#Fairy #Tarot #Friday ~ February 28, 2020

Welcome to Fairy Tarot Friday. I’ve migrated this feature over from the Sisters of the Fey blog. Each Friday I’ll share a card from the Fairy Tarot deck by Doreen Virtue & Radleigh Valentine, featuring an uplifting message from the fey. I’ll also include a bit of syllabic poetry inspired by the card reading.

The Major Arcana contains 22 cards that describe major events and turning points in our lives (marriage, pregnancy, relationship and career changes, and overcoming personal challenges). The Major Arcana cards also represent the different phases from childhood to old age.

They number the Minor Arcana cards in four suits representing different aspects of human life: 1 (Ace) through 10, plus the four court cards (Princess, Prince, Queen, and King). The Minor Arcana reflects the day-to-day aspects of our lives and the people in them. Court cards represent either a situation or a person during a reading.

The Minor Arcana comprises four suits. In traditional Tarot they are; wands, cups, swords, and coins. In Fairy Tarot, the four suits reflect the seasons: Spring for wands, Summer for cups, Winter for swords, and Autumn for coins. In Angel Tarot, the seasons represent the four elements: fire = spring, water = summer, air = winter, and earth = autumn. Consider these elements in relation to the Fairy Tarot as well.

The divinatory meanings are given for upright cards only—this tarot is not intended for reversed readings.

Once you get to know the fairies, you’ll see they are strong-willed environmentalists. They get perturbed at people who mistrust animals or the earth. Never lie to a fairy. Instead, help them take care of the planet and other living beings. Do your part. Your actions will richly reward you, and the fairies will encourage you in amazing ways.

Today’s Card

With all the news around the world sounding the alarm about the spread of the coronavirus, I tried hard to block out all the chatter. After a long meditation, I drew the Princess of Autumn, an earth card.

This princess is optimistic and happy. She’s also charming, reliable, upbeat, and rather clever! Doesn’t this sound like you?

I bet you have a passion for learning. Guess what? You’re in good company. But don’t be fooled… a mischievous streak runs through this princess. Be on the lookout for that to manifest in your life, as well. Like you, this little fairy is a joy to be around. She’s also responsible and a wise soul.

The Princess of Autumn signifies that a part of you loves to learn, while some of you might assume the role of the perpetual student; too shy about getting out on her own. This princess has a tendency to think things through way too long before acting.

Never fear. When you finally make your move, everything will flow into place as planned. Do you need a push to get started? Maybe this is the message you’ve been waiting for so you can finally get past whatever has been holding you back.

Suddenly, the books or knowledge unavailable to you before are now wide open. Embrace any knowledge you’ve gained through rigorous study. You’ve done the hard work, now is the time to reap the rewards.

Maybe your message for the day is that it’s time to go back to school? Take advantage of any study and research opportunities. If you can, attend seminars or courses even if they are online. Be prepared for some good news about finances!

“You Can Never Know too Much” #Senryu

embrace facts—
knowledge provides wealth
glean rewards

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “James: Witch Hunter,” & “Sophie: Witch Hunter,” BY AUTHOR, K. S. Marsden, @KSMarsden

Featuring Your Next Read!

About James: Witch Hunter

~Prequel to the Witch-Hunter trilogy~

James Bennett is a Yorkshire lad, making the big move to Oxford to start university.
His ambitions involve getting a good education; impressing the Rugby Club; and not throttling his roommate. All perfectly normal drama, until Hallowe’en.

A girl’s murder throws James into the dangerous world of witches, and those that hunt them.

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MY RECOMMENDATION

The Witch Hunter Series is: The Shadow Rises, The Shadow Reigns, The Shadow Falls, which I’ve read and reviewed. The stories revolve around the evil witches who sacrifice humans to increase their own powers. In this world, witches are evil and hunted down by the MMC (Malleus Maleficarum Council), a secret witch hunting organization tasked with neutralizing the threat from the witches.

