Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Weekly Challenge #Butterfly #Cinquain – Blossom by Sally Cronin

This week on Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge 273  I was invited to select the specific format… which is a Butterfly Cinquain… which happens to be one of my favourites.

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Butterfly Cinquain – Blossom – Sally Cronin

rich in promise
to flourish and to thrive
fulfil the dreams nurtured through life
from birth
A warning too that time is short
some opportunities
like blooms can be

©  Sally Cronin 2022

My most recent book is a collection of poetry and was published in July 2021

One of the reviews for the collection

Toni Pike 5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful book of poetry Reviewed in Australia on August 28, 2021

You can find all my books and buy links: Sally’s Books and Reviews 2022


Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed the poem.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Weekly Challenge – #MirrorCinquain – Fire and Water by Sally Cronin

This week It is a theme prompt by Donna Matthews in Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge Fire and Water…. I have created a mirror cinquain

Mirror Cinquain – Fire and Water

in our bellies
desire to blaze a trail
power to set the world alight
or burn
vital to sustain life on earth
when poured cold upon us
can extinguish
our dreams

©Sally Cronin 2022

My most recent book is a collection of poetry and was published in July 2021

One of the reviews for the collection

Terry Tyler 5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect Reviewed in the United Kingdom

I am somewhat blown away by this book – it’s a work of art.

You can find all my books and buy links: Sally’s Books and Reviews 2022


Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed the poem.. thanks Sally.



Smorgasbord Book Reviews Recap – November 2021 – #Mystery Joan Hall, #Western Sandra Cox, #Children’s Toni Pike, #Poetry Elizabeth Gauffreau, History Patricia Furstenberg, #Poetry Colleen Chesebro, #Anthology Allan Hudson and Other Authors

Welcome to the recap of my book reviews in November and the first is for Joan Hall for her psychological mystery short story. House of Sorrow: Legends of Madeira

My review for the book November 1st 2021

I have read great reviews for this prequel to The Legends of Madeira series, and I was certainly not disappointed. Great characters, descriptive writing and a sustained air of mystery throughout the story.

Set in the 1960s, and the town of Madeira, we are introduced to Ruth who has lived in one of the few remaining Victorian homes in the street for most of her married life. Following the death of her husband, a former police chief, Ruth is under pressure from family to move into assisted living.

She reflects on her life in the house and town since the 1960s and we discover more about her background, marriage and the major events of the decade that impacted the nation and the world with both sorrow and jubilation

Ruth had loved the house and lavished time and effort to bring both the interior and the porch back to its former glory. A favourite in the neighbourhood with neighbours and their children she becomes a much loved part of the community.

Over the years there are veiled hints about the house and its previous owners. Ruth brushes them aside as superstition, and the active imagination of Sam a close neighbour and friend. Until suddenly one day it all becomes very real.

Now in old age and alone, she carries a burden. Whoever lives in the house next must be warned.

This book is a great way to introduce the town of Madeira and importantly the house, opening the door to the first book in the series which I am looking forward to reading.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK

Other books by Joan Hall

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Read other reviews and follow Joan: Goodreads – Website: Joan Hall – Blog: Joan HallBookBub: Joan Hall – Facebook: Joan Hall Writes – Twitter: @JoanHallWrites

My next review is for Sandra Cox for the western romance another wonderful read, Tumblestar

My review for the book November 6th 2021

What can I say… Sandra Cox always succeeds in sweeping her readers away to the plains and towns of the West. Her characters are so engaging and even those who smell like rotten buffalo hides are drawn in great detail.

There is danger, adventure and of course romance with some heart stopping moments when it seems all will be lost… heroes and villains vie for attention, as do the magnificent wild horses that roam the prairies.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know rancher Coop Malloy, his multi-tasking cook, the lovely Randa and Coop’s niece Kalli and those who find themselves welcomed into their warm kindness.

Apart from the danger and heart stopping moments it is also a feel good read that you won’t be able to put down.

Highly recommended for western and romance fans.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon USAmazon UK

A small selection of Sandra’s books

Read the reviews and buy the books : Amazon UK –And: Amazon US- follow Sandra Cox: Goodreads – Blog: Sandra Cox Blogspot – Twitter:@Sandra_Cox

With Christmas in a few weeks I thought I might check out more children’s books and delighted to share my review for Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike.

