Smorgasbord poetry -Wedding Anniversary September 11th 1940 and a day of Remembrance by Sally Cronin


Today is a date that is etched on our memories. A day that most of us can recall where we were when we first heard the news or watched events unfold on September 11th 2001.

I was in Ireland and had come home from work at lunchtime to walk the dog and then spend the afternoon writing. I switched on the television and thought it very odd that there was an action film on at that time of day. I then watched in horror as the second plane flew into the tower. A building where only a few months earlier the two of us had visited during a weekend in New York and had enjoyed lunch and a bottle of wine in the rooftop restaurant.

As with the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 when I was ten years old, the world stood still at the enormity of an act of senseless violence. America became the focus of the world’s thoughts and prayers.

Even today thousands of those who survived that attack live with the grief, the physical and mental health issues, as do the loved ones of those who died.

We can show our respect each year by taking a moment to honour them.

The date is also important for a more positive reason since it is my parent’s wedding anniversary. They married in 1940 and watched a dog fight between a spitfire and a German fighter in the skies above the village, and had to shelter beneath the stairs as bombs were jettisoned over the countryside following a raid on the Portsmouth docks.

I wrote this first poem prompted my mother’s reaction to the events of 9/11/2001 on what would have been their 61st anniversary.

Wedding Anniversary September 11th 1940 and a day of remembrance.

On
this day
two people
young and in love
walked into the sun
of a September day.
Above them in the blue sky
machines of war flew in combat,
gunfire serenading bride and groom
on what should have been their most treasured day.
Sixty-one years later on the same date,
an old woman reflects on her life.
Remembering all of the love,
still so strong despite her loss,
and saddened to the core,
that despite the years,
machines of war
in blue skies
still bring
death.

©Sally Cronin 2019

 

Thank you for dropping by and I wish you a safe and peaceful weekend.. Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up -August 30th – September 5th 2020 – #Jazz Geri Allen, Quince and Quesadillas, Life Changing Moments, books, reviews and funnies.


Welcome to the weekly round up with posts you might have missed on Smorgasbord.

Thanks for taking time to drop by and I hope you are having a good weekend. Things are much the same here so nothing new to report. I am however in full writing mode so spending a little less time on social media except for topping and tailing the day.

A warm welcome back to William Price King after his summer break and I am sure you will enjoy his first post in the new season.

Carol Taylor was also here with her A- Z  and this week she has some amazing foods, methods and recipes beginning with the letter ‘Q’.

The first guest in the new Author Spotlight last Sunday was Harmony Kent who shared her remarkable and challenging journey to being the person she is today.

Coming up tomorrow – D.G. Kaye shares how her ingenuity and perseverance landed her a fabulous job that was career and life changing.

I hope that you enjoy the posts from the week and as always thank you for your support that keeps me motivated.. Sally.

William Price King with #Jazz Pianist and Composer Geri Allen

Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food ‘Q’ for Quince, Quail, Quenelles and Quesadillas

Author Spotlight – Life Changing Moments – Do or Die by Harmony Kent

Milestones Along the Way – #Waterford 1940s – The Rural Electrification by Geoff Cronin

Chapter Five – Henry’s New Family

Letters from America 1985-1987 – September 1985 – Hawaii Bound – Inflight Entertainment and Mai Tais

#Mystery #Paranormal A Boy Named Rabbit (Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2) by Marcia Meara

#Historical #Mystery #Chicago – A Child Lost by Michelle Cox

Past Book Reviews – #Autobiography Wilbur Smith – #Prehistoric Jacqui Murray

#Poetschoice – #ButterflyCinquain – The Circle of Life by Sally Cronin

Nutrients that work better with others (Part Two) – Iron and Vitamin C and B2

Cholesterol plays a vital role in a number of key functions within the body yet it has been demonized and come under attack for the last twenty years. For the majority of the population, heart disease and coronary heart disease is lifestyle related and can be reversed by making changes to diet and lifestyle.

The Cholesterol Myth – Part One – Statins, Heart Disease, Statistics by Sally Cronin

Herbal Medicine – Hawthorn – Heart Health and Circulation

#Releases #Detectives Janice Spina,#Reviews #Cheetahs Patricia Furstenberg, #Seashore Jude Lennon, #Bees Paul Noel

New Releases, Offers, Reviews – #Mystery Amy M. Reade, #Romance Linda Bradley, #Thriller Iain Kelly

Angela’s Journey #Fundraiser#ServiceDog by Patty Fletcher

#Nostalgia – Shortnin’ Bread Meander by Elizabeth Gauffreau

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Give Credit to the Tulips, the Woods, the Words by Erica/Erika

Pot Luck – Everything stops for #tea by Joy Lennick

Z-Day UK and COVID-19 by Pranav Lal

How #Facebook Changes Work Better for Managing #Groups by Marsha Ingrao

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – September 2nd 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin If it seems to good to be true and last wish

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines –September 3rd 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra – Host Sally Cronin – A Gynecologist quits medicine and old age!