James is a prequel to K.S. Marsden’s Witch-Hunter series. This book does a deeper dive into the main characters and their motivations. The background information helped me understand some decisions the characters made later in the subsequent novels.

After Yorkshire born James entered university, he is introduced to the snobby Hunter Astley. To his dismay, Hunter becomes his roommate. Soon, the boys find themselves facing off in the Rugby club where James notices Hunter has unusual physical abilities.

By the time Halloween rolls around, James follows Hunter to a warehouse where he witnesses a murder. This single event thrusts James into the heart of the witch hunter organization.

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About Sophie: Witch Hunter

Everyone will betray you…

Sophie has always had a high opinion of herself. She is smart, beautiful, and meant for something more than a mundane, human life. From a young age she’s had to weigh duty against selfish desires. Her new friend Izzy starts to break down her carefully-constructed walls, and makes Sophie question everything she thought she knew.

With witch-hunters and witches vying for a place in her future, Sophie has to decide who she can trust.

This is a prequel to the Witch-Hunter trilogy, and contains spoilers from the very beginning.
We highly recommend you read The Shadow Rises, before finding out more about everybody’s favourite cold-hearted bitch.

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My Recommendation:

Sophie: Witch Hunter is the second prequel in the Witch Hunter series. In this book, the reader learns how Sophie evolves from a self-centered teen with uncontrollable witchy powers into the supremely evil Shadow Witch.

As Sophie gains more control of her powers she closes off the human side of her personality. She makes the choice to betray friends and lovers, all to move forward with her plan to cripple the organization that has persecuted her witch-kind for generations.

For me, James’ prequel was more important to the story line. Sophie’s evil was preordained in the series and other than the addition of a few facts about the Wiccans, Sophie’s prequel didn’t fill in much more pertinent information.

With that being said, both books are worth reading to gain further insight into the characters and the series. I read them both in one week. Many thanks to K. S. Marsden for the complimentary reader’s copies.

If you love paranormal fiction like I do, you will find that this was a most unusual series. There is something here for everyone: love, relationships, betrayal, magic, battles, and the hunt for the truth.

MY RATING FOR BOTH BOOKS

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About the Author

Author, K.S. Marsden, James: Witch Hunter, Sophie: Witch Hunter

Kelly Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses.
Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
Her first book, The Shadow Rises, was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt.

Find her at http://www.ksmarsden.comAmazon Author Page

How to Connect with the Author

Blog: ksmarsden.com

Twitter: @KSMarsden

FB Author Page: K.S. Marsden

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Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 166, #ThemePrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

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It’s the fourth week of the month! Ken Gierke selected this month’s theme prompt. On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll select someone to choose next month’s theme. Have fun!

Don’t forget to send me poetry examples for my poetry book. I’ll need: Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Cinquain (all forms), Etheree, Nonet, and Shadorma. I’ve finished the Haiku and Senryu examples. Thanks for all of your help.

You retain all of your copyrights. I give you credit in the book in the Bibliography section. All work reverts back to you.

I’ll email everyone a copy of the poems that are used in the book before publication. Thanks.

This week’s theme:

“FINDING CLARITY”

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting blogs and leaving comments. Peer reviews help poets perfect their writing craft. Remember… sharing is caring.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet:

Remember, the Gogyoka in English syllabic poetry form is the only form that does not require a syllable count per the five lines. Please be mindful that each line should be the duration of a single breath or a phrase. Choose your words carefully…

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

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THE RULES

Every Tuesday I’ll post the challenge early enough so everyone can see it. Remember, there will be no recap. You have a full week to write your poetry (Tuesday – Monday). Don’t forget to copy your poem into the comments on this post so that everyone can find your poetry.

The rules are simple. Write your poetry on your blog.

Do a link-back by placing the HTTPS:// address of the challenge post into your post. ALSO, please copy your poem and add it to the comments. If you created a Haiga, let us know in the comments with a link to your post. Now, all of the poetry ends up on the challenge post in one place.

