Really Awful Chaos Afloat


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For the latest Daily Post Photo Challenge on the theme of ‘Afloat’, I have two different offerings:

The largest of the floaty thingies seen here from Durban's Point Yacht Club is the Queen Mary

The largest of the floaty thingies seen here from Durban’s Point Yacht Club is the Queen Mary

Six-year-old granddaughter R will try, on Thursday, for her 1500 metre swimming badge.  The distant dot is her practising today with a swim of one Kilometre - that's 20 times up and down that pool!

Six-year-old granddaughter R will try, on Thursday, for her 1500 metre swimming badge. The distant dot is her practising today with a swim of one Kilometre – that’s 20 times up and down that pool!

I was tickled a remarkably bright shade of pink to discover (from a comment on my blog) that I was the NaPoWriMo Day 12 Featured Poet!  Particularly when (as rightly pointed out in comments there) I knew that my Sapphic attempt had some shortcomings.

Anyway, for the latest prompt, requiring one to write a description and then prune it down and rearrange it to form a poem, here is my prose:

My study is a scene of complete clutter, impossible to keep neat.  It has a work surface covered by all sorts of items from utter debris to screwdrivers to papers, printer and three telephones.  Shelves behind are stacked with books, musical instruments, boxes and electronic equipment everywhere one looks.

Due to temporary lack of free space the room is also accommodating a rack of clothes, and several stacked containers holding everything from garments to power tools.  No wonder that I battle to work where such chaos rules!

My pruning has been drastic, and some grafting was necessary to attach a bit of rhyming:

Study clutter,
Debris utter;
Screwdrivers, printer, telephones three;
Papers, boxes, electronics, books,
Musical instruments, everywhere one looks;
Rack of clothes, too, for lack space free,
Power tools,
Chaos rules!

© Colonialist April 2015 (WordPress)
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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies.
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16 Responses to Really Awful Chaos Afloat

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  2. footsy2 says:

    Love the pic taken from Point Yacht Club. Happy memories – used to hang out with the round-the-world yachties in my salad days 🙂

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  3. Arkenaten says:

    I know nuffink about poetry but am awestruck by R’s swimming prowess.
    Sheesh, I can swim approximately 2 metres, from the moment I enter the pool to the time it takes to get to the bottom.
    1500 meters! That’s like the aquatic version of perishing Comrades – and she’s six!

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  4. Patrecia (with an E) says:

    Not being a poet (and don’tI know it) I can just imagine the chaos in your work area…is it always like that or is it due to moving house and not yet being sorted…..loved the poem..it worked well

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  5. Excellent pruning. I bet you wish your clutter was so easily shrunk!

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  7. beeblu says:

    Seeing that photo of DYC makes me feel rather nostalgic. Good capture with the ship passing in the background.

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  8. The Asian says:

    1500m is a really long swim! Next time you mention her, she’ll be doing the Midmar mile.
    And congrats on being the featured poet. I told you that Noble Prize was coming your way 😉

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