Thursday, 31 July 2014

Two minute challenge

Okay, here's a two minute challenge for you. Take a photo NOW of what you are doing, of what you see right now, then write a poem to go with it direct to screen.

[You can take another minute for edits. Did I ever tell you how POLEAXED I was when I realised I could edit my own poetry? Before that it was just as the ink fell out of my pen.]

So, here's mine...

Hidden by Jan Jones

Only an echo left
of the afternoon's warmth
as I water

Cool English summer brushes my skin...
thin polite white wine perhaps
or genteel rosé
(neither of which has ever done anything for me)

But the colours

Oh, the colours

The colours of my planting are alive
Blazing in this well-bred air

and speak of deep Chilean fire
and sundrenched Californian excess

and I am reassured - looking at them - that there is more to me
then anyone here can tell


womagwriter said...

Jan, that is a wonderful poem! Two minutes? Would take me two years, and then I'd need help, to write something like that.

Lesley Cookman said...

Oh, Jan, you are clever...

Jan Jones said...

Very kind of you both to say so, but it's just being smart-arsed with words, really.

I don't write proper, deep poems. Mine are snapshots, that I can go back to in order to capture that moment later in time.

Judy Astley said...

Aaagh Jan! You always get to me. That's stunning. Have you put together a collection of them? I'd love that.

Jan Jones said...

Thank you, Judy. I have had thoughts about being brave and putting out a collection, but would need pictures as well, no?

catdownunder said...

And a wonderful sunny, summery photograph to go with it...just what I needed to cheer me up. Thankyou.

Jan Jones said...

Glad you like it, Cat :)