'O Night', a found poem

Some poetry fun for Christmas eve, eve…

Whenever I was frustrated writing my MA portfolio, I would revert to simple creative writing exercises to break-the-rage and rewire my brain.

Found poetry can be a simple, pleasing way to write something original using words, phrases or passages that already exist. Sort of like a word collage. It acts as a prompt, a puzzle that you piece together however you like.

There’s a sense of satisfaction in removing words and sentences and reframing phrases to create something new.

Less is often more — or is it? You get to decide.

In the spirit of my new cover song, ‘O Holy Night’, I’ve written a found poem inspired by the English lyric we know so well.

O night

stars birth the soul 

a new night

   led by light 
the Wise friend 
no stranger

within us 

a new  night, 

O night

Kat Healy, Dec 2022 (Inspired by ‘O Holy Night’, John Sullivan Dwight 1855)

Dark Moon

Giveaway tomorrow — Christmas Eve.

I’ve created a new fine art print to celebrate the release of ‘O Holy Night’. It’s called ‘Dark Moon’ after the Winter Solstice, 21st Dec 2022.

Two signed prints will be sent to two subscribers — good luck!

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For those who love to doodle and paint

Have a go at this festive wreath in watercolour. Painted in a fast and loose style, it’s ideal for beginners. Remember, don’t get fixated on details — just have fun!

Watercolour Festive Wreath by Kat Healy, Dec 2022

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