Ringing The Changes

As anyone who reads this blog knows, my natural tendency in poetry is to rhyme. I can’t help it most times. It sort of pours out of me like the rain pours here in Scotland – mostly interminable with occasional bursts of sunshine to ring the changes.

Naturally, I’d love more sunshine but I’ve learned to love the downpours, the drizzle, the being dumped on from above. Hyperbole anyone? But I have learned to love the watery sunshine and the new growth that emerges so furiously after a deluge, the myriad shades of green and the promise of pastel relief.

Mostly I’ve learned to appreciate the sun when it does deign to chase the clouds away and then I’m like every other Scot enjoying the break from the seemingly incessant rain – get your kit off, harvest the rays and let the sun work its magic on pale skin.

We mushrooms might live in too much darkness, way too much moisture but we’re very tasty with a bit of square-sliced sausage and some bacon. Plain bread, brown sauce. Gawd, I’m starving! And we like to turn rotten into meaningful – slight political allusion there. 😉

Anyway, here’s my first Shadorma as far as I remember – mushrooms not being as noted for memory as taste and a slight hint of danger if not picked carefully!

I couldn’t resist a bit of free verse challenge too. Did I mention we Scots like a challenge on our plate?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  (  Shadorma Challenge – Passing Time )

In darkness

Or festooned by rain

Moisture mulched

Our springtime

Winters Byzantine’s fall

Mushrooms’ summer stance


Free Verse

Insouciant to Northern needs

Strange seasonal rhythm,

Clear skies belie what always gathers

To favour lush growth

And so the greens are very green

Of every hue

Weathered temples succumb to rot

As nature’s need to rejuvenate

Flushes and fuels, sprouting mushrooms,

Rich in resource, delicacies hardened and hardy,

Even in unnatural darkness

Bringing forth flavours

Building on the old.

Normal rhyming service will no doubt be restored because a new cloud burst always follows here. But, today, the sun is shining. Yay! Strip the veil and cast the spores! 😉

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27 thoughts on “Ringing The Changes”

  1. Somehow the earthy richness of your words have made this spring to life viscerally. Isn’t it irony that we rarely seen rain and thirst for it here? Well, that thought is so cliche, I will concentrate instead on wrapping my fuzzy morning brain around ‘What is Shadorma’. Thank you for keeping me entertained and on my toes, simultaneously Anne-Marie. xx

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    1. Good question, Beth. I’ve read them without knowing until tried here. A type of poetry consisting of 3-5-3-3-7-5 syllables. I think. I’ll have to double-check that! If you send some sunshine, I’ll send you some rain. Fair swap. 🙂 x

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    1. I bow to free verse master
      But, Paul, I can’t resist!
      There’s something so compelling
      In tweaking little twists,
      In turning sounds that prompt me,
      Tease me, ‘Have a go’,
      I get caught up in rhyming
      And going with that flow.
      It’s infantile at times, I guess,
      In nursery it’s found,
      I s’pose I’m just a child at heart,
      Second time around!
      Watch it. 😉

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    1. You should give it another try. Free verse, whatever. Free the spirit. At the time of coming to WP, almost exactly two years ago, I had no idea I would end up focussing so much on poetry. But it kind of encapsulates what I want to say and I love it. Can’t shut me up now. :/ But what the hell, eh? 🙂

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  2. Great writing, Anne-Marie, and as for the rain, well, we get our fair share here, you know! I guess it’s a British thing – we’d complain about it being too dry if we lived in Morocco!

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  3. Bravo and here’s a standing ovation for Scottishmomus! I absolutely loved this whole post from the peppy intro to the last: “Strip the veil and cast the spores!” and I’m really glad you dropped in!

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    1. Thank you so much! I don’t think I’ve ever had a standing ovation before. 🙂 I enjoyed the challenge. I’ll try to get on board whenever I can with you and Yves. Many thanks again.

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