My review for the book November 11th 2021

The book does begin on a sad note with the death of Brody’s mother in an accident when he was a baby. However, he and his dad have become very close and lead a rather relaxed lifestyle with a flexible approach to nutrition and after school activities. Brody loves his father completely and their close relationship. He is therefore very put out when a whirlwind romance ends up with a new stepmother, a famous children’s author, who has different ideas about both suitable breakfasts and homework.

His friend Kyle becomes convinced that a UFO has landed, and it is rather coincidental that Brody’s stepmother, who seems a little too perfect, arrived on the scene at the same time.

We follow Brody and his friends as they investigate how his stepmother seems to have special powers of persuasion, and why despite their misgivings, they seem to be falling under her spell.

Many children are faced with loss of a parent or a split in their parent’s relationship which leads to a stepmother or stepfather trying to find a way to integrate into an established family unit. This story highlights this with a humourous tale involving overactive imaginations and a need on both sides of the dilemma to find common ground and acceptance.

Apart from an entertaining read, I think younger children who are experiencing this change in dynamics within their family would find it very helpful as they make adjustments in their lives. Also the adults who are attempting to win hearts and minds as newcomers into a new home.

The story is relevant in today’s society, the characters are all delightful and I can highly recommend.

Head over to buy the book: USAUKAustralia Canada

Also by Toni Pike for children and adults

Connect to Toni: Buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Toni:Goodreads – Website: Toni PikeTwitter: @piketoni1

My next review was for the poetry collection,that is both poignant and thought provoking.  Grief Songs: Poems of Love & Remembrance -Elizabeth Gauffreau

My review for the collection 13th November 2021.

As we get older we lose more of those we love, and grief is one of the hardest of life’s experiences to comes to term with. Brief eulogies that express love and respect for a person are often more meaningful than longer testaments to their life.

This is the case in Elizabeth Gauffreau’s collection of syllabic poetry. Brief glimpses into the lives of her parents as they met and married, followed by early childhood memories and the teen years.

The wonderful early family images set the scene and the words bring them to life. They are emotionally engaging and evoke the reader’s own memories and also regrets for lost opportunities to share more moments with those no longer with us. For example:

27 Edgewood Road

clearing out the house
entering forbidden rooms
hidden photographs
baby picture never seen
her pride in me now showing.

A collection for reflection and enjoyment.

Head over to read the reviews and buy the collection:
Amazon US And : Amazon UK

Also by Elizabeth Gauffreau

Read the reviews and buy: Amazon US – and : Amazon UK – Read more reviews and follow Elizabeth: Goodreads – Twitter: @LGauffreau

The next review is for Patricia Furstenberg – Transylvania’s History A to Z: 100 Word Stories

My review for the book November 20th 2021

What an amazing way to learn history, particularly of a country that has such a rich and tempestuous story to tell.

The author has written 100 word fiction for each entry dating back to paleolithic times with the historical background to the story following. The stories tell of a country that is tempting to invaders, inhabited by resilient and proud people, who have survived extraordinary periods of occupation by Romans and successive marauders from neigbouring kingdoms many times over the centuries.

Transylvania is showcased in wonderful photographs, either of the breathtaking scenery or surviving historical structures of monuments. It is clear that Patricial Furstenberg has a deep knowledge of the country and its history and a love and respect for it too.

She offers a guided tour through the ages using fiction and fact creatively and compiled with great skill.

Not only do I have a greater understanding of the history of Transylvania but it has encouraged me to explore it further. Recommended

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A small selection of other books by Patricia Furstenberg (some in Afrikaans)

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK Blog: Alluring Creations Goodreads: Goodreads – Twitter: @PatFurstenberg

More delightful poetry in a multi-author anthology – Word Weaving #1: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse – The Moons of Autumn. – Colleen Chesebro, Jules Paige and other Poets

About the collection

Word Weaving is a yearly poetry journal, and for our first issue, we bring you poetry crafted from a broad mix of new and established voices across the spectrum of Japanese and American syllabic poetry forms. Enjoy this collection of poems that celebrate the Moons of Autumn.

