the North to the South the call could be heard
Keep to your bubbles and don't be absurd
Sit on your couch for your country, or exercise a lot
But stay in your bubbles & be thankful for what we've got

Keep your family close - and if they're alone -
Be sure to give Granny or Gramps a call on the phone
And whatever you do - do whatever you must
But stick to these rules and keep your fellow Zedders' trust:

Sit on your couch for your country, and wash your hands - a whole awful lot
Stay in your bubbles and don't be a twat
And soon, very soon, we'll get our economy spinning
But until then, let's beat the virus - because living is winning

And when all the Zed's down in Zedville have got that curve squashed
We'll go back to our lives, with hands beautifully washed
And so with our bubbles will be as clean as can be
Soon we'll be able to yell hip, hip horay, we're covid 19 free

The Secret Story Sylvalla Chronicles
Free novella prequel coming soon 
Yes, it's been a while. Obviously this is loosely in the style of Horton Hears a Who, because I'm lazy like that, and I can't help but think we're all as reliant on JoJo following the rules as the speck of dust that was Whoville. Also, there's the WHO, I know it's not actually mentioned, but ideas are weird like that.

I actually started it at the beginning of L3 and it almost ended up in the dumpster, like so many of my "started" poems, but I thought, what the heck why not finish this one. :)

Thanks for dropping by, now I've finished my last planned book in the Sylvalla Chronicles, I'm hoping to be posting here more often. But there are no guarantees!!!

Find out more about this series - or buy now!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Omens & Giveaway

Finally, something you've all been waiting for...

Good Omens...

You can win a $300 voucher and other competitions for (March 2020) 

Or go straight to my $25 voucher competition (March 2020)

The below competition is out of date...but the book is still awesome - pick it up or pick up the whole series here!

(paid link)

Obviously not the TV show...although that was awesome. No, this is Omens, the last book of my Sylvalla Chronicles trilogy. And to celebrate the release, I'm offering signed copies of Prophecy and Omens (OR a US $ 30 voucher)

& Giveaway:
Signed copies of Prophecy and Omens OR a US $30 Voucher! 

All you have to do is go to here to my website and fill in your name and email. My privacy policy is also here. (but the summary is no, I won't share your email address)

Good luck!

And I hope to be back again with poetry once the stress has subsided.
In the meantime, have fun reading,

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The King's Breakfast as recited by Julie Andrews and Stephen Colbert

I just love AA Milne's poems. T
I think anyone who's followed this blog knows when I saw this video, I just had to share it :)
I hope you enjoy

Have fun, and if you're anything like me, you'll be reciting the words of the King's Breakfast along with Julie Andrews and Stephen Colbert.

Thanks for dropping by,
A.J. Ponder

Friday, November 23, 2018

Chatting with Sherri

My interview Chatting With Sherri welcomes award winning author A.J. Ponder! is live now. We talk everything from science to books.

Here's a spider holding one of my books we didn't mention. Actually there was a lot of geeking out about shared heroes from scientists to famous authors. It was fun.

Sherri is a lovely lady and it was a real pleasure and an honor to be on her show.

Have a great week, everyone,
looking forward to dropping in at least one more time before Christmas! :)
Hopefully with a poem!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Subversive Act of Writing on The Cosy Dragon

I think poets are great at breaking rules, I can't think of a single rule of poetry that hasn't been warped out of shape at some point. And I think that is because early poetry had so many rules poets were just dying to burst free. So generally I like to put rules back into poetry - and that's almost as genre busting as breaking out in ordinary prose...

But anyway, I thought this might be a fun article for people following this blog who are interested in the art of writing, or as encouragement for those who want to break out and try something new.

It starts:
"Originally this article was going to include the idea best covered by a quote attributed to Pablo Picasso “Good artists copy; great artists steal.” The subversive act of taking ideas from other sources and making them your own. But great writers are not only thieves, they tend to be rule breakers...
The rest of the article can be found on The Cosy Dragon here, or on the html link below :)

I know this post is a bit late, so have a great weekend,
A.J. Ponder
P.S. The following is no longer upcoming - but we had the Riders of Fire book launch and it was a whole heap of fun. If you came along I hope you enjoyed it, too. :)

Riders of Fire Book Launch and Medieval Fun

Saturday, 17 November 2018 from 13:30-15:00
Vogeltown Bowling Club, 93 Mornington Road, Brooklyn

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Free short story "The Forgotten World"

"The Forgotten World"
I've been a little bit quiet lately in terms of poetry.  But if you love period action adventure with cryptozoological species, you may well love this little short story. Written in the time of Arthur Conan Doyle, there might be a little truth to the fact that the title is a riff on Athur's "The Lost World" :)

The Forgotten World

To find out what those creatures might be follow the link, and don't be caught on the cliffhanger! ...keep on scrolling to get the second half.

And of course if you haven't read my latest book Quest - please check out the free preview here.

Happy Reading!


P.S. I'd love to know what you think of my stories. Reviews and feedback really make my day! :)