Words that flow...

Words and images - powerful elements of our everyday life. Most of the time we take them for granted, but sometimes something happens to make you aware of how important they are... and how thankful you are to have the opportunity to use or appreciate them. Here lies some of my words and pictures (which are untouched apart from cropping, unless I've said otherwise) - Please add your words to mine, and leave a comment. Thanks for visiting!

17 January 2007

(B) Banshee's Sonnet

Today, I'm putting up another of my A 2 Z ,Monsters 4 Bed rhymes. This isn't one I'm entirely happy with... I think it could do with a bit of smartening up...

But, still clearing the writing bag in the cupboard under the stairs, so it's going on 'as is'. I have about a dozen new poems, all needing finishing, which I might start putting on sometime... and I have a feeling I should be putting all my new friends into rhyme over on Heroines and Heroes (I have a list, which I'm sloooowly working through, so I might be getting to you soon :-) )

Here, it's raining, and raining, and raining. The wind is blowing, and high storms are forecast for tonight (I wonder if - for once- the met. office might just be right!)

This first picture could well be a snowstorm.... but is, in fact, taken in the living room where the kids threw polystyrene beads in the air (you should've seen the state of the living room!! Luckily they were fun to vacuum up, so the kids cleared most of it... Although I found beads in absolutely everything for the next few weeks!!! :-) )

Have a great day, or at least a relaxing one...

(Oops, must stop doing this in my break... I keep running over :-S )

(When we filled the bean-bag sofa, the kids decided it was snowing...)

[Poem Banshee's Sonnet  has now been removed for publishing
on Amazon in A-Z Monsters (not) For Bed ]

(This one goes with the one in the earlier post in Bedgebury Forest)

© Annelisa Christensen 1:13 am

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At January 17, 2007 1:01 pm, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Then, she was carried directly to jail
And all the goods were put on sale!

(That's not the rhyme scheme but I couldn't resist! I'm partial to the rhyming couplet.)

HA! I love this as I can so relate to bartering over things at garage sales and flea markets!

(Hope you don't get caught blogging and get fired over us!)

At January 17, 2007 3:23 pm, Blogger My Marrakech said...

love the bean bag pic and your poem is a good reminder for me to whisper when negotiating in the souks of Marrakech

At January 17, 2007 3:40 pm, Anonymous Brian said...

My wife went to a flea market yesterday, she probably met the banshee. :)

At January 17, 2007 5:55 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

I don't know, MOI, yours seems like the right sort of ending to me!

Must admit, I'm partial to couplets too! They're so easy to read, and definately fun to write!

Haven't got the sack yet, but I shouldn't take liberties with work - they're good to and for me! Anyway, I do loads of unpaid overtime throughout the year, so I guess it all balances out...

It's been ages since I went to a flea-market. Sounds pretty appealing right now... I could do with some good rummaging through some stalls of odds 'n' ends! When I was little, there was a shop in our nearest town that had a box full of jewellery and other bric-a-brac all mixed up together... probably just the rubbish nobody else would buy... it's where all my hard-earned 'pocket money' went!! :-)

At January 17, 2007 5:58 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Is that what a market is called, Maryam? A souk? Sounds mysterious... If I ever get over there I'll make sure I visit one!

At January 17, 2007 6:01 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Well, just as long as she didn't bring home any creepy crawlies, Brian!

I was going to say I don't know where to even find a fleamarket round here, but then I suddenly thought that the car boot sales that have shot up everywhere are a bit like that. Do you have car boot sales over there?

At January 17, 2007 7:55 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

lol banshees
letting a scream rip thru the air
killing everyone in the market sq

Like the rhyme, like the ditty
but behold banshees can be gritty

PS - like the bottom pic
Is that a Troyan Dog in a wood Barn?

At January 17, 2007 8:48 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hey Q9, I guess Banshees are really supposed to foretell a death, not cause one... but this one's a particularly bad-tempered, malicious one :-D

Actually, the bottom pic, you'd need to downsize a lot! It's within a children's 'fort' in Bedgebury Forest - I had to crawl through a tunnel to get to it!! :-D

At January 17, 2007 9:47 pm, Anonymous Brian said...

Not really. Here in Florida, there are so many flea markets, and tag sales every weekend at people's homes that you could spend every day of the week shopping.

