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Don’t Get Left Behind

March 25, 2017

… when the clocks go forward from Greenwich Mean Time to British Summer Time.

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The clocks are going forward;
they spring an hour ahead.
That makes it sixty minutes sooner
leaping out of bed.

But when our workday’s over,
we have one whole hour more
of daylight. (And of sunshine?
That’s what I’m hoping for!)

The clocks are going forward;
days will seem a little longer,
the mornings briefly darker;
let’s hope the sun grows stronger.

Then, once the summer’s over,
the clocks will all go back;
I rather wish they wouldn’t change,
it’s tricky keeping track.

poem and illustration © Celia Warren 2017

First Month of Spring

March 3, 2017

… and a brand new poem to welcome it in!

© Celia Warren 2017

March

Third month of the year, and a windy one, too,
New lambs learn to baa, and calves to moo.
It blows away Winter and wafts in Spring,
Welcoming birdsong, shrill on the wing.

Birthstones: the bloodstone and aquamarine,
When young winter wheat turns brown to green.
Named after Mars, Roman god of war;
If you lust after sunlight, you’ll find there is more.

March is the month that seems to bring hope,
Out come the bicycle, skateboard and rope;
Away go jigsaws and console games:
Outdoors is the place to be, March claims.

© Celia Warren 2017

Don’t Pine Away on St. Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2017

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It doesn’t matter if the postie doesn’t call,
you can always chalk a heart on an old brick wall,

add your initials and another funny pair –
ZX for example – as if you care.

Then, while your friends are wondering
who on earth it is you like,

draw an arrow through your chalky heart
and ride off on your bike.

The rain will wash the chalk away
as quickly as you drew it

and all will soon forget about today
Go on – just do it!

“Tomorrow is another day” –
that saying still rings true

and far away in years to come
your love will wait for you.

© Celia Warren 2017

Don’t forget to explore the Time to Love section in the anthology A Time to Speak and A Time to Listen. There you will find love poems by Wendy Cope, Jenny Joseph, Shakespeare and Basho.

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Ten Ways to Diffuse the January Blues

January 27, 2017

Learn a new skill, say, French knitting or origami.
Play hide-and-seek till it drives you barmy!

Teach yourself to count in German, Hindi or Spanish.
Master some conjuring tricks and make things vanish.

Try writing your name with three taped-together pens.
Ask folks to tell you jokes and try them out on friends.

Make puppets from old socks and put on a play.
Draw six things beginning with K.

Paint a pebble, a stone or a cork.
Find five different leaves when you’re out for a walk.

Then, if you’re still bored, think up yet more ways
To diffuse the blues of February days

© Celia Warren 2017

You might write two ideas in two lines that end in a rhyme  – that’s a rhyming couplet.
Then you’ll have written a short poem!

Feliz 2017 – Happy New Year!

January 1, 2017

 

 

copyright Celia Warren 2017

Midnight – New Year’s Day:
exploding fiery globes
in all directions.

Three-sixty degrees:
everywhere we look we see
scintillating light.

Six cruise ships counted
in Funchal harbour: each one
keeps sounding its horn.

We sip sparkling wine
and gaze on the city lights
that spread up the hill:

Funchal, Madeira!
The first day of a new year;
I am rich with hope.

© Celia Warren 2017

Wishing a Happy New Year to all my readers. Or – in Portuguese – Feliz 2017!

Merry Christmas from Madeira

December 23, 2016

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Christmas Riddles and Word Puzzles

December 14, 2016

Here are two new Christmassy word puzzles for you to try and solve:

a riddle and a word-chain.

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What am I?

My 1st is in beauty and also in bright,
My 2nd’s in what, but never in white,
My 3rd is in you, but never in ye,
My 4th is in tubby, and also in bee,
My 5th is in laughter, and also in smile,
My 6th is in present, and also in pile.
My whole is so shiny and pretty to see
As it hangs on a branch of my sparkling tree.

Can you turn a star into a bell by changing one letter at a time?
There are clues to help you.

S T A R  (shines in the night sky)

 . . . .    (burn, scorch or scald)

 . . . .    (salty drop from the eye)

 . . . .    (kind of duck; blue-green colour)

 . . . .    (say something to someone; inform)

B E L L  (it tinkles, ding-dong)

Both puzzles © Celia Warren 2016

If you enjoyed these brand new puzzles, you can find a whole book filled with riddles and word chains like this – plus lots more word-puzzles of all sorts in Word Puzzles, published by Schofield and Sims.

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If you like word-puzzles, why not try and make up some of your own and see if your friends can solve them?

***Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and Festive Season***