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NaPoWriMo 7

April 8, 2012

link to NaPoWriMoTechnology.  A couple of generous fellow bloggers have started to follow me.  Many thanks to them.  I’m sorry that I haven’t so far returned any of these compliments because I haven’t yet learnt how to.  I will do, I simply need to find the appropriate tutorial.  So please don’t take offence if I haven’t so far.  There’s nothing like having to put something up here every day to force me to learn.  I have learnt how to put a picture into the blog.  So as a treat for all, I’ve put in a picture of a cow (there is a farming theme to the poem).  I took the picture in the Lake District and then messed about with it using  My thoughts behind this photo is how much can I mess it up and yet still leave the image instantly identifiable.

Poetry.  Today’s poem follows an incident we had when we visited a farm.  We’d gone to this farm as we needed somewhere quiet to put up our new acquisition, a folding caravan.  It was made in 1979 but is in good condition.  My sister and my brother-in-law were passing it onto us as they’ve finished with camping.  All farms have dogs and as we drove up the drive we were greeted by this one…

Farm dog

you greet us with fierce barking
eyes rolled back
lips curled
teeth bared
confining us to our car

you’re young
fur matted
with cow dung
that you’ve gleefully rolled in

but when the farmer arrives
‘Get back Jess’
your demeanour changes
as if a switch has been flicked
running to him
on your haunches
begging for approbation
tail tucked under
your skinny body
eyes only on him
your alpha male

He is a puppy
and when you’re
shown affection you
instantly fall on your back
only wanting tickling fingers
to scratch your belly
transporting you
from guard dog
to softie


Blurred cow

A picture of a cow that I've played about with in

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