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Announcing the inaugural HOTM poem

It being the first day of the new year makes it an excellent time for me to post the first poem I’ve written in a long time (aka schooldays). Poetry, like jazz, is to me something that I quite like trying my hand at, but I simply can’t understand it when it comes from someone else. Says the ultimate egoist.

I was just thinking at ten p.m. last night (when I was on call, by the way), that it must be New Year’s Day already for someone in some other country. The thought stuck and got scrambled with the memories of Terry Pratchett’s Amazing Maurice, which I’d recently read. Hence this poem, which I’ve written in villanelle style. Villawhat? I can’t say it any better than Wiki can.

New Year in Hamelin

 The Old Year will not go away

The piper’s last memento –

Somewhere on earth it’s New Year’s Day

 

Scurrilent scourge, ditchwater grey

Betwixt, between, high and low

The Old Year will not go away

 

The piper took those rats away

The people sang placebo

Somewhere on earth it’s New Year’s Day

 

The cat had no more games to play

Eyes wide shut, he did not know

The Old Year will not go away

 

How nice to never have to say

Where did all the children go?

Somewhere on earth it’s New Year’s Day

 

It’s quiet in the square today

But it wasn’t always so…

The Old Year will not go away

Somewhere on earth it’s New Year’s Day

January 1, 2010 at 10:41 Leave a comment


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Playing in my head over and over again argh

I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song (Jim Croce)

Book(s) of the moment

Hogfather (Terry Pratchett)

Books read in 2010 and 2011

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling) - 'cos the movie's coming out!
Frankenstein: Lost Souls (Dean Koontz) - ah, bugger, it's part of a series! Now I hafta find all the books...
Dismantled (Jennifer McMahon) - oh, good one
Tigerlily's Orchids (Ruth Rendell)
Shutter Island (Dennis LeHane) - reminds me too much of work
Holy Fools (Joanne Harris) - it's official: I prefer her scary books
A Series of Unfortunate Events; The Unauthorized Autobiography; The Beatrice Letters (Lemony Snicket)
The Little Friend (Donna Tartt)
The main books - 11 so far - of the Southern Vampire series; the Aurora Teagarden series except for A Fool & His Honey - that makes it 7; Sweet & Deadly (Charlaine Harris)
The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)
Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King)
Room: A Novel (Emma Donaghue)
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
The Bachman Books (Stephen King)
Men At Arms (Terry Pratchett)
Carpe Jugulum (Terry Pratchett)
The Fifth Elephant (Terry Pratchett)
Beauty (Robin McKinley)
The Sandman, Vol 1 (Neil Gaiman)
The Burden (Agatha Christie) - her crime novels are waaay better
Snuff (Terry Pratchett)

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