The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Sept. 18, 2021

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “puzzle.” Use it any way you’d like! I used it as an Acrostic Poem.

Ponder this if you will
Undo things that make you ill
Zen is for the high brow
Zoo is where we live
Life is a conundrum
Everyday mystery!

Stream of Consciousness Saturday

Throwback Thursday.


Lauren is tugging at our hearts this week on Throwback Thursday Memory BlogHop which she and Maggie at, from the cave walls as we remember those best friends of our lives – our pets. Click on the link to read the rules and join in the fun.

Today’s subject: The Pets in My Life.

Mum, Me and Steve. © willowdot21.

When I was a little girl I was frightened of dogs. My mum and Dad decided to get me a dog for Christmas. The dog arrived on Christmas Eve after I had gone to bed. Somehow the whole family managed to keep it a secret from me.

As I said the dog arrived at Christmas and Dad being Dad and an Irish Catholic

Steve was a beautiful dog, red fox in colour with a white chest and a couple of socks. He was a Hienz fifty seven, a mixed breed, a mogrel a mutt. The whole family fell head over heels in love with him.

I was the youngest child of a big family ten years between myself and the next girl, eight years between me and the next boy and fourteen years between me and our eldest sister. Steve crossed all the barriers and age differences between us all. Steve was everyone’s best friend, except maybe my next brother who really did not get on with him. Why? well that was a total mystery to us all. Later when my brother had joined the army , Steve always barked at him whenever he came home on leave. It was so strange because Steve was not like that with anyone else.

Steve soon became my best friend, he was such a sweet natured dog. He let me dress him up as a baby and let me push him around in the old pushchair, or used my mum’s net curtains to regale him as a bride. He really was a cutie.

During the week we’d all take Steve for a walk but on a Sunday either a few of us or just me would be accompanied by Dad and we’d go for a long walk around the park. It was a huge park with a fishing lake , a boating lake, a play area, football pitches, tennis courts and much more. There was even a stately home and museum. The house and park originally belonged to the Rothschilds.

Steve loved his walks, he loved his food he would eat anything and everything. My dad always had to get up at 5am to go to work, Steve’s bed was in the kitchen, so he always shared dad’s porridge, infact Steve shared every meal everyone ever ate in that house.

Being a big family in a house splitting at the seams, full of many waifs and strays we always had lots of people round for Christmas and New Year. I don’t know how but there was always plenty of food and drink. One particular year I was given the job of taking people their drinks, my dad was incharge of making the drinks I was just the waitress. As the evening went on Dad noticed we were getting through a lot of drink. An investigation was started the outcome to which was: people were having a sip of their drinks then putting them down and Steve was finishing them off. …. So not only was Steve getting drunk people were drinking out of doggy glasses. . Poor Steve he was rather unwell for quite a few days. Another funny thing I remember is that my Dad , being a union man always called Steve Brother….this always made us all laugh!

I was very bullied at school and if it had not of been for Steve I would of been a very sad and lonely child. Until I met hubby. Steve had lots of adventures, he was an escapologist. He lived a long and happy life loved by us all. He was still alive when my eldest was born. Infact my two older sons still remember him.

We only had the pet when I was a child. Steve has never left my mind or my heart. Since I been married we’ve had five cats, two gerbils and two dogs…. The latest is our beautiful Ruby.

© willowdot21

Wordless Wednesday On Thursday: When you realise how short you are!

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One liner Wednesday On Thursday. Ingratitude.

Dropped hubby off at train station this morning and asked him. “Do you want me to pick you up this evening?”

“No I’ll walk he replied”

“You don’t like my driving?” I asked.

“No I don’t he replied”

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

#TANKATUESDAY WEEKLY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 243, #SYNONYMSONLY

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY

Are you ready to choose some syllables to use in your syllabic poetry this week? Ruth, from RuthKlein’s Scribbles, selected your two words:

I chose to write an ETHEREE this week, my synonyms for Family are Clans and relations, and for peace, Tranquility and war free.

Family & Peace.(Synonyms)

We
Bluster
And bemoan
The shortcomings
Of extended clans
While calming the waters
Others raise fires with their fans.
Will things come to a bloody pass?
Or tranquility encompass us?
And so relations we will be, war free.

image from pixabay.

THIS IS PART OF COLLEEN’S TANKA TUESDAY.

Thinking of Sue Vincent.

Today would of been Sue Vincent’s birthday. Sue was a wonderful person, mother, mystic, friend, teacher. Generous in every sense of the word and many things to many people.

Sue would of been 63years young today, five years younger than me. I feel sad that fate and cancer cheated us of knowing her longer.

