A Sunday Whirl from my dining room/office for the day

October 29, 2012

Did some writing at the dining room table today.

I was thinking that dining rooms are a bit of a relic of the past.

I mean, holy smokes, a whole room dedicated to eating supper?

Absolutely round here. Lovely to share with friends, catch up with C at the end of the day and lovely for a spot of writing too.

Here isΒ the Sunday Whirl. Felt a bit like a relationship bunch of words:

women, men, power, wish, damaged, way, think, single, thread, bound, within, we


begin with a single thread

this poem is as uncertain as a body

the body lies damaged with self doubt

bound by a single thought

the body covered with question marks

still men and women wish within it

we think in parallel shapes

look there is another body in the bed

lick it all over with your tongue

feel uncertainty give way to power

This adds or subtracts doubt

That is the way it is

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  • Reply Sabra Bowers October 30, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Looks like the perfect place for writing…beautiful tree and vase of flowers.

    • Reply Veronica October 30, 2012 at 6:50 am

      Thank you Sabra. Those might be the last of the dahlias from the garden I think. I’m really glad I planted these burgundy and orange colours, they go so well with the autumn. Think I’ll plant more next spring. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica October 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Oh Sabra, I was just thinking, if you were closer you could come over and I’d make you a cup of tea and we’d write together. Wouldn’t that be fun! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Daydreamertoo October 30, 2012 at 7:00 am

    ‘A tongue adds or subtracts doubt..that is the way it is..Hmm I guess it is true too.
    I often wonder the same about names for rooms. In England, we call it ‘the living room’ and my never ending thinking mind questions, what else could it be called ‘The dying room’?
    Nice dining room πŸ™‚ Lovely flowers too.

    • Reply Veronica October 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Bren…I didn’t realise you were British, me too…well, only a small part of me, (the father part), but I do spend 1/2 the year in OXON where we have a sitting room and it’s true I tell you, we hardly stand in there. I read you’re a single mom of Chloe? I am too…of Chloe! Oh god…it’s a love fest. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Khara House October 30, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I’m jealous of your writing space! As for me, mine these days is either a low-to-the-ground futon or a teeny tiny built in desk in my apartment, ha-ha.

    The end half of your poem is particularly powerful, beginning at “we think in parallel shapes” and building up through the end. Lovely!

    • Reply Veronica October 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Aw, thank you Khara; if we were closer you would so be welcome to write at the table with me. It’s brilliantly wide and fits a mountain of paper! I’m glad you like the whirl. I wasn’t sure of it but the more I read it the more I like it. Sometimes the words feel a little chunky…you know…not smooth. Margo Roby tells me that after the whirl reveal and criticism she sometimes rewrites the poem. Do you do that sometimes?

  • Reply brenda w October 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I love “this poem is as uncertain as a body,” and then “we think in parallel shapes.” Excellent contribution, Veronica. The wood of your table is beautiful. Nice writing/dining/visiting space! πŸ™‚ The view is gorgeous.

    • Reply Veronica October 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you Brenda. I love LOVE the whirls and can’t wait for next week’s. When I looked at the words I felt uncertain about the poem but the words felt sexual to me so I went with that feeling. I’m so glad you like it. Wrote it specially for you and all of the whirlers to read…no other reason in the world. (well, maybe a little self satisfaction to see if I could do it, but that’s all) πŸ™‚

  • Reply Daydreamertoo October 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I am English. Was born and grew up there all my life, so have a very ‘English’ almost a cockney accent. I moved to Canada to make a life with my life partner, and she passed away. I ‘inherited’ being a mother to Chloe then. LOL Have lived here nearly 12 years now. I don’t even hear my English accent anymore but as soon as I speak, others here know I’m English right away. My family back there all tell me I sound like an American… an American in Canada…right…haha. So, I guess my accent must be all kind of mixed up and wild.
    Two writers, each with girls named Chloe… πŸ™‚ We simply must be … the best πŸ™‚
    Nice to meet you again Veronica and, thanks for being curious enough to read a bit about me.

  • Reply Jane Ann McLachlanJ October 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks so much for joining the October Challenge – I’ve loved your creative posts! My dining room is multi-purpose, too. I don’t write on it – it’s where I piece together my quilts, and lay out student papers for marking, and hold committee meetings whenever I offer to chair something or other, like the Write!Kitchener one-day writers’ conference in November…It’s a busy room.
    I do hope you’ll come back next year to do the October M&B Blog challenge. I’ve thought up some changes I think you’ll like.

    Jane Ann

  • Reply Daydreamertoo October 31, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Thanks for the visit πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sarav November 1, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Veronica, Love that phrase “a poem as uncertain as a body” really resonates with me. Also love those Dahlias–holy cow! gorgeous πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica November 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you Sara. So sorry to be getting to these replies so late. I’m always so happy to see your comment. Aren’t dahlias wonderful? What woudl we do without dahlias in the autumn? πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amy November 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    What a beautiful place to work, think, and write. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica November 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you so much Amy. I love making it a multi-purpose room. Such a shame to use it only for evening meals. πŸ™‚

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