Plog 1st July 2014

July 1st, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized

It seems such a long time since I have plogged and there is really no excuse. Perhaps I wanted to wait until I felt stable enough not to disconcert you with my meanderings. Maybe I did not know what to say or how to break the silence.

A couple of weeks ago I was delighted to find out I won the Poetry Can prize at the Easton Arts Trail. Our prompt had been to write a poem about the foods to be bought in the Easton neighbourhood of Bristol. Maliks is an Arabic supermarket, where I buy dried brown chick peas in great pillowfuls and lug them uphill on weary shoulders to Clifton.
I had never previously thought where chick peas come from, but Googled some images and started dreaming.

chick pea harvest


Heart-formed brown chick peas, shaped like hazelnuts,
pulse a poignant passion in the field.
Seminal protein, hiding in the husks,
far from markets makes the monsoon yield;
penetrate the earth, reaching for its core
teaching fertile furrows how to hold
living roots that probe, making many more,
giving back to pulse the dark earth’s gold.
Ears of glowing warmth rustle in the wind
to embody homes of emerald pod,
containing the floods, filtered to rescind
all excess, and bless the gift of clod.

10.05.2014 © Katrina


Today I heard that the local council is cutting arts funding, including Poetry Can’s, so I wrote to the Mayor of Bristol explaining the value of the creative arts to our communities. Since Bristolian tobacco trade and cigarette production diminished, higher education and culture are about the only industries to survive. I invited the Mayor to our Poetry Can meeting at lunchtime on Friday 4th July. Anyone is welcome.

Now I had better produce an official-friendly poem to entertain him with . . .

Please post your comments below if you have an opinion of the poem above or would like to tell us about your experience of reaching out to save cultural continuity, which is important to your community.


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