#TANKATUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 254, #SPECIFICFORM

WELCOME TO #TANKATUESDAY!

This week it’s time for the specific form, Colleen has asked us to try a Tanka Prose. I have tried and I have to say this is a very personal and painful one for me.

© willowdot21.

Evening Tide

So tired, she lies quiet, cosy and beconed. Yes old and wise as she is she will not leave those staples in. No more than she ever did the previous stitches. My best friend, my comforter your days are numbered, my heart is broken. The years you gave assisting can’t keep you safe.

it grows and festers.
the unkind killer within
respecting no life
I rail at you it’s not fair
no thought for service given.

© willowdot21.

THIS IS PART OF COLLEEN’S TUESDAY TANKA CHALLENGE.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 386 BELLY & Stuff.

Photo by King Cyrus Studios on Pexels.com

the empty bellies
of half the world embarrass
all,who stuff themselves.

This is part of Ronovanwrite’s Weekly Haiku Challenge.

Ronovanwrite’s

Song Lyric Sunday. School Days.

Jim Adams

Its Sunday and time for Song Lyric Sunday hosted as ever by Jim Adams. This week November 28, 2021 – School, College, Education, Class, Degree was suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.

Well, Brick in the wall covers it all and the words teachers, classrooms, class, education and school are all in the lyrics. Great song and I have great memories of those times. Our eldest was coming up eighteen and huge Pink Floyd fan. We had a party for him and his cake was a black and white brink wall, just like the album cover, I made a small white brick sized cake and labeled it ‘Just another Brick’. He loved it and so did his mates.

Another Brick in the Wall” is a three-part composition on Pink Floyd‘s 1979 rock opera The Wall, written by bassist Roger Waters. “Part 2”, a protest song against rigid and abusive schooling, features a children’s choir. At the suggestion of producer Bob Ezrin, Pink Floyd added elements of disco.

“Part 2” was released as a single, Pink Floyd’s first in the UK since “Point Me at the Sky” (1968). It sold over four million copies worldwide. It was nominated for a Grammy Award and was number 384 on Rolling Stone‘s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time“.

The three parts of “Another Brick in the Wall” appear on Pink Floyd’s 1979 rock opera album The Wall. During “Part 1”, the protagonist, Pink, begins building a metaphorical wall around himself following the death of his father. In “Part 2”, traumas involving his overprotective mother and abusive schoolteachers become bricks in the wall. Following a violent breakdown in “Part 3”, Pink dismisses everyone he knows as “just bricks in the wall”.

Bassist Roger Waters wrote “Part 2” as a protest against rigid schooling, particularly boarding schools. “Another Brick in the Wall” appears in the film based on the album. In the “Part 2” sequence, children enter a school and march in unison through a meat grinder, becoming “putty-faced” clones, before rioting and burning down the school.

So here are couple of other songs on the subject! Just because I like them 😃

Kelsea Nicole Ballerini (born September 12, 1993) is an American country pop singer and songwriter. She began songwriting as a child and signed with Black River Entertainment in 2014,] releasing her debut studio album the following year, The First Time. Her second studio album, Unapologetically, followed in 2017. Ballerini’s first two albums have accounted for seven charted songs on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. She has four No. 1 singles on the latter, starting with her debut single “Love Me Like You Mean It”, which made her the first female artist to send a debut single to the top of that chart since Carrie Underwood in 2006. It was followed by “Dibs” and “Peter Pan“, whose peaks also made her the first female country artist to send her first three singles to the top of that chart since Wynonna Judd. Ballerini’s fourth No. 1 single is “Legends“. Her third and fourth studio albums, Kelsea and Ballerini, were both released in 2020.

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I really like Regina Specktor, she was introduced to me by youngest son , who incidentally has introduced me to some great singer songwriters.

Regina Ilyinichna Spektor (Russian)Регинa Ильинична Спектор, IPA: [rʲɪˈɡʲinə ˈspʲɛktər]; born February 18, 1980) is a Russian-American singer, songwriter, and pianist.

