Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Challenge – Double #Etheree – Hope by Sally Cronin


This week for Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 220 it is Poet’s Choice and I have written a double etheree…

Hope

Hope
still springs
eternal
in human hearts
sustained by poets
across the centuries
showcasing their heartfelt wish
for a more auspicious future
penning verses with aphorisms
to bolster their own confidence and ours.
These wise words they share often have merit
but hope is no better than a wish
needing effort to make come true.
So take the poet’s promise
determine your own course
to turn thought to deed
change your future
and fulfill
all your
dreams.

©Sally Cronin 2021

There is still time to participate in this week’s challenge Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 220 it is Poet’s Choice

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you enjoyed my etheree… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Challenge – Tanka Tuesday Challenge – #Senryu – Scepticism by Sally Cronin


This week in Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 219 – we are asked to respond with a specific form

The choice was Haiku or Senryu and although the form is similar the theme is different.. I have chosen a Senryu Series… and thought I would challenge the establishment!

As per Colleen’s cheat sheet..SENRYU IN ENGLISH: Traditional 5/7/5, Current 3/5/3, and Current 2/3/2syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, humor, a personal event, and should have irony present.

Although there is usually no title.. I have called the series – Scepticism

Politics
where truth is scattered
on the wind.

Media
mines dirt from fake news
to mislead

Agendas
wth facts spun to fit
planned outcomes

Climate change
based on flawed research
creates wealth

Our money
works to pay banker’s
bonuses

Pinch of salt
needed to prevent
brain washing

To challenge
is to be labelled
a nut case.

©sally cronin 2021

There is still time to participate in this week’s challenge: Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 219 – we are asked to respond with a specific form

 

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed my Senryu.. Sally

 

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge No 217 Themeprompt -#Etherees – Immortality – by Sally Cronin


This week in Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 217 – theme prompt – Merril D. Smith from last month’s challenge selected the theme of…Immortality…I have written three etherees to share my thoughts..

Etherees – Immortality

We
humans
strive through life
to create our
immortality
seeking to leave behind
not just fleeting memories
but a permanent reminder
that we existed, loved and were loved
by those near and dear who shared our journey

A
child’s smile
or their eyes
serve to remind
through generations
the genes reflecting traits
of forebears long departed
or immortalised in albums
lovingly curated as years pass
to share the magic of a life well lived.

For
writers
it is hoped
that words written
and shared with the world
will reflect our natures
thoughts and imaginations
igniting creativity
in those that read them and if lucky
our names will be etched on their memories.

©Sally Cronin 2021

There is still time to participate in this week’s challenge: Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 217 – theme prompt

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Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge No 216 – #shadorma – Mother Earth by Sally Cronin


For this week’s Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 21 – synonyms only I was honoured to select the two prompt words..Eager and Hope..

I have written a shadorma – using the words Impatient and Promise..

Mother Nature

Mother Earth
throws off the mantle
of winter
Impatient
to share her sacred promise
of spring and rebirth.

©Sally Cronin 2021

You still have time to participate in this week’s challenge: Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 21 – synonyms only

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Thanks for dropping in and as always your feedback is very welcome…Sally.

 

 

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge No 215 Poet’s Choice – #BadgerHexastich – Happiness by Sally Cronin


This week Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 215 – Poet’s Choice  and I have created a double Badger Hexastich.. if that is permissible…

Badger Hexastich – Happiness

Wishing
your life away
delaying happiness
until whims are fulfilled
wastes time that is
precious
Living
in the moment
and fully embracing
all the gifts you have now
brings true riches
and joy.

©Sally Cronin 2021

You can still participate in this week’s challenge..Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 215 – Poet’s Choice 

 

If you have time to browse my fiction, poetry and non-fiction books and reviews are: Here

 

Thanks for dropping in and as always your feedback is very welcome…Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge No 214 #ThemePrompt – Dreams by Sally Cronin


This week Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 214 – #ThemePrompt is ‘Dreams’… I have written a stacked double etheree which I hope you will enjoy.

Dreams
at night,
serve to clean
and de-clutter
the mind of surplus
information and thoughts,
to sweep the neural pathways
and rejuvenate the brain cells,
leaving them eagerly awaiting
new data and emotions to process.
When
awake,
our daydreams
fill the cleared mind
with vibrant visions
and possibilities,
stretching into the future
and changing our lives forever,
creating a permanent record
unaffected by nightly spring cleaning

©Sally Cronin 2021

There is still time to participate in this week’s challenge: Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 214 – #ThemePrompt

If you have time to browse my fiction, poetry and non-fiction books and reviews: Here

 

Thanks for dropping in and as always your feedback is very welcome…Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge No 213 #Badger Hexastich x two – Beacon and Umbrella by Sally Cronin


This week a new format for me in response to Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 213 – Photoprompt #ekphrastic

This challenge explores Ekphrastic writing inspired by visual art (photographs). The theme offers us a chance to explore the psychology of colours – I have chosen a Badger Hexastich

Badger Hexastitch One – Beacon

Shining
like a beacon
the vibrant canopy
anchors her to the cliff
safe above the
torrent.

Badger Hexastitch Two – Umbrella

Twirling
bright umbrella
defies monochrome hues
with a splash of colour
softening their
harshness.

 

©Sally Cronin 2021

There is still time to participate in this week’s challenge: Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 213 – Photoprompt #ekphrastic

If you have time to browse my fiction, poetry and non-fiction books and reviews: Here

 

Thanks for dropping in and as always your feedback is very welcome…Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 211 – Garland Cinquain – Birthdays by Sally Cronin


I have missed participating in this challenge and hope to be more active again this year… This week Colleen Chesebro offers us a choice.. Abhanga or Poet’s Choice

Since I have one coming up this month, I thought I would create a Garland Cinquain on the subject of Birthdays.

Garland Cinquain – Birthdays

Birthdays
a reminder
of the passing of years
celebrated with lit candles
and cake.

Wrinkles
are etched on skin
laughter lines they tell you
signs of character and a life
well lived

People
in the present
and in our memories
are thought of with love as this day
passes

How fast
they come around
the older that we get
a caution to make the most of
each day.

Tempting
as it might be
to disregard this date
it stands as a testament to
our lives

Birthdays
are etched on skin
and in our memories
a caution to make the most of
our lives.

© Sally Cronin 2021

 

I hope you have enjoyed my poem and if you would still like to participate this week Colleen Chesebro’s  Abhanga or Poet’s Choice

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.