Cause Autumn is a Witch and You Love it

Collage Poems, (Sketchbook 2021), © N Nazir 2021


The first collage feels like a famous line from somewhere but I’m not sure where? In a vaguely Shakespearean sort of way. Is it just me? My sketchbooks are a testament to all the many creative ideas and phases I go through, and half of it goes unshared. So I thought I’d post these today to mark the turn of the seasons. Despite the rain, this seems to be everyone’s favourite time of year.


Shared for dVerse Open Link Night, hosted by Grace.


And now for some music. Of course, I love the original, but…The Baseballs do it with a rockabilly twist I can’t resist. Also, this is not really a throwback but hey. In case you’ve never heard of them, they’re a German rock ‘n’ roll band that do 50s style rocked up versions of popular noughties hits. So good and so polished. No matter how tortured the original song, they do it in a way that is irrepressibly cheerful. Just check out their version of Bleeding Love and compare it with the original and you’ll see what I mean.

What are you listening to at the moment? Feel free to share in the comments 🙂


© Gregory Colbert

“Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.”
– Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

How can I viably write about war
when it will only end in why
and what for and glum inertia 
for the striving third world 
children who’ll never know
what childhood means.

in the privileged first world
a sentimental Romeo plays the piano.
His only problem –
how to make inroads
with the citrus-perfumed
temptation waltzing his way. 

He wonders if
she’ll leave with him 
at midnight.

He is crestfallen
when she leaves
with his friend.

Ah well.  
First world problems.

© N Nazir 2022

Written for Sammi Scribbles Weekend Writing Prompt: Viable, 82 words, Shay’s Word Garden, where we are given inspiration with singer/songwriter Tom Waits (words used: sentimental, Romeo, piano, temptation, waltzing, midnight, crestfallen), The Sunday Muse (images as shown), Poets and Storytellers United theme: war and peace, and Ragtag Daily Prompt: Citrus

Sometimes You Choose Deliberate Optimism

Lisa Fonssagrives standing on the Eiffel Tower, taken by Erwin Blumenfeld

A gesture.  Goes on stretching and stretching.  The brick has a charm in the world of ideas.  Careening into the future.  The jazz of lip syncing during the early stages.  Of romantic design.  Is it raining, ohhhh.  Listen, let’s rendezvous.  Clouds will come and go, days will ebb and flow.  Yes, dogs may dream in black and white.  But technicolour abounds everywhere.  Get over it with your minimalism.  Sometimes, there is maximalism.  Open your viewfinder.  Use a wide-angle lens.  The landscape is a curve veering into the abyss.  Minutiae collects together to form a larva of brilliant existence.  I pop bubbles in your face with sarcasm.  Hey!  Check out this effing view!  It doesn’t take a brainiac to know what hardcore beauty looks like.  It is.  Ek stasis.  

© N Nazir 2022

Written for Shay’s Word Garden where we are given inspiration with Creem magazine (words used: brainiac, brick, charm, hardcore, jazz, romantic, stages, veering), The Sunday Muse (image as shown), Poets and Storytellers United (slightly off-prompt), Ragtag Daily Prompt: Design