Follow the schedule listed below:

Don't forget

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma, #Gogyohka

Now, have fun and write some poetry!


Rainbow’s Escape, #flashfiction

The Carrot Ranch February 20, 2020, flash fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a library cat named Rainbow who escapes. Use this situation to write what happens next. Where does this situation take place, and who else might be involved? Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by February 25, 2020.

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Jimmy gathered his belongings. “Now, remember Rainbow, stay hidden,” he whispered to the calico cat hunched inside his backpack. “Mrs. Walters will never miss you for one night.”

Rainbow purred as the boy pushed through the main doors of the library. He ran toward home.

“Grammy, you awake? I’ve got a surprise for you.” Jimmy slipped through the door and opened the backpack. An orange streak of fur darted down the hallway. 

Grammy lay in her bed cuddling the cat. “Thank you, Jimmy. After today’s chemo, seeing Rainbow again is what I needed. Thank you for bringing him home.”

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

Reblog: Evening: A Mirror Cinquain | Padre’s Ramblings

Padre was the first to respond this week to Ritu’s fabulous photo. His Mirror Cinquain has been on my mind all week. Where I saw shadows and mystery, Padre saw a normal evening in the suburbs.

Padre, you can pick the photo image for next month’s challenge. Please email me at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com with your photo. Please add any copyright information to go along with the photo. Thanks.

Image Credit: © Ritu Bhathal

Evening

Evening
Houselights appear
Baths done, pajamas on
Children to be soon tucked in bed
Quiet

Moment
Drink before the television
School lunches still to pack
Doors checked – secured
Goodnight

©2020 Padre’s Ramblings

A mirror cinquain is a syllabic poem form which consists of a  2/4/6/8/2 cinquain poem followed by a 2/8/6/4/2 reverse cinquain.

See you for tomorrow’s new challenge!

ReShare from Writing to be Read | Meet poet and writer Colleen Chesebro

I spent some time today with Kaye Lynn Booth & Robbie Cheadle talking about my favorite subject next to faeries ~ POETRY! Many thanks to these lovely ladies for their hospitality.

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Treasuring Poetry

Today, I am delighted to welcome poet, author and blogger Colleen Chesebro to the Treasury Poetry series. The aim of this series is to introduce poets and poetry lovers to each other and to share reviews for some of the lovely poetry books available.

Welcome Colleen!

What is your favorite poem? Include it with your answer

This is a difficult question because I enjoy many kinds of poetry. However, I love the Beat Poets the most. Jack Kerouac and Allan Ginsberg always come to mind, both with their excellent Haiku. However, my favorite poem from Allan Ginsberg is called, “Sunflower Sutra.”

Sunflower Sutra

BY ALLEN GINSBERG

I walked on the banks of the tincan banana dock and sat down under the huge shade of a Southern Pacific locomotive to look at the sunset over the box house hills and cry.

Jack Kerouac sat beside me on a busted rusty iron pole, companion, we thought the same thoughts of the soul, bleak and blue and sad-eyed, surrounded by the gnarled steel roots of trees of machinery.

The oily water on the river mirrored the red sky, sun sank on top of final Frisco peaks, no fish in that stream, no hermit in those mounts, just ourselves rheumy-eyed and hung-over like old bums on the riverbank, tired and wily.

Look at the Sunflower, he said, there was a dead gray shadow against the sky, big as a man, sitting dry on top of a pile of ancient sawdust—

—I rushed up enchanted—it was my first sunflower, memories of Blake—my visions—Harlem

and Hells of the Eastern rivers, bridges clanking Joes Greasy Sandwiches, dead baby carriages, black treadless tires forgotten and unretreaded, the poem of the riverbank, condoms & pots, steel knives, nothing stainless, only the dank muck and the razor-sharp artifacts passing into the past—

and the gray Sunflower poised against the sunset, crackly bleak and dusty with the smut and smog and smoke of olden locomotives in its eye—

corolla of bleary spikes pushed down and broken like a battered crown, seeds fallen out of its face, soon-to-be-toothless mouth of sunny air, sunrays obliterated on its hairy head like a dried wire spiderweb,

leaves stuck out like arms out of the stem, gestures from the sawdust root, broke pieces of plaster fallen out of the black twigs, a dead fly in its ear,

Unholy battered old thing you were, my sunflower O my soul, I loved you then!

