The sky cracked open
and I spun away
with whirling lights in my head.
The great bird beneath me
opened its wings
and flapped from
one fantastic place to another.
Moons sang and suns
danced in one wild, weird place,
while delicate frost touched trees
of rainbow hues in another.
The black bird opened its orange beak
and sang us onwards
until we came to a frozen lake.
Silver children skated its
and butterflies of sparkling ice sang:
‘’Isn’t this nice.
Isn’t this nice.’’
We journeyed on past planets
of indescribable blue
and shot up a waterfall
that roared and rushed into
valleys vast and mysteriously deep.
We came to a full, red moon
that was spinning and jigging to its own
It smiled at the black bird and
waved at me before floating away
over a long, green stream
of ribboning bubbles and delicate spray.
Finally, the air turned wonderfully warm
while a billion waltzing stars
catapulted in exotic, endless display.
Then, down, down we planed
in a golden moment that
jetted us over a gleaming sea.
‘’Home again. Home again,’’
the black bird sang with me.
I was now on soft beach sand.
I turned around once and the bird
was gone, flying on to I know not where.
I lay down on the fine, fine sand and
held onto memory after mad, marvellous memory
as one wild moon after another
looked down and winked at me.
© Andrew Pender-Smith
A Strange, Sweet Lullaby
I was up in a mind-blowing
solar system, sitting on
an ice-blue dragon with
glittering, shimmering wings.
My mind was a new shooting star
as I sang in the star-spangled brightness
of a billion bauble-filled vistas.
Far to the left were peppermint moons
while right close by were
peach-coloured, cartwheeling butterflies.
The planets that spun and danced on their
way to distant, dazzling suns
were tiny and topaz and strawberry pink.
The dragon arrowed up, up, up into a
whole new place, and it glowed to the
tip of its tail before it sang in a resonant voice.
It was a strange, sweet lullaby that was
smooth and gloriously soothing.
The peppermint moons listened and
hummed a refrain to the constant streaming
of tinkling platinum particles.
Then we were no longer alone as dragon
after wing-flapping dragon was there,
each with a laughing child on its back.
Where we were going, I cannot say,
but that it was good to be there,
each happy child understood.
The Earth was barely a memory
and the vistas before us were warm
and utterly welcoming.
We put up our hands and clapped
as we sang.
Up, up we soared into
soft, streaming light.
And we never looked back!
Our faces, our eyes, and then
all of us bounced and beamed into
the billion bright baubles and we
each became one of them.
The dragons planed down.
They were going back to Earth.
We had found a new place
way beyond outer space,
and we were now beautifully
part of it all.
call it what you will,
but we were still us and
also new again,
and it was an absolute thrill.
© Andrew Pender-Smith 2018
If you enjoyed this poem, you might like to also read ‘THAT’S FANTASTIC!’ by Andrew Pender-Smith. Click on the link to take a look. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B078HF378N
Happy New Year to all those who have interacted with me on the Green Monkey Publications website, as well as to those who might have just come across this particular creative space for the first time. Sebastian de Ververt joins me and Craig Carden by saying:
Have de Happee New Year.
Have de fun.
Have de laughter.
Don be naughtee.
Well, not too much…
Take care. Stay healthee.
Keep swinging creativelee.
Frum Sebastian de Vervet,
everyone’s favourite jumpee monkey
Merree Christmas an de Happee New Year
Sebastian de Vervet says dat if you are
de one celebrating Christmas den
an den I’m tinking, tinking it’s also time for
de New Year.
I’m saying, ‘’Happee, Happee New Year.’’
Have some fun.
May de good times come.
Don be naughtee. Well, not too much…
I’m making special wishes for those
May you make your best work yet
be it painting, prose or poetry.
Sebastian de Vervet
Andrew Pender-Smith and Craig Carden of Green Monkey Publications say “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” too.
‘An Absolute Killing’, a new novelette by Andrew Pender-Smith, has just been published on Amazon kindle by Andrew Pender-Smith. It is the latest in a number of short works he has written in the suspense/horror and mystery genres. Click on the link to see the book and learn more about it. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0786NMF6C
The photo was used for the cover of the novelette.
Rhyming Answers Game
A little lateral thinking can go a long way to encourage the mind to come up with new ideas. The ‘Rhyming Answers Game’ is a fun way to keep thinking fresh. I have used this with students of dramatic arts and English. The game always proves lively and entertaining, and it definitely enhances their abilities as thinkers and communicators.
In essence, they are asked to answer a question in rhyme. It may be one they come up with themselves or one that is given to them. Here are two examples:
Q. Do you like insects?
No, not really.
They have too many
Spindly legs and when
They move, I think they look
Mad and scary.
Q. Would you love to go to outer space?
I think it would be amazing.
I would fly through the Milky Way
And do close-up star gazing.
I’d do flick-flacks all along
Jupiter’s glowing ring
And sing a rock song
I’d float way above every moon
And shout down to Earth ‘’I love
It up here so I won’t be coming back
Any time soon.
That’s it for now. Thank you for reading.
As per usual, ‘’Happy Creating’’.
Please note: I first came across this game in a book called Party Games for Children by Mary Vivian.
This attractive photo was used for the cover of ‘Singing and Clapping’ a story for children in the 7-9 age-group. ‘Singing and Clapping’ sees Linda the potato who loves everything pink, Sylvester the carrot with long purple hair, and Big Bruce the blue balloon share another adventure. The story is the second in the ‘Be Brave’ series. The first story is called ‘Floating into Happiness’. Both stories can be found on Amazon Kindle.
Singing and Clapping – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0765RB1QH
To find out how these three characters came into being, you can scroll down to visit an earlier post called ‘Creating Characters from Objects’.
To those involved in the arts, ‘Happy Creating’.
Colouring Your Communication – Creating Original Idioms
Say ‘Goodbye’ to cliché. Writers and speakers are often a big switch-off if they use idioms that have been overused. If you take time to create some of your own it will help enliven your communication, and help you be a more original voice. I have come up with three to illustrate:
He was as happy as a hungry dolphin in a sardine shoal.’ One of the most commonly used idioms for expressing great happiness is: ‘He was as happy as a lark’.
Instead of saying that someone is ‘as old as the hills’ I came up with: ‘She was as old as the first dinosaur’s mother’.
How many of you know the idiom ‘He was totally legless’? It means the man had far too much alcohol to drink and, as a result, couldn’t stand. To put it more prosaically, he was drunk. After a bit of thought, I typed out: ‘He was like a sad old goat trying to walk on ice’.
Now try creating your own idioms in different contexts. All the ones in common usage were once new. One created by you might be used by others and gain you some recognition in the process. Have a good time trying.
SWAMP RAT! What do I do when not writing? One occupation that takes up a lot of my time is the exercising and training of Luka. He is the normally glossy individual you see on the Andrew Pender-Smith Facebook page. Luka runs free in the local park and is well known for diving into the swampy pond for a quick swim. This has earned him the nickname of ‘Swamp Rat’. To say he doesn’t smell good is an understatement. Thank you to Robin Regnard for the photo. Talking of writing, I am busy working on three short stories which should be out within the next few weeks. They are a children’s story called ‘Singing and Clapping’ and two in the mystery/horror/suspense genres. These works have the titles ‘An Absolute Killing’ and ‘Will You Come Back?’ Luka spends a great deal of time at my feet while I work on the stories.
To those of you who spend at least part of your time engaging in creative activities, be they writing, painting, taking photos, dancing, acting or anything else creative, HAPPY CREATING.