Contributing Poets:

Annette Rochelle Aben, Mona Bedi, Nancy Brady, Colleen M. Chesebro, Goutam Dutta, Bill Engleson, Elizabeth F., Andrea Finichiu, D.L. Finn, Jeff Flesch, Ken Gierke, Franci Hoffman, Thom Kerr, Sujata Khanna, Ruth Klein, Jules Paige, D. Wallace Peach, Gwen M. Plano, M. J. Mallon, R.V. Mitchell, Elaine Patricia Morris, Lisa Smith Nelson, Pat Raffington, Susmita Ramani, Kerfe Roig, Aishwarya Saby, Akhila Siva, Merril D. Smith, Willow Willers, Cheryl Wood.

My review for the Journal 25th November 2021

This is an excellent example of how a collaboration between writers can result in a wonderful collection of thought provoking and heartwarming poetry.

Syllabic poetry is a broad term for the formats such as Haiku, Rnga, Tanka, Haibun, Gogyohka, Cinaquain, Etheree and other Japanese verse. There are examples of many of these forms from the contributing poets in tribute to the autumn moon, and all stand out as poignant, witty and memorable.

Very tough to highlight favourites but here is a small taste which I hope will encourage you to read the collection in full. Apart from a wonderful 18 stanza Renga by the poets spearheading this collection, Colleen M. Chesebro and Jules Paige, here are two other examples of the quality of the poetry offered.

D. Wallace Peach

moonlight stitches lace
frosty hems on scarlet leaves
glints of fallen stars

Gwen M. Plano

the empress rises
summer and winter curtsy
nature holds its breath
while the symphony begins
fireflies dance in the moonlight

A lovely collection to dip into.

Head over to buy the collection: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK

Also by Colleen M. Chesebro

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US And:Amazon UKGoodreads: Colleen at Goodreads – Website Wordcraft poetryAuthor blog: Colleen Chesebro Twitter: @ColleenChesebro

This is my review for the seasonal collection of short stories featuring nine authors and their stories. Autumn Paths: An Anthology.

About the Anthology

Nine writers from both sides of the Atlantic, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have created this miscellany of stories.

These tales of family, mystery, intrigue, adventure, and suspense will take you across continents, through time and space in this world and others. With a linking theme of autumn, discover new landscapes, encounter new and intriguing characters, uncover secrets and lies, and witness the resolution of old enmities.

Take the first step on this roller-coaster of an emotional journey, and you won’t be disappointed.

My review for the anthology November 26th 2021

I enjoyed them all and if I was to mention just one or two to highlight it would be Winter Tar by Jeremy Thomas Gilmer – a glimpse into an Ireland in a post-apocalyptic world of the return of the Viking raids. And The Path to Redemption by Pierre C. Arseneault
which will strike a chord for anyone who returns home out of necessity when all they wish to do is leave their past behind.
If you are looking for a well-written multi-genre collection to enjoy then I have no hesitation in recommending.

Head over to buy the collection: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK – Reviews: Goodreads

To read more about the contributing authors.. here is the link to my full review: Authumn Anthology


Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.




Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday June 7th 2021 – #Food #Environment Carol Taylor, #Blogging #Interview Hugh W. Roberts, #Poetry Colleen Chesebro

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days… I hope you will head over to read them in full.. thanks Sally.

If you missed all of Carol Taylor’s posts this week then you can catch up with her round up – Bread.. culinary alphabet.. all things stiletto, Bon Bon fruit and Saturday Snippets.

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…It is now officially rainy season here so there will definitely be some dancing in the rain…its also officially the month of June…

June contains the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day with the most daylight hours, and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, the day with the fewest daylight hours…

Just in case you missed any posts this week or love to catch up like I do… snuggle down in your favourite place… get comfy in your favourite corner with your favourite drink tea/coffee or hot chocolate although depending on where in the world you live it could be a glass of wine or two…Cheers!


A staple in most diets, but did you know that 1 million loaves of bread are thrown away in the UK?…a day!

Head over to read Carol’s posts from the week: CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…May 30th-5th June 2021…#Stiletto Heels, Whimsy, Music and Lifestyle Changes

Hugh Roberts has been out and about this week as the guest on Thoughtsnlife Blog with host Bella… find out more about why Hugh blogs and what he considers to be key elements of a great blogging experience.

