Napowrimo Day 26

I tried to make a list for an A-Z Nonsense poem of Fairy tale characters, but I’m going to have to omit some letters such as: I, O, V, X, Y and Z because I couldn’t find any fairy tale characters that’s names start with those letters.

A – Alice in Wonderland/Aladdin/Ali Baba

B – Beauty and the Beast

C – Cinderella/Captain Cook, Chicken Little

D – Dwarves (seven)

E – Elves and the shoemaker, Emperor’s new clothes

F – Frog Prince

G – Gingerbeard Man, Goldilocks, Golden Goose

H – Hanzel & Grethel

J – Jack and the Beanstalk

K – King Arthur

L – Lion King

M – Magic Mirror/ Mermaid (little)/Musicians of Bremen

N – Nutcracker and the Mouse King

P – Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Puss in Boots, Peter & Wolf, Pied Piper

Q – Queen (snow)

R – Rumpelstilskin, Red Riding Hood/Rapunzel

S – Snow White, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Sinbad, Sleeping Beauty

T – Tinkerbell, Tom Thumb

U – Ugly Duckling

W – White Fang (Wit Wolf)

Napowrimo Day 24

Ever had a client that was particularly rude to you and you wanted to be rude back, but you couldn’t because you work for an
institution and don’t/can’t give it a bad reputation? I had one of those today. Made me so mad I got a head ache. I apologized, but this is what I really wanted to say to him (and any other rude client that has ever talked down to me)

Dear Mr Client,

Fuck you!
I’m sorry I’m not perfect
but I’m pretty sure
neither are you
I’m sorry you’re such a dickhead.
I apologized.
What more do you want from me?

I don’t live here
and I can’t perform magic
so stop yelling at me please
it will not change a thing.

Just because you make more money than me
or drive a fancier car,
doesn’t mean you can treat me like shit
(I’ll probably end up hating you more for it anyway).

I always have to step into other’s shoes
and imagine what it’s like for you.
But how about you stepping into mine
for a change!

You’re one of the reasons
why I hate this world
so thanks for proving my point for me!

Napowrimo Day 23

I almost did not write anything this day, until 5 minutes to midnight I wrote this:

The Grandpa clock chimes
another hour’s passed
The Ghosts of the past
comes to haunt me.
How they lived –
Oh! It must have been splendid
to have such interesting lives!
Only…
Maybe they saw their lives
as ordinary
Maybe a century
from now
people will look back
and think the same of us?

Our grandpa clock was made by my grandfather and first belonged to him. My father recently inherited it, but I still think of it as my grandfather’s. “Grandfather” sounds so formal. We have a better word in Afrikaans: My Oupa se klok

Napowrimo Day 22: My Nonsense Alphabet poem

Hmmm I’m beginning to think I should have used centaur, dwarf, pixie, nymph…

Introduction to the Fantasy World

A –  an Angel is usually kind and good

B – the Banshee is crying tears of blood

C – the Crow brings a message in black

D – while the Dragon brings a fiery attack

E – the Elf with his bow and arrow has straight aim

F – the Fairy: magic is their game

G – the Giant makes a tremendous sound

H – the Hobbit’s house is under the ground

I – the Imp is a pest and won’t let you rule

J – The Jester/Joker is no fool

K – the Knight rides on his steed, bold

L – a Leprechaun can be found at the end of a rainbow with a pot of gold

M – a Mermaid is a woman but also a fish

N – a Necromancer has a death wish

O – an Ogre is always hungry and out to kill

P –  a Pirate makes his living by steal(ing)

Q – The Red Queen shouts: “Off with her head!”

R – Red Cap should have listened to what her mother said/is going to visit her gran in bed

S – the Scarecrow is scary but brave

T – a Troll is slow and lives in a cave

U – a Unicorn is a horse with a horn

V – a Vampire is a blood-thirsty anti-morn(ing)

W – the Witch is making a magic potion in her cauldron.

X – Excalibur is King Arthur’s magic sword in the stone

Y – a Yeti lives in the snow and is white

Z – a Zombie is a flesh eating foe and likes to bite!

Cool! It actually worked!

Napowrimo Day 21

I didn’t have time to work on my poem yesterday.

Today I’m just going to see how I am going to make this poem rhyme:

A – Angel usually kind and good

B – Banshee crying tears of blood

C – Crow brings a message in black

D – Dragon will burn you into a tasty snack?/brings a fiery attack?

E – Elf with his bow and arrow has straight aim

F – Fairy magic is their game?

G – Giant makes a tremendous sound?

H – Hobbit his house is under the ground

I – Imp is a pest and won’t let you rule? pool? pull?

J – The Jester/Joker is no fool

K – Knight rides on his steed, bold

L – Leprechaun can be found at the end of an rainbow with a pot of gold

M – Mermaid is a woman but also a fish

N – Necromancer has a death wish

O – Ogre is always hungry and out to kill

P – Pirate makes his living by steal(ing)

Q – The Red Queen shouts: “Off with her head!”

R – Red Cap should have listened to what her mother said/is going to visit his gran in bed

S – Sorcerer brave? gave? pave? save? wave?

T – Troll is slow and lives in a cave

U – Unicorn is a horse with a horn

V – Vampire is a blood-thirsty anti-morn(ing)

W – Witch bone? gone? moan? now you see her, now she’s gone?

