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


This week  Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 223 is a Themeprompt set by last month’s star poet, Kat who has requested we “Pick a Flower” and using one of the syllabic forms tell why it is so important to us.

The sunflower was the logo for my health business and traveling through France and Spain it was always wonderful to come across fields of the golden flowers as they followed the sun’s progress across the sky.

There is a wonderful legend about a young maiden who falls in love with the god Apollo and he sends a shaft of light that turns her into a sunflower, forever destined to track his progress across the sky east to west each day.

Butterfly Cinquain – Sunflower

Symbol
of health and life
the sunflower brightens
every field that she graces.
Revered
by the ancients for golden oil
and her healing powers
she speaks to me
always

©Sally Cronin 2021

There is still time for you to participate in this week’s challenge:  Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 223 is a Themeprompt

 

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Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge 222 #Photoprompt – #Double Etheree – #The Future? by Sally Cronin


This week is a photoprompt in the Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 222 Photoprompt – Anita Dawes from last month’s challenge has provided the photo for this month’s challenge and I have created a stacked double etheree.

Image by mollyroselee from Pixabay

The Future?

Sand’s
golden
particles
imply richness
with promise of wealth
but is only fool’s gold
for those who worked this parched land
leaving abandoned reminders
of mankind’s lack of resilience
beneath the scorching power of the sun.
Even metal and brick cannot withstand
onslaught of scouring winds over time
and just one withered tree remains
of a once vibrant forest
felled to fuel human needs
thoughtless and greedy
robbing nature
of its chance
to save
us

©Sally Cronin 2021

There is still time to participate in this week’s challenge:  Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 222 Photoprompt

 

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Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Challenge – Double Reversed #Nonet – Ageism by Sally Cronin


This week for Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 221 it is synonyms only – for Search and Lost I have written a double reverse nonet on age related matters! I have chosen the synonyms Explore and Adrift.

Mind
body
and spirit
strive not to lose
the urge to explore
outside the barriers
created by young ageists
who dictate terms of existence
for those who have reached a certain age
How
quickly
they forget
who created
the technology
medical advances
and freedoms they now enjoy
are they scared that once set adrift
we might just show them a thing or two?

©Sally Cronin 2021

There is still time to participate in this week’s challenge: Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 221 it is synonyms only – for Search and Lost

 

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Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge No 216 – #shadorma – Mother Earth by Sally Cronin


For this week’s Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday Challenge 21 – synonyms only I was honoured to select the two prompt words..Eager and Hope..

I have written a shadorma – using the words Impatient and Promise..

Mother Nature

Mother Earth
throws off the mantle
of winter
Impatient
to share her sacred promise
of spring and rebirth.

©Sally Cronin 2021

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Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge – #Poetschoice – #ButterflyCinquain – The Circle of Life by Sally Cronin


This week it is Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 193 poet’s choice and I took a photograph this week in my garden and thought it made a useful prompt.

Butterfly Cinquain – The Circle of Life

Even
as the bloom dies
it still gives nourishment
to the visiting butterflies
in need.
Soon the flower’s petals will drop
having fulfilled it’s role
in the circle
of life.

©Sally Cronin 2020

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again:  Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 193 poet’s choice

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Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge -#Themeprompt – #ButterflyCinquain The Maps by Sally Cronin


This month Kerfe Roig from last month’s challenge picked the theme ‘Maps’…for Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 192 themeprompt

I have written a butterfly cinquain for the occasion.

Reef, Heart, Shape, Island, Corals, Atoll, Sea, Ocean

The Maps

The Maps
etched on my heart
stop me losing my way
any time that we are apart
in life.
They always guide me home to you
to safety in your arms
and the warmth of
your love.

©Sally Cronin 2020

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 192 themeprompt

 

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Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge #Photoprompt– #HaikuSequence – Tracks by Sally Cronin


Aishwarya, aka, Kitty from Kitty’s Verses has selected this month’s Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 191 Photoprompt

Image credit: no attribution

Haiku Sequence – Tracks

Into the distance
the one way track transports us
to our destiny.

There is no way back
once you board the train to fate
destination set.

How long our journey
in life may be preordained
but not how we live.

There will be places
to linger and find great joy
and people to love

Even dark tunnels
we might have to travel through
end with a bright light.

At the last station
as you alight from the train
do so with a smile.

©Sally Cronin

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 191 Photoprompt

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Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge – Butterfly #Cinquain – Embraced by Sally Cronin


This week for Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 190 Colleen has given us the prompts Circled and Squared and I have chosen the synonyms ‘Embraced and Balanced’ for my Butterfly Cinquain.

Baby, Mother, Infant, Child, Female, Happy, White, Joy

Embraced

Embraced
and protected
within their mother’s arms
babies view the world in safety
and calm.
Supported then by loving hands
balanced on two small feet
first steps are made
in life.

Feet, Children'S Feet, Baby, Barefoot

 

©Sally Cronin 2020

Images pixabay.com

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 190 

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Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge – #HaikuSequence – Rain by Sally Cronin


This week on Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 189 it is Poet’s Choice. I have chosen to write a Haiku Sequence about one of my favourite topics of conversation…Rain.

Haiku Sequence – Rain

It can be daunting
to find beauty in the rain
when it drowns the earth

Summer flowers strive
to retain vibrant colours
under such onslaught

Wind joins its cousin
laughing at the destruction
combined efforts bring

Birds sit and shiver
in the glistening hedgerows
desperate to feed

Then a ray of light
as sun fights its way through clouds
it has come to play

The wind and rain pause
waiting for the sun’s next move
in nature’s board game

They admit defeat
no match for the sun’s power
and leave in silence

Birds begin to sing
and flowers lift up their heads
to smile at the world.

 

 

©Sally Cronin 2020

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 189

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

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Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s weekly Tanka Challenge – Double #Etheree The Wisdom of Trees by Sally Cronin


This week on Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 188 themeprompt  author Sue Vincent has provide a wonderful quotation to respond to.

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.” Herman Hesse

Double Etheree – The Wisdom of Trees

Trees
ancient
observers
of history
have stories to tell
of man’s time on this earth.
Stored within each leaf and seed
the cellular memories wait
to be discovered by those that ask
for the gift of their infinite wisdom.
From green saplings to the giant redwoods
messages are carried on the winds.
Listen for the rustle of leaves
and the music that they make.
For as long as they sing
the world will be safe
but woe betide
should we cut
them all
down.

©Sally Cronin 2020

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link again: Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge 188 themeprompt

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

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