Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Poetry Challenge – Mirror #Cinquain – Ritual of Mehndi by Sally Cronin


This week in Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 161 we are treated to a photo prompt selected by Willow Willers which is stunning.

Image Willow Willers.

Mirror Cinquain – Ritual of Mehndi

This night
before we wed,
my hands reflect my joy
with designs applied with henna
and care.
Beauty
may fade as will this rich pattern,
but not my love for you,
vivid and strong
for life.

©Sally Cronin

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge you have until Sunday: Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 161 photoprompt

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

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Thanks for dropping by and your feedback is always very welcome.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge – Butterfly Cinquain – Friendship


For the first Tuesday in the month for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 159 it is poet’s choice.  I have selected a Butterfly Cinquain…

Friendship

Friendship
within our world
belies the divisions
aired by those who think they are strong.
In truth,
Those that hold on to their power
by creating distrust,
fear and hatred,
are weak.

©Sally Cronin

Also this week Colleen shared the pdf of the compilation of Poets of the Week and honourable mentions during 2019. FREE for you to download to read and to print off: Colleen Chesebro 2019 Compilation

If you would like to join in this week’s challenge then head over to find out more about the poetry forms and the rules: Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 159

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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Christmas – Colleen Chesebro’s #Poetry Challenge -#Double Etheree Happy Christmas by Sally Cronin


Being the first challenge of the month, Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 156 is left to our discretion as ‘Poet’s Choice’.

Having lived in several countries during the last six decades, it has meant that we have celebrated Christmas in a number of languages, with people of other faiths. There have been some amazing celebrations and parties, and without exception we have all come together in love and friendship irrespective of our individual beliefs. And the wonderful outcome is their reciprocation in including us in their own traditional celebrations.

Double Etheree – Happy Christmas by Sally Cronin

You
would think
at my age,
I would have lost
this childish delight
and anticipation
of the weeks of fun ahead.
Christmas represents many things,
depending on our faith or culture,
but at its heart is peace and love to all.
We are encouraged to be inclusive,
and change the name of this festival,
to call it just ‘the holidays’.
But my friends of other faiths
are delighted to share
our celebrations,
bringing their love
and friendship
as their
gift.

©Sally Cronin  2019

If you would like to participate in this lovely weekly challenge then please head over to Colleen’s for all the details: Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 156

My thanks to Colleen for kindly including my latest release this week in her new poetry bookstore Tanka Poetry bookstore

 

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Thank you for dropping in today and as always your feedback is very welcome..Sally.

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge #Photoprompt – The Moonlight Concerto by Sally Cronin


This week in the Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 145 we are being asked to write in response to the photo prompt selected by last month’s winner of the challenge, Diana Wallace Peach.. I have composed a double Etheree – The Moonlight Concerto

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Double Etheree – The Moonlight Concerto

Shunned
and scorned
by others
the ugly troll
hid deep in the woods.
Despite his appearance
he had the sweetest nature.
His greatest gift was his music
that drew outcasts from the dark shadows
to listen beside the moonlit river.
Among them was a windblown poppy seed
that was enchanted by the sweet sounds.
As if by magic it unfurled
into a crimson flower
that swayed to the soft notes.
For the only time
in his sad life
the creature
felt true
joy.

©Sally Cronin 2019

If you would like to participate in this month’s photo prompt… here is the link: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/10/15/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-145-photoprompt-2/

 

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday #Tanka Challenge – ‘Rejection’ by Sally Cronin


This week for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 148 Colleen Chesebro has given us the prompt words ‘Empty and Space’ and I have selected the synonyms ‘Hollow and Distance

Butterfly Cinquain ‘Rejection’

Silence
magnifies time
and distance between us
and your rejection leaves my heart
hollow.
The promises we made that day
are scattered in the wind
and dreams have turned
to dust.

©sally cronin 2019

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge, here is the link: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/10/08/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-148-synonymsonly/

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge – Poet’s Choice #Double Etheree – The Spell by Sally Cronin


This week it is poet’s choice for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 147 and since time is whizzing faster than I can keep up with… I thought I would remind you just what October is really all about…time to get prepared for the night of reckoning….

The Spell by Sally Cronin

Step
into
October.
The month when those
who live in shadows
stir in unholy crypts.
Plans are afoot for mischief.
The victims are those that breathe air,
can survive the bright glare of sunlight,
and are unaware of the doom to come.
But there is a spell to thwart the demons.
Potent when spoken by a young child,
more so when they are in costume
with fangs and a devil’s tail.
So remember humans
on that special night
always respond
not with trick
but with
treat.

©Sally Cronin 2019

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/10/01/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-147-poetschoice/

Thank you for dropping in and I hope that you have enjoyed this week’s response.. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge No. 144 – Double #Etheree -The Charm of Fairies by Sally Cronin


This week’s prompt words for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 144 were ‘Enchant and Fly’ and I have used the synonyms ‘Charm and Soar’ for my double etheree

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Double etheree – The Charm of Fairies – Sally Cronin

I
believe
in fairies.
I have done so
since I was a child,
and saw them clear as day.
Finding me they sought to charm,
fluttering on gossamer wings,
and sprinkling fairy dust in my eyes,
so I could see the magic in our world.
People will state that they do not exist,
and are of the imagination.
This is because they have not seen,
or felt the wonders you have.
Not all this world is known,
or those parallel.
Let in the joy
and you will
learn to
soar

©sally cronin 2019

If you would like to participate in this week’s poetry challenge then please head over and check the post: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/09/10/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-144-synonymsonly/

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge – Butterfly Cinquain – Message in a Bottle by Sally Cronin


This week on Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 141 we have a photo prompt… and I decided to respond with a Butterfly Cinquain..

Message in a Bottle – Butterfly Cinquain by Sally Cronin

Bottle
with a message
thrown into the currents
and carried across the oceans
Buried
with starfish as its sentinels.
Alone on an island
a castaway
still waits.

©Sally Cronin 2019

Please head over to find out how to participate in this week’s challenge: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/08/20/template-colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-141-photoprompt/

Thanks for dropping by and your feedback is always appreciated.. thanks Sally.

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

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.