That’s the last time I finish a blog with ‘What to do?’ Had forgotten my wife always reads them. So spent most of last week treating the back garden fences with preservative. Best make sure I have lots of OU work to do in the future…
Talking of which, the forums have pretty well died completely on A363. Even the cafe, where anyone in the world taking the course can join in, has been remarkably quiet. There have, of course, been the usual ‘When do the results come through?’ question and answer sessions. I have to admit to being totally daft here, because already I’m checking the home page to see if they’ve arrived, even though I know they won’t be out until early August.
One thing I must work out before the next course starts, is how to set up an index on this blog. Previous attempts haven’t met with any success, and even though I successfully posted a picture a few weeks back, whatever I did then, no longer seems to work! Clearly I must try harder (where did I hear that before?).
Thought I might occasionally post some of my A215 and A363 work here. Why? Well, it’s probably the only way it will be read by more than a dozen people. And it might just spark some ideas for creative writing students who have reached that dreaded state of blank brain syndrome. Sometimes, just thinking ‘I can do better than that load of rubbish.’ can be very helpful.
Death by Sound
Ear worm, what pleasures do you find
inside my head? Your constant hiss
of steam, when all around is quiet.
To wake in silence, just a dream.
Your autumn rustle all year through,
with tuning strings perpetual
cacophony. A prison term,
a life of jangling symphony.
Like ocean waves on shingled shore
ensnared within an empty conch
to dance, with dream-world music spinning
rapidly in abstract trance.
Must flee this never ending shriek
that fuddles minds from deep inside
one’s ear with constant clamour. Might
you be the final sound I hear.
I originally included an epigraph with this, to help the reader understand what I was writing about, but thought it might be fun to let you guess.