The grime was no man’s grime but death and human locomotives,

all that dress of dust, that veil of darkened railroad skin, that smog of cheek, that eyelid of black mis’ry, that sooty hand or phallus or protuberance of artificial worse-than-dirt—industrial—modern—all that civilization spotting your crazy golden crown—

and those blear thoughts of death and dusty loveless eyes and ends and withered roots below, in the home-pile of sand and sawdust, rubber dollar bills, skin of machinery, the guts and innards of the weeping coughing car, the empty lonely tincans with their rusty tongues alack, what more could I name, the smoked ashes of some cock cigar, the cunts of wheelbarrows and the milky breasts of cars, wornout asses out of chairs & sphincters of dynamos—all these

entangled in your mummied roots—and you there standing before me in the sunset, all your glory in your form!

A perfect beauty of a sunflower! a perfect excellent lovely sunflower existence! a sweet natural eye to the new hip moon, woke up alive and excited grasping in the sunset shadow sunrise golden monthly breeze!

How many flies buzzed round you innocent of your grime, while you cursed the heavens of the railroad and your flower soul?

Poor dead flower? when did you forget you were a flower? when did you look at your skin and decide you were an impotent dirty old locomotive? the ghost of a locomotive? the specter and shade of a once powerful mad American locomotive?

You were never no locomotive, Sunflower, you were a sunflower!

And you Locomotive, you are a locomotive, forget me not!

So I grabbed up the skeleton thick sunflower and stuck it at my side like a scepter,

and deliver my sermon to my soul, and Jack’s soul too, and anyone who’ll listen,

—We’re not our skin of grime, we’re not dread bleak dusty imageless locomotives, we’re golden sunflowers inside, blessed by our own seed & hairy naked accomplishment-bodies growing into mad black formal sunflowers in the sunset, spied on by our own eyes under the shadow of the mad locomotive riverbank sunset Frisco hilly tincan evening sitdown vision.

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Thank you, Colleen, for this introduction to Allan Ginsberg’s poetry, which I have not read before. This is an amazing and meaningful poem.

What is your interpretation of this poem?

This poem was written before I was born, but it is an example of Ginsberg’s view of a desolate America destroyed by the wiles of modern society. Who knew this prophetic poem would mean so much more to me in the twenty-first century?

Ginsberg’s poetry often railed against societal norms. As a Jew, and a gay man, he experienced a different world than most of us in America. What made this poem different from some of his other work, was at the end, he offered a glimmer of hope.

I also love that he titled the poem a Sutra, which is a Buddhist literature form that uses a string of aphorisms (tersely phrased statements of a truth or opinion; an adage). miriamwebster.com

The imagery of the sunflower suggests that America has been battered out of recognition but has the ability to become beautiful again. Ginsberg gives a political commentary on America’s core values: the freedom of expression, and the ability of the people to share in forward thinking political and social thought. I can’t help but wonder what he would say about today’s political climate?

In this poem, Ginsberg refers to “…memories of Blake.” Here he is talking about William Blake, one the leading poets from the Romantic era. Ginsberg rejected the ugliness of the modern world in all of its industrial glory. This is his way of wishing we were back in the Romantic era before industry destroyed the natural beauty of our land. The last part of the poem is where he compares Americans to “golden sunflowers,” encouraging us all to find and embrace our own beauty in this world.

The poem doesn’t contain beats or syllables. Instead, it moves with the rhythm of our breath. Ginsberg loved spoken poetry. The short stanzas, like a Haiku, share a moment of enlightenment or truth making this poem a classic Sutra.

