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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. 🤞🙏😁📖

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: 👇👇👇 Hope that ye enjoy the read 🙏🤞😁📖

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: 👇👇👇

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. 🙏😁

WOODLAND TIME TRAVEL: Sadje’s #WhatDoYouSee #WDYS Poetry Image Prompt #170

Image credit; Sylvian Sarrailh @ Digiartque

This week Sadje provides us with a digital art image (above) that shows a man standing in front of a square portal that shows a scene from another place. Stairs lead up to this portal. Below lies my contribution to the prompt: 👇👇👇

WOODLAND TIME TRAVEL

When they took me out into the woods
With the promise of another world
Dripping off their honeyed lips
A portal to another world
I didn’t believe them to begin with,
Laughing at the sheer incredulity of it
All!
I’d been down the woods hundreds of times
On late night walks
And camping trips
I whispered to myself
“Get a grip”
And there’d been no portal.
Least none that any mere mortal
Could see
The woodlands had transformed
Taken on an animated form
Full of purple; greenish hues
With pink and violet too
Then, in front of me
Atop a series of stony steps
Lay something to behold
A giant cosmic portal
In the shape of a tablet
Bordered by twisting
Winding tree branches
Began to open, unfold
Revealing blue skies & green fields.
I stand in awe for a moment
To take it all in, to steel
Myself for whatever was to come
I should turn and run
But I was rooted to the spot
And couldn’t move.
Hypnotised by this
Strange; beautiful sight
Whirring; blinding
Fast-forwarding
Or rewinding
Then it began
To pull me towards it!

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

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2023/01/23/what-do-you-see-170-january-23-3023/

SUNDAY BLOG RECAP

Afternoon folks! Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! 🙏🤞😁 Welcome back to my weekly Blog Recap with links to all the blogs I posted during the previous week. Especially designed for those of you who have busy lives outside of the WordPress blogosphere. So, without further ado.

On Monday; Wednesday; Friday morning and Saturday evening I shared 4 motivational running quotes with ye. Here’s the links to them:

https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/16/running-the-frustration-of-an-injury/?preview=true

https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/18/road-running-unreasonably-crazy/?preview=true

https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/20/running-bad-weather-good-time-to-run-dont-wait/?preview=true

https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/21/running-we-dont-hibernate-or-stand-still-we-run-on-our-outdoor-threadmill/?preview=true

Also on Monday I published the 1st of my poems for the Week titled EYE’VE BEEN WATCHING YOU written in response to Sadje’s latest #WhatDoYouSee #WDYS Poetry Image Prompt

https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/16/eyeve-been-watching-you-sadjes-whatdoyousee-wdys-poetry-image-prompt-169/?preview=true

No posts on Tuesday but on Wednesday I published my 2nd poem of the week titled RUNNING INTO THE BLIZZARD composed in response to d’Verse’s latest Poetics Prompt: The Blizzard of the Self

https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/18/running-into-the-blizzard-dverse-poetics-prompt-the-blizzard-of-the-self/?preview=true

Then on Thursday I posted my 3rd poetic offering of the week titled INDISPOSABLE TIME written in response to that day’s Ragtag Daily Prompt

https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/19/indisposable-time-ragtag-daily-prompt-disposable/?preview=true

This was followed up later in the day by d’Verse’s Prosery Prompt: EVERYTHING IS STITCHED challenging us to write a piece of fiction based on a given line of poetry. It’s titled: STITCHED IN BLUE and the link to it is below:

https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/19/stitched-in-blue-dverse-prosery-everything-is-stitched/?preview=true

On Friday I published my final poem of the week titled THE TWO FACES OF NEW BEGINNINGS composed in response to Reena’s Xploration Challenge (Janus: The god of January) and Moonwashed Weekly Prompts (Evolve) respectively. Here’s the link to it:

https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/20/the-two-faces-of-new-beginnings-reenas-xploration-challenge-264/?preview=true

That’s us all up to date for this week folks! 👍 Thanks so much for stopping by and joining me on my catch up, hope ye enjoyed the read! 🤞🙏😁📖

EYE’VE BEEN WATCHING YOU – Sadje’s #WhatDoYouSee #WDYS Poetry Image Prompt #169

For the visually challenged reader, Sadje has provided us this image above which shows a shot of a green field, in the center of which is a flowerbed shaped like an eye and the flowers planted to give an impression the eye is staring directly forward. Below lies my contribution: 👇👇👇

EYE’VE BEEN WATCHING YOU

Eye’ve been watching you
(But I’m no grass)
Without you even realising.
As you’ve hopped & skipped
Through the fields each day
While you’ve harvested the crops
And the cows have grazed
No “fields of gold” here
Just fields as old as time
Borne of supernatural wisdom
Full of horticultural vision
Designed by Mother Nature
To provide for our needs
Carefully & intricately crafted
Into the sheathes of grass
So as to keep an eye on us
If you will
(Yet remain hidden from sight)
To gleam a deeper understanding
Of man’s comings and goings
And their strange ways
As we live each day
Crossing to and fro
Over the chlorophyll terrain

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

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2023/01/16/what-do-you-see-169-january-16-2023/

SUNDAY BLOG RECAP

Hey folks! Welcome back to my weekly Blog Recap with links to all the blogs I posted during the previous week. Especially designed for those of you who have busy lives outside of the WordPress blogosphere! 👍😁 So, without further ado.

