Happy New Year!

And Happy Quick Kick January.

You’re looking at Day One of Quickly’s thirty-one day poetry (and short form prose) non-challenge.

No prize, no pressure, just a prompt every day of this long two-faced month.

Write. Visit. Talk amongst yourselves. Come back tomorrow for more.


So. With the preface over, here’s QKJ #1 Make it New

Now, if you’re still doing New Year’s Resolutions (admit it, if you dare) you can pick one of the ways in which you’d like to make yourself new.
Or, if you’re a demon for punishment, think about changing the world.

Or. Choose one of these and turn it into something NOW.

1) January 1, 1502 Portuguese navigators discover Rio de Janeiro
2) January 1, 1660 – Samuel Pepys began his famous diary in which he chronicled life in London including the Great Plague of 1664-65 and the Great Fire of 1666.
3) January 1,1881 Dr John H Watson is introduced to Sherlock Holmes

4) Making Music (A Young Man playing a Theorbo and a Young Woman playing a Cittern) Jan Miense Molenaer


And come back tomorrow.



13 thoughts on “QKJ #1 January 1, 2017

  1. Good Morning
    Here’s the short verse (there’s a link to a different longer verse – but only if you’re really interested and I’m not sure if I’m going to keep doing two per, more or less or post them all)
    Cheers and Happy New Year!
    SOS Sherlock QKJ1g


  2. I can’t decide about using my wordpress site for these attempts at shaking out the cobwebs, so I’ll post this one in its entirety here.

    Rio 1502

    Three small ships, that first of the year,
    bear mapmakers from a distant shore,
    weary men, painstaking work. Men suddenly
    elated to come upon the mouth of a mighty river
    ringed by mountains in the warm summer breeze,
    River “discovered” in Janeiro and so christened.

    Did anyone ask if the river had another name?
    A true name, a name full of magic and power now lost
    to those who do not hear. A different reality.

    Guanabara — “arm of the sea,” forever a river
    in name only.

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