Archive for February, 2006

Which Dracula Character are You?

Posted in gothic, werewolves vampires and ghoulies on February 13, 2006 by Khlari

You're Dracula! You're the embodiement of evil,
based on a combination of Vlad the Impaler
and the man who may have been Bram Stoker's
gay lover. Men fear you, but women want you
and fear you. Over time, you've been
portrayed in film by Bela Lugosi, Christopher
Lee, and Gary Oldman.

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Open Source Poem

Posted in creative / writing, gothic on February 13, 2006 by Khlari

This is the description posted to me from Andy of the Open Source Poem tag and explanation. Below I have written the second Stanza, and I am now tagging Jo for a third stanza. It can be in any form, I think, and there are no set rules, so here goes……..lets see if we can make thelongest poem ever seen……..


‘Open Source Poem’ is the title of the poem I am proposing starts a new ‘tag’ in the blogosphere. I came up with the idea this morning and have my partner David to thank for the title, which I think is brilliant for what I propose. And what is that? Well, when a blogger is tagged, she or he has to answer a set of questions, usually, which are then passed on. Often, you have to say who tagged you and who you’re tagging, so that anyone interested will be able to follow the path onwards. Some of these tags do the rounds continuously, sometimes getting back to you, remarkably, more than once or twice. I imagine some tags will never actually end. Now, what if we did something along those lines with a brand-new poem?

Here’s the plan: I’m going to write the first stanza of the Open Source Poem. I then pass it on to someone. I’m going to pass it to my dear friend Khari1967, who then has to write the second stanza, or couplet, or whatever, before passing it on. She will, of course, on her blog have to say who tagged her and who she’s tagging. We only pass the poem on one person at a time. We choose carefully who we tag, that’s the idea. We tag, hopefully, a person who may or may not have written poetry before but nevertheless is someone we consider to have the ‘power’ as it might be called, even if they don’t know it or even usually refuse to acknowledge it. Only bloggers can take part. Sorry Luddites. The decision on who goes next in the chain is made by the current blogbard – now there’s a novel and newly invented term, eh? – and not by any of the others who came before. It is both autocratic when it comes to passing it on, but democratic and, I hope, of sufficient intrigue to catch on and sustain momentum. Of course, any poet – professional, non-professional, novice, whatever – can be tagged more than once. If they are so lucky, well done!

All headers on the relevant blog posts should just read ‘Open Source Poem’ followed by a Roman numeral, for example, Open Source Poem III, Open Source Poem VII, and so on. I’ve called the post you’re reading right now ‘Open Source Poem: starts here’ so people can find what is, basically, an introduction to the concept. The place where a magickal and hopeful collaboration, a web of connection, began. This is so we can easily search for ‘Open Source Poem’ whenever we want and get the relevant pointers in the titles as to where we are in the poem’s ongoing sequence. Anybody can then follow the path, wherever it leads. And by being numbered in such a distinctive way, finding chapters in the right order should be no problem. This could go nowhere. Or it could even keep on going forever and maybe, get us all collectively, into the Guinness Book of Records one day, maybe sooner rather than later. Who knows? So, my fellow blogbards around the world, are you ready to play the game? It begins as soon as I get the first stanza on my blog. Any questions, get back to me here, to this specific post – it can become a forum through the comments section for general discussion of how the experiment is going. I love an exciting project! I hope you do too, and look forward to seeing where this goes.


Open Source Poem II

Posted in creative / writing, gothic on February 13, 2006 by Khlari

If every moment has a continued existence in the mind,
isn’t it kind to think that the medium,here before you,
his handlebar moustache marking him out as eccentric,
the tweed trousers a mistake for his years, only forty,
stands some suspect chance, admittedly, of revealing
to you, the seeker, some hint, a shadow of her heart?

To even have a shadow of a heart, one must first have had a heart,
Admitted the senses, the feelings of humanity to oneself,
Taken a part in that human game known as life, confessed their mortality.
How could I then be known to anyone else? How could he know me?
For him to truly know me, I would have to have knowledge of myself
And that mystery of self is hazier still to me than to he.

Half-Told Tales

Posted in creative / writing, France on February 13, 2006 by Khlari

This is a poem that I wrote about my grandmother, following on from a series of flash images discussed in class………………..
There were a few untold stories in there.

Half-Told Tales

Posted in creative / writing, France on February 13, 2006 by Khlari

Speech flowing in caressing cadences
telling your world, the before and after, the here and there
telling only half your story.
Since the children ,unknowing
heard your demi-Parisian twang
labelling it German, stoned you and Frenchy Rose in the street.
Since the zeppelins shadowed London,
one side of your tongue has been silenced.

Swift-like you flit around the kitchen
recounting Soapy Ethel's bathwater flying from the top window
drenching your only hat.
Locking Meme in the lavatory,
as Marie Lloyd was waiting at the church.
The warm brown of the big teapot and the flour in your hair.
Blue Players Navy Cut from Miserable Sid's
Warm by the fire in your yellow kitchen

When you died we found 42 full cans
Of rusted 'Bronco' distemper, all the shade Canary Yellow
With a horsehair sofa
Hoarded in the cupboard
Underneath the rickety bottom stairs
Behind the button boxes, odd china, indian brassware and the memories
The stairs fell down when we took the tins out
Needing the support, as we did.

The power of four……

Posted in France on February 7, 2006 by Khlari

I've been tagged by Andy, so here goes………

The power of four

Four jobs I’ve had
Bookshop Manager, Teacher, Receptionist, Lecturer

Four films I watch over and over
Razor Blade Smile, Muriel's Wedding, Subway, Bridget Jones' Diary

Four places I’ve lived
Sables d'Olonne, Vendee, France,
Stoke Newington, London, England
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
Marly le Roi, Yvelines, France

Four TV shows I love
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bagpuss, Doctor Who, Absolutely Fabulous.

Four places I’ve been on holiday to
Sighisoara, The Carpathians, Transylvania (Romania)
Port Elizabeth, Western Cape, South Africa
Liege, Belgium
Riga, Latvia

Four of my favourite dishes
Fresh Pasta, Arrabiata Sauce and Salad
Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce and Roast Potatoes
Greek Yogurt with Honey and Almonds
Beans on Toast

Four websites I visit daily

Four places I’d like to visit
Tokyo, Japan
St Petersburg, Russia
New England, The United States

Four blogs I’m tagging or trying to…….
Musings of a Purple Dragon
Musings of a Purple Dragon, Jo's blog
Spicy Cauldron, Andy's blog

it would be more, but my list just died and I can't seem to add any more

Four dead people I’d like to meet
Sylvia Plath, Frida Kahlo, Vlad the Impaler, Angela Carter

I'm going to add another one……………………………………
Four books I wish I had written
Wise Children, by Angela Carter
The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S.Lewis
Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain

Brigid, adorned with rhyme

Posted in creative / writing, pagan on February 2, 2006 by Khlari

Flowing, her hair, braided through with sestinas
floating ribbon villanelles and triolets
Crowned with bright sonnet flowers and jewelled cinquainsKhlari 2nd February 2005

WHEN: Anytime February 2, 2006.WHERE: Your blog.WHY: To celebrate the Feast of Brigid, otherwise known as Imbolc.HOW: Select a poem you like – by a favourite poet or one of your own – to post to your blog on February 2.If you're going to do this, go to Reya's blog and let her know.Feel free to pass this invitation on to any and all bloggers.