Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 39 – MIRROR & HARBOR

This  week  for  Colleen Chesebro‘s weekly poetry  prompt Mirror  & Harbour I  have  chosen  to  do  two Tanka.

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Looking out to sea

A long days wait looking  for lights

Cold cold  the  harbour

Lost loved ones to cruel sea

Pain mirrored in harbour Lights.

 

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Mirror like  the  sea

Shows life stormy and  becalmed

No safe harbour yet

Thrashed on the rocks  we cling on

Hoping against hope  for calm.

 

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Arrows and Nails

Life sends arrows and nails

We dodge and swerve, rant and rail

No point in wearing ourselves out

Arrows will rain however much we pout!
I cannot change what will be

My heart breaks you see

Each time an arrow or nail

Pierces there’s not point to rant or rail.

One Liner Wednesday: inspiration.

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“Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

 Benjamin Disraeli


Email from Mother Earth.

A poem  for  Earth  day. I wrote  this  a  couple  of  years  ago.

Just  a timely  reminder  that  we  need  to respect , love and  look after  our  mother  earth. Sorry  i  think it is  a day  late!

Email  from  Mother  Earth  for  Earth  Day.

Can you hear me son can you hear my voice.

Can you hear me daughter can you catch my words before you have no choice.

Did you read my emails do you check them out

I have phoned you many times, the fact that I have tried to warn you is not doubt.

Did you read my letters son did you read and weep. Have you received my postcards  daughter.

They did not have the answers that you seek.

I carved it on the gate posts and  the walls.

I have hire out huge bill boards with letters 20ft tall!

I have screamed and I have shouted. I have made an almighty fuss

But no one is listening is there no one out there who wants to put me first.

Mother nature’s weeping, mother nature full of pain

You  have not been listening to her you have let her down again.

The blooms are out in winter and summer flowers peek in spring

The snow falls in summer and sometimes in spring.

You are heading for another drought your reservoirs are almost dry

Still leaks from your water  mains  in the streets and I am asking why!!

The animals all suffer and fauna and flowers too

It is starting with the the smaller things but soon to suffer it will be you.

This beautiful green planet that you live in

Is drying up to dessert have you not noticed a thing.

I have warned you till I horse and dropped hints as large as Tsunami and Earthquakes

I am so tired and you just ignore me have any idea how sad, me that makes.

Stop all you selfish clambering and look at what you are doing.

You are melting my ice caps and heading for rack and ruin!

I can only do my best like any loving mother can

But your are not just naughty children you are the race Human.

So hear my voice and listen good, this is your only chance

To save my life and enhance yours, to stop my final deaths’ dance.

Hedgehog in Reverse: A Poem

It  is  so  hard  to  stay  away   even  though circumstances  demand  I  must. So  Here  I  am  with  my  heart  on  my  sleeve  again. Just  a  quick  visit  to  get  an  annoying  set  of  words  off  my  brain  and out  of  my  heart.

9739f77602a3f673d4c0eafd65933dc1Hedgehog in reverse
It is such a curse
Deeper each day
The barbs don’t go away.

Piercing deeper than deep
Through my brain they seep
Sometimes they make me fall
Always they sting and make me small.

I close my mind to fears
When verbal barbs assault my ears
There is no where I can go
There is just no escape I know

 

One Liner Wednesday: This life.

I have a job, a home,children and all this island I am blessed.
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I don’t usually clarify my one liners but this is the essence of what a beautiful lady told me yesterday.

Ronovan Writes: Haiku Prompt Challenge

 

 

 

The Challenge Words!

Life & Give     Haiku One 

Not enough  to go around

Water give us hope

Devoid of life parched  ground

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Haiku Two

All life seemed  quite extinct

None had life to give

Death was always succinct

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Song Lyric Sunday: Running up the Hill (A Deal with God)

This is  part  of Song  Lyric  Sunday

I have  loved  Kate Bush  for ever  and have always felt  a connection  with her  lyrics  and music.

Running up  the  Hill , resonates  with  my  life  the  awful feeling of  running  through  quick  sand  just  to  get  through  the day. She  explains it perfectly the hopelessness we all feel at  different  points in our life. Apparently  I  have misinterpreted the song  this  is  what Kate  Bush  said  about  the  song .

I was trying to say that, really, a man and a woman, can’t understand each other because we are a man and a woman. And if we could actually swap each other’s roles, if we could actually be in each other’s place for a while, I think we’d both be very surprised! [Laughs] And I think it would lead to a greater understanding. And really the only way I could think it could be done was either… you know, I thought a deal with the devil, you know. And I thought, ‘well, no, why not a deal with God!’ You know, because in a way it’s so much more powerful the whole idea of asking God to make a deal with you. You see, for me it is still called “Deal With God”, that was its title. But we were told that if we kept this title that it would not be played in any of the religious countries, Italy wouldn’t play it, France wouldn’t play it, and Australia wouldn’t play it! Ireland wouldn’t play it, and that generally we might get it blacked purely because it had God in the title.

