This was a very interesting and worthwhile exercise. I had forgotten how much I enjoy poetry and it was good to read some again. I struggled a bit with choosing a single poem as several spoke to me. The one that spoke loudest was “Inessential Things” by Brian Patten. It’s in an anthology called “The Emergency Poet” by Deborah Alma, which has lived by my bed (the quick reference pile!) since a good friend gave it to me a couple of years back. Here’s a screenshot from her website:
You can hear him reading it here:
I started out with quite a few images, but they tended towards the literal. For me, the overarching theme was the relative freedom/simplicity of a cat’s life compared with the complexity of mine (which includes maintaining my cat’s quality of life). I did have images with text in, but I’ve chosen not to use those, I’m making a conscious effort to use less text in my work.
Alma, D (2015) The Emergency Poet, London: Michael O’Mara.