This interpretation of the poem is fascinating, Colleen.

What emotions does this poem invoke in you?

This poem inspires me to take poetic action to help spread the word of hope through my own poetry. Like the “crackly bleak and dusty with the smut and smog and smoke of olden locomotives in its eye sunflower,”(Ginsberg’s Sunflower Sutra) we have to look beneath the ugliness to find the beauty in the world. Once we find that beauty, we should share it through poetic expression.

Sharing beauty through poetry is a wonderful goal, Colleen.

If you could choose to write like any well-known poet, who would it be?

Ginsberg wrote some pretty raw stuff, (Howl, is long and contains profanity) but I can’t dispute the genius of his word combinations, imagery, or unconventional writing styles.

Raw and unconventional writing styles make a big impression on the reader. 

What is special to you about this poet’s writing style?

I wrote a term paper about Ginsberg in college because he also liked writing Haiku and Senryu, although his poems are found by searching for Haiku. In fact, he was one of the first to write Haiku in a single line and not in the 5/7/5 format of the traditional Haiku in English that was popular at the time. He argued that with the differences between Japanese and English that particular form wasn’t important for English Haiku. I’m sure this was another reason why academic poets use the 3/5/3 or 2/3/2 format for Haiku in English.

Most of all, his words always speak to me. Listen to the specific patterns of speech he uses in his poetry. He bares it all and says it all, in a style that shouts freedom of expression. He defied traditional academic disciplines and wrote the way he wanted to. That’s pure creativity!

I agree, Colleen, and I take my hat off to his innovation and imagination.

Find Colleen Chesebro

Speculative Fiction Novelist, Prose Metrist, Word Witch

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Fairies, Myths, & Magic: A Summer Celebration

What Amazon says

Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice.

Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humor, and a young girl who fulfills her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all.

Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the mythologies of the past bringing them into the future.

My review

This book includes a delightful array of short stories and poems with fairies, myths and magic as the central themes that link them all. The author provides an interesting introduction to fairies and shares her own personal thoughts and ideas about this subject. There is also an intriguing overview of myths and how they originated.

The poetry takes numerous shapes and forms and there are tankas, haibuns, double tankas, cinquains and freestyle poems all of which contribute into making this book an interesting reading adventure.

My favourite story was The Leaving – A Story of Supernatural Magic which features the elderly Miss Pensie Taylor as the main character. Miss Pensie has lived in her house in the same town all her life and is a well know character to the older residents. Her house overlooks a swamp and a graveyard and she has an intimate knowledge of the inmates of the graveyard as her father was the caretaker when she was a child. Miss Pensie is a brave soul with a gift that enables her to see the spirits of those long dead.

One evening, during a heavy thunderstorm, Miss Pensie notices something unusual about the graveyard and goes out to investigate after the rain has abated. She has an interesting experience alone in the darkness.

My favourite poem in this collection is titled The magical Tree and my favourite stanza is the following:

“In Autumn –

the Lady shows us her splendor

whose bright orange leaves herald

the darkness of another winter slumber.”

If you enjoy poetry and have an interest in myths, magic and fairies, you will love this beautiful collection.

Purchase Fairies, Myths, & Magic: A Summer Celebration

About Robbie Cheadle

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Hello, my name is Robbie, short for Roberta. I am an author with six published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with my son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about my mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with my mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of my children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications.

I have recently branched into adult and young adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential my children’s books from my adult writing, I plan to publish these books under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. My first supernatural book published in that name, Through the Nethergate, is now available.

I have participated in a number of anthologies:

  • Two short stories in #1 Amazon bestselling anthology, Dark Visions, a collection of horror stories edited by Dan Alatorre;
  • Three short stories in Death Among Us, an anthology of murder mystery stories, edited by Stephen Bentley;
  • Three short stories in #1 Amazon bestselling anthology, Nightmareland, a collection of horror stories edited by Dan Alatorre; and
  • Two short stories in Whispers of the Past, an anthology of paranormal stories, edited by Kaye Lynne Booth.

