So far the schedule is as follows (with June & July yet to be finalised) :
April 14th - Open Mic. Theme: 'Lenses and Windows'
April 28th - Guest Poet: Sue Wootton + Open Mic.
May 5th - Open Mic. Theme: 'Games'.
May 19th - Guest Poet: Carolyn McCurdie + Open Mic.
I'm not really keeping up in excellent fashion with the NaPoWriMo challenge - nevertheless, I am writing far more poetry than I would've been otherwise just from sheer terror at the sound of panting poets chasing and passing me! Good for the soul ... I think. Either that, or it's forcing me to write for the sake of writing, whether that's good or bad, time will tell.
This is another Mike Cooke drawing I love - I have it in my office and often glance up at it and smile. Today as my fingers hovered over the keys in preparation to write another April poem - for NaPoWriMo - (inter-)National Poem Writing Month - my eyes found the 'stay' drawing again. That's all I needed for inspiration and I was off. (A shame that in copying the drawing, the green where the figures stand has not come out).
He loves his bike
He wears only black,
is very thin and mostly
so tends not to block
anyone's view. He treats his bike
like it's a dog. “Stay”, he says
when he leaves it
for any length of time.
when he finds himself
on the edge of some random planet
where bikes are forbidden,
with a boiler-grey atmosphere
above and macaw-red clouds
with the importance
of some cosmic drama.
He points a twiggy finger in emphasis.
“Stay”, he says. But it's easy to see
with its handlebars
at that obstinate angle,
its wheels prepared
any moment to roll over
of such a flat
and reasonable green,
that's it's hopeless.
floats all over
his transparent face.
that he will return
with a heart trying not to break,
hope against hope
that the bike is not out free-wheeling
on dark, airless roads,
lost in depthless skies.
Kay McKenzie Cooke