First up, on Monday gone by, I published my 1st poem of the week titled: CERAMIC OR BUST written in response to Sadje’s latest #WhatDoYouSee #WDYS Poetry Image Prompt. You can access it through the following link: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/09/ceramic-or-bust-sadjes-whatdoyousee-wdys-poetry-image-prompt-168/?preview=true

On Tuesday I posted 2 poems, the first of which was titled: EM-BOLD-EN, composed in response to d’Verse’s most recent Quadrille Prompt which encouraged us to write a piece using the word: BOLD or a variation thereof. Here’s the link to it: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/10/em-bold-en-dverse-quadrille-167-bold-ly-go/?preview=true

This was followed up by my attempt at a Tanka Tuesday image prompt where Colleen encouraged us to write a poem in response to a wintry; snow themed image titled SNOWCAPPED BEAUTY. You’ll find the link to it below: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/10/snowcapped-beauty-tanka-tuesday-weekly-poetry-challenge-no-302/?preview=true&preview_id=4550&preview_nonce=70bc03db8b

Then on Wednesday I published a poem titled: CHASING DREAMS written in response to a combination of d’Verse’s latest Poetics & Wea’ve Written Weekly’s prompt on the theme of Visions & Dreams respectively. Here’s the link to it: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/11/chasing-dreams-weave-written-weekly-dverse-poetics-prompt-visionary-poetry/?preview=true

On Thursday I returned to my motivational running quotes blog posts with a quote encouraging us to KEEP GOING. You’ll find the link to it here: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/12/running-keep-going/?preview=true

This was followed up later in the day with my 5th poem of the week titled: PROVOCATIVE LITERARY AGITATION written in response to a Moonwashed Weekly Prompt. Here’s the link to it: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/12/provocative-literary-agitation-moonwashed-weekly-prompt-125/?preview=true

Then on Saturday I posted my final blog posts of the week with a motivational running quote and a Ragtag Daily Prompt poem (titled BLURRING THE LINES) respectively. Here’s the links to them:

https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/14/running-taking-your-power-back/?preview=true

https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2023/01/14/blurring-the-lines-ragtag-daily-prompt-saturday-blur/?preview=true

That’s all for this week folks! Thanks for stopping by taking the time to read and comment on my posts. Your support and feedback is much appreciated! 🙏😊😁

CERAMIC OR BUST – Sadje’s #WhatDoYouSee #WDYS Poetry Image Prompt #168

Image credit: Cottonbro Studio @ pexels

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2023/01/09/what-do-you-see-168-january-9-2023/

CERAMIC OR BUST

Eyes slanted downwards
In deep; still reflection
For fear she’d BUST the bubble
Of history surrounding her.
Heads of philosophical greats
Sculpted in stoic; ceramic silence
Set atop a concrete perch
Searching for a little of their
Wisdom & insight
Gravitas & dignity
Perhaps to carve out
Her own unique place
In the annals of time
An intellectual giant
In her own right.
Then someday
Someone
Might carve out a sculpture
Of her
To gaze silently upon passers-by
And to be gazed at in return
In hushed; reverential
And inquisitive tones

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

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2023/01/09/what-do-you-see-168-january-9-2023/

GIVEN THE BOOT (Who’d Have Th-runk?) – Sadje’s #WhatDoYouSee #WDYS Poetry Image Prompt #167

Image credit; Yana Tes @ Unsplash

For this week’s #WhatDoYouSee challenge Sadje has provided us with this image above that shows an old pair of boots sitting on a cut tree trunk. Some green ferns are growing out of the boots. Below lies my contribution: 👇👇👇👍👍👍

GIVEN THE BOOT (Who’d Have Th-runk?)

Some “boots were made for walking
And that’s just what they’ll do”
But these boots ‘ere have grown stalks n’
Green ferns in them & taken root
Sitting atop a trunk
Who’d have thunk?
How very shrewd?!

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

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2023/01/02/what-do-you-see-167-2nd-january-2023/

BLOG GOALS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

Hey folks! Hope ye all had a lovely Christmas full of the people and things you love. 🤞🙏😁😊 I enjoyed my break but it’s good to be back blogging. So, welcome back to my weekly Blog Goals for the Week/Year Ahead where I set out my blog schedule and creative goals for the coming week.It promises to be more of the same great posts you’ve come to know and love plus a few enjoyable changes to the schedule.

First up, later on today, will be my first poem of the New Year featuring an amalgamation of 2 poetry prompts (Saturday & Sunday gone by) from Ragtag Daily Prompts titled NEW PATH. Should you wish to participate in the prompts then you can access them through the following links:

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2022/12/31/rdp-saturday-new/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2023/01/01/rdp-tuesday-path/

Tomorrow, I’ll be returning to my regular motivational running quotes for ye’re inspiration! This will be followed up by my poetic response to Sadje’s latest #WhatDoYouSee #WDYS Poetry Image Prompt which I’ve missed taking part in. Should you wish to participate in the prompt then you can access it through the following link: https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2023/01/02/what-do-you-see-167-2nd-january-2023/

On Wednesday, I plan on responding to d’Verse’s latest Tuesday Poetics Prompt which I always enjoy participating in.

Then on Thursday I’ll be posting my 2nd Motivational Running Quote of the week for ye. Later on we’ll be returning to my Throwback Thursday series of Poetry Readings with a recitation of a piece I wrote back in November 2021 titled: TWO STEPS BACK. Appropriate for this time of year I’m sure you’ll agree when you hear & read it?! 👍😁

On Friday we’ll be reflecting on some more of my favourite poetry quotes, taking lessons from them and applying them to our lives as poets and readers alike.

Saturday will see us post our final motivational running quote of the week for ye folks and exploring some more poetry prompts such as Moonwashed Weekly Prompts and Weave Written Weekly fingers crossed.

Of all this will be closed off on Sunday with my regular Sunday Blog Recap with links to all the blogs I posted during the previous week. Especially designed for those of you who have busy lives outside of the WordPress blogosphere. So please stay tuned. Until next Monday, mind yourselves; stay creative and take care. 🙏🤞😊😁

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