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed catching up with the posts.. and that you will join me again next week.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge – #Poetschoice – #ButterflyCinquain – The Circle of Life by Sally Cronin


This week it is Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 193 poet’s choice and I took a photograph this week in my garden and thought it made a useful prompt.

Butterfly Cinquain – The Circle of Life

Even
as the bloom dies
it still gives nourishment
to the visiting butterflies
in need.
Soon the flower’s petals will drop
having fulfilled it’s role
in the circle
of life.

©Sally Cronin 2020

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again:  Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 193 poet’s choice

You can find recent reviews for my latest release and other books: Sally’s books and reviews 2019/2020

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

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge -#Themeprompt – #ButterflyCinquain The Maps by Sally Cronin


This month Kerfe Roig from last month’s challenge picked the theme ‘Maps’…for Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 192 themeprompt

I have written a butterfly cinquain for the occasion.

Reef, Heart, Shape, Island, Corals, Atoll, Sea, Ocean

The Maps

The Maps
etched on my heart
stop me losing my way
any time that we are apart
in life.
They always guide me home to you
to safety in your arms
and the warmth of
your love.

©Sally Cronin 2020

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 192 themeprompt

 

You can find recent reviews for my latest release and other books: Sally’s books and reviews 2019/2020

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

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge #Photoprompt– #HaikuSequence – Tracks by Sally Cronin


Aishwarya, aka, Kitty from Kitty’s Verses has selected this month’s Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 191 Photoprompt

Image credit: no attribution

Haiku Sequence – Tracks

Into the distance
the one way track transports us
to our destiny.

There is no way back
once you board the train to fate
destination set.

How long our journey
in life may be preordained
but not how we live.

There will be places
to linger and find great joy
and people to love

Even dark tunnels
we might have to travel through
end with a bright light.

At the last station
as you alight from the train
do so with a smile.

©Sally Cronin

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 191 Photoprompt

You can find recent reviews for my latest release and other books: Sally’s books and reviews 2019/2020

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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 9th – 15th August 2020 – Intuition, Nat King Cole, Apple Roses, Children’s Books, Reviews, Health and Funnies


Welcome to the round up with post you might have missed on Smorgasbord this week.

I hope everybody is doing well.. I am sure that like me you are watching the headlines and keeping up do date with not just your own country’s progress with the pandemic but also on a worldwide basis. At this point all we can do is remain safe and avoid covidiots that seem to think social distancing and masks do not apply to them.

On a positive note...I have made a few tweaks to new book releases from August 26th  that I hope will increase exposure for the authors concerned. If you are already in the Cafe and Bookstore you new book announcement will be added to the Cafe Updates on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. I hope that the fact that there are four authors in the post, it will generate more views for your new book. Over a period of a couple of weeks they usually generate an average of 150 views and multiple shares on Twitter and Facebook.

If you are a new author to the Cafe and Bookstore I will post the usual introductory promotion with bio etc.

This is the latest way to share your work and I now have some wonderful stories of defining moments in the lives of authors in the Cafe and Bookstore. It would be wonderful to share your stories too so perhaps you could read the post and read my story so you can see how it will look.  The series begins the last Sunday of August and I am now booking for the second week in October.. Look forward to hearing from you.

Author Spotlight – Life Changing Moments

If you missed them here are some posts from my contributors this week that you might like to head over and read.

Q & A with D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies interviews Adele Marie Park about her childhood on the island of
Rousay part of the Orkney Isles where she encountered tales Finn Folk,
Selkies and mermaids.. Adele has just released her latest book, Sea Dragon – Wisp II and shares what is coming next. As always Debby’s questions are tailored to her guest and the interview makes for interesting reading.D.G Kaye interviews Adele Marie Park

Carol Taylor with her Saturday Snippets with posts ranging from Bees and their importance to our environment, Lemon Meringue Pie, National Afternoon Tea Week, Music from Jimi Hendrix, Rooftop farms, removing hooks from shark’s mouths and respect for those who died during the holocaust.. As you can see a varied and interesting post.. please head over. Saturday Snippets with Carol Taylor

Time to catch up with the posts from the week here on Smorgasbord.. thank you for all your support and also to Debby Gies and Silvia Todesco for their wonderful contributions this week. William Price King is back with a brand new Music Column on September 1st.

August 2020 – #Intuition – Do you trust your gut instincts?