Welcome to the twelfth interview of the Let’s Get Inspired Series. A series where I interview our fellow bloggers on their blogging process, what they write about, their passions, their blogging dreams and their blogging tips. Each blogger has a specialty, well, more than one. Which I attempt to bring out in the interview.

Today we are going to speak to Hugh W. Roberts of Hugh’s News & Views blog.

I came across Hugh’s blog mainly because of his blogging tips and tricks. It was one of Hugh’s blog posts on the new block editor that got me to take the plunge. I am now a convert and enjoy the block editor.

What also drew me to Hugh’s blog is that he also lives in the UK.

What I didn’t know at the time is that Hugh is an author and has several books published. He also writes in his blog about publishing and writing books which I find helpful.

Actually, all Hugh’s blogs post are helpful, inspiring and creates enthusiasm in me.

I hope you enjoy this interview with Hugh. It is lovely how Hugh overcame aspects of his life to blog and write his book. 

Head over to read the rest of Hugh’s interview: Let’s Get Inspired by Hugh W. Roberts

Now for Colleen Chesebro’s poetry stars from last week’s challenge which was ‘Poet’s Choice’. This particular theme of the challenge means that there is a wide and varied selection of poetry covering many of life’s events, hopes, expectations and celebrations.

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was Poets Choice. At the first of the month, we can write any syllabic poetry form of our choice.

Head over to click on the links to read some amazing poetry:
Tanka Tuesday Poetry Stars with Colleen Chesebro


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over to read the posts in full..thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 18th May 2021 -#Interview Robbie Cheadle with M.J. Mallon, #Poetry Colleen Chesebro, #Fishdish New Vintage Kitchen

 A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days… I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is an interview with M. J. Mallon who shares her love of reading and writing poetry by Robbie Cheadle and hosted on the blog of Kaye Lynne Booth..

My Treasuring Poetry guest today is talented author and poet M J Mallon. I am delighted to host Marje here and hope you enjoy her thoughts on poetry and her favourite poem.

Which of your own poems is your favourite?

This was such a difficult decision, I have at least three favourites! I narrowed it down to the robin. The robin and the dragonfly are my spirit animals and trees are also a huge inspiration. I’ve written about all of these and more in Mr. Sagittarius.

Head over to enjoy the post in full: Treasuring Poetry: Meet author and poem M J Mallon

On the subject of poetry, the next post is the recap of last week’s Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Poetry Challenge... always some amazing poems from the participants that you can follow the links to read.

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to choose synonyms for the words, “life and move,” chosen by Ritu, using one of these forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, and Abhanga poetry.

Remember… the first of the month you can write any syllabic poetry form of your choice. The rest of the time, we write our syllabic poetry in one of the forms listed, and we follow a schedule (posted below).

I do this for a couple of reasons. It requires those of you who would like to enter contests or to submit your poetry to literary journals to learn how to follow their rules. This challenge gives you that practice. Besides, why enter a challenge if you don’t follow the rules? That’s the challenging part. ❤ 

Head over to enjoy some first class poetry:TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY STARS | #SynonymsOnly: “Life & Move”

Time for another recipe from Dorothy of the New Vintage Kitchen. We eat a lot of fish and finding new and delicious ways to prepare and present it is always welcome..

This is a quick and simple recipe that is weeknight easy or Sunday dinner delicious, in fact, we had it this weekend!

Everyone in the family loves this. When you start with potatoes and onions, add some zucchini, some lovely herbs, then offer up the marinara and fresh cod, how could you not have a winner?
Baby Blues

I used baby blue potatoes in this, but you can substitute any small potato, or other firm potato such as red bliss that will keep its shape after roasting. If you use a larger potato, cut it into bite-sized pieces.

You can also use any white fish that you like that is in season, such as halibut or haddock. 