I also have a book of poetry called Open a new door, with fellow South African poet, Kim Blades.

Find Robbie Cheadle

Blog: https://www.robbiecheadle.co.za/

Blog: robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com

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Twitter: BakeandWrite

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A Message From the Sisters of the Fey…

It’s time to notify our readers of the changes coming to the Sisters of the Fey blog. In the months ahead, you will see the blog and the posts migrating to the personal blogs of the authors. Once that process is complete, this blog will cease to exist.

The Sisters of the Fey blog began as a grand experiment. Never in my wildest dreams did I think our collaboration would grow so large, so quickly. Your response to our choice of topics has been most satisfying and gratifying. Thank you for your support.

Each of the Sisters of the Fey is an author with their own blog and writing schedule. Some of us also have outside jobs within our communities. We all wear many hats as working wives, mothers, care-takers, writers, bloggers, book marketing specialists, and social media experts. Collectively, we’ve made the decision to let this blog go.

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But that won’t be the end of the “Sisters of the Fey.” I’m currently outlining a paranormal mystery involving a group of magical women tasked with investigating a series of strange occurrences between the otherworld and the human realm. Look for that book releasing in the future.

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We have renamed our Facebook Page: Spiritual Sisters, @5SpiritualSisters: https://www.facebook.com/5SpiritualSisters/ where we will continue to share our spiritually inspired posts from our blogs. Please consider following us there, too. ❤

Look for Our Future Posts on our blogs:

Adele Marie Park Author & Personal Blog: Firefly465

Annette Rochelle Aben Author & Personal Blog: Annette Rochelle Aben

Bee Halton Personal Blog: The Bee Writes thebeewrites.com

Colleen M. Chesebro Author & Personal Blog: Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry colleenchesebro.com

Debby Gies (aka, D. G. Kaye) Author & Personal Blog: D. G. Kaye, Writer

Karen DeMers Dowdall Author & Personal Blog: Once Upon a Time karendowdall.com

Marjorie (MJ) Mallon YA/Paranormal Author: mjmallon.com

From all of us,

Thank you for your love and support.

COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Moments We Love,” BY AUTHOR, Balroop Singh, @BalroopShado

Featuring Your Next Weekend Read!

About this Book

Moments of fragrant love that stand frozen in time, of dreams that dare not unfold, of passion that fleets by, of erratic joy that we meet at the crossroads of life; butterflies of time that add color to our dark moments to scare the demons away – I have gathered all of them in this book. Some of them whisper softly to create a magical aura while spring of life sings with them, trying to wipe silent tears. Mother Nature steps in with all her grandeur to breath quiet messages of tranquility.

Each poem would soothe your emotions with élan and add a dash of color to your life. Life – that doesn’t halt for your sad moments; it just floats by. You just need to dive in to soak in myriads of moments to discover how they could ignite positive tones. All the poems in this collection are imaginary but inspired from people around me, some of whom chose to share their frustrations and tremors with me. My imaginative muse transformed them into poetry. 

Memories and moments merge here
Today when I return to share
The glow of rainbows,
Embers of emotional entreaties
And smoldering debris. 

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MY RECOMMENDATION

I was delighted to receive this book as a gift, as it had been on my to-be-purchased and read list for some time. “Moments We Love,” is a delightful collection of free verse and rhyming poetry dedicated to a subject dear to all of our hearts – love.

From the first page onward, I discovered that Singh’s poetry dealt with a wide range of human emotions, all drawing upon her astute observations of the human condition.

The collection lead me through the distinct categories of love beginning with young love and progressing into a more mature form of love, moving into memories of love, and even touching on the subject of forbidden love. By the end of the book, I was faced with the loss of love.

