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.

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.
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

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Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 212 – Butterfly Cinquain – Fate’s Voice by Sally Cronin

Delighted to participate again this week in Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 212 – Synonyms Only –

The prompt words are Loose and Tight and I have selected Detached and Inflexible.

Here is my Butterfly Cinquain…

Fate’s Voice

the mind wanders
to explore the ‘what ifs’
of decisions made long ago
in life
designed to be inflexible
without the give and take
to allow fate
its voice.

©Sally Cronin 2021

I hope you have enjoyed my poem and if you would like to participate in this week’s challenge there is still time. Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 212 – Synonyms Only

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 – Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge – #Shadorma – A Beacon by Sally Cronin

We have a lovely image this week, selected by Ritu Bhathal as the prompt for Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry No 165 – Photoprompt

Shadorma – The Beacon

Each cold night
the light shines brightly,
a beacon
to the lost.
A promise of warm comfort
without harsh judgement.

©Sally Cronin 2020

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry No 165 – Photoprompt

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Friday 10th January 2020 – #BookRecommendations Aurora Jean Alexander, #Inspiration Charli Mills, #JapanesePoetry Colleen M. Chesebro

Welcome to some blogs I have enjoyed over the last couple of days that I think you might enjoy too. The first is from author Aurora Jean Alexander and she shares her top ten favourite books of all time.

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I once owned many, many books – shelves full of books. But lately, things have changed for me. I moved – and if I had taken everything with me, only my loads and loads of books would probably have filled an entire shipping container. I, therefore, decided on a handful of my favorites and I donated the rest of them. (that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re lost, after all, I have most of them electronically on my e-reader).

But a few books had to travel with me – books that are antiques – books that would have been lost if I hadn’t taken them… favorite books – MY favorite books, to be precise. Let me tell you what books I’m talking about – and why…

Head over find out the ten books that Aurora Jean considers her favourite including Shogun – James Clavell; Aurora Jean Alexander’s favourite 10 books of all time.

A.J. Alexander, Buy:  Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Website: Aurora Jean Alexander

This week on the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills   the prompt was a husband carrying his wife… interesting…

Also Charli shares her studies and the basis of the thesis she has written… And you can also read the fascinating story of  almost 100 year old Sirkka Tuomi Holm who is blind in one eye and can hardly see out the other. Born five days before women had the right to vote in the US, her foreign-born Finnish parents raised her to fight for what is right. She stood on picket lines as a child with the working class, joined the Army as a WAC in WWII, and stood up as a hostile witness under the hysteria of McCarthyism. She writes a column in the Finnish American Reporter monthly and says history will always repeat itself. She should know. She’s lived through it. A veteran and a woman born before the Vote. Yet living, breathing, and showing how the past informs the present 

Head over and find out more about this week’s prompt but also read the wonderful story of this remarkable woman Sirkka…: Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills January 9th.

A little about Charli Mills and find out more at Carrot Ranch

Good to meet you! I’m Charli Mills. From riding horses to writing stories, I’m a born buckaroo wrangling words. I once won a trophy for goat-tying and later, one for story-telling.

With over two decades in freelancing, publications, sales, marketing, editing and speaking, my writing is published in magazines, anthologies and online. I use my worldly experience to consult with organizations, schools, entrepreneurs, writers, and independent authors in the art and business of story-telling.

My byline has appeared in Montana Outdoors, Colours Literary Magazine, Edible Twin Cities and online at USA Today. I used to write wellness columns, and foodie features about turmeric and cheese-makers. I published over 200 print articles and managed the award-winning Living Naturally for 16 years.

For the final post today I have a short snippet from Colleen Chesebro that might help you out if you are unfamiliar with Japanese poetry forms… and today Colleen sheds the light on Haiku and Senryu…

#Haiku & #Senryu Poetry Forms

Now that I’ve got the 2019 Poet of the Week Compilation sorted, I wanted to talk more about writing and creating Haiku and Senryu in English with the traditional rules and what I call the “current” rules. Read my post here: 5/7/5 vs 3/5/3 & 2/3/2 Haiku & Senryu Styles for more information.

My challenge post for this week is Poet’s Choice, so this gives me an opportunity to go over the different forms.

HAIKU IN ENGLISH is written in these forms: Traditional form 5/7/5, Current 3/5/3, and Current 2/3/2 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about season changes, nature, and change in general.

I’ll write a Haiku in each form to illustrate. First 5/7/5 – traditional form:

Head over to read examples of the various forms of Haiku and Senryu styles and I can highly recommend the weekly challenge for flexing your syllabic muscles: Colleen Chesebro explains Haiku and Senryu Poetry forms

Colleen Chesebro, BuyAmazon US –  And:  Amazon UK   –   Goodreads: Colleen at Goodreads –  Website: Colleen Chesebro

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read these posts in full.. thanks Sally.