After self-releasing her first three records and gaining popularity in New York City’s independent music scenes, particularly the anti-folk scene centered on New York City’s East Village, Spektor signed with Sire Records in 2004 and began achieving greater mainstream recognition. After giving her third album a major label re-release, Sire released Spektor’s fourth album, Begin to Hope, which achieved a Gold certification by the RIAA. Her following two albums, Far and What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, each debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200. 2016’s Remember Us to Life peaked at 23 on the Billboard 200.

Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed June 11, 2019, Regina Spektor Day in New York City. Spektor was also inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame on May 18, 2019, by Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr.

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I chose the last one as it’s just such a mash up of so many genres and I really like it.

Graduation (Friends Forever)” (also titled “Friends Forever (Graduation)“) is a song by American pop singer Vitamin C, released as the third single from her self-titled debut studio album (1999). Vitamin C wrote the song as a response to how many friends drift apart soon after graduation from high school. Josh Deutsch co-wrote the song with her and also produced the track alongside Garry Hughes. The song is partly orchestrated, featuring a string arrangement based on Pachelbel’s Canon in D and a vocal appearance from the NYC All-City Chorus. One version of the song contains student interviews from the Class of 2000 of Lyndhurst High School in New Jersey.

Happy Sunday Everyone 💜.

Bonus track by Police!

Don’t Stand So Close to Me” is a hit song by the rock band The Police, released in September 1980 as the lead single from their third album Zenyatta Mondatta. It concerns a teacher who has a sexual relationship with a student, which in turn is discovered.

The music and lyrics of the song were written by the lead singer of The Police, Sting. The song deals with the mixed feelings of lust, fear and guilt that a school teacher has for a student and the fallout when the inappropriate sexual relationship is discovered by other adults. The line Just like the old man in that book by Nabokov alludes to Vladimir Nabokov‘s novel Lolita, which covers somewhat similar issues. The line was criticised for rhyming shake and cough with Nabokov. Sting replied, “I’ve used that terrible, terrible rhyme technique a few times.”

Before joining The Police, Sting had previously worked as an English teacher. His recollection was that he’d “been through the business of having 15-year-old girls fancying me – and my really fancying them! How I kept my hands off them I don’t know.” He referred to the song’s story progression as “the teacher, the open page, the virgin, the rape in the car, getting the sack.”

In 1993, however, he said of the song’s inspiration, “You have to remember we were blond bombshells at the time and most of our fans were young girls so I started role playing a bit. Let’s exploit that.” In a 2001 interview for the concert DVD …All This Time, Sting denied that the song is autobiographical.

Throwback Thursday. Holiday Meals.

Lauren is our hostess this Thanksgiving week and she chose a great topic – whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not. The idea of a holiday meal includes any holiday occasion your family celebrates. That covers a lot of ground.

To participate, head over to Lauren’s post, read the rules and join in. Lauren gives a little guidance to get the creative juices flowing:

This week’s prompt is: Holiday Meals.  

I really don’t know how my mum used to produce such wonderful Christmas dinners, for so many people because money was so tight but she really always came up trump’s.
It all started Christmas Eve when we all went shopping with mum…. We all regardless of age had stuff to carry home. Everything was got then it was home and busy in the kitchen…mince pies were made, veg prepped, turkey stuffed, gravey prepared. The Christmas pudding and cake were made weeks before yet always tasted as fresh as if they had been made the day before. As fast as my mum made mince pies my brothers pinched them!
We had a tiny kitchen and how we all got in there to help here was a miracle.
Mum’s old gas cooker was very temperamental and often blew up.. nothing worse than singed eyebrows thank goodness.
There were eight of us plus numerous waifs and strays! No one was ever turned away from our door.
I have always followed my mum’s tradions, her menus and her panicks.
Breakfast : scrambled eggs and salmon with buckfizz.
Dinner:
Turkey and Ham or Pork or occasionally Beef. Stuffing, sausage meat, roast parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, basted with honey.
Coliflower and Broccoli cheese, Brussel sprouts, peas and gravy, Yorkshire pudding, bread sauce and Cranberry sauce, apple sauce and horseradish sauce!
Christmas Pudding, Cheesecake as mice pies.

