You Will Follow Us
We are birds in a tree.
Shooting, trapping, pollution
and building have destroyed
most of our kind.
For the moment, those left
but one by one we are going,
One day you will not hear us sing
and another sound will be heard –
it will be of the world caving in,
not bit by almost invisible bit,
but with a tired roar,
and you will have followed us into
One of my greatest concerns is of the need to conserve the environment. Those of you who read Green Monkey Publications posts may have read ‘Popping Off’. If you have not yet done so and you would like to read it, you will find the poem by scrolling down.
Finding and Using Your Own Voice
The best writers put themselves into their writing. They may learn from other writers, and use what they have learnt, but their best writing comes from within them. This is because they have found and used their own voice. Discovering and using your voice can be difficult but, ultimately, the truer the voice, the better the writing. To those of you who write: the best of writing times to you.
An additional note:
Why this particular image? The photo of the sea and sky taken from high above symbolises freedom and openness. In this instance, it is the freedom to create and to be. This applies to people in the other arts, too. In finding and using your own voice, you will be at your creative best. You might find it difficult and, at times you may think it impossible, but if you work at it, the reward could well be yours and that of any one who engages with your work.
Andrew Pender-Smith, Craig Carden and Sebastian de Vervet.
Green Monkey Publications
How Goes It?
Yo, I’m still swinging here.
I’m still swinging dere.
So, how goes it wid you?
Me, my bro? I’m mighty fine.
Creatively, I still move here
and I still move dere.
An you, my bro? I hope it’s
so with you.
Don’ lose de rhythm of creativity.
Let your imagination go wild.
Let your imagination fly high
like one mighty swinging monkee
over a big banana tree.
Your art won’t happen if you just
Get your feet and your behind off
Loop-de-loop. Swing by de tail of Art’s
That will be you, my bro,
if you let what’s in you grow.
Sebastian de Vervet
It has been a long time since the inimical Sebastian de Vervet wrote a poem for the Green Monkey Publications website. As so often before, he once again encourages individuals to believe in their own creativity and to do something positive with it. Sebastian chose these images to go with the poem because he loves pink and because he thinks those who created the images have more than a flair for creativity. How is the creative in you progressing?
In poetry I have found many teachers. Yes, I have. Over the years I have read a tremendous amount of poetry. These have included poems from centuries ago to poems recently written. One of the reasons why I have gained as a reader, thinker and communicator is because I have not restricted myself . I have spent years enjoying poetry in different genres dealing with a wide variety of subjects. Reading and discussing poetry has helped me to think better and express myself with greater accuracy. How much reading of poetry are you doing? If you haven’t read many poems, I urge you to start now. You will grow.
The last time I posted, I talked of gardening being one of my favourite activities when not writing. The photos were of a pink and white amaryllis and an orange one. The white one, pictured above, flowered later. I had five blooms on the end of a rather long stem. Gardening gives me a break from hours of typing to produce a story. It is a great help if I have become too tense about an aspect of my writing and need to stand back for a while. Some of the knowledge I have learnt from gardening, and also as a member of a local horticultural society, has found its way into a few of my stories.
To those of you who write: Happy writing.
I am often asked what I do when I am not writing. One of my favourite occupations is gardening. Bonsai, succulents and orchids give me a break from the story on which I am currently working. Amaryllis also make it onto the list, especially at this time of the year in South Africa. Both the amaryllis pictured have been in our garden for some years. They live in pots and are brought onto the front verandah just after they come into bud.
The paperback version of ‘COLOUR ME MORE: Teaching English Language and Literature’ has just been released. I hope you will join me in wishing it well.
Dear Reader, ‘COLOUR ME MORE: Teaching English Language and Literature’ is full of ideas and examples to help you become a better teacher of English language and literature. It is a ‘How To’ book specifically designed to assist teachers new to teaching this discipline. If you are interested in improving your skills in the creative teaching of literature, grammar, various forms of writing, public speaking, forum discussions, debating, team speaking, visual literacy, media and much more, this book should be of great help. There is special emphasis in ‘COLOUR ME MORE: Teaching English Language and Literature’ on how to use colour to help students learn.
With good wishes,
The paperback version of ‘COLOUR ME MORE: Teaching Dramatic Arts’ has just been released. I hope you will join me in wishing it well.
Dear Reader, ‘COLOUR ME MORE: Teaching Dramatic Arts’ is full of ideas to help you become a better teacher of the dramatic arts. It is a ‘How To’ book specifically designed to assist teachers new to teaching this discipline. If you are interested in improving your skills in the teaching of mine, movement, improvisation, storytelling, drama games, the interpretation of literature for performance, putting on a production and much more, I am confident you will find ‘COLOUR ME MORE: Teaching Dramatic Arts’ of tremendous help.
With good wishes,
what has touched me
a blue butterfly
balancing upon a new leaf
resting briefly there
singing in unison
dawn birds welcome the sun
forage in a tree
fish splash and circle
break the sun’s filtering rays
love this morning’s time
an old beetle sits
in silent contemplation
a little Bhudda
the soil shifts slightly
an earthworm is barely here
then down and gone again
velvet buttons swim
they are tadpoles exploring
loving the algae
a dragonfly’s wings
catch and shout the day’s light
disperse it for free
I have sat watching
slow to move and quick to see
what has touched me
© Andrew Pender-Smith
I composed this lyric a few weeks ago. Anyone looking at it carefully, and I hope you do, will see that it is comprised of eight separate haiku designed to link through, to create a lyric.