NaPoWriMo2014 #30

Back to the drawing board.

C. J. Black.

Today I am bowing out, with a whimper not a shout.
I plan to return with more rhyming, skipping out now seems perfect timing.

NaPoWriMo2014 has for me been –

Filled with thoughts not planned, where I published poems that were not properly scanned.
I am glad I took up the challenge to write my one a day
I hope you the reader also enjoyed 30 days of word play.

Back to the drawing board as they say
I have another deadline to meet for the 1st. May.

C. J. Black©β

I want to take this opportunity to thank all who took the time and effort to like, follow & comment over the past 30 days I hope you got as much enjoyment from the ‘experience’ as I got cobbling it together, I enjoyed dipping in and out of the ‘homes’ of those who reside in this vast village of Blogsville, I have no doubt but we will encounter one another in our travails through the world of words.

NaPoWriMo2014 #29

Were comfort zones built by cowards?

C. J. Black.

If in doubt never fear of requesting guidance
What we cannot speak about we should pass over in silence.

I have been referred to on occasion as a class of a rough diamond
I still have to overcome my shyness in order to respond.

Lying here on the couch in my therapists room
Will assist me in signing off in my own name and not using a nom de plume.

On exiting his ‘surgery’ I feel totally exorcised
The demons inside my head seem lesser magnified.

This ‘poem’ you can take it from me is laced with cynicism
No matter how hard you try you’ll find not a trace of egotism.

Moving out of my comfort zone looking for recognition
I would if I only had an abundance of ammunition.

At this point the quill is quivering in my hand
So it’s time that I made my exit and obeyed its command.
C. J. Black©β

NaPoMoWriMo2014 #28

A jab at another poem?
C. J. Black.

Sitting comfortably? Good. Time for me to draw some blood.
Roll up your sleeve while I get my syringe – you’ll just feel a little twinge.

You have been fasting overnight? Is that the cause of your shade of white?
You’re what, afraid of a little needle? Muscle massed and still you’re feeble?

Take a moment, compose yourself – honestly this will be brief.
I guarantee this won’t hurt me a bit, there is no need your teeth to grit.

You’re what? Feeling ill? Here use this basin, careful please don’t spill.
Quiet please with the heave, you may cause my other patients to leave.

Keep your head over the basin – remember please which way you’re facing.
Here’s a tissue now blow your nose – while the basins contents I dispose.

Lie on the bed there and relax – I’ll turn the fan up to the max.
My first patient of the day – quite an experience would you say?

You want my opinion on what we should do next? Please don’t take this out of context.
I believe its best we quit while we’re ahead – Because I believe stones would be easier bled.

C. J. Black©β

NaPoWriMo2014 #27

Feeling full of beans.
C. J. Black
I came up through the school of hard knocks
So you there, standing on your soap box
Don’t think you can frighten me
Spewing out your litany
Of lies, trying to confuse the facts
With your utterly confused acts
This won’t wash I’ll have you know
I’ll stand and take it blow by blow
I’ll not stand down or turn my back
Believe me I’ll never slack
Your lies will eventually wear you down
You’ll be ostracised, made wear that thorny crown
Too late you’ll realise
There’s just so far you can travel with lies
Finding yourself isolated
Being constantly berated
Will eat away at your soul
It will surely take its toll
Persist if you will
Swallowing the bitter pill
The hand of friendship has deserted you
As enemies you continue to accrue
So be it on your weary head
As you lie there in your self-soiled bed.
I came up through the school of hard knocks
Your attitude will, in waves send shocks
Through your coterie of ‘friends’
They will desert you now like rats do a sinking ship
Too late you’ll realise, perhaps I should have bitten my lip.

C. J. Black©β

NaPoWriMo2014 #26 & #27 were constructed following a conversation over a coffee when it was suggested try write something of substance, only you – you know who you are can tell me as no doubt you will if I was successful.

NaPoWriMo2014 #26


C. J. Black.

In the greater scheme of things
We will be knocked back by more than bee stings
Chin up, chest out frightens off adversity
Believe firmly in yourself, there will be no atrocity.

Self – belief is something we must teach ourselves
Then we will grow in stature not continue to be little elves
Not that I have anything against little elves per say
Speak your mind at all times disregarding here say.

The gossips of this world end up with just one friend
Themselves and their shadow both playing pretend
Lastly, if I may share these four proverbs with you
They are not my property so feel free to share them too –

Eagles don’t catch flies
Ask no questions and hear no lies
Empty vessels make the most sound
Between two stools one falls to the ground.

C. J. Black©β

NaPoWriMo2014 #25

Hope you like it.

C. J. Black.

What is this I hear you say?
You want to what – write a play?
What would you call it dear?
Perhaps, Happy Birthday – Mr. Shakespeare.

I am on the lookout for a Hamlet – a secluded Haven
When I find it and I’m settled in you’ll find me in Stratford-upon-Avon
I know I’m taking liberties – is that not what all writers do?
Was not John Wayne’s McLintock loosely based on the Taming of the Shrew?

Way back in the years, in fact 450 years ago
For those interested in the art of writing, William Shakespeare struck a blow
I guess I could go on and on but I’d be only bluffing
For the end result would only be – Much Ado about Nothing.

C. J. Black©β

NaPoWriMo2014 #24


C. J. Black.

Faith in your ability irrespective of your life’s status
You should of course fly your flag without ever feeling callous
No standing in the shadows – REMEMBER YOU ARE YOUR COMRADES EQUAL
Go for the jugular at all times there will never be a sequel.

Such traits should be instilled from an early age
And not just written in book form to be learned directly from the page
I, firmly believe this to be the case
Or I wouldn’t be sitting here occupying this space.

One place you’ll not find me is strolling down Madman Avenue
Most of the time I appear upbeat – I leave aside thoughts of feeling blue
One thing you can take from this is I’m not a know-it-all
Lies like this will undoubtedly assist in damning my mortal soul.
C. J. Black©β

NaPoWriMo2014 #23

Never throw in the towel.

C. J. Black.

The magic of the alphabet is there for all to see
It will assist me greatly in my poem for April 23
If you were in my position and clutching out for straws
Would you write what came into your head not considering a pause?

Well that is exactly what, I’m about to do
I hope it’s not the wrong decision, something I may rue
You can probably tell by now that I’m feeling the pain
But once I write this line of 12 only four lines will remain.

When you’re in a predicament and can see no way out
Put all negative thoughts aside, find a hole to bury doubt
Then as you can perceive you will in the end succeed
And hopefully produce a poem that will be a delight to read.

C. J. Black©β

NaPoWriMo2014 #22

A thorny subject?
C. J. Black.

I just wish I had the word power
To write a poem about a flower
Then there is no doubt but I could compose
A poem in honour of the rose.

I broached this thorny subject at a gardener’s convention
Illustrating to them what was my intention
They dutifully informed me that, in doing so there would be nothing new
That my composition would just be a rose poem of a different hue.

I bowed to their greater knowledge after all they were my elders
Doing otherwise I believed would just be ruffling feathers
On that note I do believe it is time for me to close –
With the proviso that one day a rose poem I will compose.

C. J. Black©β