Poetry, stories and knitting

A day in the life of Panya Banjoko

on February 1, 2012



carefully pondering,

in cafes drinking Americano, at home in bed with ginger tea, in galleries sipping elderflower, at home on the settee.

Crawling to bed at 3am, 4am, sometimes five.

After two weeks, first draft finished.

First draft down, two more to go

one, must read well on a placard, A2 size.

Theme: Romeo and Juliet.

free write, sit hard and think write, pace up and down write, approach it upside down write.


The next piece about relationships

the secrets and lies type, he or she has had an affair

some know, some don’t,  some pretend not to know…

capture the essence in a poem

write on paper, with biro, with pencil, on keyboard, with five year old Parker pen  saved in the hope that one day in times of emergency it will  emanate magical aromas to beckon lazy thoughts

words don’t come,

should have bought a Sheaffer!

new approach

hmmm glass of wine!


Doze and think,

Try format



Haiku? Nah!

Write, then write, and write, and then write some more

Finally, just before a search warrant is issued for the poem

It falls into place, each word concocting an image

as vivid as sunshine after winter

Then memorise.

Learn inside out and backwards.

Finally perform…



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