Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Half Pie

Oh my goodness, it's Tuesday
And yeah I've been writing poetry.  The sorts of things that stop
half way
and find themselves inside a virtual bin
of unused files
never to be seen again

the kind of poems that don't say anything
and yet far more than they should

So half pie
without the filling

So chicken without the head

So incomp-


And because this post is so half pie - how about...the little half pint...Robin the Frog singing the A A Milne poem "Halfway Down the stairs" ...  for a nostalgia hit. 

Oh, boy that was close, Tuesday finishing and no poem. Thanks for dropping by :)  

A.J. Ponder's books are available through Rona Gallery, Amazon, Paper Plus and good Wellington bookstores.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tuesday Poem: The Upside to an Earthquake by Emanuel E Garcia

Just when I thought there was no way I could post a Tuesday Poem this week, my knight in shining armour arrives with this little uplifting gem. Can't say how much I appreciate it, given I needed a little smile, so many thanks Manny.  And with no more ado, here it is the "sequel" to The Downside to an Earthquake"...based on a true story...

The Upside to an Earthquake

The earth moved
And she threw herself into my arms

She was awfully cute,
Whoever she was

When the trembling stopped
We disengaged with grins,
Relieved and happy in the knowledge
That between two strangers parting
There would never be an

Emanuel E. Garcia
August 2013

The Downside to an Earthquake may be found here, I highly recommend it

About the Author:

Emanuel E Garcia is an author and physician who resides in Eastbourne. His most recent book, Twenty-Four Caprices for Violin, is a collection of whimsical, fantastic, poignant, macabre and capricious tales, each of which features the violin. Set in wide-ranging locations and milieux, from Vienna to Nashville, Florence to New York, Venice to New Zealand, they capture the bittersweet and ridiculous nature of human follies — romance, repression, vanity, fidelity, ugliness, adultery, mischief, mastery, innocence and betrayal, and is available here  for only $2.99.
I was treated to a number of these stories at a reading at Rona Gallery, and they really did all the things the blurb says.  Unexpectedly fun, given there wasn't a single spaceship. Not even a wizard— unless you count the multitalented Emanuel E. Garcia himself.

...and don't forget the link to Twenty-Four Caprices for Violin to read this fascinating short stories.



A.J. Ponder's books are available through Rona Gallery, Amazon, Paper Plus and good Wellington bookstores.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Blue Sky Optimism

So you can gaze
Across the sewage bilge
Across the rotton core of filth
that stains the sky
the land
the sea
and every drop of
poured from every tap
from every river mouth
from every gurgling stream

And you want more?

A.J. Ponder

hope everyone is having fun, and see you next week

A.J. Ponder's books are available through Rona Gallery, Amazon, Paper Plus and good Wellington bookstores.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Partial poem revealed: Bigger Brighter Deader

Bigger Brighter Deader

There was a time when everything was bigger
The world was punctuated by kisses
As the drama of death hung
Like stage curtains over every moment

There was a time when everything was darker
The nights punctuated by smoke and fire
As the smell of death hung
Like grave-flies over every moment...

 A.J.  (partial signature for partial poem ;)

The beginning of this poem - and I have a bit more (but that's still very messy) - is somewhat inspired by my husband insisting on leaving the tv on what we call the "WWII" channel, but for reasons unknown to me, it refers to itself as the history channel. The glorification of war is depressing, the painting of the heroes and villains with moodlight and music, more than overblown, and the reality of war (All the really cool tanks and big guns and people having their heads blown off) is used as some kind of abhorrent infotainment backdrop to the drama of the personalities driving the events. 

So what I'd like to do is take that drama and twist it in on itself.   Make people think about why they are drawn to these moments...

...of course for some more cheery moments, why not visit Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death - despite the down-beat titles, her story is more upbeat!


Author of Quest, Prophecy, Omens, Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death, Wizard's Guide to Wellington, Attack of the Giant Bugs - a You Choose Science Adventure, and The Frankie Files

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