Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Poetry Thursday 96 - Personification

Personification is a figure of speech in which a thing, an idea or an animal is given human attributes. It's a great way of enjoying poetry in that it allows you to stretch your imagination.


Winter’s Blast

Week after week, day by day
the rams head storms repeatedly
butt the shores of this green and
soggy land.
Homes, farms and towns gasp
for breath under millions of
gallons of fetid water oozing into
every orifice.
The government poses and postures
as a catwalk model paying lip service
but always with dividend and profit
their selfish focus.
When will the ram stop its weakening
assaults; the ooze leech away?
The answer my child is when bold spring’s glare 
pierces winter’s dark shroud.
©David L Atkinson January 2014

Venture Galleries



Tomorrow my 3rd Steele novel 'The Biter Bit' will begin its serialisation on Venture Galleries website.

Patrick A Steele, accountant turned vengeful Robin Hood, is off on his crusades once again. He has given himself a role that sees him trying to right the wrongs and inadequacies of the legal system in the UK. His experiences as a child and through higher education have equipped Patrick with abilities that realistically only has value in the field of rough justice.

Steele has developed a working relationship with the Gurentai, a more benevolent sub-group of the Japanese Yakuza and, as a result of a number of successful associations, have furnished him with a Swiss bank account and a very healthy retainer. As a result Patrick is building his own little empire.

Everything seems fine in his life until he is drawn into trying to solve the problem of lawless youths that are targeting tourists in the City of York. He enlists the help of his two colleagues from Japan, Takuo Sumisu and Naomi Kobayashi, and with one of his own staff they head off to identify and eradicate the source of the problem. All is proceeding as planned until there is a knifing and one of the team is shot!
The action then migrates across France and eventually to Le Marche in eastern Italy where it seems to have been brought to a conclusion until the team return home!