Head over to read the recipe for this simple but very tasty cod dish: Cod with Roasted Vegetables, Olives, and Marinara Sauce


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

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – #DoubleNonet – The Crocodile by Sally Cronin

This week on Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry No 178 – Photoprompt the image has been selected by Vashti Q. Vega, from last month’s challenge


Image Credit: Balaji Malliswamy

Double Nonet – The Crocodile

For millions of years the crocodile
developed the skill of patience
watchful and still he awaits
beneath his camouflage
of succulent leaves
tempting fodder
for careless
short lived
he is
there is beauty
in his scaly form
honed as it has evolved
into this fearsome hunter
whose only predator is man
desiring his skin as a trophy

©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 178 – Photoprompt

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

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

This week on Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry No 177 – Synonyms Only Colleen has challenged to write a poem including synonyms for ‘Transition and Harmony’  I have selected ‘Passage and Goodwill’

Etheree – Advancing Years

I view
my body
in the mirror
it is clear to see
that the passage of time
has created some changes
to the original blueprint
but at least the years have shown goodwill
by sparing my mind from their advances.

©Sally Cronin 2020


Thanks for dropping by and if you would like to participate in Colleen’s Poetry challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry No 177 – Synonyms Only 

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

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday February 25th 2020 – #Recycling Carol Taylor, #Chocolate Eat Dessert First, #Poetry Colleen Chesebro

Time for Carol Taylor’s climate change and recycling update for the week with some interesting and innovative ways to use plastics… such as the saffron robes of Buddhist monks… and also a reminder to those protesting about climate change and child labour that the device clamped to their ear or the screen in front of them requires precious metals and often involves slave labour… and something to think about – the cost on the environment of alternatives to milk.

Recycling and Climate Change……Are we doing enough?

I have agonised about this post…I have been banging the same drum for quite a while…It does seem however that the more research I do and the more I discover that you would think that I am enlightened, I have a clear path which I wish to follow and everything is rosy… I am doing the right thing…I AM SAVING THE WORLD…

It certainly doesn’t feel like that…at times…sigh

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Milk or more to the point cows milk…I have never been a great milk drinker even as a child… we had free milk at school and I just didn’t like it…In the end, my mum wrote a note and I was excused from drinking it…I love rice pudding and porridge although I do dilute the milk a little …I just for some reason have never liked drinking just a glass of milk…Yeah, Yeah… a fussy kid I hear you…

Head over to read the rest of Carol’s weekly report: Carol Taylor Climate Change and Recycling Are We Doing Enough?

Enjoy the new series for 2020 : Carol Taylor – A-Z of Food

One of the foods that is rarely wasted is chocolate…. and a new series is starting on Eat Dessert First on this delicious food that very few people dislike…

A sweet trip into the world of chocolate begins…

Our chocolate tart is healthy and therefore we can enjoy a big piece!

We like to approach the subjects we discuss in a methodic way, so we will start with the definition of chocolate. The broad term chocolate refers to preparations that contain seeds from the fruits of the cocoa tree (cacao tree or Theobroma cacao) as a basic ingredient.

The fruit of the cocoa tree.

The route from the plant to the products -which are either consumed directly or used in pastry- is briefly presented by the National Confectioners Association: the farmers open the fruits, take the seeds out and then a process of fermenting and drying follows. Then, the seeds are shipped all over the world, where they get checked and cleaned, baked and ground. The outcome is the chocolate liquor, a dense liquid.

Head over to find out more about the production process that ends up with that sweetness on our well as a stunning recipe for that healthy chocolate cake.. sounds too good to be true, but pass me a plate…: Eat Dessert First – Chocolate – Chocolate Tart

About the Eat Dessert First Team on this Greek/English blog.

We are a team of amateur bakers, children’s educators, writers and sociocultural researchers, based in Athens. What describes us best is that we eat dessert first! But not only… our name symbolises our wish for all the nice and sweet things in life to come first.

Eat Dessert First team doing what they does best… Devouring the sweets they prepared!

Our purpose is to approach aspects of the everyday life that are on our minds, by looking at them in a new perspective and studying them in their historic and cultural evolution… all that through our love for desserts. And of course to discover the history of our favorite sweets! Also, we take a sweet trip every now and then, to meet new places, customs, sights, activities, nature and -what else- little local treats! We don’t forget to exercise too, in order to eat our desserts without remorse…Find out more about the Eat Dessert Team in English

And finally today a reminder of this week’s challenge from Colleen Chesebro… this week it is the ‘theme prompt‘. A weekly treat for me, one of the few that does not require an elastic waist band on my jeans!

Head over to find out what the theme prompt is for February and details of how you can participate: Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry No 166 – Theme Prompt

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy all the posts in full.. thanks Sally.