Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thirty winter words, a bit of bragging, and what would I like for my birthday?

A small December face, patchy-pink
lips drawn back, cold-shocked, as children,
who trust till something bites, often are.

Opening chimney doors,
or momentary sun through eyelids,
orange gratitude for flames.


(Hyphenated words count as one in my thrity words rule. The log is from a windblown down photinia hedging shrub, red in death as in life.)
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Quartsiluni have posted another photo, here. I like this one; it was taken at St Jaoua's chapel in Finisterre, I have an odd fondness for these cruder examples of polychrome wood sculpture, of uncertain age and provenance. Some of the poems preceding it are really excellent too, I'm proud have something appearing with them.
Also, lovely Gino has published another ghazal of mine at the Ghazal Page. The radif challenge was 'sugar', and it's on this page. Crafty Green Poet (Juliet Wilson) has one there too!
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What would I like for my birthday tomorrow? Endless time to catch up with everyone on my feeds and blogroll, and generally to apply myself to all the exciting creative things that keep coming my way. It won't happen.

26 comments:

apprentice said...

Happy Birthday missus! Congrats on all your successes - I'll go off and catch up on them.

You log's got me wondering if our weeping pear logs would spit on the fire.

jzr said...

Happy Birthday, Lucy and keep up the great work!!

Rosie said...

bonne anni and many more...
xxxxxxxxxxx

Dave King said...

Wouldn't that be wonderful: endless time to blog and rummage round the other blogs? Have a fantastic birthday! Everything you hope for!

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Zhoen said...

You can make a little of it happen, such is my wish. Happy day.

marja-Leena said...

Congratulations on having the photo accepted ( love that one!) and the ghazal as well (love that too). The fireplace image makes me long to start one this very minute as winter is moving in here.

Oh, and have a happy birthday tomorrow! Do something very special, forget blogs for a day!

Bee said...

That photograph! He looks so startled; so alive.

I really adored your ghazal about sugar. So true, how the taste for sugar changes as we get older. Lots of metaphorical possibility in that.

I will be thinking of you tomorrow on your birthday. I think that I will dedicate something sugary to you . . .

xx

christopher said...

What a really sophisticated song, your ghazal.

Me too. I need time.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Happy Birthday!

herhimnbryn said...

Congrats on the photo,( he does look so startled) and the poem(sugar will never be the same again).
Happy birthday Lucy.

Isabelle said...

Happy birthday from me too. I hope you have a 48-hour day.

SpiralSkies said...

Happy Birthday, o creative one...

Sending much love and a basket of homemade happiness.

Bee said...

Dear Birthday Girl,

I have posted a rather sugary tribute to you this morning. Thanks for all of the pleasure you give . . .

Enjoy your day! xx

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

I've fluttered over from Bee's to wish you a very happy birthday and a wonderfully creative year!

Zephyr said...

Happy Birthday Lucy!!!!!! Wishing you a peaceful, celebratory day and continued creative spirit to accompany you this coming year.

maekitso said...

Happy Birthday. I'm afraid I haven't got any bits of endless time that I can offer you. Sorry. I enjoyed your Sugar Ghazal. Very original and well executed. Cheers.

Rouchswalwe said...

Oh my ... a little late because I was celebrating my mother's birthday yesterday!
Happy, Happy Birthday to you, too!!

Julia said...

Happy Birthday!!

Lucas said...

The photo is a stunning piece of theatre, colours and sense of character caught by your camera. Your ghazal is a beauty! Evocative images, and a song to conjour with. I like the ending.
Happy Birthday, Lucy!

les said...

Happy belated birthday, Lucy! Hope you got all you wished for and then some. Love the ghazal - sweet!

Sheila said...

I'm counting on Einstein's theory to somehow make up for my being late.

Happy Birthday! May the year ahead be filled with joy. My gift will be this quote I read recently, from Tito Colliander, The Way of the Ascetics (which I found in John Chryssavgis, Soul Mending):

"True joy is quiet and constant; it does not need the bared teeth of laughter to express itself."

Of course I wish for you the laughter kind of joy, as well, along with a quiet and constant contentment.

Barrett Bonden said...

I'm not sure which of Einstein's theories is being invoked (see above) but I too would like to hang on to its coat-tails if it can excuse tardiness.

Not so much the present you want, rather the one you deserve. And since we seem to be in a-nature-of-the-universe mode, why not an award celebrating the relationship between Box Elder and the speed of light? For what else better defines the difficulty we face in trying to elbow in the first comment to your newest post? As it was once defined: the length of time that elapses between the traffic light turning green and the Frenchman behind you starting to blow his horn.

In short: your stuff is well-read for the right reasons. Warm yourself at that.

Catalyst said...

I hope you will forgive me for being so late in wishing you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Sweet Lucy! And many more for both you and Thomas.

HLiza said...

Happy belated birthday dear Lucy! You're a December baby too!

Anil P said...

Belated birthday wishes to you, and wishing you many, many more.