Two of Sue’s beautiful Midnight Haiku.

Lens at the ready use

Rainbow cows and peaceful seas

Awaiting capture

Reflections reflect

A vision of reality

The world in our eyes.

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Whether or not you knew Sue please visit her site it is still there here.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 375 PEACH and Fuzz.

Photo by Berke Araklu0131 on Pexels.com

chin smooth a peach
the teen years bring gentle fuzz
don’t use harsh razors
there’s time enough for stubble
the urge to age breeds trouble.

A Tanka for Ronovanwrite’s Weekly Haiku Challenge.

Delta Flight 15 on 9/11

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This came across my email today. I had to share after I cleared my tears.

A MUST read! A great story.
It is 20 years since 9/11 and here is a wonderful story about that terrible day.
Jerry Brown Delta Flight 15… (true story)Here is an amazing story from a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15, written following 9-11:

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic. All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that “All Business” look on their faces.
The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta’s main office in Atlanta and simply read, “All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic…

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Song Lyric Sunday. Steadfastness.

Jim Adams.

It is Sunday again and time for Jim Adams to bring us Song Lyric Sunday. This week the prompt is: Devoted, Faithful, Honorable, Loyal, True and it is again suggested by Lady A.  Thank you Lady A.

Right lets get to work with a tip of the hat to a blogging friend Raven, great blog do visit him. He’s a great fan of Olivia Newton John and what else could I pick delicately out of the grease than Hopelessly Devoted to you.

Hopelessly Devoted to You” is a song recorded by English-born Australian singer Olivia Newton-John for Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture (1978). It was written and produced by John Farrar and originally performed by Newton-John in the film version of the musical Grease (1978). The song received an Oscar nomination as Best Original Song, losing to “Last Dance” from Thank God It’s Friday at the 51st Academy Awards.

It reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number seven on the Adult Contemporary chart. On the country chart, “Hopelessly Devoted to You” peaked at number 20 and was her first top 20 country hit in two years. Newton-John performed the song at the 21st Grammy Awards.

The song was not part of the original musical production (and was replaced with the 1950s standard “Since I Don’t Have You” for the 1994 revival), but it was added to the score for the 2007 revival and was included in the 2016 Grease: Live performance, sung by Julianne Hough.

In June 2004, Farrar recalled writing the song: “‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’: I spent the longest period writing the lyrics of any song I’ve ever written. Every thesaurus and every rhyming dictionary I had, just trying to really make it work properly”.

Guess mine is not the first heart broken
My eyes are not the first to cry
I’m not the first to know
There’s just no getting over youI know I’m just a fool who’s willing
To sit around and wait for you
But baby, can’t you see there’s nothing else for me to do?
I’m hopelessly devoted to youBut now there’s nowhere to hide
Since you pushed my love aside
I’m out of my head
Hopelessly devoted to youHopelessly devoted to you
Hopelessly devoted to youMy head is sayin’, “Fool, forget him”
My heart is sayin’, “Don’t let go
Hold on to the end”, that’s what I intend to do
I’m hopelessly devoted to youBut now there’s no way to hide
Since you pushed my love aside
I’m outta my head
Hopelessly devoted to youHopelessly devoted to you
Hopelessly devoted to youSource: Musixmatch.

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Next up is Loyal Brave True. A really beautiful song from the marvelous film Mulan. The Lyrics are in the video.

Loyal Brave True” is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Christina Aguilera, taken from the soundtrack to the 2020 action drama filmMulan. Co-written by Billy Crabtree, Harry Gregson-WilliamsJamie Hartman and Rosi Golan, the song was released as a single on March 6, 2020 by Walt Disney Records.”Loyal Brave True” received a nomination for the Soundtrack Song of 2020 at the 46th People’s Choice Awards. It was also shortlisted as one of fifteen potential nominees for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song is a pop ballad, co-written by Billy Crabtree, Harry Gregson-Williams, Jamie Hartman and Rosi Golan. Hartman, who also produced “Loyal Brave True”, has previously worked with Aguilera on her seventh studio album Lotus (2012), writing and co-producing a dance-pop song “Army of Me”. It was Mitchell Leib, the president of music and soundtracks for the Walt Disney Studios, who opted Aguilera for the project, as she already recorded a song for the 1998’s Mulan. As Gregson-Williams disclosed, “From the demo to the final song, there was a massive leap in the intensity of the song, mainly due to the fact that Christina was going to sing it.” Hartman and Gregson-Williams incorporated classic Chinese music influences in the song—one of the instruments used during the recording sessions was guzheng.

