Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday on my mind

Friday. The end of the working week for some.  For those who work at home, its the day before Saturday. 

A little bit of etymology regarding the naming of the days of the week. Most were linked to Roman mythology and adapted throughout the Roman Empire. 

The first day of the week was named after the sun, followed by the moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn.

So Monday, lunar for day of the moon, Sunday for the sun and Saturday for Saturn. However because English is a Germanic language the names of the Germanic/Norse gods are substituted for the Roman gods. 

The god for Mars was Tiu or Tiw, the god of war, Woden the god associated with Mercury for Wednesday, Thursday was named for the Norse god Thor, and the goddess associated with the planet Venus, was the Norse goddess Freya or in old Norse Friia.

Here are Friday's offerings:


friday older, young
friday, soiled, clear-
eyed, folded
my folio

friday, walked away
with, without getting
away, friday, it, not
friday, summer, not
stomache, I can't,
friday, not, it

friday, violent, peace
my daughter, dear,
my other one,
friday, footprints

friday, summer, mild
empty and the literal

the literal truth:
no line on,
filed "friday,

friday consumed
me, friday,
I am not


Friday poem

i.a tap leaks

a drop

drops onto the

ground onto

a leaf and the

dirt beneath

can't hear the

sound of a

drop hit

ii.greed spills

greed into the bucket

the bucket over full

the whole now

too much

iii.four winds

circle and cross

divisions all four

winds blow

iv.somewhere glass

shatters is

shattering on the

ground in the

stillness under

moonlight an

iridescent pulse


Thursday, February 28, 2008

Day of the week poem project

It started off as an idea to do a February poem project with a day of the week in the title.

Kristin mooted the idea based on a music project the "February album writing month", some examples being "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (U2), "Ruby Tuesday" (Rolling Stones) and "Friday in Love" (The Cure).

We rose to the challenge and over the month elicited poems for every day of the week.

As today is Thursday, here are our Thursday offerings.

Thursday evening on dry earth
by the wetlands
bright orange-striped wasp
and greyhaired spider
fight on the run
wasp dragging reverse
spiders legs leaping
dry brown

They move
jerkily over dry grass
like a toddler's crazy writing
on scrap paper

I stare and can't tell
who drags who pushes
the thought comes to me
I am standing like
my childhood self
staring at the ground
as the world went by

Andrew Burke


Thursday went by as a lisp might catch on the tongue
nagging at sleep, moments reassembled and replayed
as a disc keeps slipping up on an image -
a figure walking and reconfiguring movement
a thousand times, she felt the whirr of the dog catching
its tail, the irrepressible urge to flip darkness
into the breakfast day light, cross-legged on the bed
waiting, waiting for Friday.

Kristin Hannaford

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Welcome to the poneme blog

It's been a long time coming - the poneme blog, a dip into poetry both here and there.

Thoughts, ideas, poetry projects. A bit like mucking around in boats - you never know where you end up.
poneme started as an email list of poets from Australia, United States and Britain with the occasional European posting thrown in. 

poneme evolved from the first poetryespresso email discussion list started in 2001 by Cassie Lewis, an Australian poet now living in Rochester, New York.

An on-line poetry zine foam:e is another spin-off from this on going loose collaboration of poets.

foam:e is edited by Angela Gardner with guest contributing editors. Issue 5 is due soon.