Poem Declaring Writing Season in Northern Hemisphere Open

Tis the season to be preparing to hibernate in the northern hemisphere, compared to spring and summer anyway, providing more time to write and create indoors, with less temptation and reason to frolic outdoors. Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem is about just that:

Cumulus Closes Mind Space, Focusing Inwards In Words

October rain lubricates writing
mind down to arms and fingers
thick grey cloud inkwells
providing pools playing wordplay
sky reflected in puddles
mirroring two halves of poetry

stay indoors and create, half year to wait

for our hemisphere’s axial tilt
to return sun seasons
equinox marking spring return
thinking back to last
year when natural heat felt new
before six months flew


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Mirror Poem Mixes Natural Sky, Wordsearch Why, Flying Sci-Fi

Three days after the equinox the sky cleared and the muse dropped in. That day the sun and outdoors won the battle for time. There may not be many more warm sunny days in the northern hemisphere, and the poem’s ideas had been recorded. A walk in hours of sunshine with a couple of iridescent light sightings vindicated the choice, and a beer helping the creative juices flow a day later further justified the decision. Now, two days after that, there was time to complete the poem. The top half of the poem concentrates on personal matters, while the bottom focuses on the literary, and a Wikipedia paragraph particularly.

Time Brain Battle, Solar System Paragraph

something inside shouting come out to play
iridescent light treat later in day
there was everybody’s gold sky
solar heat waving goodbye
late wisdom tooth pushing through
so thought I’d wait a day or two
more maturity and no sun
mind freed from yearn for fun
making a better time to turn
the creative engine to afterburn

second equinox just taken place, sending me searching Wikipedia space

flying through pages of words
with paragraphs looking like new worlds
I landed on one richly laid
letters formed familiar but vague
describing a moving line between night and day
like the Y of greenYgrey
Terminator time travel movies
Twilight Zone sci-fi classic series
thoughts flew off on spaceship tangent
building blocks of creation with locus equidistant


The Wikipedia paragraph on the equinox page that inspired the second half of the poem: A terminator, twilight zone or “grey line” is a moving line that separates the illuminated day side and the dark night side of a planetary body. A terminator is defined as the locus of points on a Moon or planet where the line through a Sun is tangent. 

The greenYgrey is Marc Latham’s website, with the Y growing in prominence over its creative existence. An image of the terminator from above Earth was used recently in an episode of the new fantasy travel book being written on the greenYgrey blog.

Mirror Poem about Seasonal Weather and Sporting Decisions

Marc Latham’s new Folding Mirror poem was inspired by September’s weather being better than August’s in the U.K. this year. With August traditionally in summer, and September in autumn, the seasonal change provided a chance to use the months and seasons with their alliterative partners. Here’s the poem:

rocks eagle

Weather is Changeable, Earth more Predictable

August can appear autumn
September like summer
clouds and rain
may disperse
inspiring seasons reverse
idea falling from unconscious
that the months and seasons
might twist around slightly
this year
but only after Bertha
blew in from America

making me think, of sporting decisions

so I warmed up
preparing to write poetry
recalling football
played on sloping pitches
with a gale blowing uphill
if winning the toss
you’d play up
first half
because the wind
changes its direction
while ground remains same


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Mirror Poem about Creative Inspiration Lost in Time

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem isn’t a recreation of a recent event, but it was inspired by a similar experience; one he has heard many writers and poets talk and write about.

Musing Through Space, Recorded in Memory

I must have been on automatic
because I just can’t locate it
I had a pen some time ago
tap tap distracted by knocking door
I was going to use it immediately
write down what my unconscious told me

fifteen minutes distraction, quarter hour regression

I send my conscious mind spinning around
where was I when disturbed by sound
I walked this that diverted direction
need more time for a deeper introspection
I was by desk before window
found it on floor under door

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Mirror Poem about Forest Cars Tree Talk

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by a story on msn news about cars being left over the years in Belgium’s Chatillon forest.

Mirror Poem Rush Trees Inspiration

They were eventually removed, after photographers had taken lots of photos. While reading the story and writing the poem, Marc thought about the Rush song The Trees, and especially the lyric ‘there’s trouble in the forest’.


Here’s the poem, framed by a couple of mirroring photos:

Chatillon Forest Mirror Poem

Tree Tops Talk, Cars Keep Quiet

V shaped tree tops
framing flat sky
Chatillon Belgian forest
enchanting words of silence
all lined up
in orderly rows
of watching
green vegetation
when the wind
interested them
into speaking
while always

seeming to ask why, Y are cars below

did automobiles
answer them
noises yes
pitter patter rain
grey roofs
washing away
what windscreens saw
over the years
but the bonnets
kept their engines quiet
retaining their mystery
until leaving nature
to its own devices

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Mirror Poem Inspired by Running Brain

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by noticing a ear-to-head vein pumped up after a longish run, and then being inspired to write a longer than expected introduction to his last FM poem One Coffee One Decision : One Movement One Drink and Reflection 22 of 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections on his other site, Writing and Poetry. He’s serialising the reflections on the site.

Connection or Coincidence

Marc doesn’t know if what looked like an increased blood flow to the brain and the longer than expected blog post are connected; or if he just got into the writing, and it’s a coincidence, but it inspired this next poem anyway. Here it is:

Running Blood Up, Writing Poetry Down

run, run, run
pump, pump, pump
make your heart beat
rhythm of dancing feet
oxygenate the blood flow
cardiovascular all systems go

main vein to brain, connecting sane and insane

refreshing mind with energy
mirror poetry of synergy
forms from rising tides
uniting left right sides
write, write, write
rest, rest, rest

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Mirror Poem Drinking Decision Topic Inspiration

I haven’t felt like writing a Folding Mirror poem for ten days. I entered this site not knowing why, and without a plan for a poem. Then I reached for my decaffeinated tea (I usually drink coffee, but it’s late now, so I took artistic license with the drink, and it balances  better within the poem! The poem is not autobiographical, although the actions, thoughts and inspiration did happen!!)

It’s just supposed to be an example of a thought process that often seems to occur, and I think is why some people often look foolhardy: because they take the risky option; either because they enjoy the risk, or because they feel lazy. Here’s Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem:

One Coffee One Decision : One Movement One Drink

full mug of coffee
just out of reach
of my left arm
weighed down by poetry
waiting to be written
in computer balanced on lap

should I rise to be sure, or stretch and risk spilling drink

confident brain side persuades head
reaching for the handle
rising up make contact
finger and thumb grasp
unsure wobble to mouth
drink before safe landing

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