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Poetry Competition: June 2014

The theme for this month’s poetry competition is:

Celestial Bodies

“I’ve tried the new moon tilted in the air
Above a hazy tree-and-farmhouse cluster
As you might try a jewel in your hair.
I’ve tried it fine with little breadth of luster,
Alone, or in one ornament combining
With one first-water start almost shining.”

The Freedom of the Moon by Robert Frost

Do I hear a collective groan?

Fear not! Anything vaguely related to the theme will be welcome, from Red Dwarfs to the Moon in June, and multitudinous things in between.

Let your imaginations expand into the Universe. This should be easy for those Cherished Colleagues with brains as big as planets (thank you, Marvin and Douglas Adams).

Entries by midnight on 30 June.

  1. June 3, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Bilbers, a heavenly theme! One is aware of having encountered many celestial bodies down the decades whose luminescence could have inspired pomes. πŸ˜‰

  2. Bilby
    June 3, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Inspiration is found in many places, Janus. Please feel free to interpret the theme in any way you please, but don’t frighten the horses. :).

  3. June 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Good Heavens!

    Over the moon about the theme,
    A starlit night, a waking dream.
    The universe is mine to wander,
    Alone its mysteries to ponder.

    To plunder planets deep in space,
    Galaxies, and more, to race
    To be the first to chase the stars,
    Or spend a week or two on Mars.

  4. Bilby
    June 3, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Good Heavens, indeed! An early poem. Thanks, Ara. πŸ™‚

  5. June 4, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Swat, Arrers! πŸ˜‰

  6. June 5, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Lord Byron nailed this one, innit?

    SHE walks in beauty, like the night
    Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
    And all that’s best of dark and bright
    Meets in her aspect and her eyes;
    Thus mellow’d to that tender light 5
    Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.

    How does one compete with that? 😦

  7. Bilby
    June 5, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Yeah, lovely, innit, classic even.

    Now just get on with it, Janus ……….. πŸ™‚

  8. June 6, 2014 at 8:42 am
  9. Bilby
    June 6, 2014 at 9:01 am

    πŸ™‚ Thank you, Janus!

  10. June 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Hiya Bilby,

    It’s been awhile since I’ve done this sort of stuff but seeing as it’s you, I mused.

  11. Bilby
    June 18, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Hi JW!

    Despite a promising start, I was worried that this post had been lost in space, so I’m over the moon that you have mused, hopefully amusingly. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  12. June 18, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Bilbers’ comp inspires the bards
    Wot sit ‘n gaze at footie’s stars.
    As pigs do fly and parrots barf,
    They need relief, they need to laugh.
    So think of galaxies! No matter
    Sweet FA and that man Blatter!

  13. June 19, 2014 at 7:58 am

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  14. June 19, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Nicely crafted, PG! πŸ˜‰

  15. Bilby
    June 19, 2014 at 9:06 am

    That raised a smile, Janus. Is it an entry?

    Stars in your eyes, PapaG?

  16. June 19, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Yes Bilby it is indeed an entry in a kind of abstracted way. However Paul Klee (Artist) and The Royalist had inspired me to have a second shot – “The Sky at NIght”.

  17. June 19, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Bilbers, yes! The muse just keeps on doing it.

  18. June 19, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Twinkle twinkle little star
    How I wonder what you are
    Some tell me that you’re near to God
    But I’m just an unbelieving sod

    Do you have planets akin to ours,
    With birds and trees and beautiful flowers,
    With lakes and mountains snowy topped,
    And fields of colours annually cropped.

    Are you out there alone in space,
    Cold and fierce with a devil’s face,
    Or are you happy like our sun,
    Loved by millions having fun?

    Twinkle twinkle little star
    How I wonder what you are
    If you are near to a Godly being
    Send a sign to help me seeing.

  19. Four-eyed English Genius
    June 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm
  20. Bilby
    June 19, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Blimey! Thank you all for your efforts. πŸ™‚

  21. June 20, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Ode to Gerrard and Rooney

    Sack a failing star
    Before he gets to Rio
    Don’t just let him fade away…….tumtetum

  22. Bilby
    June 20, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Well, I did say, “Anything vaguely related to the theme” (sigh).


  23. June 21, 2014 at 8:11 am

    When you wish upon a star
    Check the lads know where you are!
    Else the pomes’ astronomy
    Could be Suarez, Hulk and Messi!

  24. June 21, 2014 at 10:53 am

    PS To make it scan, it has to be ‘astroNOmy’! πŸ™‚

  25. Bilby
    June 21, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks for the scansion tip … πŸ™‚

  26. Bilby
    July 1, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Breaking News for Janus the Hastie

    Due to busyness, announcement of the winning entry may be delayed by a few days …

  27. July 1, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I’m learning patience with age……. πŸ™‚

  28. Bilby
    July 1, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    We’ll make an Ent of you yet, Janus. πŸ™‚

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