Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #10. Use GROWING UP/Mature as your inspiration this week.

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© willowdot21 my grandsons.

When reaching for the wild blue yonder edged in gold and silver
Our children, like flowers flourish and mature with our love and care.
Growing up is never easy but it’s as old as nature.

THIS IS PART OF RONOVANWRITE’S WEEKLY SIJO

One Liner Wednesday. We love you Sam.

This week I have cheated and given you two personal one liners.

“There is nothing Sam Ryder cannot sing and he is a lovely natured person two! “

“Plus after 20yrs of non placing and Nil Points, he bought us home Runner Up to the worthy Ukraine, from Eurovision with this.”

Part of LindaGHill’s O inne-Liner Wednesday.

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 274, 5/17/22 #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt.

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

This challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry, inspired by visual art or photographs. David, from the Skeptic’s Kaddish, provided the photo for this month’s challenge.

I took a long look at the photo and eventually a theme offered itself to me. What we see through the eye or the lens we also can see through the soul.

I wrote a Nonet, that can be read from top to bottom and bottom to top, hopefully meaning the same and making sense. I have also written the poem both ways so you can judge for yourselves. The punctuation in each version is different but the words and meaning are the same. So a mirror Nonet.

The lens of the soul

© David, The Skeptic’s Kaddish

Through the lens of the omnipotent
To soar high beyond the body.
To attain the higher plain
Past the confines of life.
Further than the eye,
The horizon
Life beyond
Captured
Truth.

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Truth
Captured.
Life beyond
The horizon
Further than the eye
Past the confines of life.
To attain the higher plain
To soar high beyond the body
Through the lens of the omnipotent.

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This is part of Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka.

Song Lyric Sunday Titfa Tatt topknots and Scarves.

Jim Adams

Hello everyone it’s Sunday and time for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams our host to give us the prompt for 15th May this week the prompt is – suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II, and it is Head, Hat, Hair, Scarf

So my first choice is I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair. I do love this song but it was really slammed for it lyrics! By people who should know better,! Perhaps they were just jealous!

‘Thom has been the subject of criticism by many artists within the recording world, most notably from Lily Allenthe Fratellis, and the Automatic.James Frost and Robin Hawkins from The Automatic stated that “If she was a punk rocker with flowers in her hair she’d get the shit kicked out of her by other punk rockers, for having flowers in her hair. […] I haven’t found anyone who’s told me they like that song and bought it.”Charlie Brooker also heavily criticised the intense public relations efforts to make the single popular.

I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)” is the debut single of Scottish singer-songwriter Sandi Thom, released in October 2005. The song was written by Thom and Tom Gilbert. Following a re-release in 2006, the song topped the singles charts of Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Thom has said on her website that she wrote the song after being robbed of her mobile phone and other belongings one evening, leaving her completely lost and without any way of contacting her family, friends, or the bank. She says, “I wondered if that had happened to me back in the days of the hippies what would I have done and would I have freaked out so much?”

Although only physically released in the United Kingdom on 22 May 2006, download sales the week before are counted for the purpose of charts, and it achieved number fifteen on this basis in the general charts (and number seven in the download-only chart). The physical release had three formats: two CD versions (one featuring the radio mix and “A Light as Bright as Ours”, another featuring the radio mix, the album mix, a further remix, “May You Never” and the music video), and also as a 7-inch vinyl record backed with Stranglers cover “No More Heroes“.

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Oh, I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair
In ’77 and ’69, revolution was in the air
I was born too late into a world that doesn’t care
Oh, I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair

When the head of state didn’t play guitar
Not everybody drove a car
When music really mattered and when radio was king
When accountants didn’t have control
And the media couldn’t buy your soul
And computers were still scary and we didn’t know everything

Oh, I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair
In ’77 and ’69, revolution was in the air
I was born too late into a world that doesn’t care
Oh, I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair

When pop stars still remained a myth
And ignorance could still be bliss
And when God save the Queen she turned a whiter shade of pale
When my mom and dad were in their teens
And anarchy was still a dream
And the only way to stay in touch was a letter in the mail

Oh, I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair
In ’77 and ’69, revolution was in the air
I was born too late into a world that doesn’t care
Oh, I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair

When record shops were still on top
And vinyl was all that they stocked
And the super info-highway was still drifting out in space
Kids were wearing hand-me-downs
And playing games meant kick arounds
And footballers still had long hair and dirt across their face

Oh, I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair
In ’77 and ’69, revolution was in the air
I was born too late into a world that doesn’t care
Oh, I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair

I was born too late into a world that doesn’t care
Oh, I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Ian Brown / Sandi Thom / Tom Gilbert

I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair) lyrics © P And P Songs Limited, Reservoir/reverb Music Ltd.

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Now for scarf, a truly lovely song from Passenger. Staring at the Stars.