X – Excalibur is King Arthur’s magic sword in the stone

Y – Yeti lives in the snow and is white

Z – Zombie is a flesh eating foe and likes to bite!

Napowrimo Day 19

I finished my list of A-Z Fantasy characters. I didn’t think I could do it but I did it! I had some trouble with the letter “X” until I thought of “Excalibur” or it could be X-men. I still don’t know how I’m going to make it rhyme though…

My Fantasy “Nonsense” Alphabet poem:

A – Angel is usually kind and good

B – Banshee is crying tears of blood.

C – Crow = bad omen/ Cave = dark, mossy/ castle

D – Dragon = breaths fire

E – Elf with bow and arrow

F – Fairy = fairy dust

G – Goblin = trouble/ Giant/ Gargoyle = stone

H – Hobbit he’s house is underground

I – Imp

J – Jester/Joker is no fool

K – King/Knight

L – Leprechaun = rainbow, gold

M – Mermaid

N – Necromancer talks to dead people about the future

O – Ogre

P – Pirate = steal, Jolly Roger, rum

Q – [Red] Queen, jam tarts

R – Red Cap/ Robin Hood

S – Sorcerer = evil spirits

T – Troll

U – Unicorn is a horse with a horn

V – Vampire = blood-thirsty

W – Witch/werewolf/wizard

X – X-men or [ex]calibur = King Arthur’s magic sword

Y – Yeti = abominable snowman

Z – Zombie = flesh-eating undead.

My Fantasy Nonsense Alphabet

A – Angel

B – Banshee

C – Crow

D – Dragon

E – Elf

F – Fairy

G – Giant

H – Hobbit

I – ?

J – Jester?

K – ?

L – ?

M – Magic

N – Necromancer

O – Ogre

P – Princess?

Q – Queen?

R – ?

S – ?

T – ?

U – Unicorn

V – Vampire

W – Witch/ Werewolf/ Wizard

X – ?

Y – ?

Z – Zombie

Any suggestions are welcome!

Napowrimo Day 18

My eerste Hekel les:

Ek moet ‘n mood blanket maak
ek begin met groen vir kalm

Hoe om te begin:
Sit die garing binne palm
om die wysvinger af na pinkie
weer op na wysvinger
draai skuins oor 4 vingers
maak ‘n kruis.
Steek die naald onderdeur
dan bo-oor
trek dan deur
Nou het jy ‘n kruisstreek.

Maak tien kruissteke
draai om
werk terug

Later as jy al 2 rye het
werk weer terug
soek die V
druk naald onderdeur
nou het jy twee loops op die naald
maak 1 kruisstreek deur een
dan nog een deur twee.
Herhaal.

Nog 3 rye.
Waar is die V?!
Ek begin rooi sien
Ek is nou vir eers klaar.

Napowrimo Day 17

Today I came upon a wonderful nonsense poet “Edward Lear” – I think I remember him by the “The owl and the pussy” poem. He especially mastered in limericks so I tried to try my hand at limericks again – in a similar form used by Lear.

There was a man from Pretoria
who had constant diarrhoea
He had an urgent need to poo,
but couldn’t find a loo.
That poor man from Pretoria!

Mine is much more vulgar I’m afraid.

In a lovely little town called “Greenwich”
lived a friendly green witch.
One night she flew on her broom
and came across a royal groom.
Now she is also very rich.

Sir Lance-a lot
pranced around a lot
You see, his pants were very tight
his walk was a silly sight
like a horse’s trot.

Tomorrow I’ll try to write my own Nonsense Alphabet Poem

Napowrimo Dag 16

Die Raaisel van die Pienk Boom

Wat is jou naam?
Niemand kan my sê nie.
Ek is ook tog te blaam
as ek maar net jou blom gaan pluk
en dan in die boek kyk
dan sal ek presies weet
hoe jy lyk!

Jy het ‘n groen stam met dorings;
watte bolle in die Lente;
pienk blomme in die Herfs.

Ek het jou naam gekry!
Jou naam is Kapokboom
of “Silk Tree”.

Ek was die laaste paar dae besig om die raaisel van die pienk boom te probeer oplos. Nou die aand – toe ons beurtkrag gehad het – het ons met kerslig deur boeke geblaai. Eers toe ek die prentjie soek deur Google – toe kry ek dit!

In “The Ultimate Book of Trees & Shrubs: For South African Gardens” staan daar:

Chorisia speciosa / Floss-silk tree

“Growing rapidly to 50 ft or more with a spreading crown, this subtropical species is the one most commonly seen, grown for its striking large flowers that appear on bare branches throughout autumn. The saucer-sized, 5-petalled flowers range from rose-pink through salmon shades to burgundy, with gold or white throats. It is not grown as wildly as the beauty of its flowers would lead one to expect, perhaps because of the vicious spines on its trunk and lower branches.”

Kapokboom blom Kapokboom

Ek is absoluut gefassineer deur hierdie bome – en ek hou nie eers van pienk nie! Dis soos om iets nuuts te ontdek – ‘n boom wat blomme dra in die Herfs! Al wat ek gewoonlik in die Herfs raak sien, is party bome wat se blare verkleur en afval.

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