Smorgasbord Poetry – #Etheree – Age Defying by Sally Cronin


For the next few weeks Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge  is on hiatus as Colleen sells up and moves home which is very exciting.. She has asked that her regular participants continue with their weekly poem and I shall do just that. It is poet’s choice, so this week I have decided on a Etheree…..with a little humour….

Age Defying

The blessing of age is fading eyesight
that offers the delusion of youth
and denial of years passing
as you look in the mirror
where you apply a mask
from a magician
who promises
to hold back
demon
time

©Sally Cronin

I hope you will keep moving your syllables around while Colleen is house hunting and drop me a link and happy to share…Sally.

 

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Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – #Etheree – April by Sally Cronin


I find it difficult to understand how it can possibly be April already. But it is and being the first week of the month it is Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 130 – Poet’s own Words

I have created an etheree in tribute to the month….

Glorious April explodes into sight
as trees and bushes prance in the breeze
clad with their springtime finery
whilst ancient Aphrodite
and Roman Aprilis
push open the door
to nature’s joy
at rebirth
and new
life

©Sally Cronin

If you would like to participate in the weekly challenge here is the link again. https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/04/02/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-xxx-synonymsonly/

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge -#Haibun – I Wander down Memory Lane by Sally Cronin


Time does fly when you are having fun, and I cannot believe it is Wednesday already and time to give syllables their marching orders for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 129

This week we have to use synonyms for Colleen’s prompt words..’Hobby and Play‘… I have used ‘Pastime and Frolic’ in my Haibun.

I Wander Down Memory Lane #Haibun

I wander down my memory lanes, searching for a distraction. It is a pleasant pastime to dredge up events and people from distant years. To remember the childish laughter, to frolic again in summer sun and winter snow. I strive to recapture that love of life and sense of fun. And there it is. I am ready to face the real world again.

Life is a circle
Seasons come and seasons go
back to whence we came

©Sally Cronin

If you would like to participate then head over and check out this week’s challenge: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/03/26/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-129-synonymsonly

And to enjoy last week’s recap of wonderful submissions: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/03/25/colleens-2019-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-recap-no-128-synonymsonly/

 

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – #Haibun – The Footsteps of My Ancestors by Sally Cronin


It is the time of the week when I attempt to get my syllables in a row to participate in Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 128

And this week the words that Colleen has provided at a prompt are ‘Spring and Sing‘… I have chosen the synonyms ‘Bounce and Serenade’

The Footsteps of my Ancestors. #Haibun

Barefoot I walk the sands of time. A bounce in my step as the earth’s energy rises through the soles of my feet. I am connected to the layers that form the strata beneath me formed over millions of years. Through the debris of those ancient times I sense the echo of other feet. Those of my ancestors across the ages who have trekked this earth from continent to continent. Crossing icy wastelands and mountain ranges, to this place where I walk in their footsteps. The wind that accompanied them on their journey, serenades me as I draw strength from hallowed ground.

Earth as we know it
was formed by the drifting sand
and nomadic tribes

©Sally Cronin

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge please follow the link..

 

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 128 #SynonymsOnly

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s #Weekly Poetry Challenge #Etheree – How to Succeed in Life by Sally Cronin


Time for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 127 and this week the prompt words are ‘Follow and Lead’…. I have chosen ‘Succeed and Hint’ as my synonyms.

How to Succeed in Life – Etheree

If you strive to succeed in our wide world
then let me give you a helpful hint
learn all you can about the rules
before you show to people
your singularity
and ability
to thrive outside
the confines
of life’s
box

©Sally Cronin

If you would like to participate in this wonderful challenge then please click the link: Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 127

Thank you for dropping by and your comments are always very welcome.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro Weekly #Poetry Challenge – ‘March Hares’ #etheree by Sally Cronin


It is time for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 126 – Poets choice of words

Being the first challenge of the month, we get to choose our words rather than synonyms for the prompt….

March Hares – Etheree

March
known for
its bounty
of spring flowers
high winds and mad hares
has come barrelling in
blowing the cobwebs away
from the window sills and our minds
intent on pushing the winter gloom
back into its cave for another year.

©Sally Cronin

If you would like to participate in this wonderful challenge then please click the link: Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 126 – Poets choice of words

Please note that due to ongoing issues with facebook about posting from my blog (not conforming to community standards), I have removed the Facebook share button so that you do not get an error message.  Going forward I will be only sharing my weekly round up to Facebook (hoping that it gets through).

I am joining a growing number of our blogging friends on MeWe and I invite you take a look… a different approach to users.  mewe.com/i/sallycronin

I would be very grateful if you could share where you can.. many thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – Double Etheree – From Cave to the Stars


Time for some syllable manipulation in response to Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 125.

With the prompt words this week of ‘Origins and Write’  the synonyms that I have chosen are ‘Beginning and Pen’

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From Cave to the Stars – Double etheree

In the beginning we only had voice
to communicate our inner thoughts
and desires within our hearts
until that magical day
of the first cave drawing
and since that moment
we have evolved
and now pen
magic
words
to
express
every
aspect of life
from birth to the grave
and beyond to the stars
where we take our messages
of peace and hope for the future
not language but in digital code
to be received across the universe

©Sally Cronin

If you would like to participate in this wonderful challenge then please click the link: Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 125

Smorgasbord poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge 124 – #Etheree – The Joys of Spring by Sally Cronin


That time of the week when we get our syllables in line in participation of Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 124

This week the synonyms required are for the prompt words ‘Game and Trouble’. I have chosen ‘Eager and Hassle‘ for my light-hearted Etheree on the Joys of Spring.

