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
plants in stasis
wildlife starving and gaunt
dwell in a colourless landscape
awakens the near dead
into a state of expectance
born of dark clouds
plummet towards the earth
a cascade of glistening pearls
create a symphony
drawing all out of the shadows
burst through the ground in days
a miracle of abundance
©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
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.