Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Weekly Challenge #Colour – Crown Cinquain – Drought by Sally Cronin

This week on Colleen Chesebro’s weekly Tanka Challenge, the prompt is colour and weather…I have created a crown cinquain to celebrate rain… something living in Ireland we are very familiar with… but can be in short supply in other parts of the world.

Crown Cinquain – Drought

Image by Willgard Kraus Pixabay

parched soil
plants in stasis
wildlife starving and gaunt
dwell in a colourless landscape
and wait

heaven’s trumpet
awakens the near dead
into a state of expectance
and hope

born of dark clouds
plummet towards the earth
a cascade of glistening pearls
of life

drum beats
create a symphony
drawing all out of the shadows
to dance

grass shoots
vibrantly green
burst through the ground in days
a miracle of abundance
at last

©Sally Cronin 2022

My most recent book is a collection of poetry and was published in July 2021

One of the reviews for the collection

5.0 out of 5 stars A MEMORABLE BOOK THAT SO BEAUTIFULLY CAPTURES LIFE Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2021

This was such a special book for me. Sally Cronin has a true talent for marrying depth and simplicity and making it look easy.

Each poem in this wonderful collection is preceded by a photograph followed by a poem that complements it so naturally. What really impressed me was that the author so easily packs solid truths into poems of so few words. As a reader, I could tell how much thought went into every single word she chose as a brush to paint her stories. There wasn’t one poem that I didn’t read two or three times to fully enjoy its message.

I knew I would love this book with the very first poem, “Washed Up,” showing us the beauty of an object brought to the shore by the sea … one that should have disrupted the scenery, yet oddly enhanced it.

I also loved the poem “Our Legacy” that offered a simple truth about writers. It should be an anthem.

“Silver Lining to Isolation” brought forth truths that I believe most of the world can understand right now. I really appreciated the positive message in what has been a dark, yet revealing/enlightening time for many.

“The Crocodile,” which I won’t explain, was just entirely spot on. I’ll leave that there. “Advancing Years” is another poem upon which I heap similar praise: it was so eerily, yet stunningly, on target.

While most of this glorious poetry is short, its messages are far more poignant than much longer works I have read. I don’t want to mention every poem, but I want to say that I so related to Sally Cronin’s thoughts on climate change, ageism, immortality, and yearning.

Lastly, I especially loved the poetry, preceded by the author’s youthful photos, that so brilliantly captured moments of her early life as skillfully as the photos themselves did. They all resonated so deeply with me.

This is a book one could read (and look at the photographs) over and over and each time, the reader would find a new tidbit or truth not seen before. A truly lovely collection. Kudos to Ms. Cronin with a short message:. I’m so very glad you wrote this!

You can find all my books and buy links: Sally’s Books and Reviews 2022


Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed the poem.. thanks Sally.



42 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Weekly Challenge #Colour – Crown Cinquain – Drought by Sally Cronin

      • Our weather is so different now (all over the world). Our grass is turning brown. The rain seems to head south of us. Today, I discovered the rabbits (deer?) ate my new cherry bushes I just planted. These were good sized bushes. Whatever ate them, chewed the leaves and branches, leaving stubs sticking up from ground. Another indication that food isn’t as plentiful. It’s easier to eat our gardens than forge in a field. ❤

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      • It is hard to begrudge them but they are very destructive.. Where we lived in London there was some common grazing land in the forest behind us for cattle and one summer the cows discovered that if they walked the roads nearby they could reach over the low walls and graze the rose bushes and other plants and some even got through gates and started on the lawns.. whilst it was destructive I have to say coming home to some contented cows in my front garden giving me the ‘whatever’ look was entertaining.. ♥

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      • LOL! I paid dearly for those cherry bushes! Ha, those rabbits are everywhere. They are a real nusiance. Yesterday, we saw a skunk strutting his stuff in the front garden across the street from us. Not all of us have fences here, so that is a bit of a problem. Oh well, next summer, I’ll have to plant more daylilies! The animals seem to leave those alone. ❤

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  1. Lovely piece, Sally! We do a lot of fantasizing about rain around here. We’ve had drought-like conditions for five of the last six years. This is our third driest year on record.

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  3. Beautiful, as always, Sally! I love the cycle with that hope at the end and, like others, thought ‘the glistening pearls/ of life’ was a wonderful image. ♥♥

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