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Okay I had True in the above song title but I’mhumour me because I do love a touch of Spandau Ballet and True is a great song. It brings back memories of going back to being the mum of a baby who was born after an eight year break between the next boy and ten from the eldest.

True” is a song by the English new wave band Spandau Ballet. It was released on 15 April 1983 as the third single from their third studio album of the same name. The song was written by band member Gary Kemp. The song was a worldwide hit, peaking at number one in the UK Singles Chart on 30 April 1983 for four weeks, becoming the sixth-biggest-selling single of the year, and reaching the top ten in the weekly charts of many other countries. It is Spandau Ballet’s biggest hit and their only top ten hit in the U.S., reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the autumn of 1983 and topping the adult contemporary chart for one week. In 2011, it received a BMI award as one of the most played songs in US history with four million airplays.

True funny how it seems
Always in time, but never in line for dreams
Head over heels when toe to toe
This is the sound of my soul
This is the soundI bought a ticket to the world
But now I’ve come back again
Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
Oh, I want the truth to be saidI know this much is true
I know this much is trueWith a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue
Dissolve the nerves that have just begun
Listening to Marvin all night long
This is the sound of my soul
This is the soundAlways slipping from my hands
Sand’s a time of it’s own
Take your seaside arms and write the next line
Oh, I want the truth to be knownI know this much is true
I know this much is trueI bought a ticket to the world
But now I’ve come back again
Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
Oh, I want the truth to be saidI know this much is true
I know this much is true
This much is trueThis much is true
This much is trueThis much is true
This much is true
I know, I know, I know this much is trueThis much is true
This much is trueThis much is true
This much is true
I know, I know, I know this much is trueThis much is true
This much is trueThis much is true
This much is trueThis much is true
This much is true
I know this much is trueThis much is true
This much is true
Come on, come on, come on, yeahThis much is true
This much is true
Oh I say, ooh I say come onThis much is true
This much is trueThis much is true
This much is trueSource: Musixmatch

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Now to pick my Shouty song got to love some metal from the early 2000’s.

The Union of Crowns is the second studio album by British metalcore band Bury Tomorrow. The album was released on 13 July 2012 through Nuclear Blast. It was produced by Antony Smith and Pedro Teixeira. It is also the last album to feature the band’s founding lead guitarist Mehdi Vismara before he left the band in 2013. It was recorded within the first few months of 2012. The album’s release was delayed several times by the band in attempts to find a record label who could provide international distribution.Upon release, the album received mixed to positive reception from critics. With critics primarily praising the album song writing and sonic improvement from the band’s predecessor. Honourable Reign is track three on this album.

Reign upon me, show me how will I survive.
Try and tell me a way to feel alive.
Bring it back to life, to whole new heights
And tell me what is needed.
I know you’ll guide me home down this darkened road.Rain upon me, shower me with the tears of salvation.
Hold me close, hold me near.I find myself another year spent facing a wall,
My life, our path has never been shown, but we move on.
Fighting to keep our reign from them.
Fighting to keep our reign from them.We will fall into the blacker sense of reason.
Choose your side.
I hope to God you pick the right one this time.Reign upon me, how will I survive?
Try and tell me a way to feel alive.
Bring it back to life, to whole new heights
And tell me what is needed.
I know you’ll guide me home down this darkened road.We are The Crown!
We are The Crown!
We are The Crown!
We are The Crown!
We are The Crown!
Stand up and scream it loud!
We are The Crown!
We are The Crown!
Triumphant, immovable.In darkness we find ourselves.
We find ourselves.Reign upon me, how will I survive?
Won’t you test me, to carry all the strife
Bring it back to life, to whole new heights
And tell me what is needed.
I know you’ll guide me home down this darkened road.I knew we would pursue the right path, even if it was long.
We haven’t changed, we stay the same; ever strong.Show me the new day,
Show me the new day,
Know as long as our hearts are beating,
We will always find our way.Source: LyricFind.

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Finally Faithful by Go West a seminal nineties group absolutely fab!

“Faithful” is a song by English pop duo Go West. The song is the opening track on the band’s fourth album, Indian Summer (1992), and serves as the album’s lead single. Written by the band and Martin Page and produced by Peter Wolf, the song reached the top 20 in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Its highest chart position was in Canada, where it peaked at number two on the week of 6 February 1993. It also reached number three on the adult contemporary charts of both Canada and the United States.

Faithful”

Oooooooh, I will

Don’t cry baby
Kiss me and say farewell
Nothing’s gonna break the spell
And if you’re thinking time will tell me girl
I want you to know..

