Art of Protest

I’m no academic poet.

Talk  to me about about syllables, haikus – to be honest,  I can only hear the blood rushing to my head.

I started doing stream of consciousnesss posts in 2016. I’ve received positive feedback on here, and now I want to step up my game.

Just for fun, the social aspect and it’s a different way to express myself.

So, I did what I do best.

Wing it!

I went to the  poetry workshop, everyone seemed to know what they were doing except me!

 I went with my heart, my  emotions and willingness to try out new approaches, in tackling poetry for live performance.

It was a cool workshop – delivered  by a well established,British  poet – Matt Abott –

check out his bio HERE 

A  collaboration with  DREAM TIME COLLECTIVE. 


We went through a series of activities with the idea to have some form of a draft by the end of the  2 hour  workshop

The theme was political poetry.

Each participant chose a theme that they felt passionately about. I chose ‘Animal rights/cruelty. ‘

I got so much out of a two hour workshop that I’m going to share what I did.

Once we had chosen our theme/subject

we had to ask ourselves three questions

  • Who does it  affect?

  • How does it affect me?

  • Why is it important to me or to the world?

A Couple of notes I made:

  • It affects animals, people, ocean, planet

  • I’m a lover of animals, I don’t believe that we need to eat meat, or wear clothes or makeup made up of animal derivatives. Because of my knowledge of what animals go through to become a consumer product. I feel it  is unethical.

  • I have my own view of animals. I admire  how they are able to evolve and adapt, in a way, that doesn’t  have a negative impact on the planet .This shows me that humans could learn something from nature, instead of destroying our home.

2. What Matt stressed is:   that if we want our poetry to make an impact writing it to perform , we need a motive, a call of action, an agenda.

  • Who am I  delivering this message to?

  • What do I want to achieve?

Examples: Do I want to shock people, encourage people to look at solutions to the problem etc..


Imagine a room( keeping in mind what your subject is) and put 5 points/Images using ‘show and tell’ language to come with up with  strong words.


  • tearing of flesh

  • frothing at the mouth

  • cramped

  • squealing

  • gunshots

  • insidious laughter

4)  Objective.

Place the victim/s in that room.

What are they doing ?

How do they feel?


I had two victims. I imagined a gorilla coming round from another bout of being sedated by electrocution. He was wearing garish make up – heavily made up blue eyes and bold, blood colour red lipstick.

My other victim was human – a female who happened to be dressed up in chicken outfit or as a bird. She had a morbid fascination finding herself in this  surreal room with this clearly broken ,macabre gorilla.

Next we had place ourselves in that room -observing what was going on


Horror, what do I do? , retaliate or fight or freeze. I was frozen on the spot. Upon reflection, this  is how most of society reacts to topics that make them uncomfortable. They become apathetic.

Next, we had to place the victim outside of that situation/ROOM . Different surroundings. Aware of what they have witnessed/ or know and how they react in a different setting.


I chose the female ,costume wearing bird human and put her in a cosmetic store. The emotions that came to me were  conflicting – this victim of societies idea of attaining beauty is thinking ‘ ‘I have a choice’

The next stage was to  put these  ideas into the poetic form.

Make a poem.

 Always keeping in mind what we want the audience or how we want the audience to react.

We were directed to to start to put together a poem of no more than 50 words, or certain amount syllables. The aim was to keep it short.

Keep it punchy.

On topic.

I wrote about  100 words – possibly more.

It’s okay.

Then we had to cut those words in half – 😦

I ended up with 46 words.

This is the  end product .

Carnival time!

Gaze  in the mirror.

Blue sparkled hues 

Red paint 

Blood fondue.

Do I look pretty enough for you?

Tearing of flesh.

Bleached in acid 

Gorilla Art

Reflection never part

Do I look pretty enough for you?

The true freak in this show is 

, indeed YOU.

Daisy Willows/ Natasha Bodley





Times up. Workshop over. Get back to real life  😀

Now, I have another to approach to  poetry when  I write.

