Not the Not the Exercise Again!
Last week was biography. This week, in a way, is biography of another kind. We’re all defined by the things that are around us – our possessions, our interests, our fellow humans, our world. They show us in part who we are, but they aren’t us. I’m not the poems I write, for example.
I want you to define your worlds (real or imaginary, or a mixture of both) by listing the things around you (again, real or imagined). And I’ll give you examples of these
Every sentence/line must start ‘Not the’, but can be as short or long as you like. And to help further, the categories you can include (add your own!) are:
Not the [things around the house]
Not the [noises]
Not the [description of the weather]
Not the [touch]
Not the [personal features]
Not the [taste]
Not the [things in the town where you live]
Not the [smells]
In the middle of the spiderweb by ‘Jodi Glass’
In the middle of the spiderweb
Not a town centre, with people rushing by.
Nor a meeting place, with scruffy benches.
It’s a holding-place for shops, not boarded up.
Not a place to chill, with patches of grass to sit on.
Nor a place to bypass, onto roads, to the outside.
It’s a holding-place for shops, selling stuff cheap
Not a place for buses, carrying people in masks
nor a schemes-end destination, village to village,
its a holding-place , newly opened;
not a way to support the economy or pay wages.
Nor a way to be happy, stuff is wasteful
it’s a holding-place for shops that support many.
Not Dundee city centre, it’s a spiderweb of connections
nor Stobie, where flats were dingy,
its a holding-place for thousands of lives, trying to cope.
This is by Kathy Low
this is not the time….
this is not memory….
this is not enough….
this is not The Matrix….
this is not sleep, nor this a dream….
this is not Redemption….
this is not Transcendence,
nor he the Postman.
This may be Grace.
But For Love by elisheva katz
But For Love
Not for all the wild roses praying on the beach,
As I watch them live, watch them die.
Not the cold sea on my feet,
Every morning waking me up to who I really am.
Not robin red-breast, red-breast robin,
Singing to me even in summer’s mid-day heat.
Not for you my prince,
Your love is nothing but fake plastic gold.
But for my wolf!
My dear wolf heart, who is always by my side, for no other reason than simply because he loves me.
A love with no condition. A love with no end.
Written by elisheva katz
July 11th 2020
Time by Peter Marshall
Not the coolest centre of the night;
now, sombre darkness starts to take flight.
Not the midnight hour for fox to prowl;
now, long trotted by in hunt for fowl.
Not those times of silence that are best;
now, distant roar as factory freezes harvest.
Not the day-joy of full-choir birdsong;
now, lone crow whilst seagulls throng.
Not wild thoughts which must be forced asunder;
now, refreshing rain which comes with thunder.
Not those hopes to nurture lest they perish;
now, wishes which are far better just to cherish.
Not the feelings charged with negative emotion;
now, love and happiness as outcomes of devotion.
Not the actions happening without a care;
now, experiences together as we share.
Not the simplest thing to be your best;
soon and evermore, try to pass that test.
2020 07 10 Peter Marshall