All the Little Lights is the fourth studio album by English singer-songwriter Passenger and was released by Black Crow Records and Nettwerk on 24 February 2012. The album contains 12 tracks, comprising 11 studio tracks recorded at Sydney’s Linear Recording, and one song recorded live at The Borderline in London. A limited edition features a second disc containing acoustic versions of eight songs from the album. Staring at the stars is track three and my very favourite …it includes the word scarf!!

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Okay up next is Hat so let’s have some Brilliant Steely Dan and Fez . The video is a Dr Who clip so The Dr, well two doctors really and Steely Dan I call that a win, win, win 😊

This is the only Steely Dan song with a third credited writer, Paul Griffin, who also plays organ on the song. On a BBC Online chat March 4, 2000, Donald Fagen said, “The Fez was recorded using a rhythm chart but there were a few bars missing and Paul Griffin, the keyboard player on the day, came up with a nice little melody, so we felt we should include him in the writer credits.”

I used the video below because the Fez is the registered trademark of the 10th Dr Who.

No I’m never gonna do it without the fez on
Oh no
No I’m never gonna do it without the fez on
Oh no
That’s what I am
Please understand
I wanna be your holy man

No I’m never gonna do it without the fez on
Oh no
Ain’t never gonna do it without the fez on
Oh no
That’s what I am
Please understand
I wanna be your holy man

No I’m never gonna do it without the fez on
Oh no
Don’t make me do it without the fez on
Oh no
That’s what I am
Please understand
I wanna be your holy man

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Walter Becker / Donald Fagen / Paul L. Griffin

The Fez lyrics © Duchess Music Corp., Mca Music Publishing, A.d.o. Universal S

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I could of used Alanis Morrisette’s head over heels bit no let’s go with ABBA and a daft but fun video.

Head Over Heels” is a 1981 song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA, released as a single the following year. The song is the second track from their eighth studio album, The Visitors.

“Head Over Heels”, whose working title was “Tango”, was written and composed by both Benny Andersson and Björn UlvaeusAgnetha Fältskog sang the lead vocals, singing about her “very good friend”, played in the music video by Anni-Frid Lyngstad, an overactive high-society woman who rushes through the shops, with her hapless and exhausted husband (played by Ulvaeus) following behind and being forced to carry the shopping bags. The song’s video, filmed on 21 January 1982 was the group’s final clip directed by long-time collaborator Lasse Hallström, who cameos as a man the woman bumps into while running around the city.

As with the previous single “One of Us“, Epic Records in the UK used a different picture sleeve from the standard one used in most countries.

The single itself was not released in the United States; it was accompanied as the B-side to another single “The Visitors” instead.

The sheet music has been released, and the song has been choreographed for dance numbers.

ABBA filmed a video for Head Over Heels in Stockholm which was directed by Lasse Hallström. It is the group’s only music video where the director makes an appearance; Hallström is the pedestrian who Frida bumps into on the street. The action in the video is taken directly from the text; where Frida portrays a woman who rushes through shops with her tired husband in tow (played by Ulvaeus).

I have a very good friend
The kind of girl who likes to follow a trend
She has a personal style
Some people like it, others tend to go wild

You hear her voice everywhere
Taking the chair
She’s a leading lady
And with no trace of hesitation she keeps going

Head over heels
Breaking her way
Pushing through unknown jungles every day
She’s a girl with a taste for the world
(The world is like a playing ground where she goes rushing)
Head over heels
Setting the pace
Running the gauntlet in a whirl of lace
She’s extreme, if you know what I mean

Her man is one I admire
He’s so courageous but he’s constantly tired
Each time when he speaks his mind
She pats his head and says, “That’s all very fine”

“Exert that will of your own
When you’re alone
Now we’d better hurry”
And with no trace of hesitation she keeps going

Head over heels
Breaking her way
Pushing through unknown jungles every day
She’s a girl with a taste for the world
(The world is like a playing ground where she goes rushing)
Head over heels
Setting the pace
Running the gauntlet in a whirl of lace
She’s extreme, if you know what I mean

You hear her voice everywhere
Taking the chair
She’s a leading lady
And with no trace of hesitation she keeps going

Head over heels
Breaking her way
Pushing through unknown jungles every day
She’s a girl with a taste for the world
(The world is like a playing ground where she goes rushing)
Head over heels
Setting the pace
Running the gauntlet in a whirl of lace
She’s extreme, if you know what I mean

And she goes
Head over heels

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Ulvaeus Bjoern K / Andersson Benny Sigvard

Head Over Heels lyrics © Emi Waterford Music Inc., Universal/union Songs Musikforlag Ab.

all information from Wikipedia.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE 💜✋

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS May 14, 2022

Its Saturday again and time for us all to join in Linda’s SoCs. The prompt is week is :Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “hat.” Use it literally or metaphorically. Have fun!