Personally I  still think it  describes life’s struggles. What  do  you think?

Below  is  the  very  best of  the  many  covers of  this  beautiful  song, it is by Placebo. The  Video is  really  special!

“Running Up That Hill” ( A Deal  with God )

“If I only could, I’d be running up that hill.
If I only could, I’d be running up that hill.”It doesn’t hurt me.
Do you want to feel how it feels?
Do you want to know that it doesn’t hurt me?
Do you want to hear about the deal that I’m making?
You, it’s you and me.

And if I only could,
I’d make a deal with God,
And I’d get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
Be running up that building.
If I only could, oh…

You don’t want to hurt me,
But see how deep the bullet lies.
Unaware I’m tearing you asunder.
Ooh, there is thunder in our hearts.

Is there so much hate for the ones we love?
Tell me, we both matter, don’t we?
You, it’s you and me.
It’s you and me won’t be unhappy.

And if I only could,
I’d make a deal with God,
And I’d get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
Be running up that building,
Say, if I only could, oh…

You,
It’s you and me,
It’s you and me won’t be unhappy.

“C’mon, baby, c’mon darling,
Let me steal this moment from you now.
C’mon, angel, c’mon, c’mon, darling,
Let’s exchange the experience, oh…”

And if I only could,
I’d make a deal with God,
And I’d get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems.

And if I only could,
I’d make a deal with God,
And I’d get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems.

And if I only could,
I’d make a deal with God,
And I’d get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems.

If I only could
Be running up that hill
With no problems…

“If I only could, I’d be running up that hill.
If I only could, I’d be running up that hill.”

Writer(s): Kate Bush
Copyright: Noble & Brite Ltd.
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Helen at  This  thing  called  life one  word  at a  time  invites everyone who would like to play along so we can share some fantastic music together.

Here are the rules for Song Lyric Sunday:

  • Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  • Make sure you credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to Helen’s  post that will go up every Sunday by 9am MST
  • Check out at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

One Liner Wednesday:

Perhaps they are not stars,
but rather openings in heaven
where the love of our lost ones pours through
and shines down upon us
to let us know they are happy.
-Eskimo Proverb

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Here is  my  pingback

Anyone who would like to try it out, feel free to use the “One-Liner Wednesday” title in your post, and if you do, you can ping back to Linda’post here to help your blog get more exposure. To execute a ping back, just copy the URL in the address bar on Linda’s post and paste it somewhere in the body of your post. Your link will show up in the comments on Linda’s  page. Please ensure that the One-Liner Wednesday you’re pinging back to is this week’s! Otherwise, no one will likely see it butLinda.

As with Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS), if you see a ping back from someone else in my comment section, click and have a read. It’s bound to be short and sweet.

Unlike SoCS, this is not a prompt so there’s no need to stick to the same “theme.”

The rules that I’ve made for myself (but don’t always follow) for “One-Liner Wednesday” are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use the tag #1lineWed for more exposure.

Have fun!

Say a little prayer

Hi  everyone  I  have  to  apologize  to  everyone  who usually  visits  Paul  Curran’s  and my  “If  we  were having  coffee” Because  they  were  not  published  this  week. Well I  am going  to  put  Paul’s  post today  or  tomorrow  but  mine  will have  to wait  until  the weekend.

Saturday  morning I received a phone  call  from one of  my  sisters telling  me  that  our second  eldest  sister  who  has  been in  hospital  since  April,  was  so gravely  ill  that  the medical staff caring  for our  sister   wanted us  all to visit her immediately. So from all different parts of  England  we  set  off , four of us  went immediately  and  another four  set  off early  Sunday  Morning. We  have  all been  to visited  her  over  the months  but  she lives  so far  away  from us . We all wish  she  was  close enough  for  us  to  visit  daily but  that is not  the case.

When  we  arrived  Saturday  evening  we  were  so  shocked as  things  did not  look at all good. Oxygen masks, nose tubes and all sorts of machines, one machine is basically a respirator. All  sorts of  cannulars  in her  arm  for  taking  blood and  such.

The specialist in charge of our  sister was very honest with us and said that things are in the lap of the gods. He spoke to us again yesterday and said she has a drug resistant bug in her chest bone and inflamed lungs. They really do not know exactly  what to  do but are trying a small dose of steroids in hopes they can  help. If the steroids don’t work there is no more that they can do. Today  one of  my sisters who  was  able  to stay  longer  has  told  me that M is having difficulty with the liquid food they are giving her and  that  she is looking  worse . All we can do is pray.

I am praying  for her  and if  any of  you  would like to  ask  your  God  to  help  her  I would  be so  grateful.

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