Sunday, 26 January 2014

The Snapshot Moment

Snapshot, click
Snapshot, snap
Snapshot, now
Snapshot, then
Snapshot old
Snapshot new
Capture the moment
Remember for eve
Precious and priceless
Dog eared and torn
Memories, memories
Click, snap and click
Snapshots are memories
Taking us back
Remember the moment
Remember it well
Look at the photo
Remember and tell
Tell them the story
It comes rushing back
Sharing the moment
That starts with a smile
Remember the click
Awkward no style
Posing all stiff like
Stand over here
Stand still and smile please
Moment in time
Capture the moment

My academic studies in fine art over the past 12 years or so have been very much involved with photography and snapshot photography in particular, the subject has inspired a number of poems of which this is one.

Alistair Parker
26th January 2014

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

The Holly and the Ivy

Holly & ivy
Glitter & gloss
Opening prezzies
Plastic and paper
All twisted and torn
Lots of excitement
Stuffing and mulling
Parcels and pudding
Turkey and trimmings
Carrots and spuds
Eating and snoozing
Playing and snoring
Walking and windy
Blow sprouts away
Get yourself comfy
Squeeze up on the couch
Time for a port
And stinky old Stilton
Felling quite mellow
Stuffed to the gills
What’s on the telly?
Morecambe and Wise
Less of two evils
Let’s play Charades
Miming and cheating
It’s all in good fun
Another one over
It’s soon time to go
Here’s to next one
The turkeys all gone
Let’s hope there’s a next one
We’ve all had such fun

A reflection on the excitement and excesses of Christmas...

Alistair Parker
1st January 2014