Chasing Butterflies

Chasing Butterflies

An array of Cabbage White and
Red Admiral bask on lavender,
Teasing a pen to paper.

Cupped hands chase air – the
Butterfly nurtured to move
Beyond arms reach, leaving
A brain derelict for description.

All that’s left
Are vague shadows and
Scribbles on a half empty page.

© Davy D 2017

Without Rhyme or Reason


Today, I failed to write a poem.
One a day had kept me going,
Until the silence in my head
Expanded and my brain went dead,
And left me feeling quite frustrated,
Forlorn, aghast, demotivated,
Waiting for the magic time
When words appear that seem to rhyme,
And give a taste of an emotion,
Or a sound, of an unsaid notion.
Being a poet is just not funny.
I’m only in it…….. for the money.

© Davy D 2017



For the Word-High July Prompts of Filipino Words hosted by A Reading Writer.

Likha (v.) To create something through intelligence and skill.



For the Word-High July prompts of Filipino words hosted by A Reading Writer.

Kalinaw -(n.) Serenity, tranquility.



For the Word-High July Prompts of Filipino words hosted by A Reading Writer.

Gunita – (n.) Memory, recollection.

Long Days

Long Days

Waiting For A Train: Part 2

waiting-for-the-train-1504430-639x852The second habit of Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is to start with the end in mind.

There is much debate with writers around how effective this process can be. In his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King details how he starts a book with only the first line in mind. He creates the first draft with the ending developing as he works through it. Agatha Christie didn’t know the ending of some of her books until she had reached the last chapter. Alternatively, there are numerous writers who plan and progress their work with military precision, with the end always in mind.

Whether you are a planner, or a go with the flow writer, the shared commonality is that every piece of work has an ending. The question posed is could your writing be different if you started at the end?

There are numerous writing resources providing writing prompts to assist writers. What if you used that prompt as the beginning of a piece of work and then rewrote the piece with the prompt as an ending. In effect writing it backwards.

When I worked as a police officer a similar technique was used to retrieve information

A New Year’s Revolution

fireworks-1185478-640x480I have just finished my first book of 2016, the excellent, You are a Writer, (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins.

It wasn’t on my planned reading list, but as Jeff was offering it for 99p, a fact that appealed to the Northerner in me, I bought it. The book provided a welcome break from the pop psychology, around New Year’s resolutions, I’ve ploughed through over the past few days.

New Year’s resolutions are alien to me. I don’t make them. My brain doesn’t like the negativity connected to them.

Help! I’ve Got Social Media Brain Freeze.

The Scream

How did I get into this state?

It was simple at the outset. Decide to learn and improve my writing. Keep a blog that would document my progress towards a degree in Creative Writing. Share it with the world and get some feedback. Maybe make some new friends and gain some new experiences.

Then it happened. I entered into this world called Social Media. I am now

Harper Lee: my Christmas in New York | Books | The Guardian

One midwinter in 1950s New York, Harper Lee went to stay with friends. Little did she know she was about to be given the gift of a lifetime…

Source: Harper Lee: my Christmas in New York | Books | The Guardian

An excellent short story for Christmas from Harper Lee.

I recently wrote a post after re-reading her classic To Kill A Mockingbird. In short, it looked at how our brain selects and deletes certain memories.

This story evoked a particular memory of a childhood Christmas in 1970, when I received my greatest ever present, the  1970 World Cup Subbuteo football game, including real working floodlights.

Not quite the gift of a lifetime, but one that would have a prominent influence on me for future years.