Writing 201: Poetry… Fog

Day 5 of my WP poetry course and I am suffering badly with the mother of all flus and a cough that won’t quit.

My head is a mess of jumbled gibberish. I can barely form a coherent thought. I want to go back to bed and die.

But, I click to see my assignment for today is to compose an elegy, using elegiac couplets, incorporating a metaphor, all inspired by the prompt word fog.

No worries then! (yep sarcasm rears its ugly head!)

I thought I might as well embrace the fact my poor little brain is muddled and write about the fog inside my flu-filled head. Elegy is definitely not my usual style and I did find this exercise a challenging one…  but that is why I signed up, to be stretched out of my comfort zone!

I have to say, kudos to Ben Huberman, this course has been some of the best fun I’ve had in a while!

Here we go, I offer you my very, very humble elegy to brain fog!


Murky muddled mess of mixed up emotions

Ideas, thoughts, confusions and notions,

I struggle to make any sense from this smog,

I cannot find my way through this fucking brain fog!

Thick, sticky peasoup, brainstew, in my head…

I fear that all hope for mental clarity… is dead.

As usual, I am not very pleased with my result, but as I feel so dreadful today I went with the “fuck it, it’ll do!” philosophy…

Feedback people… always welcome!



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Writing 201: Poetry… Animal

Oh dear lord! I swear @benhuberman! You will be the death of me!

Our prompt today was animal, our form was concrete or shape poetry, and our device was enjambment, which, handily enough, is one I that already use frequently, although I had no idea it had a name! So, yes I learned something new again today!

I am clueless when it comes to anything HTML related, but I did try to format my offering into a picture, as instructed… with dismal results!

So… I adapted today’s task a little… Rather than not join in, I thought tweaking it was perhaps forgivable?

This has been the most challenging, and the least fun, assignment yet, simply because I got too caught up in the technical side instead of the creative side. Also, a personal dislike for the concrete form threw me off. With the exception of e.e.cummings, I dislike the pretentiousness it implies. Just a personal feeling!

Anyhoo… here is my sad little offering for today…



Yeah… it’s very, very far from great! But I’m no quitter so I, with a red face, publish it regardless!



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Writing 201: Poetry… Trust

I am loving the Writing 201 assignment today and can’t stop scribbling little snippets down!

Here’s the latest!


Because you lied, I cried all night

Reading the messages you left

Open on your phone, I sat alone and

Knew we were done

Everything we ever had reduced to


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Writing 201: Limerick Hell!

Ok this is not in my comfort zone remotely! Thanks @benhuberman!

I had a go… and in my opinion failed miserably but hey! Can’t win every time, right?

He tells me to write down a limerick

and add to it something alliterate

I sit here and type

tip tap at my table

and find that I’m simply unable!

Hangs her head in shame…

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I am signed up to Writing 201: Poetry and my first challenge is to compose a poem or a Haiku, using the prompt water.

I have written a few haiku before and I really enjoy the process of getting the rhythm just right, choosing the right words, counting the syllables…

We were also encouraged to use a simile in our poem/haiku, so me being… well me! I decided to attempt all three challenges in one go!

Here is my haiku, about water, including a simile… be kind, it’s not very good as it just popped into my head very quickly without much thought! My simile is way too simplistic… I’m not proud of it!


raindrops slide down my

window like tears from my eyes

the sky is crying

There ya go! Assignment one down… I might write a wee poem later too!



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