Baggy the Bard #18 – The Making of Me: amateur gut interpreter

Below, as promised, is the third poem that I wrote during one of Rupi Kaur's Instagram Live workshops over lockdown. Rupi provided us with the title for this one ("The Making of Me") to which I've added a subheading that I feel fits mine - "Amateur gut interpreter". The prompts for this one were all… Continue reading Baggy the Bard #18 – The Making of Me: amateur gut interpreter

Baggy the Bard #16: LOUD

This next poem is maybe the longest I’ve ever written, about 765 words I think - but also one of the quickest that ever rushed out of me and was finished in a couple of days. The shape and length of this one means I chose to upload screenshots of the words rather than type… Continue reading Baggy the Bard #16: LOUD

Baggy the Bard #15: Quarantine for keeps

Another one of the poems that came out of the #writewithrupi workshop that I did recently was this poem about our time in quarantine and what I want to take away from it. Things that being in lockdown has helped me discover for and about myself. As we are already in Day 4 of Level… Continue reading Baggy the Bard #15: Quarantine for keeps

The Granny Diaries Part Two: a letter for (second) Mother’s Day

Good afternoon O, M and L! Across the world in your current home countries one or two of you N's might still be sleeping as I begin to write this post, it's around 3:45am and 5:45am where you are, 2:45pm for me. Last night when I went to bed I set an alarm for 5am… Continue reading The Granny Diaries Part Two: a letter for (second) Mother’s Day

Baggy the Bard #14: Always Here

Although it feels like a lot longer in so many ways, it was only just over a month ago that I was in Scotland to celebrate my best friend's wedding. I was honoured to be asked to say a few words on the big day, acknowledging those who could not be with us to enjoy… Continue reading Baggy the Bard #14: Always Here

Baggy the Bard #13: 1094

Today is mine and Uncle Rob's 3rd wedding anniversary. It is also a day that people all around New Zealand are using to prepare for lockdown, as we approach Alert Level 4 status from midnight tomorrow.  We have kept up with the traditional anniversary gifts thus far with paper and cotton, so this year should… Continue reading Baggy the Bard #13: 1094

Baggy the Bard #12: Up Over

Just feeling the teeniest bit homesick at the moment.. fed up with being down under, I wouldn't mind being up over instead.   Up Over These rolling hills and fields of green are just a cruel trick it seems They make this place disarmingly familiar Same backdrop for a different stage with boards and traps… Continue reading Baggy the Bard #12: Up Over

Baggy the Bard #11: Tiger-Jim

Wee Jem is the baby in his family and it shows. He still gobbles down his dinner as if he knows one of his six siblings will be waiting to scoff it. Oh come off it now, just relax and chew. Nobody is timing you.   Jembo loves fixing things and tinkering with cars He… Continue reading Baggy the Bard #11: Tiger-Jim