In a rather secluded part of a large family home a lone figure sits up in his bed. Here he is his most comfortable, lying beneath his quilted blanket, strewn with the colours of a vibrant Peacock and as soft as the fresh cotton bursting from its pod.
Here I will be safe Here the outside won’t touch me Here I will find rest
The room, though it has changed many times and existed in many locations, remains ever the same. That one table to the side, littered with discarded wrappers, his grandfather’s ring, that one watch he’s managed not to lose or break and the cough syrup he sometimes sneaks to help him sleep.
There are many things In my life and on my mind Do I need them all?
As the sun rises he knows soon he will have to leave the comfort of the womb he has fashioned for himself with pillows and blankets and the familiar warmth of a laptop that heats up just a little too easily. It was almost time to go to work. To put on the ol’ Penguin suit and hide behind his wall of files.
The cold world beckons And I guess I must answer For that’s what one does
Begrudgingly and slowly he dressed himself and prepared to say goodbye to his one true place of escape. His Vanishing Point. His Tower of Fate. His Fortress of Solitude. For the real world was pulling at him. And he knew he had not the courage nor the grit to leave it all behind, as he oh so often dreamed he would.
Another day then Of brave faces and fake smiles Until I return
(Today’s poem is inspired by the NaPoWriMo early bird prompt – the Haibun – a fun and interesting mash-up of prose and haiku)
Well April is almost upon us and this April’s fool has decided to once again take on the rather draining yet fun exercise of writing a poem a day for National Poetry Writing Month, aka NaPoWriMo (or as it is now also known Global Poetry Writing Month aka GloPoWriMo).
So what does this challenge entail? Well it means I’m going to attempt to write and share a poem every single day for the month of April! Sometimes I’ll be inspired by fatigue or beauty or sheer boredom, sometimes I’ll use the fun and often interesting prompts on the NaPoWriMo site.
30 poems – Will they be inspired or insipid? Daring or dumb? Brave or banal? Well that dear reader, will be for you to judge.
If you’re interested in participating in the challenge or just following other blogs and websites that are participating check out the NaPoWriMo website. But whether you’re a poet or a punter, I hope you’re ready… Because the Poems are coming!
Alright I definitely have to get more organised about posting my photographs after a session/trip… Because here we go again. Posting from the back log – This time from my visit to the Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens (again sometime in 2016 while I was living in England). Hopefully from now on I learn my lesson and post more regularly. As a bonus though, this post is particularly Otter-heavy… So gets ready for the awwwws : D
A wise old looking Six Banded Armadillo
If you don’t see a Ring-Tailed Lemur performing Hamlet, you’re mad!
I wonder if my painter can reproduce the funky markings of this Tokay Gecko
What is this Oriental Small Clawed Otter shielding its friend from?
Does this Frilled Lizard remind anyone of an iconic movie scene?
A Cotton Top Tamarin having a cheeky scratch
I’m just a sucker for a cute group of Meerkats
Hey I have a rock! High Five!
This Prevost’s Squirrel is terrifying!
This Burrowing Owl does not look happy to be caged up!
A vibrant and (I’m sure misunderstood) Tarantula
Compared to the other Wildlife Parks and Zoos I had occasion to visit the Cotswolds was definitely one of the better ones. Being somewhat out in the country meant that it had large spaces and bigger enclosures for most of the animals, and a really large selection too. Though if you’re a “completionist” like me be sure to pack a lunch and some comfortable walking shoes, because it will take you all day to check out the park… and there are many animals you’ll want to visit repeatedly depending on the time of day.
The Great Indian Hornbill
An African Crested Porcupine, just out for a stroll in its enclosure
A beautiful Peacock with its vibrant plumage
A shy, aloof Pallas Cat
A beautiful Blue and Gold macaw
A pair of Giraffes having a tussle
A pair of Oriental Small Clawed Otters… kissing?
A gorgeous and poisonous two-coloured Dart Frog
An Oriental Small Clawed Otter rolling around in the sun
A rather angry and determined looking Male Galapagos Giant Tortoise
Pardon the date in the post. As it should make evident, I took these pictures a while back on a visit to Chester Zoo in England. The trip was a fun from what I recollect. Unfortunately it was also cold and shaky hands make for bad photography. So while it was somewhat memorable, it wasn’t all that successful.
A large Bornean Orangutan just swinging about
A rather grumpy looking Baboon, with his beautifully marked blue snout
Looks like Human aren’t the only ones with dirty habits, as this Great Sumatran Orangutan shows!
A hungry Andean aka Spectacled Bear noshing down on some yummy cucumbers
A straw chewing Radiated Tortoise, out on a stroll
A magnificent (and huge) Great Hornbill, shot through its mesh enclosure
An interestingly spotted Salvador’s Monitor lizard
A rather sad-eyed Emperor Tamarin
A Sumatran Cub enjoying his lunch
Still I’ve picked out a few worth publishing from the batch. Certainly a few gems in there I’m happy to add to the collection. Hopefully next time, if there ever is one, I’ll do the Zoo and its “Islands” justice.
A beautifully camouflaged green Dart Frog
A young Great Sumatran Orangutan
A pair of Radiated Tortoises
A vividly coloured Caiman Lizard
A gorgeous Blue Morpho Butterfly perched on a branch overhead
A pair of vibrant blue Dart Frogs
I wish I had more to say on the visit. But time and other factors nudge me away from reminiscing. So hopefully these few shots speak for themselves.