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He entered the bar, his hat down over one eye. He looked the part and he new it. She was sitting at the bar red dress red shoes and hat.
Mentally he threw his hat into the ring as he approached her and asked if could buy her a drink.
She smiled and accpected, “keep this under your hat” she whispered “I am looking for adventure.” Her eyes twinkled as she cocked her head to one side the brim of her hat framing her small face and huge eyes.
“Well” he said looking into her eyes “it so happens I am too!”
He ordered two whiskey and dry and she suductively ate some olives.
Someone put some music on the jukebox it was Hats off to Larry, followed by Wherever I lay my hat.
After they had finished their drinks she whispered in his ear, “I know a place we can go.”
“Now” he asked, a gleam in his eye, “yes” she winked.
Tipping his hat to the barman he took her arm, she looked amazing from the toes of her red stilettos to the curve of her dress to the red feather on her hat.
As they stepped out onto the street they both smiled and said together, “You can keep your hat on.” Then as fast as they could Mr and Mrs Day walked home.

Badge by Shelley Krupa..

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

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #9. Use HIGH SCHOOL as your inspiration this week.

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Ronovanwrite’s Sijo.

Ron has set a difficult prompt this week . Well it’s difficult for me because I never graduated, in fact here’s the truth I never took any exam qualifications. No O or A levels, as they were in my day, I never went to university or college so I really am in the dark. However all three of our boys have graduated and so their University Graduations are what I have based my Sijo on. I have written two .

©suevincent.

Graduation

Pride is palpable holding our breath, our fledgings ready to fly.
Years of learning from the good, bad and mediocre
They are on the edge of the future God willing they may keep the spark.

35 words
46 syllables.

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Graduation

Dreadlocks and piercings gone, new beginning in cap and gown.
No flounces for middle lad but his diplomas just as worthy.
Youngest dressed up to receive his papers first steps for them all.

33 words
45 syllables.

THIS IS PART OF RONOVANWRITE’S WEEKLY SIJO CHALLENGE.

One-Liner Wednesday. Neighbours.

The good neighbour looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

This part of LindaGHill’s One-Liner Wednesday.

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 273, 5/10/22, #SpecificForm

Last month, Colleen asked Sally Cronin to select a syllabic form for us to learn more about. Her choice was the Butterfly Cinquain.

We have been given a video to take inspiration from, either from the video or the music. Well both inspired me so it’s a combination of both.

Butterfly 🦋 blue.

In blue
Wings fluttering
Twirling she carries dreams.
Bewitched her prince sees only her
Cosmic
They take flight out into the blue
Wishes and dreams she grants
Happy ending
In blue

This is part of Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge.

The love of a Dog.

© willowdot21

You are so tired your pain is tangible it breaks my heart to see you struggling. You are so brave you insist on your walk no matter how it makes you suffer.
Your breathing is so laboured as you walk, well wobble, you limp on all four legs.
Your wound still weeps as I do as I watch you. We both hide our pain as we know your Daddy is denying your struggles…he knows but it’s unspoken.
You may have weeks, months or days I just pray you are happy.

As you sleep do you dream of youth?
Puppy play and training to assist.
No rest, training starts young in truth
So much expected of you the heaven kissed.
You served, you worked , we gave you play.
We loved you from afar until the day
You came to live with us
We hope you have enjoyed your retirement
A princess among dogs we love you
Our children and their children love you too.

© willowdot21

Stay as long as you can but don’t suffer please.
Suit yourself this time, don’t worry about our ease.

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS May 7, 2022

Badge by Shelley Krupa..

It’s Saturday again and it’s time for SoCs. Our prompt arrived yesterday and it’s a strange one. LindaGHill’s said : Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “a phrase you grew up with.” Include in your post a phrase your mom/dad/grandparent/sibling used all the time when you were growing up, or just write whatever inspires you based on that phrase. Enjoy!

“It will be a pigs foot in the morning” or “I’ll give you a biff on the boko”

When I was growing up if ever someone in the family hurt themslves and Dad was around he would tend to our injuy and then tell us ” It will be a pigs foot in the morning” I have to admit for first few years of my life I was worried about pigs trotters growing all over my body! Of course it never happened!

Another of Dad’s favourite sayings was if we had any moans about people or ifwe had committed a minor misdemeanor he’d say ” I’ll give you/ them a Biff on the Boko” another nonsensical saying. I had no idea where it comes from. I looked Biff on the Boko up in Google and discovered Boko means nose.

If Mum was getting to the end of her tether she would say, “Jesus, Mary and Joseph” these words meant everyone back off and behave. Mum had lots of sayings I shall list a few here!

Never cast a clout till may is out!

Blue and green should never be seen unless there’s something inbetween.

The angles are playing skittles . When there was thunder.

There was so many I will not go on. But one saying they both had in common was ” We’ll see ” or “God willing” used went for one reason or another the requested was unlikely to come to fruition. Also “God bless your tummy” when we ate, too much too little or something unusual. Oh! of course the old favourites “your not having pudding until you finish your dinner ” “your not leaving the table until you clear your plate” ” There are millions starving in Africa ” …mind you neither Mum nor Dad could name any!

There are many more but I going to finish now because time and tide waits for no one!

Lets finish with a song about growing up from my favourite Immie.

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