It is my turn to drive again next Monday. I don't know about all the other passengers but I do like a lot of time to think about the week's subject - so here is next Monday's challenge for you to mull over in plenty of time.
I had the subject all worked out but then this morning, when I went into town to the Post Office, a funny incident occurred and that changed my mind. Our P O is in the Co-op store and as I went through the door I came face-to-face with our Community Policeman carrying a very large, very ornate chocolate cake. I couldn't help wondering why he had it - was it his birthday and was he going to give all his colleagues a slice, was it a present for somebody, was he a chocaholic?
On my way to Tesco I mulled over this incident and it reminded me of a programme about Tom Stoppard, the playwright, which I saw at least twenty-five years ago but which has stayed in my mind. He was talking about strange unexplainable incidents and how we strive to explain them. The example he gave, if I remember rightly, was that he saw a man in pyjamas walking down the road carrying a peacock under his arm.
He gave a variety of explanations for the incident - of course he never knew whether any of them were correct.
So how does all that relate to our poetry bus challenge on Monday? Well it struck me that we have never had to write about a person. So here are a few alternatives:-
1. You could write about an unexplained incident (as the examples above).
2. You could write about a person (as in 'Old Meg she was a gypsy and lived upon the moors'.)
3. You could write AS as person (as in 'The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock)
The only fixed criterion is that the poem is in some way related to a person.
I do hope this makes sense - I look forward to reading the poems on Monday. Shall spend tomorrow giving the bus a good clean out - I am not much good under the bonnet but am pretty good at sweeping and cleaning, so the bus should be pristine by Monday. Enjoy!