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AND THE EARTH SHOOK

Hey folks! Below lies my poetic response to the awful impact of the massive earthquake in Syria & Turkey currently playing out on our TV screens. 👇

AND THE EARTH SHOOK

The earth shook violently
Venting it’s anger
And buildings collapsed
Tumbling down
Like a deck of concrete cards
The poeple quake in fear
Scurrying; scrambling for safety
Only to be buried
Neath the piles of rubble
Rescuers digging them out
With their bare hands
For that’s all
Their resources allow.
Over 5,000 dead
With more expected
This natural disaster,
Wracking up fatalities
Faster than points
On a pinball machine
In countries already
Crippled & besieged
By war; hunger & disease
It scarcely seems natural
Or fair. All this loss
All this suffering
At the tectonic whim
Of earth’s fragile; shifting plates
And we look on
Helplessy
Maybe even a little upset
From our tablets; phones
And TV screens
At this tragic occurrence
That’ll barely measure
0.1 on the Richter scale
Of our daily lives.

BLOG GOALS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

Morning folks! Hope ye all had a lovely weekend! 🤞🙏😁 Welcome back to my weekly Blog Goals for the Week Ahead where I set out my blog schedule and creative goals for the coming week. So, without further ado.

First up today, after this blog of course, will be my 1st motivational running quote of the week followed by 3 more on Wednesday; Friday & Saturday morning. Hope they will inspire you all in some way. 🤞🙏🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️😁

Then tomorrow, I plan to publish 2 poems for ye’re enjoyment. The first one of which will be titled AFFECTIONATELY HEADSTRONG inspired by my youngest girl: Ava! 😁 This will be followed by my response to Sadje’s latest #WhatDoYouSee #WDYS Poetry Image Prompt. If you want to participate in the prompt then you can access it through the following link:

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2023/02/06/what-do-you-see-14/

On Wednesday, I hope to publish another poem which will be written in response to d’Verse’s latest Quadrille Prompt.

Then on Thursday, I plan to recite the poem I wrote around this time last year titled LOVE IS… for my Throwback Thursday series of Poetry Readings which for the next 3 weeks is going to feature readings on the subject of love & loss. Then later in the day I’ll be posting my response to d’Verse’s latest Poetics Prompt

On Friday I hope to respond to some of the other prompts on here such as Moonwashed Weekly Prompt; Reena’s Xploration Challenge &/or WeaveWrittenWeekly over at the Skeptic’s Kaddish. And maybe return to my Poetry Quotes reflection blog?!

On Saturday, we’ll have one more poem for the Week which will be followed up by my regular Blog Recap on Sunday with links to all the blogs I posted during the previous week. Hope you enjoyed the read and come back next Monday for more of the same. 🤞🙏😁📖

EFFERVESCENT LIGHT

The poem below is dedicated to & inspired by my oldest girl: Grace. Hope you all enjoy the read! 🤞🙏😁📖

EFFERVESCENT LIGHT

She’s a sponge
She’s a light
A curious cat
Beacon in the night

She’s effervescent
A pure delight
Sparkling & carefree
Full of love & life

She’s a big heart
Wears it on her sleeve
Clever & whip smart
Like a summer breeze

A breath of fresh air
A human dynamo
Full of natural energy
Always on the go

She’s fully plugged in
To another source
Out of this world
An ethereal force

Of sensitive strength
A spirit that’s tough
An intuitive mind
That calls your bluff

She’s Rapunzel
She’s a princess
A mischief maker
Who likes to mess

She’s painting pictures
And building blocks
Melting our hearts
As she turns the key to unlock

The inner child in us
Inviting us out to play
To keep learning
Something new each day

She’s full of Grace
A gift from God
Irrepressible
And beautifully odd

HONEST IMPERFECTION: Stream of Consciousness Saturday (Perfection)

This week, Linda over at her Stream of Consciousness page has given us the word: PERFECTION as our prompt. Below lies my contribution: 👇👇👇 Hope that ye enjoy the read! 🙏🤞😁📖

HONEST IMPERFECTION

Perfection is something we’re all lured into striving after from time to time but it’s overrated & unattainable. It sounds lovely & noble in theory but it’s a fool’s game and will surely let us down and disappoint us. The concept & possibility of perfection is sold to us every day on TV: YouTube; Facebook; Instagram etc. It’s impossible to get away from! The perfect house; body; outfit; hairstyle; friendships etc. It’s exhausting! I suppose there’s no such thing as perfection really, just doing your best to be better than you were yesterday & what’s right for you. Not what’s right for others or how society; friends or social media tells you to behave. It may not be perfect but it is honest and true! 👍😁❤️

Should you wish to participate in the prompt then you can access it through the following link below: 👇👇👇

https://lindaghill.com/2023/02/03/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-feb-4-2023/

RAMBUNCTIOUS RHYMES; DYSFUNCTIONAL DEMANDS: Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge #305

For this week’s Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge Colleen has encouraged us to compose a freestyle/free verse or syllabic poem using at least 3 words from the list of 100 random generated words below. I chose rambunctious, dysfunctional & disturbed and the syllabic form of symatrelle as it’s served me well in the past! Hope ye enjoy the read! 🙏🤞😁📖


RAMBUNCTIOUS RHYMES; DYSFUNCTIONAL DEMANDS

He is a little rambunctious

Some say, dysfunctional and disturbed
I pray, that he’s not too perturbed

Been without his father since the age of six
Has never settled because he doesn’t mix
Acts up so that they keep having to up sticks
And move. Certain problems that you can’t fix

His behaviour is now uncontrollable
His weary mother is inconsolable

He is a little rambunctious

Should you wish to participate in the prompt then you can access it through the following link: 👇👇👇

https://wordcraftpoetry.com/2023/01/31/tankatuesday-weekly-poetry-challenge-no-305-1-31-23/

TIME FLIES: Reena’s Xploration Challenge #266

For this week’s Reena’s Xploration Challenge, Reena has given us some images on the concept of time as a source of creative inspiration for us. Below lies my contribution: 👇👇👇

TIME FLIES

Time flies
When you’re having fun
But still goes by
When you’re having none
The clock is ticking
While the earth is spinning
Around our glorious; smiling sun
Time heals
All wounds, they say
Have yet to see
How that really plays
Out
The clock is ticking
While the earth is spinning
Around our glorious; smiling sun
Time is free
You can never lack
You can’t keep
It or get it back
The clock is ticking
While the earth is spinning
Around our glorious; smiling sun

Should you wish to participate in the prompt then you can access it through the following link: 👇👇👇

https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2023/02/02/reenas-xploration-challenge-266/

RUNNING: SWEAT; SMILE AND REPEAT (You Can Do It)

1 year ago to the day I put on my runners for the first time in over 11 years and began running again. After years of excuses & reasons why not I got back out on the road and found out that I can do the thing I thought I couldn’t do. And that completing a run is the 1 of the most rewarding and satisfying feelings a person could ever obtain.

I’ve discovered that all you need to do is to get out & run; sweat (if you’re doing it right); smile and enjoy yourself while you’re doing it. Then repeat the process the next day or day after. It’s one of the most natural & liberating form of exercise you can do in the world and it doesn’t cost a damn thing!

It’s made me fitter; stronger (physically & mentally); more focused & energized; gave my head a good clear out and renewed my enthusiasm for running & life in general. Alongside publishing a poetry book and my 2 girls, it’s been one of my proudest achievements! 😊😊😁😁

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