Formal poetry

Villanelles, sonnets, haiku, limericks and more ... Not all Janine's poems follow strict forms, but these ones do ...

Self-Isolation in a Single Hostel Room

single room

Day 1 confined to room - no going out

Day 2 do push-ups, Netflix, clean the floor

Day 3 phone friends and scrub the tiling grout

Day 4 a breakfast bag outside the door

Day 5 phone friends and tell them how I'm feeling

Day 6 lean out the window for some air

Day 7 sit-ups, Netflix, clean the ceiling

Day 8 phone friends to tell them I still care

Triolet: Just a Dusting

Dogs in garden with light snow cover

Just a dusting's not enough

There's barely ample white to fight

It's floating free like frozen fluff

Just a dusting's not enough

No handful for a snowball - tough!

This winter's snowfall's far too light

Just a dusting not enough

There's barely ample white to fight

Throwing Stones in 2020

throwing stone

After A Stone’s Throw Away by Paul Weller

News just in
of last year’s protests starting again in Chile
And hundreds of thousands massing in
the city streets for women’s rights in Poland
Burned-out squatters turning out in Johannesburg

Not In School Today

Youth climate strike poster

After Earth Beat by Paul Weller

Her banner has a planet on, she’s
carrying resistance and insisting that the
government takes action for a new
start for a cleaner, greener future from today.

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