I have had Christmases with no heating, Mother in law most years even though she was not keen on me and everyone knew it. She made it clear she would rather be at her other son’s. Christmas when Hubby was ill, some when he was away. Christmas Dinner in Pubs and with relatives!

We had one Christmas in Spain but that was very odd . The two older boys were with us but we did miss the rest of the family. It’s absolutely wonderful now we have grandchildren they make Christmas so special.

I remember one year when I was about fourteen years old. Dad was washing up at our Belfast sink ( before they were fashionable) he put the plates on the draining board, we dried them and put them on the dresser behind him. What we didn’t realize was that he was lifting the clean dishes and washing them again 🤣🤣

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Nov. 27, 2021

Badge by Shelley Krupa.

Our host for Stream of Consciousness Saturday, LindaGHill said :Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “golly gee.” Use “golly gee” or another interjection that displays the same sentiment in your post. Enjoy!

Golly Gee,
Not really me
Golly Gee
What a sight to see
Golly Gee
How did the dogs get free
Golly Gee
A day at the sea
Golly Gee
I’m full of glee
Golly Gee
Where can he be
Golly Gee
It’s time to flee!

THIS IS PART OF LINDAGHILL’S STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS SATURDAY.

#WRITEPHOTO – STAMPS.

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a colourful collection of used stamps from various envelopes and postages

A colourful collection of used stamps from various envelopes and postages.
Stamps – Image by KL Caley.

“Hey Merlin, babes, what are these, thingy…err stamps doing in the lab. ” Morgarna called out, “Are they important or are they for the bin?”
“No they are not for the bin Morgarna, don’t touch them” a startled Merlin called back. ” I thought I’d start a collection of them especially the rare ones”
Morgarna laughed and winked at her sister and replied. ” But they are almost obsolete babes”
Merlin strode into the Lab from the kitchen, “what better time to have a rare collection when they are a rarity? “
“These are not worth much babes ” Morgause mimicked her sister.
“No those are not but they will be, plus I thought we could pick up the rare ones on our travels” replied Merlin “we could make a killing really” Merlin smiled and poured himself a coffee.
“By “We” he means me and you Morga if you hang around long enough”
Morgause thought about this and said , ” Merls might just be on to something here … Some of these stamps are worth a fortune, especially first editions, those with mistakes and some that they made a few of. When were the first stamps made. “
Merlin picked up his phone and asked it, “Google when where the first adhesive stamps made” Google replied “In May 1840 the world’s first adhesive postage stamps were distributed. With an elegant engraving of the young Queen Victoria (whose 21st birthday was celebrated that month), the Penny Black was an instant success.”
Merlin then asked who had the idea. Google replied *”Sir Rowland Hill, KCB, FRS” “Well ladies we have a plan, we could make a fortune out of this! Who’s doing the first jump?”
Morgarna and Morgause lifted their Bacardi’s and coke and as one said “You! Babes you”

*First Stamps Wiki.

THIS IS PART K.L.CALEYS #writephoto to.

One-Liner Wednesday. Sons

You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes. 

Wally Schirra.

This is part of LindaGHill’s One-Liner Wednesday.

Wordless Wednesday.This house is watching you.

© willowdot21

#TANKATUESDAY WEEKLY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 253, #THEMEPROMPT

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Are you ready for a theme prompt? Eugi, from last month’s challenge, picked the theme for this month.

So let’s go with a festive Tanka.

FESTIVE.

rainbow colours bright
family and friends unite
brush the norm away
it’s a carnival parade
where all the year’s dreams are made.

This is part of Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 385 LEAF(leaves) & Mound(s).

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gold and russet leaves
carpet our autumnal walk
wind forms such lush mounds

THIS IS PART OF RONOVANWRITE’S WEEKLY HAIKU CHALLENGE.

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