Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Podcast #Poetry #Flash Fiction – New Year’s Resolutions and Fire by Sally Cronin

Some more poetry and flash fiction from one of my collections.

It is about this time that resolutions we might have made on New Year’s Eve begin to feel a little bit more challenging than we imagined… I hope this poem might encourage a different approach.. and a story of a healer from our ancient past with fears for the future. I have added a haiku I wrote for New Year from my archives.


New Year Resolutions

the clock
strikes midnight
around the world,
people will rejoice.
Kissing their companions,
they make New Year promises
to do better and to succeed.
Resolutions they will strive to keep
for longer than they have done so before.
It is very easy to lose sight of
all that we have achieved in our lives,
as this night’s traditions urge us
to set new targets of worth.
Instead look at your strengths
and focus on how
you can enhance


The firelight flickered across the walls of the cave and the healer stared into the flames.
Fire was a precious gift that had been passed down by their ancestors, but for some it brought a great burden. Those with healing skills saw visions within the heart of the burning mass.

It would not happen in her lifetime, but as the healer sat transfixed by the prophetic images, tears rolled down her wrinkled face. Her time was nearly over, but she hoped, that in the future, one of her descendants would be strong enough to put out the coming conflagration.
©Sally Cronin 2023

One of the  reviews for my latest collection. 

Dec 27, 2022 Darlene Foster rated it Five stars

The cover alone makes this a special book. A wonderful collection of poems and short stories that reflect the feelings and cares of the author. The poems skillfully depict her understanding of relationships, her care for the environment and her love of animals and nature. It’s as if the author is able to look into the souls of our animal friends. For anyone who thinks writing a short story is easy, I’m afraid you are mistaken as it is not easy to convey a message and get the reader to care about characters within a few words. Sally Cronin is a master of being able to do that. “Miss Lloyd’s Robin” is especially poignant and “The Secret” will bring a tear to your eye. I highly recommend reading this book and giving another copy to a friend.

Thank you for listening and if you would like to know more about my books and their reviews you can find them on my books page Sally’s Books and Reviews 2022


42 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Podcast #Poetry #Flash Fiction – New Year’s Resolutions and Fire by Sally Cronin

  1. I have this treat awaiting me on my Kindle, Sally, and these previews are making me bump it up another notch! Great post and a fabulous review, too! 🤗❤️🤗

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  3. I love listening to you read your work, Sally. The words take on an even deeper and more personal perspective through your spoken word. I enjoyed both the poem and the flash fiction piece. 😊

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  4. Very moving, Sally, and great advice. I was so busy for New Year’s Eve (helping out at an outdoors event for the local community) that I didn’t even give a thought to New Year’s resolutions. Oh, well!

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  5. Both are thought-provoking with beautiful messages, Sally. I totally support the idea that instead of making new resolutions, reflect on your journey and how far you’ve come! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. It does make more sense to focus on improving what we already have instead of looking for new goals. ‘Fire’ is such a powerful piece, and I love Darlene’s review. xx

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  7. Beautiful poems, Sally. I love the advice to build on strengths in our plans for the new year. It’s positive and empowering. And the caution in the second is deeply felt as our world faces serious obstacles. Thanks for sharing your powerful poems.

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  8. I loved these four lines from your poem, Sally.

    “Resolutions they will strive to keep
    for longer than they have done so before.
    It is very easy to lose sight of
    all that we have achieved in our lives,”

    Timely and poignant meaning for me.
    Thank you for sharing. x

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