Haiku noughts and crosses

The cross is a kiss
For every blocked nought you play.
Let’s count it a draw!

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Haiku for 2015

New memo to self:
Turn a house into a home:
Personalise it.

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How many different words can you think of for house or home or living accommodation? If you were asked to draw a house, what would it look like? Would it look like a square with four evenly spaced windows and a door set centrally?
If you were thinking of buying or renting are you drawn to the actual name of the address or the house name? My uncle used to live in a bungalow called Cobwebs and its front door had a stained glass image of a spider’s web, while my father-in-law named his house ‘Hardgraft’ because he bought the biggest house he could and then worked many hours to pay for it!
Here’s a list I’ve come up with and each carries a different story (it may prompt you into some poetry writing!)…

Squat
Abode
Palace
Mansion
Terraced
Cottage
Maisonette
Apartment
Semi
Igloo
Yurt
Tent
Digs
Flat
Residential home
Lodge
Cabin
Caravan
Stately home
Nursing home
House
Den
Tree house
Home
Wigwam
Teepee
Studio flat
Bungalow
Castle

Can you think of any more?

A daisy book

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9 squares of watercolour paper later and decorated with one of my poems

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A little daisy book

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Here is my daisy poem

On the banks of the Seine
Daisies dance and squabble
Swaying in the breeze;
Praying for some sun.
Prim faces cloaked up at night:
Several sun bleached white-creased clothes
Interlocked one by one
Unfold as rays shine down
So bees and butterflies can perch
And rest, singing their summer song.

To make one yourself:
Cut out nine equal sized squares

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Fold diagonally

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Then fold in half straight across

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Fold in half in the other direction then open out

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Open out each square. Shape each petal using a card template
You can colour in the centre of the square yellow, if you just want to make it a flower

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Fold each square like this

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Glue the petals together on the quarters of the square which have no creases

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Retro poem

Testimony to the typewriter:
You remember the click-clack
Postponing silence until the final key –
Every one an aggressive thump but …
Will you go wrong?
Rush for the Tippex
Irritated now by carbon-copy errors
Touch-typed, over typed, plain faded text
Erased as unfit for purpose:
Remember… be professional!

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Just the three of us

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Two flew the nest
to taste the world
Trekking…expanding their circles.
Each footprint: history in the making.
Dust; confetti from the roads
peppering converses and jeans
between lectures and halls.
A hubbub of new knowledge
ssssstretccccched
down telephone lines and Skype
where chatter explodes. Bitesize
jargon: a foreign tongue to mum.
Three stayed at home; one too young –
waiting to follow fresh footprints.
Two perched on the edge of their seats
waiting for the others to come home.