Every minute of every single day
Even when I’m miles away (miles away)
I’ll keep the promises I made
I want you to know..

I will be faithful to my lover’s prayer
Faithful – and I don’t care
If the world around us gives up on love
I will make you see
You can count on me
I will be faithful –
Faithful to my lover’s prayer
To my lover’s prayer

Listen baby
You can lean on me
Though we sail on stormy seas
Nothing good comes easily
But I, I won’t let you down..

I will be faithful to my lover’s prayer
Faithful – and I don’t care
If the world around us gives up on love
I will make you see
You can count on me
I will be faithful –
Faithful to my lover’s prayer

Baby you can lean on me
You can lean on me
Baby you can lean on me
You can lean on me
Baby you can lean on me
You can lean on me
Baby you can lean on me
You can lean on me..

Trust me baby this is not goodbye
There’s no need for you to cry
What we’ve got’s too strong
To be denied, yeah

I will be faithful to my lover’s prayer
Faithful – and I don’t care
If the world around us gives up on love
I will make you see
You can count on me
I will be faithful to my lover’s prayer
gonna be faithful to the dream we share, to the dream we share
If the world around us gives up on love
I will make you see
You can count on me
I will be faithful
Faithful to my lover’s prayer
ooooh ooooh faithful, awww
faithful, faithful to the dream we share
ooooh ooooh faithful
gonna be faithful yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
ooooh ooooh faithful, oooh yeah
faithful, faithful
oooh oooooh faithful

baby you can lean on me
ooooh ooooh faithful
baby you can lean on me
ooooh ooooh faithful

atozlyrics.

Happy Sunday Everyone.

K.L. Caley’s #writephoto: The Bridge.

K.L.Caley

Back to Morgana and Merlin. For K. L. Caley’s #writephoto

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a red and white Vertical Lift Bridge crossing an expanse of water.

Bridge
Bridge – Image by KL Caley

“Where the hell have you been?” Merlin was not looking his calm self. “What is it honey, did you miss me?” Morgana sighed reaching for a cigarette. “No not at all but as it happens we have a situation, while you’ve been off playing Merry Maidens with the guy in green tights…by the way what are you wearing? No don’t answer that we have a problem.”
Morgana exhaled filling the car with smoke and held her hand up. “Hold your horses Merl ” she actually shouted making him jump. ” You invite me out for posh afternoon tea , send me off without a ‘by my leave’ or even a scone dump me in a dangerous drop zone, I break my hip, nearly get murdered, you don’t send the anomaly as arranged and I get whisked through a portal back in time” she stopped to take another drag on her cigarette, then stubbing it out on the expensive dashboard she looked Merlin in the eye and said “I want a F###ing drink”
Merlin pulled in the carpark of the nearest pub and slammed to a halt just missing a low wall in his temper. “Look what you’ve done to my lovely car ” he whined but he was talking to himself, he looked up to see the criss cross back of Morgan’s green velvet gown disappearing into the pub.
They had a couple of drinks and a meal in silence then Morgana went outside to smoke Merlin paid the bill and joined her.
“You certainly got some funny looks in there” Merlin said, “we need to get back to the lab, we need to get you into normal clothes quick sharp as you don’t want to stand out where you are going.”
Morgarna’s eyes flashed, “I am not going anywhere, I have had a shit time and it’s all your fault! ” There was just a hint of a tear in her eyes.
“No honestly” Merlin said, “we really need to do this one” “F##k you” Morgana snapped, “it’s not us, it’s always me” with that she stubbed her cigarette out on Merlin’s leather passenger seat.
They drove back to the lab in silence.
Four am the next morning they arrived in Middlesbrough. They were headed for the Tees Newport Bridge. The second it came into view Morgana broke the silence. “I know this bridge I had a large hand in designing it, back in the early thirties, I helped Mott, Hay and Anderson design it, ha! they’d of made a real pills of it else! ” Merlin chuckled, ” ever modest Morgana” “Well they weren’t quite there vision wise” Morgana replied hitting Merlin hard! She continued, ” I believe it was built by local company Dorman Long, and was inaugurated by Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI) and opened to traffic on 28 February 1934.” She ended, lighting a cigarette. ” Use the ashtray ” Merlin pleaded!
They walked on to the bridge at exactly five thirty am. “Here are your instructions” Merlin said handing her a piece of paper which she slipped into her bag. The sun began to dawn and the anomaly appeared. “Good luck” Merlin said and went to kiss her . Morgana shoved him away, “Get off me you two-faced…..” Her last words disappeared as she leapt into the anomaly.
Merlin turned back towards his car and muttered ” it will cost a pretty penny to fix my poor baby”

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