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BLOG GOALS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

Morning folks! Hope ye all had a lovely weekend! πŸ€žπŸ™πŸ˜ 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. πŸ€žπŸ™πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜

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. πŸ€žπŸ™πŸ˜πŸ“–

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! πŸ™πŸ€žπŸ˜πŸ“–


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: πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

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: πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

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: πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

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

MY RESOLVE TO BE HAPPY: (In the Moment) d’Verse Poetics Prompt (Resolving To Resolve)

For this week’s d’Verse Poetics Prompt Punam has encouraged us to do a Take 2 on our New Year’s Resolutions by weaving 1 of the following 5 pieces of random advice into a poem, using it as a springboard for our own personal Resolution Verse! I chose No. 3

” 1. Your self-worth is not in your inbox.

2. When you add something to the cupboard of life, subtract something.

3. Immerse yourself completely in a happy and say aloud, β€œI am happy now”!

4. Parent the child you have and don’t try to turn them into what you want.

5. At the end of each day fold your clothes and put them away, no matter how tired you are.”

Below lies my contribution: πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

MY RESOLVE TO BE HAPPY (In the Moment)

I resolve
To immerse
myself completely
in a happy moment….
Because I have a tendency
Of over thinking
And imagining the worst
Of not being fully in the moment
Mind swimming in rhyme & verse
Jumping ahead in my thoughts
Anxious & a little terse
Sometimes a blessing,
Sometimes a curse.

So I pull on a pair of trainers
Running gear
Fly out the door
Grab a caramel mocha
In my favourite coffee shop
To feel the bliss
Of daydreaming in the moment
Reconnect with my core
At the end of that cup
What wisdom & words lies in store
At the point of my nib
What immense satisfaction awaits
On completion of my run
At those moments
I couldn’t ask for more
That’s when “I can say aloud”
That’s when I can roar.
“I am happy now!”

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

https://dversepoets.com/2023/01/31/poetics-resolving-to-resolve/

DIS-ARMING SEASIDE ERASURE: Sadje’s #WhatDoYouSee #WDYS Poetry Image Prompt #171

An image of; Not All There – The Enigmatic
Sculptures of Bruno Catalano

In his week’s prompt, for the visually challenged reader, Sadje has given us the image above which shows a sculpture of a man holding a bag. The statue is on waterside, and part of the statue is intentionally missing. Below lies my contribution: πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡ Hope that ye enjoy the read πŸ™πŸ€žπŸ˜πŸ“–

DIS-ARMING SEASIDE ERASURE

Walking alongside the water’s edge
I suddenly an urge to dive into the water
As I was weary from my day’s work
The evening sky was still blue
And swimming trunks in my bag
Then out of the blue
Bits of me began to disappear
As if the water
Had jumped up from the sea
And painted itself
onto my body & clothes
Rubbed them out.
Swallowed them up
Till all that was left
Was my legs and bag
I hadn’t the heart to go on
Nor any weight to carry
My hope was erased
The whole experience
Was dis-arming
Science-fictionally
Alarming

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

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2023/01/30/what-do-you-see-171-31-january-2023/

BLOG GOALS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

Good morning folks! 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. It’s been a while but it’s a big week ahead. So, without further ado.

Later on today, along with Friday & Saturday, I’ll be posting my regular motivational running quotes for ye guys. On Wednesday I’ll also be celebrating/recognising my 1 year running anniversary with a special post. Later on that day, I’ll hopefully be responding to d’Verse’s latest Poetics Prompt.

On Tuesday, I’m going to give the Haibun Monday a go and I’ll be responding to Sadje’s latest #WhatDoYouSee #WDYS Poetry Image Prompt. Should you wish to participate in the prompt then you can access it through the following link:

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2023/01/30/what-do-you-see-171-31-january-2023/

On Thursday, I’ll be beginning my first in a series of Throwback Thursday Spoken Word readings for the month on the theme of love & loss given that Valentine’s is 2 weeks from tomorrow and also the date my mum passed away. So, please tune in for that.

Later on in the week I plan on responding to Ragtag Daily Prompts; Moonwashed Weekly Prompts & hopefully Wea’ve Written Weekly over at The Skeptic’s Kaddish. And on Sunday I’ll be doing my regular Blog Recap with links to all the blogs I posted during the previous week.

