Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday #Tanka Challenge – A Cat’s Life by Sally Cronin


This week for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 140 she has given us the prompt words ‘Light and Dark‘ and I selected the synonyms Fair and Night’

As last week I paid tribute to the dogs in our lives.. this week I thought the least I could do was pay homage to our cats.

Double Etheree – A Cat’s Life by Sally Cronin

To
be fair
cats are not
as aloof as
reputed to be.
There are good reasons why
felines don’t give love freely,
as decisions have to be made,
about where you are in the food chain,
and if you should be regarded as prey.
Once determined that you are family,
they will bestow upon you their love,
Overwhelming you with their gifts
of unfortunate creatures,
who dared to cross their path
in the dead of night.
It’s an honour
delivered
with a
purr.

© sally Cronin 2019

I hope you will participate in Colleen’s Challenge this week and you have to Sunday night to submit your poems: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/08/13/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-140-synonymsonly

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Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge -Double #Etheree -Enchantment by Sally Cronin


This is my fun time of the week when I respond to Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 138

The two prompt words this week were ‘Clear and Nature’ and I have selected the synonyms ‘Unclouded and Character’

Double Etheree – Enchantment  by Sally Cronin

Such
pretty
eyes and lips
that enchanted
he thought to himself
as the girl crossed the floor,
clothed in a gown of rare silk,
eggshell blue with a satin trim.
She appeared so sweet and innocent,
his mind was unclouded by suspicion.
The king, his father, warned him of this place
and that not all would be what it seemed,
and you could not judge character
by the beauty of a gown.
So was this princess real?
Or a magic trick?
He touched her hand
felt the spark
and was
lost.

©Sally Cronin 2019

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If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge you have until Sunday: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/07/30/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-138-synonymsonly/

Thanks for dropping in and I hope you enjoyed this piece of whimsy… Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday #Poetry Challenge #Etheree -To better understand by Sally Cronin


Time of the week to respond to Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 137 and this week the prompt words were Kind and Shift and I have selected the synonyms ‘Genial and Change’

Etheree – To Better Understand by Sally Cronin

It
is most
genial
to meet someone
who is of like mind,
and who influences
us to explore and to change
the perspective we have of life,
so that we can better understand
how we are all connected together.

©Sally Cronin

©Sally Cronin 2019

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If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge you have until Sunday: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/07/23/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-137-synonymsonly/

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Poetry Challenge – Photo Prompt #Haibun – Those we leave behind by Sally Cronin


This week there is a change to the usual Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 136 as instead of prompt words, we have a photo prompt… exciting.

#Haibun – Those we leave behind by Sally Cronin

I wait in the shadows of the trees opposite the house. I glimpse movement as the family moves back and forth across the windows. A house of character, substantial and clearly a happy home. Tears run down my face and gather in grief below my chin. I do not have the will to wipe them away. They remind me of another time when I was part of the laughter and happiness. Those that I have left behind have moved on. Do they even remember me? A face appears at the window and stares across the street. A small child with a face that owes much to me, her grandmother. She waves and smiles. Content I fade back into the woods and on to my final destination.

Death is not the end
when we gift a part of us
to those left behind.

©Sally Cronin

I hope you will participate in this week’s photo prompt challenge over at Colleen’s: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/07/16/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-136-photoprompt/

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

 

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro Tuesday #Tanka Challenge… #Etheree – Fairy Tales by Sally Cronin


Time of the week to respond to Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 135 and this week the two prompt words are ‘Pretty and Ugly‘…. And I have selected the synonyms ‘Fair and Unsightly’

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Etheree – Fairy Tales by Sally Cronin

Fair
maidens
grace the plot
of old fables
and of fairy tales,
gaining princes and crowns.
How unfair of the writers,
to deny those more unsightly,
all the riches within the pages
and the right to happy ever after.

©Sally Cronin 2019

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If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge you have until Sunday: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/07/09/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-135-synonymsonly/

Your feedback is always appreciated thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro Tuesday #Tanka Challenge – In touch with the earth by Sally Cronin


This is my response to this week’s Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 134 and this week I have responded with a Tanka…

Tanka – In touch with the earth by Sally Cronin

My bare feet planted
deep in the rich soil beneath,
I feel the power
from the deep core of our earth,
rising into my body.

© Sally Cronin 2019

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If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge you have until Sunday :https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/07/02/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-134-synonymsonly-2/

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Poetry Challenge 133 -# Double Etheree- A Magpie’s Prize by Sally Cronin


Time to get our syllables and synonyms together in response to Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 133 and this week the prompt words were ‘Plan and Spend’ and I have chosen ‘Intent and Squander’ as my synonyms.

Double Etheree – A Magpie’s Prize by Sally Cronin

It
was not
the intent
of the magpie,
to squander away
the opportunity
to steal the shiny bauble
that was displayed so temptingly
on the sill of the open window,
permitting spring air and thieves to enter.
The bird cared not of the significance
of this pretty locket and its chain,
nor the sadness its theft would bring
to its elderly owner.
It only saw glitter
not faces within
of a love lost.
Down it flew
for his
prize.

©Sally Cronin 2019

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will participate in this week’s challenge from Colleen Chesebro: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/06/25/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-133-synonymsonly/

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge. – #Haibun – Life Lessons by Sally Cronin


This week Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 132  has the prompt words ‘Influence and Perception’ and I have chosen ‘ Mould and Sense’ for my Haibun and I have had a little fun with this one….

Life’s Lessons #Haibun by Sally Cronin

As I think about my life, I remember fondly those who have taught me important lessons. Their endeavours to mould me into a civilised individual. To domesticate and remove feral inclinations. To instil in me a sense of moral decency. How to enjoy life to its fullest. Imagine my surprise to determine, that the greatest teacher of all was a dog.

Their eyes have evolved
to look deep within our souls;
better to know man.
Little do we comprehend
how much they have to teach us.

©Sally Cronin 2019

I hope you have enjoyed.. and that you too will participate in this week’s challenge: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/06/18/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-132-synonymsonly/

 

 

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.

 

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/