Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Darts Games and Aeroplanes--By Ralph Stott--England

Darts Games and Aeroplanes

I wondered once;
The weight of this paper.
(Maybe half and *ounce)
And if folded to a taper,

It would become a dart;
To be held in the hand,
And on a convenient draught,
Would glide and then land…..

Or, perhaps it would wedge
In some unwelcome place?
(Behind a mirror; unable to budge)
Then a tumble to the ground, with such loss of grace!

At which point
Would this dart become a plane?
(By competing boys, taking a punt,
In some parlour game?)

On such a maiden flight,
Through a window it might fly;
A loop-the-loop, on its course it would flaunt.
                with just a tail, for you to spy!   

                        *13 grams

Ralph Stott was born in Kent, England in 1957. He is married and has two daughters.  He studied design at the Medway College of Design in the mid-70's. Expressing ideas through the written/visual media, has always interested him. Ralph began to dedicate more time to poetry with The Writers and Poetry Alliance, in particular the 'Stylists' forum, over the last 3 years. He has self published one book called Legends For Lunchtime; a collection of short stories and has a second book pending called The Sounding.


  1. Interesting and unique write, Ralph. I enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

  2. It is a wonderful poem. Visual and interesting.

  3. this is a lovely and fun poem, brings up the childhood!

  4. thank you for all your kind comments. I often muse about such questions and follow it through, with a consonant rhyme or two!