Thanks for the comment today. I know that all my regulars understood the context.

At January 17, 2007 9:59 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Not many people have sales at their homes here (that I know of). They tend to take everything to one big field, where everyone else has driven to, and at least have customers of all the other sellers!

What actually is a 'tag sale', Brian? Is that a sale of used stuff from people's own home?

At January 18, 2007 12:37 am, Blogger Mohawk Chieftain said...

Always such a diverse & interesting blog; makes me comfortable and I always feel like I'm all the better for having visited....

At January 18, 2007 12:55 am, Blogger Sanni said...

Let it snow =)
I love the Sonnet!
I haven´t done this for ages (I guess it´s about 15 years ago) but yours is very inspiring - who knows... LOL

At January 18, 2007 5:47 am, Anonymous Brian said...

You are correct. Tag sale is a regional term, they are also called garage sales, yard sales etc.

All when you sell your own stuff at home.

At January 18, 2007 8:18 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Thanks Chieftain! That's a lovely thing to say! :-)

Sanni - feeling better now? Wish it would snow!!! Better that than the strong winds and rain we're getting right now [I came on the pc hoping school might be closed and we get a day off :-D ]

Is it the sonnet you haven't done for ages, or throwing beads all over the room ?

...must be the balls... what else would inspire you!?! :-D

Brian - I wonder why we don't do that so often over here now. I have seen a couple in recent years, but not many. We have loads of jumble sales though, where everyone's 'junk' is put into a hall and sold - usually for a local charity/ organisation...

At January 18, 2007 8:19 am, Blogger TopChamp said...

Hello - nice snow pic! We have real snow today!!! (can you tell I'm excited?)

What is that sculpture? Is it the big bad wolf who has just entered the little pig's house but it's made out of wood rather than staw?

At January 18, 2007 4:13 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Oh, you're so, so lucky, Topchamp!!! Have you made a snowman, thrown snowballs, gone sledging??? All we've had here today is strong, gusty winds (which I couldn't actually walk into, at one point today!), bringing stinging rain to slice the face! However, it's been a great day for photos! :-D

The big bad wolf is hiding in a wooden fort in the middle of a local forest... there are a couple of them ready to pounce on anyone daring to enter...

Isn't the second piggie's house made of wood? :-)

At January 18, 2007 6:29 pm, Blogger TopChamp said...

My fairy tales are getting rusty! It has been a while......

No sledging, snowballs.... it all turned to mush while I was sitting at my desk in the city centre.

So now my street's a bit slushpile.

Did you have any power cuts round you? It seems to be right across England according to the news here but my folks in Buckinghamshire haven't been affected.

At January 18, 2007 9:44 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

:-D What, you don't remember your fairytales, Topchamp?? Outrageous! I'll let you off though, as you don't have any kiddies to have to recite them to... you could always tell them to your boyfriend to send him to sleep at night :-D

You're kidding! No snow left? Oh, woe is you... :-( Never mind, I'm sure there'll be more... and hopefully the next lot'll get down this way as well!

Twice today, when I sat down to do some work (as in real work) there were powercuts... but only for long enough to turn the computer off and on again... and lose what I was doing! :-S

At January 18, 2007 11:49 pm, Blogger TopChamp said...

Sadly he doesn't need any help nodding off! (listening to him snoring now... pondering smothering him to stop it)

As long as the power cuts only affected real work... and not your ability to update here...

Selfish TC!

At January 19, 2007 12:29 am, Blogger Annelisa said...


Well, you never when you might need him in off-mode :-)

Oh, not even a power-cut would affect blogging... or would it?!?

(You say the sweetest things, TC! :-D)

At January 19, 2007 12:46 pm, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

I didn't quite get the poem at first as I do not know what banshee is, hehehe. *embarrassed smile*

But I checked up the dictionary and only then I understood what it meant! It now makes sense now!

But killing everyone in the marketsquare? Hehehehe, I found it sadistically humourous. *silly laugh* =D

I love the polystyrene beads. They look incredibly beautiful in that black background!

At January 19, 2007 10:52 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Well, FK - the banshee used to have a different meaning... a mourner turning up to sing at a funeral... but has gained a different notoriety in more recent times as a harbinger of death. I just liked the idea of her screaming, and not predicting death, but causing it!


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