Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting
April showers bring May flowers

Thursday, 18 February 2021

⌗WEP-IWSG Challenge, 18th February 2021, Kiss at an exhibition.

Time for a new year of creative writing on a word prompt and an image. In 2021, we will be exploring Visual Art, paintings or drawings.

Welcome to a new exciting endeavour.

If you would like to know more about the WEP Challenge and how to participate

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This month The Kiss by Gustav Klimt.

Be sure to visit everyone who participates and leave a constructive comment,

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here is my short piece of prose

Hearts of Gold

    Vera gazed out of the window, at the trimmed flowerbeds sparkling rainbows in the setting sun; the spotless shawn lawns of the Opatja riviera Park. Then, she looked back at the golden mozaics of the painting. 'What a fine setting for this exhibition', she thought; with Sissi's costumes exposed in the rooms above, under the beams of the attic alcoves. Vera reflected on both Sissi's and Klimt's idiosyncratic lives; their loves but also their pains: prisoners of their golden cage.

Roger was intently reading every inch of the biographical section and peering, nose on the board, at the photographs posted there.

    'Roger, come over here. Leave your intellectual browsing behind for a moment,' whispered Vera.

Roger, after an instant's hesitation and a furrow on his brow, shuffled over, reluctantly, glancing back at a group photograph he had been studying.

    ' Look at this one,' said Vera, 'you can already feel the glamour of his later paintings, budding: the tenderness without the glitter.'

    ' You know, he had a very interesting life. You should read that section,' pointing to the exhibits he had just left. 'It sheds light on his work,' Roger said, oblivious.

    'Always wanting to excavate, dissect to understand, ha ha. Oh, Roger can't you just take a step back and soak up the emotions ? he has spread out with his brush all there is to know, the rest is not far from prying.' She paused, aware she would go to far, but said it anyway,' something historians and critics have a detestable habit of overdoing.'

    ' I don't quite agree: emotions aren't everything in art.'

    ' You're wrong there. Beauty is everything and does not need to be picked apart to find its mark. I hate all those theorists of aesthetics, Barthes, Ruskin and the like. I recognise that technique comes into it, in as much as it helps to convey and enhance emotions and beauty when faced with a piece of art; but the beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, his sensitivity creates the resonance with the artist's own emotions, even if they don't stem from the exact same experiences.'

    ' I suppose you have a point. I love you however you look, whether in satin and silks or dressed in muddy boots below an old man's rambling coat. You will always be beautiful to me: not only your features and legs but your charm, your mind, your soul.'

Vera offered up a warm smile, half closing her sharp eyes in mock submission; and Roger enveloped her in his arms, planting a full-mouth kiss on her moist lips.


FCA 450 words

La Belle Epoque

how peaceful, watch here

Beethoven and Klimt

watch and listen

Opatja on the Adriatic, Croatia.

Film by Raul Ruiz

watch here

 Gustav Klimt Documentary 2013


Thursday, 4 February 2021

⌗IWSGFebruary 2021, real blogging friends.

 Dear writing buddies, 

Welcome to another post for the Insecure Writers Support Group.

If you would like to know more about the IWSG visit here

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

Many thanks to founder Alex J. Cavanaugh and all of our co-hosts this month:  Louise - Fundy Blue , Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon!

OPTIONAL QUESTION FOR THE MONTH: Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?

Friendships and community are part of what makes the Insecure Writer's Support Group a special place. Have you found friendships or community through IWSG? 
If so, please share a little in the comment section!

Many thanks to those who make the IWSG a great community for writers! And, many thanks to those who notice! 

Lost my mother last week. My friends knew that she was in hospital since August, then slowly recovering from a neurological operation with physical therapy, return planned to her home in March. So it was sudden and unexpected. (covid-unrelated, she was vaccinated 3 weeks ago).

We buried her on Monday in Paris, my uncle who died in December on Tuesday in the UK , by visio. Organised her ceremony with readings from her favourite books, some of my own poems on my father, sister and childhood; music from her records and tapes, including Beethoven's 7th along with the King's Speech, war declaration which she heard on the radio when she was 7, living in Bournemouth.

Currently drowning in paperwork, last of my birth family.

But still making time to post my monthly contribution to the IWSGroup.

My first blogging friends came from my first followers back in 2013 when I started on BLOGGER.

- Yvette Carol whom I had met on a discussion group on LinkedIn and who was my beta reader for my first poetry collection, still unpublished. And who never fails to offer praise and encouragement. She also introduced me to the IWSG, where I started posting in February 2019.
- Arlee Bird, one of my first followers on Blogger and who introduced me to the A to Z Challenge which I first completed in 2019.

Roland Clarke (distant cousin) and Sonia Dogra.
 whom I both met on the 2019 A to Z Challenge. Faithful followers and offering encouragement and advice at every turn.

Denise Covey who introduced me to the WEP Challenge with whom I exchange by email. We share our love of France.

Pat Garcia on WEP and IWSG, who always has a kind word and offers very helpful feedback and encouragement.

Tammy B with whom I correspond by email but also snail mail, a card lover too.

Chrys Fey who send me a lovely woven, woolly scrumptious bookmark.

and also Choghig since 2013; C Ann Golden Poetry Challenges, Poet stoneona..., Keith (Friday Fictionneers), Pat Hatt who alleviates my spirits every month, Scott Hastie fellow poet, Gerard Lartigue sculptor in Toulouse, Lisa Fender fantasy.sci-fi writer, Ann Jones with whom we share a love of a well stacked bookcase and teddies.

That's all folks.

joined by my mother

winter rose in my garden, joined by snowdrops and crocuses.

King's Speech, Beethoven's 7th

Haendel Messiah

Doctor Zhivago, Lara's Theme

Doctor Zhivago, Walz

Tchaïkovsky, Piano Concerto n. 1

BACH, Organ Toccata

Johnny Cash from Polsom Prison

New Year Viennese Concert 2021

The Queen's Christmas Speech 2020
The first televised speech 1957