A really fun prompt at dVerse Poets Pub today: to write ‘echo poetry’. An Echo Verse is a poem where the last word or syllable in a line is repeated or echoed underneath to form a rhyming liner. My attempt below is just a quick sprint, inspired by conversations between my parents (and of course the first line of a poem by T.E. Brown). But there are some far more wonderful examples linked up to the site, both funny and thoughtful, so I strongly urge you to check them out.
A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!
Even in a heat wave, there’s bliss to be found.
Ferns, palm-shade, pool to cool us down…
Flowers burst forth in coloured refrain.
Oh, you’re such a philistine and bore!
Here are some quotes from recent conversations with family and friends, which serve to remind me each day about why I want to write but also make me wonder why I am not doing it (or getting better results with it). Do any of these sound familiar? And see if you can associate the right person from this cast of characters with the right quote: mother, father, former boss, husband, children, new neighbour, old friend.
If finishing your novel is your top priority, how come it never gets done?
So, what do you do all day? How come you are always too busy to meet up?
So, when are we actually going to be able to read something of yours in print? No, not online, that doesn’t really count, does it? And besides, I can’t handle that mouse contraption too well.
Not at your laptop again?! What are you doing there all day? When do I get to see you or talk to you?
When are you going to find your way back to those incisive, succinct reports you used to write? I mean, creative writing is a lot of waffle, ultimately, isn’t it?
All that education, all that encyclopaedic knowledge, all those years of hard work… and what have you got to show for it?
Do you really think writing will make you happy, or is it just another passing fad? There have been others before, haven’t there?