Headliners Nat King Cole and Billy Joel

#Italian Cookery with Silvia Todesco – #Dessert- Puff pastry and apples roses

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story – Chapter Two – My New Home by Sally Cronin

#Ireland #History – The Colour of Life – #Angling The Haul Of Bass 1955 by Geoff Cronin

Before and After of our home in Wexford and a Haiku

Baby, Mother, Infant, Child, Female, Happy, White, Joy

Butterfly #Cinquain – Embraced by Sally Cronin

#Prehistoric – Against All Odds (Book 3 of the Crossroads Trilogy) by Jacqui Murray

Past book reviews – #Mystery John W. Howell, #DystopianSciFi Terry Tyler,

New Author on the Shelves – #Environment – That’s Our Home by Jude Lennon

7 – 10 years – The Adventures of Monkey and Toad: Two Remarkable Friends by Donald Lloyd Jr.

#Vampire #Thriller The Dead at Heart: Book Three of The Dead Game Series by Susanne Leist

#Prehistoric – Against All Odds (Book 3 of the Crossroads Trilogy) by Jacqui Murray

#Contemporary Ritu Bhathal, #Crime Jane Risdon, #Poetry Leon Stevens

#Anthology M.J. Mallon, #Thriller Carol Balawyder, #Mystery James J. Cudney

Darlene Foster Interviews Author Mary Smith

#WritingHabits by D.G. Kaye

Top Ten Things Not to Do at the First Sale of #Coca-Cola in 1886 by John W. Howell

Happy Birthday Maine! by Bette A. Stevens

The Humor of Life by Pete Springer

Supplements – Absorbing the nutrients, avoiding the additives

The Medicine Woman’s Treasure Chest – Herbal Medicine – Chamomile (Camomile)

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines –August 11th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines –August 13th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin

August 14th 2020- Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp

Thanks so much for dropping by today and I hope to see you again next week.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge – Butterfly #Cinquain – Embraced by Sally Cronin


This week for Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 190 Colleen has given us the prompts Circled and Squared and I have chosen the synonyms ‘Embraced and Balanced’ for my Butterfly Cinquain.

Baby, Mother, Infant, Child, Female, Happy, White, Joy

Embraced

Embraced
and protected
within their mother’s arms
babies view the world in safety
and calm.
Supported then by loving hands
balanced on two small feet
first steps are made
in life.

Feet, Children'S Feet, Baby, Barefoot

 

©Sally Cronin 2020

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If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 190 

You can find recent reviews for my latest release and other books: Sally’s books and reviews 2019/2020

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

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge – #HaikuSequence – Rain by Sally Cronin


This week on Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 189 it is Poet’s Choice. I have chosen to write a Haiku Sequence about one of my favourite topics of conversation…Rain.

Haiku Sequence – Rain

It can be daunting
to find beauty in the rain
when it drowns the earth

Summer flowers strive
to retain vibrant colours
under such onslaught

Wind joins its cousin
laughing at the destruction
combined efforts bring

Birds sit and shiver
in the glistening hedgerows
desperate to feed

Then a ray of light
as sun fights its way through clouds
it has come to play

The wind and rain pause
waiting for the sun’s next move
in nature’s board game

They admit defeat
no match for the sun’s power
and leave in silence

Birds begin to sing
and flowers lift up their heads
to smile at the world.

 

 

©Sally Cronin 2020

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 189

You can find recent reviews for my latest release and other books: Sally’s books and reviews 2019/2020

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

Smorgasbord Coffee Time Haiku – #Lanzarote – Haiku – Mirador de Guinate by Sally Cronin


During the years we lived in Spain we made a point of exploring areas outside of the Madrid region. This included most of the coast from Cadiz in the south up to Barcelona and then along the French border and along the northern coastline to Portugal. We also flew out to Lanzarote for two weeks in 2000 and explored this windswept volcanic island.

One of the spectacular viewpoints in the north of the island is Mirador de Guinate which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the Chinijo Archipelago. Below the Volcan de la Corona  there is rich and fertile soil created over thousands of years by ash from the eruptions.

Here are a few more photos from that trip.

The atrium of our hotel.

One of the caves open to tourists.

We went out of season in September which was quieter but weather is also more variable.. great place to visit though with plenty to do and see for all the family.

I hope you have enjoyed this brief tour… thanks for joining me… Sally.

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s weekly Tanka Challenge – Double #Etheree The Wisdom of Trees by Sally Cronin


This week on Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 188 themeprompt  author Sue Vincent has provide a wonderful quotation to respond to.

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.” Herman Hesse

Double Etheree – The Wisdom of Trees

Trees
ancient
observers
of history
have stories to tell
of man’s time on this earth.
Stored within each leaf and seed
the cellular memories wait
to be discovered by those that ask
for the gift of their infinite wisdom.
From green saplings to the giant redwoods
messages are carried on the winds.
Listen for the rustle of leaves
and the music that they make.
For as long as they sing
the world will be safe
but woe betide
should we cut
them all
down.

©Sally Cronin 2020

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 188 themeprompt

You can find recent reviews for my latest release and other books: Sally’s books and reviews 2019/2020

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