2017

Run Your Own Race

Run Your Own Race

It is that time again when the inbox is full of tips and advice about setting goals and making New Year’s resolutions. The phrase for 2018 seems to be “Run Your Own Race” and this is a good starting point for the first Thursday Thoughts.

Life feels like it’s getting quicker and 2017 went in a flash. At times I felt like Usain Bolt (in mind, not in body.) One of my challenges in 2017 was to post on Inside the Mind of Davy D each Monday to Friday. Apart from one week I managed it, but I reached the finishing line a little exhausted and needing a strategy to run a different kind of race in 2018.

Two pieces of writing I read in the last week had an impact on me and provided some ideas on how my race in 2018 will look. Gina, over at Singledust, wrote an excellent post, What am I thankful for? giving time for reflection and recognising the good things we have in our lives. This made me realise sometimes we need to slow down and look back in the race to see how far we have come, applauding ourselves on the steps we have taken.

Fiona, on her Wordsworth Muse blog, wrote a beautiful poem titled Butterfly Daze.  One of the lines, “Because they have so little time to live,” reinforced the seed left by Gina and planted the thought maybe we need to have the occasional time out from the race, take a few deep breaths and spend time looking at our surroundings and getting to know more about the people we are racing with.

So, for 2018, I am taking off the sprinting spikes and putting on the carpet slippers and my race is going to be more of a ramble. I will still be posting Monday to Friday, but when I need to take a time out……… I will.

Some of you may have seen my Poetic Goals for 2018 and although they were a little tongue in cheek they express the notion of getting deeper into poetry. This means taking time to reflect and exploring my motivations and inspirations as a poet and experimenting with different styles of writing and poetry. It also involves getting to know more about the writers and poets in this excellent writing community, and finding others who can add to the conversation.

At times in 2017 it just felt like a brief hello and wave before racing off into the distance. The purpose of Thursday Thoughts is to try and address the imbalance and deepen and share the love we have for all things poetic.

Slowing down, more time for reflection, getting deeper into poetry and knowing you all better, the pulse rate is dropping already.  How will your writing race look in 2018?  It would be nice to read your thoughts.

 

Thank You

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Here we are, the last post of 2017 and there are so many thank yous and things I wanted to say that it all turned into a bit of a slushy mush; something which is unbecoming for a Marra (a polite term to describe a man from the West coast of Cumbria).

Instead I thought I would dedicate this poem to everyone who has supported (in any way shape or form)  Inside the Mind of Davy D throughout 2017.

Thank you, from every piece of me.

All the best for 2018 and I am looking forward to reading more of your great writing, thoughts and poetry.

 

When.

When dark clouds gather in front of the sun

(You blow them away.)

When the world’s sole beat is a one bang drum

(You find the music)

When the rhymes are lost on a snow-blind page

(Your light draws them out)

When thoughts in my head are scared of the stage.

(Your hands pull me through)

When each day your words leave me spellbound

(You leave me in awe)

When thank you is the kindest thing to be found.

(Thank you one and all)

Are You a Poet?

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During the recent holiday period I was conducting research for 2017 blog posts when I stumbled across a discussion asking whether the title of poet should be restricted.

There were some contrasting views, with one stating anyone calling themselves a poet should be distrusted as, “poet is a title necessarily bestowed on you by others.” Some participants suggested you should only use the term if you were a poet and wrote poetry as a full-time occupation.

Most English dictionaries describe a poet as someone who writes poetry, but is it as simple as that? For example, do you need to have had poetry published, or written a poetry book or won a poetry competition, before you can allude to the title?

In my younger days, I was once told by a teacher to beware of anyone who called themselves an expert or guru as people, labelling themselves as such, had stopped learning. Again, it was a title to be bestowed by others. Is it the same for poets? Can someone who recklessly uses the term poet be at risk of arrest from the Poetry Police, or is being a poet something to be shouted from the rooftops?

Are you happy to call yourself a poet, or would you rather let others use the title on your behalf?

I would be interested to read your thoughts.

If you would like to read more from the discussion, click on this link at Magma Poetry.

New Blog Schedule for 2017

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That’s that then, only 354 sleeps until Christmas. I hope you all had a good rest over the festive period and are raring to go for 2017.

One of the decisions I have taken for 2017 is to move the blog to five days a week. From Monday the 9th of January 2017 I will be posting on Mondays through to Fridays.

Over the past twelve months I have been amazed by the support and kindness you have all given me through the blog and I would like to foster the community feel the blog has now taken.

The new schedule will look like this.

Monday – Poetic Motivations – Quotes and lines from poets and poetry to get the poetic mind flowing.

Tuesday – Davy D Gallery – Here I will be posting my own poetry and artwork,  links to things inspiring my poetry and the occasional piece of poetic humour. There may even be the odd freebie and giveaway.

Wednesday – Poetic Ponderings – Articles around poetic themes to get a conversation going.

Thursday – Poetry Spotlight- This will include book reviews on poetry books I have read, links to poetry blogs, websites or poetry events. Once a month I would like to highlight a favourite poem from another poetry blogger and would also like to interview some of you as the year progresses and publish the interview on the blog.

Friday – Davy D Gallery – More poetry, artwork and general madness.

I realise that none of this would be possible without your help, so if you have any ideas, quotes, links to blogs, poetry websites or anything poetry related, or would like to be interviewed for the site, please get in touch.

And feel free to drop by anytime in 2017 and have a chat over some online tea and cake.

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Happy New Year

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