Worth it.

Go me!

Have a great weekend!



43 thoughts on “Art of Protest”

  1. I can see your new approach to poetic form. This is indeed, a different style from you and wow! did it made sense. The topic of animal cruelty is a harsh cold reality but its something we all need to make people understand of what’s happening with out animals and how they’re going treated by human filth.

    Animals are the most precious creatures in the world. I love them and wish them care and safety. Moving poem and I love it Daisy. 🙂

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    1. Yes, they are. I’ve had massive verbal “fistie cuffs’ with people over my love for not only animals but our planet. It’s amazing what I learned in a two hour workshop. I know it’s not amazing but I’m glad I was able to convey in fewer words what I wanted to say. :). Thank you!


  2. That is an excellent account of the workshop and how it tried to focus your mind on the task in hand and grab the bones of why and motivation to then combine them into a poem meaningful to you and the audience it’s trying to invoke thinking into. Love the way you’ve explained you thought processes into some quite difficult questions. I guess they seem difficult though because they are designed to get the poet thinking better.

    Love it 🙂

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    1. Thanks Gary, it’s a completely non academic way of approaching poetry. That is what I enjoyed. I recommend writing, poetry etc workshops to everyone. It can be scary but there is much to learn. What was also interesting is how much talent people have and how for some people it was big deal to get to workshop. This shows we are all human. We have our moments where we feel a bit anxious etc and it’s normal. I’m doing another one in Aug, so I will how that goes. Hope all is well?

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    2. I actually thought there was a good bit of academic value in the method. Not in an analytical sense, more of a thought out methodology. It’s what appealed to me in the way you described it all. It sounded really interesting and driven to make the creative mind think.

      I may consider workshops in future, as you know crowds and me don’t get on. At least that’s what the wrong mind likes to keep recycling. Still, it’s in a much better place than last year so things are heading in the right direction 😊

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    3. Yeah, I did too. For example applying shoe and tell. Having a framework to build upon. It’s a fun method is approaching writing. You should go, Gary. Everyone gets nervous . You should look up for any workshops like the one I went to. I put a link to his bio. I think he dies workshops around England. Very laidback and chilled. Can’t wait to hear more about your book. Exciting times .Im happy life is moving in the right direction for you. You deserve it. Have a great night.

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    4. Sounds fantastic actually; even if that sort of thing I find difficult now; never used to! I’ll have a look after the weekend social media sharing has passed!! Hope your Sunday is going well too 🙂


  3. Wow! Exceptional poem! I like that you chose a gorilla. Years ago, I worked at an Ivy League university and joined in the protest against the so-called Head-Injury Research Center. They used gorillas (since they were closest to us so-called humans) and bashed them in the head to see their reaction…The good news is, we eventually won and the research stopped. Keep writing poetry, Daisy, you’re a natural!

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    1. Really? That is so cool. that I got you thinking. A result. It was a great workshop. You don’t have to agree ;). Thanks for stopping by, John. Catch up in a bit 🙂


    2. Ooh John they are not humans but I see more and more if then displaying more empathy towards species who are not their own and they don’t screw the world up like humans have done. It’s a political poem. I have strong feelings and beliefs on animal rights and cruelty and I get that you have yours. I’m just glad that it did make you think.i don’t want to tell anyone what to think but my aim is to get people to think if that makes sense? Lol

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  4. Wow, what a great opportunity! I love taking part in workshops as you can learn so much from other peoples fabulous ideas and approaches. I loved your finished piece.


    1. That is awesome! Do you find the best way to over come nerves and anxiety is to not overthink it? I do that and then find myself in a place/ situation and go ‘oh, now I have to do something’ ha ha! It’s all good


  5. Great stuff, Daisy! You did very well…after your first workshop. You seem to have the gift of creating evocative images….don’t want they are called these days. Keep Going Lass! Hugs! ❤

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