‘How To Write’ — You Can Write About Just Anything in 30 Minutes If You Try

Gill Ward writes: ‘Well now – Editor Alan Tristram has implored KIN writers to feel free to write what we like for 30 minutes. That’s risky, I’d say, but I thought I’d write about myself…

Yesterday I looked out the window at my forest of blue and white agapanthus. Now, I understand they can be regarded by many as a weed and a pest; however, living on a sand dune they cling to each other  as if their life depends on it.

“A crazy thing to do !’

This has helped keep the land where it should be. So, I thought, I will count them. I started with interest. After 89 and what looked like the headcount of New Zealand it dawned on me that was a crazy thing to do.

I stopped. I thought about crazy things people do. Here are a few of mine. For your enjoyment:

When I run the hot tap in the kitchen much water runs out before it gets hot. I picked up a 3 litre milk bottle and discovered that three litres of cold water ran before I got hot water.

Save water, save money

So now I fill a 2 or 3 litre bottle and put it on the deck by the pot plants to water them in the dry times. I save water and I save money.

I don’t use my dryer much but some American friends were staying some years ago and they used it every day.

I noticed they put some small sheets of treated cloth to prevent static. Recently I saw some in the supermarket and also saw they cost somewhere around $7 for a packet. I looked on line to see if there was another way you could do this. Now I roll up small balls off aluminium foil and leave them in the dryer (for  a winter emergency). You can leave them there for ages. It works.

Enough of this nonsense

Enough of this nonsense! So on a more literary note I thought with all the sadness in the world maybe a little light poem or two would be refreshing.  Here are some suggestions you could look up.

Roger McGough: At lunch time. This is a well known poem and is very funny in a realistic way as the underlying message is that we can all make mistakes which are very embarrassing afterwards. 

Roger McGough (Photo — Colin Clarke)

Harry Rickets: The necessity of failure. A good poem to follow At lunch time as it reminds you that when you make mistakes they can keep nagging at you forever. A gain one of my favourite poems being humorous and ironic as well as spot on. Thanks Harry!

Hone Tuwhare: Kitten A poignant, sweet poem which paints a picture of loneliness but with an ending which makes you smile.

Billiy Collins: Forgettfulness . Collins has been described as ‘The most popular poet in America’ by the New York Times. It is worth looking him up as there is too much to write about him here.

Billy Collins

After 911 (he was poet laureate at the time) he wrote a poem simply called ‘Names’ . It is very moving.  However the poem I am talking about here is one you will want to share with others. Believe me,

Wishing you all a marginally above average 2022 .


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