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Stopping by...

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:12:26

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:12:26
Just leaving this here another day or two in case it may inspire a young writer (or an older one) to write a homage, parody or pastiche of this or any other well known poem.   It's a good way to get the creative juices flowing. 


Stopping by books in the back kitchen

Monday, 19 March 2012 12:04:31

Monday, 19 March 2012 12:04:31

I think I'll pause here.

 

Whose books these are I think I know

She is in the kitchen though

She will not mind me browsing here

To see the pages glint and glow

 

Her aged gran must think it queer

To see me bend so low and peer

(I need my specs for a closer look

And see the smaller print, I fear.)

 

She gives the stove a little poke

And the old familiar smell of coke

Disturbs the thoughts of me and you

And the memories these tomes evoke.

 

The books invite a longer view

But I have other things to do

And business matters to pursue…

    And business matters to pursue.



Stopping by books...

Thursday, 15 March 2012 16:09:28

Thursday, 15 March 2012 16:09:28

Frost repeats his last line and so shall I:

The books invite a longer view

But I have other things to do

And business matters to pursue…

    And business matters to pursue.



Stopping by Books

Monday, 12 March 2012 15:55:09

Monday, 12 March 2012 15:55:09

'glint and glow' is questionable. It has a feel of being there because of the rhyme. Why are the pages glinting and glowing? Is it an illuminated manuscript?

Whose books these are I think I know
She is in the kitchen though
She will not mind me browsing here
To see the pages glint and glow (?)

I think aged is better than 'maiden' which has a cliched and old fashioned feel to it. 'For a closer look' is accurate and gives a near rhyme for the following verse.

Her aged aunt must think it queer
To see me bend so low and peer
I need my specs for a closer look
And  see the smaller print, I fear

Stove would be better than fire - coke more likely to be burnt there and it fits with my memories of childhood smells. I've swapped 'of other pages' for 'of me and you' partly because it fits with the developing ideas of what's going on in the poem and because it gives me more rhyme options.

She gives the fire stove a little poke
And the old familiar smell of coke
Disturbs my thoughts of me and you
(And )Memories these tomes evoke

Undecided whether to have 'and' in the last line or not.

Now for the last verse.

 



Stopping by books...

Thursday, 8 March 2012 14:55:15

Thursday, 8 March 2012 14:55:15

Whose books these are I think I know

She is in the kitchen though

She will not mind me browsing here

To see the pages glint and glow

 

Her maiden aunt must think it queer

To see me bend so low and peer

I need my specs -- --- --- - --- - ---

To see the smaller print, I fear

 

She gives the fire a little poke

And shifts the coal that smells like coke

Disturbs my thoughts of other pages

Memories these tomes evoke

 

The books are lovely ……..

 

I wrote this in a rush and now I need to go back, consider and rewrite. It was such a good feeling, though, just taking Frost's poem and finding how beautifully it fitted the image I had.



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