That’s all the plans & goals for the moment. I’ll keep you posted on any updates or changes to this of course. Thanks again for all ye’re support; feedback and encouragement. Until next Monday, mind yourselves; stay creative and take care. πŸ™πŸ˜

APATHETIC MISTAKE: Sammi Scribbles Weekly Writing Prompt (Apathy)

For this week’s Sammi Scribbles Weekly Writing Prompt, Sammi has encouraged us to write a poem using the word: APATHY. Below lies my contribution:πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡ Hope ye enjoy the read! πŸ€žπŸ€žπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ“–πŸ“–

APATHETIC MISTAKE

Don’t mistake
My distant;
dreamlike state
For apathy
Don’t misjudge
My detached
Dreary drudg-
Ery. A trap you see
It might seem like
I couldn’t care less
Like I’ve become immune
And there less
In the moment
That’s not me

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

https://sammiscribbles.wordpress.com/2023/01/28/weekend-writing-prompt-296-apathy/

RATHER GRAND d’Verse Poetics Prompt (Grandmothers)

Just before I get into this poem, I thought it’d be better to give you a bit of context. I’ve struggled with writing this one for some reason. Partly because of demands of my time & partly because I’ve never written about her at all which is unusual given how much of a profound influence my grandmother or Nana had on my life. She passed away at 99 years of age just a few short months after my dad Shuffled off this mortal coil. That death hit her hard as she’d been hanging on to life for what seemed like forever. But she seemed to give up the ghost after that. She was one tough lady and blunt too, didn’t suffer fools. We didn’t always see eye to eye but given we lived just up the road from her, I spent a lot of time there throughout my teens to 30’s. Sometimes willingly; sometimes grudgingly I must admit but ended up learning a lot from her. Apparently, according to a psychic; spiritual healer I went to shortly after, it turns out she was my spirit guide. If you knew how different we were you’d laugh too! πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

For this d’Verse Poetics Prompt sarahsouthwest asked us to reflect on our grandmothers. My own Nana passed away 6 years ago January 5th, the day before her 99th birthday. Would have been 106 if she were still here! Below lies my rather rambling contribution to the prompt. Sincerely hope ye enjoy the read! πŸ€žπŸ™πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜

RATHER GRAND

They’re rather grand
Aren’t they?!
Mothers twice over
So they understand
Always in demand
My own Grandmother
(Or Nana as she was
Affectionately known)
Her affections
Not always shown.
My only grandparent
She was never bland
Bouncing on the lap
Of her husband
My grand-father
Before he passed away
When I was just one
She never talked much about him
That was left to my mum
She was larger than life
Glamorous yet tough
A bit of lippy
Hairstyle
A bit of makeup
Abrasive too
Her words a little rough
Without her intending
Her words could cut you
Could hurt you
Hard to please
Felt like you couldn’t do enough
We were like chalk and cheese
Day and night
Saw the world
Through a different light
Questioned my direction
Yet thought me how to write
Standing over me as I did
My spellings at night
And for that
I am eternally grateful
Never hateful
A matriarch
In a patriarchal society
Insistent on propriety
Frugal with her pennies
She’d water down the paint
To make it last longer
Self sufficient & independent
Very little she couldn’t conquer
Driving her own car
Out to the dump
Till she couldn’t anymore
Till it had enough
She could play the piano
Sang in the choral society
Sat in her armchair by the stove
I sat at the table drinking some tea
After cutting the grass
Just her and me
Then the questions began
“Who was I going out with?”
“What do they do?
“Do I have a job yet?”
Everything to prove!
Not without her surprises though
Passing down
My grandfather’s GAA medals
And pocket watches so
They wouldn’t get lost
Sort of caught me off guard
(One of the first guards he became)
Holding that bit of history
In my hands.
With 15 other grand-children
I knew I’d no right to expect
Such a generous gift
Yet I couldn’t reject it
Not long after
Her health started to decline
And we began to refine
Our belief
That she’d always be around
That this mighty ship
Was about to come aground
“Raging against the dying of the light”
She continued to confound.
Hearing my dad passed though
Hit her hard
Her will gave in
God stamped her card
Her spirit released
In the nursing home
She finally rested in peace

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

https://dversepoets.com/2023/01/24/grandmothers/

INFINITE CAPACITY: Moonwashed Weekly Prompt #127 (Infinite)

For this week’s Moonwashed Weekly Prompt, Eugi has given us the word: INFINITE as our poetic inspiration. Below lies my contribution, hope you enjoy the read! πŸ™πŸ€žπŸ˜πŸ“–πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

INFINITE CAPACITY

The stars in the heavens
The grains of sand on the seashore
The vastness of time & space
Our capacity for love & resilience
In the face of upheaval
Our ability to change
Adapt & transform
Our propensity
For stupidity
Half-truths & duplicity
All common place & implicitly
Infinite!

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

https://amanpan.blog/2023/01/24/moonwashed-weekly-prompt-127-1-24-23-infinite/

ICING ON THE CAKE: d’Verse Quadrille #168 (ICE)

This week Mish, over at d’Verse has encouraged us to write a Quadrille using the word ICE or a variation thereof. Quadrille’s comprise of no more or less than 44 words excluding the title. Below lies my contribution: πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

ICING ON THE CAKE

Tried to start a conversation
But no dice
Till we reached dessert
Waitress spilt the ice
Cream in your lap
And you laughed
It broke the ice
The icing on the cake was
When your ice-cold heart melted
And you let me in.

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

https://dversepoets.com/2023/01/23/quadrille-168/

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