The Joys of Spring

Lambs
gambol
in the field
eager to play
with their flock siblings
as their mothers look on
munching on newly grown grass
content that their feisty newborns
full of their milk and the joys of spring
will not be back to hassle them for hours.

©Sally Cronin

And if you would like to participate in Colleen’s wonderful weekly challenge, then gather your syllables and synonyms together and head over: Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 124

Thank you for dropping and as always your feedback is very much appreciated.. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro weekly #Poetry Challenge #Etheree – Romance by Sally Cronin


I have been away for a couple of days to celebrate my birthday and Valentine’s Day, but back in time to share my response to Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 123

This week the prompt words are ‘Meaning and Passion’ in honour of this holiday.

I have chosen ‘Significance and Desire’ for my Etheree – Romance

And if you would like to participate in Colleen’s wonderful weekly challenge, then gather your syllables and synonyms together and head over: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/02/12/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-123-synonymsonly/

Thank you for dropping and as always your feedback is very much appreciated.. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – Bloggers Bash Nominations, Winter Warmers, Arizona, Spring Bulbs and all that Jazz


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed on Smorgasbord this week.

We are actually enjoying some sunshine despite very cold temperatures and we are hoping it is a sign spring is on its way. I know for many of you in the UK and USA, this has been a very tough couple of weeks with snow and storms, so hopefully you too will have a more settled week ahead.

It is hard to ignore the turmoil going on in the world, especially as the press is having a field day with fake news, assumptions, predictions, fear-mongering, pot-stirring and allegations. There may be a reason that we as yet have not been invaded by an alien species. I suggest that they have popped in from time to time, to the excitement of the UFO buffs, and exited rapidly when they see what they might be getting into.

The actions of those in power are completely at odds with the promises made in their wonderful election speeches, and at the very least they should be prosecuted for false advertising and misrepresentation.

Meanwhile, in the real world, all we can do is keep doing what we are doing and try to stay as positive as possible.

If all else fails………..

My thanks to my regular contributors who continue to spread a positive message and to your for dropping in and liking, commenting and sharing..

And on that note……

I was very honoured to be nominated for the Best Book Blog award, and my thanks to those who put my name forward. Voting begins at the end of March and you still have time to nominate your favourite bloggers in the new categories. The links are in the post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-bloggers-bash-awards-2019-nomination-best-book-blog/

This week William Price King shares the life and music of legend Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/05/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-jazz-charlie-bird-parker-saxaphone/

Paul Andruss with some suggestions to bring colour to your garden with early spring bulbs.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/09/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-gardening-column-rewind-light-up-your-life-with-brilliant-bulbs-part-1-early-spring-bulbs/

Carol Taylor shares some recipes that are easy to prepare and that will warm the cockles of your heart…..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-winter-warmers-stews-and-casseroles/

Debby Gies is still on vacation in Mexico and busily creating future travel posts about this fantastic vacation spot, but in the meantime, she gives us a guided tour of Jerome, Arizona which is a preserved copper mining town that generated billions for investors.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-jerome-arizona-mining-town-with-d-g-kaye/

Joy Lennick shares two poems that bridge the end of winter and the start of spring.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/08/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-guest-writer-poetry-spring-by-joy-lennick/

Welcome to the blog for the first time to romance author Laura M. Baird who shares her love of country, music and tattoos, as well as one of the craziest and most detailed dream

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-romance-author-laura-m-baird/

I am now participating in is Diana Peach’s monthly speculative fiction challenges and this month she had a delightful photo prompt. My story is called ‘The 1812 Overture”

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/07/smorgasbord-short-stories-diana-wallace-peach-februarys-speculative-fiction-prompt-the-1812-overture-by-sally-cronin/

Another of my weekly challenges is the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/03/smorgasbord-short-story-carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-sea-mist-by-sally-cronin/

It is that time of the week when I get my syllables in lines in response to Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 122.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/smorgasbord-poetry-colleens-weekly-poetry-challenge-122-poets-choice-etheree-metamorphosis-by-sally-cronin/

It is February 1986 and we are preparing for my birthday and I get a new car.

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/07/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1986-birthday-party-and-new-car/

Relationships – So far I have covered respect, recognition, relations in Previous Chapters, which leads me very conveniently into relationships. In this first part, I am looking at the socialisation of children before and during school that form the basis of their relationship skills in the wider world.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/something-to-think-about-the-rs-of-life-relationships-in-a-modern-world-part-one-childhood-by-sally-cronin/

Author Updates and reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-bette-a-stevens-fiona-tarr-and-jan-sikes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-miriam-hurdle-linda-g-hill-and-mark-d-giglio/

Every year, 4.2million people die worldwide within 30 days of surgery. This is a staggering 1.23million more deaths than HIV, TB and malaria combined makes up 7.7% of all fatalities – with only heart disease and stroke killing more. You can make a difference to this statistic by preparing for elective surgeries in the weeks before the operation.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/05/smorgasbord-health-column-new-statistics-on-surgery-recovery-that-are-shocking-and-preparing-for-an-operation/

The next chapter in my rollercoaster weight gain and loss history, with a pattern emerging that linked a number of physical events in my life, antibiotics, candida albicans and stress together.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/09/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-morbid-obesity-a-physical-rollercoaster-anti-biotics-candida-hormones-yo-yo-dieting/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/05/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-some-funnies-and-things-kids-say/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/02/07/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-guest-comedian-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-my-archives-3/

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week……