Category: Poetry

“The Sun’s Return”, a poem inspired by Lincolnshire skies

Posted 29th January 2018 by Tizzy Brown in Poetry / 🗨0 Comments

When city-dwellers visit the Lincolnshire countryside, they often express their amazement that there is “so much sky”. My home county, the second largest in England, is characterised by wide open fields stretching right to the horizon. Apart from a beautiful cluster of hills known as “the Wolds” and the aptly-named “Steep Hill” in Lincoln, the area is mostly flat, allowing us to gaze upon some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the country.

Below is a photograph I took of a sunset back in October (left) alongside a photograph of this morning’s sunrise (right).

Photograph of an orange sunset with silhouette A photograph of a purple and orange sunrise

I just love the striking colours and the highlights and shadows in the clouds. I feel lucky to live here with views like this!

As I was comparing both photos, I was inspired to write the following poem:

 

The Sun’s Return

Red sky at night, a wondrous sight,
Orange embers glowing bright, 
The sleepy town in silhouette, 
Against the sun’s dramatic set. 

The darkness creeps with shadows long, 
Starlings cease their summer song, 
The phantom moon, her face so pale, 
Shrouds the sky beneath her veil. 

While some in peaceful slumber lay, 
Dread and worry stalk their prey,
The lonely shed their bitter tears,  
Devoured by their darkest fears. 

But blackest night fades into blue, 
Streaks of golden light shine through, 
Behold the crimson sky of dawn,  
Another chance to live is born. 

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#LoveAThon Mini Challenge 3: Book Spine Poetry

#LoveAThon Mini Challenge 3: Book Spine Poetry

For this challenge we were asked to create some book spine poems, which are poems created by mixing and matching book titles from our shelves. This was my favourite challenge last year so I was looking forward to having another go. It was harder this time as I didn’t want to use many of the same titles and my stash of physical books hasn’t grown much over the past year. But I did manage one short poem: The Scorch Trials A million suns catching fire, Fahrenheit 451, Fever, panic, desperation.  Vanishing girls wither, fade Gone forever.  What do you think? Feel […]

Posted 21st February 2016 in Poetry
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X is for Xanadu #AtoZChallenge

X is for Xanadu #AtoZChallenge

Today I’m continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year I’m doing an A-Z of Colours. I’ll be doing a variety of posts, including haikus and poems, arts and crafts, fashion and beauty, recipes and more!     Oh no, the dreaded ‘X’ post! I had to rack my brains and do a bit of research to think of a colour for this one, but I finally discovered the colour Xanadu, a greenish gray that takes it’s name from the philodendron plant, whose leaves are the same colour. The plant was in turn named after the ancient Chinese city of the same name. […]

Posted 28th April 2015 in Poetry
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P is for Purple #AtoZChallenge

P is for Purple #AtoZChallenge

Today I’m continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge! This year I’m doing an A-Z of Colours. I’ll be doing a variety of posts, including haikus and poems, arts and crafts, fashion and beauty, recipes and more!     For the letter ‘P’ I have chosen the colour Purple. Purple is the colour you get when you mix red and blue, but it can describe many different shades, including violet, heliotrope, lavender and lilac. One of it’s main claims to fame is that it doesn’t have any true rhymes. Keep reading to discover the symbolism behind this colour, read about the novel The Color […]

Posted 18th April 2015 in Poetry
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I is for Indigo #AtoZChallenge

I is for Indigo #AtoZChallenge

Today I’m continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year I’m doing an A-Z of Colours. I’ll be doing a variety of posts, including haikus and poems, arts and crafts, fashion and beauty, recipes and more!     For the letter ‘I’ I have chosen the colour Indigo. Indigo is a deep, bright shade of blue, named after the blue dye derived from the plant Indigoferatinctoria. It’s quite a popular colour in fashion, being the traditional colour of denim, and is the most common colour of ink used for writing. This Pinterest board has some beautiful examples of indigo.Keep reading to discover the […]

Posted 10th April 2015 in Poetry
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O is for Oak Tree

O is for Oak Tree

Today I’m continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge. The aim is to write a post for every day of the month except for Sundays, with each post representing a different letter of the alphabet. This year I’m doing an A-Z of Great Britain, covering as much as I can about British music, literature, TV and film, food, wildlife and culture. For the letter ‘O’ I have chosen Oak Tree. The Oak tree is one of England’s national emblems, as it is the most common woodland tree in England. The symbol has appeared on the back of the pound coin in 1987 and 1992 […]

Posted 17th April 2014 in Poetry
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Book Blogger Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge 1: Book Spine Poetry

Book Blogger Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge 1: Book Spine Poetry

The first mini challenge for the 2014 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon is to make up a poem using only the spines of books. I’m late posting due to time differences so I’m not eligible to enter the competition, but I wanted to have a go anyway. I’ve done book spine poetry once before, back in November 2010. I find  it’s quite hard to work with the books I have as many of them are one-word titles, mostly nouns. Here’s what I came up with: Origin Legend The garden of unearthly delights,Desperation, delirium.Bad men wither the secret garden.Pandemonium, wicked crescendo,The wrath of […]

Posted 16th February 2014 in Poetry
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Funfair Poem

Funfair Poem

I remember walking hand in hand,Feeling light as air,As if the balloons would lift me offAnd I’d soar without a care.I remember dancing on the twister,Carried by the beat,Lost in a dizzying whirl of colourIce-cream melting in the heat. I remember the bear you won for me,The bag of fudge we shared,I remember the giddy rush and thrillOf knowing how you cared.I remember sweet and sticky lips,Cotton candy kisses,Trying our luck on those penny stalls,So many near misses. Our love was like a rollercoaster,Ups and downs a trial.But the thrill of all the highsMade the lows worthwhile.But now it feels […]

Posted 20th June 2011 in Poetry
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A-Z Challenge: V is for Vulnerability

A-Z Challenge: V is for Vulnerability

Today I’m continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge. I’m doing an A-Z of human emotions, feelings and mental states and today is the letter V and so I’ve decided to writea poem with the subject of Vulnerability. Vulnerability is feeling that you are weak, defenseless, exposed and open to attack. Most of us feel mildly vulnerable at some times in our lives- when we are undermined by our confident colleagues in the boardroom, when we have to cross the road without a pedestrian crossing, when we’re wearing our swimming costume and it feels like everyone is staring. But some people […]

Posted 26th April 2011 in Poetry
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Hatched Poem

Hatched Poem

Snugly cocooned in a ball of warmth,Stillness and darkness envelopes me. All I can hear is my own heartbeat,Slow and steady and comforting.But now it starts to flutter,Racing excitedly, waking meFrom my peaceful slumber.My body senses that it’s time. I wriggle about in agitation,Getting hot and flustered.The air is not filling my lungs,I start to panic, writhing wildly.My home, my sanctuary for weeksHas become a prison.I long to break free-To stretch my tiny wings.But my limbs are weak and puny,I struggle against the fragile shell-A concrete wall to me.My beak taps urgently, franticallyUntil at last a little crack appears.I push […]

Posted 25th April 2011 in Poetry
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