It has been quite a while. Just under four months really, but it feels like years. I have missed you all. I have missed walking through fascinating minds here. I have missed the joys of reading your pieces and learning from them. I have missed your words of encouragement and advice. I have missed … Continue reading Hello!
I ponder where do their hopes differ She drinks of crimson red drops And bites of his flesh They wash the darkness away to reveal a heart white as snow and filled with gold The sun and moon sing Leave them be, let them believe Without hope man dies. I ponder yet again … Continue reading So many Qs
"Giving up is not an option!" Mother's words echoed as I reached my breaking point. Her words from many years ago became a lifeline that pulled me back to reality. Her darks eyes had held mine unwaveringly as she said them, urging me to never forget. Now, I must muster the strength to survive … Continue reading Never give up!
Do you remember? Mama told you and I That our wings would take us places never before seen To the fifth and sixth seasons that humans know not of As the winds ruffle my feathers I chuckle as I recall my doubt when mama spoke Twirling and sailing in the air I speed up then … Continue reading Up in the air
Today I give of a different side of me. A side hidden under the layers you want to see. The side of me drowning in a sea of guilt. Ignoring your life buoys, I struggle in desperation as the tides rise and the storm builds. This storm is of your make. Your rules are the death … Continue reading For the love of Id
So many talents on display here. I absolutely adore every story and I had to share. The competition was stiff.
Congratulations to Colleen on winning first place! I didn’t see the twist coming at all.
By Sherri Matthews
Well, we asked for travel stories with a twist, and we got ‘em. Thank you so much to all who entered, 29 in all. You’ve taken us around the world (twice), to Rome and through most of Europe, to Morocco, Lima, on sun-drenched holidays including the Caribbean and Hawaii, up mountains, along the coast, to a Harry Potter conference in San Francisco, a monastery, Lake Michigan, Key West, Rock Springs and the weird and wonderful Garbled Creese. We’ve walked, ran and hiked, and travelled by car, cruise ship, plane, bus, motorhome, and broomstick.
The high quality and enjoyment of every story, however, did not make it easy for the judges. I don’t like this part of the job! First, I verified every story’s word count and sadly had to eliminate 2, one just under, one just below 99 words. Then we narrowed it down with each of…
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Keep reading if like me, you haven’t heard of a Nonet poem before. Colleen educates us on what a Nonet poem is. I absolutely love her take on the form though the story behind it gives me the heebie-jeebies.
This week, I’m adding another poetry format to Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge that is similar to the Etheree, except there are nine lines instead of ten. Everyone loves the Etheree, and I just couldn’t wait till the beginning of the new year to add a similar form. ❤ Many thanks to Jane Dougherty for the suggestion.
You can find the instructions on how to write the Nonet poem under the menu item: Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Challenge Guidelines.(P.S. I need to update this page)
For this week’s challenge, I used the word algid for cold, and purest for safe.
How to write a Nonet Poem:
A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc… until line nine finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject.
line 1 – 9 syllables
line 2 – 8…
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I leaf through the books of old. Like a leech to skin, I suck in the feats of warriors past. Each word gives light to stories not written. I wish I could tell each of them that none is forgotten. Their descendants takes delight in their every effort. In every word and thought left … Continue reading Be what you seek
Today, Robbie Cheadle, stopped by to talk about a topic that is dear to my heart: poetry. I’ll be reviewing this book soon. ❤
Robbie and her friend, Kim Blades, collaborated on a poetry book called “Open a New Door.” This is a new release and you will find links to the book below.
I always like reading poetry. I enjoyed the descriptions, rhythm and word combinations. When I was a very small girl, I enjoyed nursery rhymes and rhyming songs and as I got older, I read books like The Hobbit and Emily of New Moon and really enjoyed the poems included in these books.
As an adult, there have been a few poems that have
completely captured my imagination.
The first poem is “Dante’s Inferno,” which is the first part of Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century epic poem, Divine Comedy. The Inferno tells the…
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I, A horse, Awaiting Her brave rider. I am not choosy Neither am I easy. The rider's will matters here. I won't be conquered by the weak. My language is persistence and strength. Control your mind, believe in you, you'll win. Lake of bright fire Beside, blue green river flows Battle of equals He Falters, … Continue reading Conquer the world – Just a horse ride