Lyrics, Narratives, Sonnets, Epics, Haiku and More…


The wind and waves boomed up the lagoon

crashing surf and sand over invisible rocks.

The fish were gone –

flailing fathoms deep

while gutted shells cracked and splintered.

The trees bent violently before being


over the roiling waters

as fishing boats spun and whacked

into brittle shards.

The once brightly painted hulls

were now no more as remnant after

remnant was snatched into the

savage tumult of boom and horrible roar.

Jagged out to sea or shore-bound as lightning

zapped and zithered from rock to black water

and scarred rock again.

When dawn coloured in, the place was almost silent

except for the little sighs of the wavelets,

barely significant in happy low tide.

And also, darting and blithely unconcerned,

lots of tiny fishes

liquid and  playfully light

swarming the carcass of a lost-eyed turtle.

Above them was the booted crunch of the

lone photographer

delighted with this series of newsy images.

They’d tell a story in

neatly framed pictures

of what he’d simply title


© Andrew Pender-Smith 2016

Lyrics, Narratives, Sonnets, Epics, Haiku and More…

A good development tip for a writer is to write poems in different poetic forms. It is a wonderful way of sharpening a writer’s thinking and communication skills. The discipline required in using a particular genre encourages the writer to make best use of it to express his or her thoughts and feelings. As an experiment, and I consider all writing to be an experiment, choose a theme or subject and try exploring it in three or more genres. In looking at the title of this piece, you will have seen some of the different forms are mentioned. I am convinced you will find that your abilities as a poet will have improved. The added benefit is that your abilities in all other literary forms will have been extended. Say ‘’Hello’’ to becoming a better writer of short stories, novellas, novels and plays. If you are unsure of how to create haiku or a narrative, to use two examples, read widely in the genre in which you wish to write and then write your own.  Andrew Pender-Smith


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