lake to lake walk: down

this way

Interesting log sculpture

this way

the water
is steadier
the shallows

this way
is down

© Frank Prem, 2017

November 2017 Poem #15: lake to lake walk: the forest to home


rooster morning


a rooster calls (koo-koo-ka-roo)
at the first sign the dawn brings
he’s got to sing the fowl-yard
on it’s way

when the hens arise (ka-koo-re-ooo)
all soft down and clucking
he can tilt his crown
then strut all day

it’s a rooster morning
wake the day
with a clarion call

rooster dawning
here’s a song
for your hens to lay

© Frank Prem, 2011

Guy Fawkes/Cracker Night

As a child, November 5th was a very special, very important day and evening. There was a tradition of commemorating Guy Fawkes and his Gunpowder Plot to blow up the English Parliament way back in 1605 by having a Bonfire Night, also known as Cracker Night. An effigy of Guy Fawkes, known as The Guy, was burned on top of the bonfire.

I have penned a recollection of the Cracker Nights of my childhood and youth in a memoir of growing up – Small Town Kid. It was a wonderful occasion, and there is nothing like it available for young folk to experience anymore.

This link will take you to the poem – Crackers.

Happy Guy Fawkes day and night to you all.

bass lines

doo-do-do-do      doo-doo-doo-d

doo-do-do-do      doo-doo-doo-d

doo-do-do-do      doo-doo-doo-d

the bass line
is an insinuation
by the café stereo system

playing noise
pitched just above the sound of




shu-shu-shu-shu      shu shu      sh      sh

shu-shu-shu-shu      shu shu      sh      sh

voices interspersed
tell the state of things

the bread
just out of the oven


another flat white
wanted now

take away

shu-shu-shu      sh

clean up
after table five please



the bass line
on the café stereo system is

doo-do-do-do      doo-doo-doo-d

doo-do-do-do      doo-doo-doo-d

an insinuation

© Frank Prem, 2017

October 2017 Poem #38: before crescendo

All in a Year – Introduction

All in a Year started as a personal challenge to write a Poem-A-Day for the month of September, 2016, an undertaking that I hadn’t tackled for quite a few years, and I was curious to see how well my efforts would turn out.

Well, I was pleased with the writing and delighted by the generous support of readers and blog friends here at WordPress. Before I knew, I had written a Poem-A-Day for October, then November.

I decided I should push on and really challenge myself to writing (and presenting here) a poem each day for a year.

I hope the reading experience for anyone dipping in to see what resulted is a happy one, and I bid you proceed to:

Poem #1: dancing the fire alight in the evening