“Is That What You Meant To Do?”

**In January 2017 I entered a competition in “Writing Magazine” to write a piece that began with the line, “Is that what you meant to do?” I discovered in July that I didn’t win or get placed but winning wasn’t really on my agenda when I wrote it – just as well! – and I simply enjoyed the challenge…

Thirteen Word Poem #01

The final exercise from my creative writing class last week. To write a thirteen word poem; it simply has to contain thirteen words over two or more lines. Thirteen is a number Oft thought unlucky. It’s also a poetry style. Apparently. Gavin Dimmock. April 7 2017

Tanka #01

Another exercise from my creative writing class. To write a tanka, a Japanese poem that contains five lines with thirty one syllables in total, five in line one, seven in line two, five in the third line and seven syllables in both lines four and five. Here is mine. I’ll drive to Bury With my daughter tomorrow To…

Haiku #01

Once again, an exercise from my creative writing class. This time to write a haiku; a Japanese poem that contains three lines with seventeen syllables, five in line one, seven in line two and, finally, five syllables in line three. Here is mine. I wrote a poem In my writing class today I wish I…

Acrostic Poem #01

Another exercise from my creative writing class. This time the challenge was to create an acrostic poem; a poem where each line begins with a letter that spells out a word. As ever, my mind is never far away from Bradford City, so I immediately chose that as the basis for my acrostic poem. My…

#TeamTwenty

When Saturday comes and the sun burns high From up in a pale blue Yorkshire sky. We leave our house, we lock our door Heading to that place where ‘oft before We’ve cheered and laughed, we’ve sworn and cried And played our part in the magic inside That place of steel and concrete, of wood…