Has this summer inspired you to write about Bugs & Blossoms?
August arrives after heat, deluge and wind that have driven the insects from the garden and flattened the late flowering meadows. Did you see the Bugs & Blossoms art exhibition at Palgrave or join the bug hunt at Broome Heath or hunt for moths with Mark Cocker. Were you challenged to write haiku with Tim Gardiner at Geldeston. Or has something from the news about biodiversity decline, pollinator problems and blooming roadside verges prompted you to put pen to paper.
Our poetry competition is in its last few days. You are invited to submit poems that reflect on the bugs & blossoms sharing our planet – for now. Or those that you miss that peppered your childhood. Or the insects that might be left ruling the world in some post climate change scenario. Or the names of lost flowers that spangled the roadsides and meadows before agriculture pushed them to the edge.
We would love to see your poems on this theme and you have only sixteen days left in which to submit them. Rules of entry, and how to submit your poems, are elsewhere on this website. Jos Smith at UEA is ready to make his selection of the top three and the Ferini Art Gallery is booked for our Arts & Eats lunch (17 September) at which the winning poems will be announced and read.
For very last minute ideas join Beth Soule’s workshop in Bungay on 13 August.
Closing date 16 August 2019
Read on for one of my insect poems, then its over to you:
I have a fancy for a dual life,
so I can taste the water and the air;
I’d like to try being ugly, overlooked, and where
I can hang out with fishes, frogs, and feel
caress of ripples, share
the bubbled oxygen the diving beetles
bring, and the sun, clear
through a skin of water.
But then – oh joy,
to creep up some tall stem of reed,
clasp to it under summer sun;
to shed the damp and blackened me
and there, plant slung,
unfold a mirror to the sky,
pump up my wings; to shiver
out of water and to fly.
Photo – Bumblebee on Stachys – Melinda Appleby