Thursday, April 07, 2016

A Cento for NaPoWriMo

In a war zone existence, delimited
by snipers, landmines and hostile troops,
Grey sky reflects in glass houses
and everyone is throwing stones.

She carries her mourning
gravely through the streets
She finds herself looking out for him
but every night, she goes home alone.

Hiding in lofts with sandbags at the door
he watches war 24 hours on TV
but at night their minds meet
and the ghosts of his words sadden her.

Put them in any two squares of a chessboard
and they would recognise each other -
but for now they are lost. 

I used the prompt from Found Poetry for today's poem. A Cento is a poem made up of lines from other poems, traditionally usually lines from other people's poems, but this prompt suggested using lines from your own poems (you can use one or two lines from each poem, mostly here I've used two lines from each poem). This was quite a tricky exercise and I'm not entirely happy with the result. However I was very happy to read through some of my old poems again with fresh eyes! 

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Latest gothic jewellery creations

I do like goth style, and, as anyone who follows my Crafty Green Poet blog will know, I also like making jewellery and refashioning vintage and 'broken' jewellery. 

This black velvet choker was included in one of the bags of 'broken jewellery' that I bought recently in a second hand shop. The original pendant was missing so I added this cat charm from my stash.

The elements of the necklace below also came from a bag of 'broken jewellery'. The pendant was originally one of a pair of earrings, but after wearing them one day when out to supper with Crafty Green Boyfriend and almost ripping my ear off, I decided that they would be better as pendants. So I replaced the earring hooks with loops and hung them on smart black necklace threads (which also came from a bag of 'broken jewellery. it really is amazing what good quality items end up in these bags!) This one is mine

and the other one is for sale in the Crafty Green Poet Etsy shop, you can see it here.