Several poems stood out to me: “Do You Remember?” a poem that touched on the memories of young love which left me filled with evocative mental images from days long ago.

The poem, “Isolated Child,” touched me deeply, reminding me of my own journey and how far I’ve come. My response to this poem is the essence of this book. Readers will find this poetic compilation a contemplation of their own journey in and out of love.

I’ve read several of this author’s poetic works. I find her prose and poetry down to earth and atmospheric. She marches to her own personal sense of rhythm and rhyme, making her verses something to treasure for the poetry lover in us all.

MY RATING

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About the Author

Balroop Singh, an educationalist, a poet and an author always had a passion for writing. She would jot down her reflections on a piece of paper and forget about them till each drawer of her home started overflowing with poetic reminders, popping out at will!

The world of her imagination has a queer connection with realism. She could envision the images of her own poetry while teaching the poems. Her dreams saw the light of the day when she published her first poetry book: ‘Sublime Shadows Of Life.’

She has always lived through her heart. She is a great nature lover; she loves to watch birds flying home. The sunsets allure her with their varied hues that they lend to the sky. She can spend endless hours listening to the rustling of leaves and the sound of waterfalls. She lives in San Ramon California.

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2020 Conversations with Colleen ~ Featuring Author, M. J. Mallon @Marjorie_Mallon

Hello everyone! I’m thrilled to be part of an amazing writing community that helps to support other authors. We all succeed when we work together as a team.

Today, please welcome poet and author, M. J. (Marjorie, aka Marje) Mallon and her newest creation, “Mr. Sagittarius, Poetry & Prose.” Marje is a regular participant in my weekly poetry challenge. I’m excited she used many of her syllabic poems along with some brand new poetry to create a book! What a fabulous idea. Don’t you love the book cover?

“Mr. Sagittarius” is a charming poetic journey inspired by the author’s chance meeting with a dragonfly and a robin, sure to delight all readers. Yet, there is more than one magical tale spilling from this collection. By the time you reach the finale, Mr. Sagittarius reveals the wisdom of a life richly lived.

I’ve read and reviewed this delightful book. Please find my review HERE.

Thank you so much for this lovely feature on your blog Colleen. I’m thrilled to be sharing news of the release of Mr. Sagittarius, Poetry, Prose and Photography.

I’m so glad you’re here, Marje. Congratulations on your new book. Where do you get your inspiration from?

I often draw my inspiration from visual forms. I observe people, animals, birds, trees, flowers and nature and they inspire me to write poems, flash fiction and short stories. In the same way, I am often inspired by art, images and photography. Conversations can also spark off ideas, but for this collection my inspiration is visual – focused on my walks in the Cambridge Botanical gardens.

I’ve written about these lunchtime strolls in our collaborative blog https://sistersofthefey.com/, focusing on the magic of trees and my encounters with spirit creatures such as the dragonfly and the robin.

The Botanical Gardens in Cambridge are so magical. How do you decide which form to write?

I often write short form poetries such as Tanka, but I enjoy trying out new forms. My choice of poetic form depends on what I am trying to convey.

For the Halloween poetry most of the pieces are longer as I had a story in mind. Some nature poems are short Tanka forms, brief like the sweetest of visits of a dragonfly! Others are longer like the double Etheree I wrote about a robin. I had more to say, and the Etheree form with its catchy shorter lines expanding and then contracting worked well with the curious robin’s antics moving about from its position next to me on the bench to underneath it to explore.

I always enjoy your photographs. How do your poetry and photography work together to create the subject matter for your poems? 

Picture1  - Dragonfly
©2019 Marjorie Mallon

It’s best to explain this with two phrases from the poem about the dragonfly. The red colours of the dragonfly and its ‘Red, devil’s needle,’ tail caught my eye as did its fragility and magical nature: ‘Change tumbling on fragile wings.’

Dragonfly

Red, devil’s needle,

Or luck bringer with kind eyes?

Ancient, sweet fellow,

Sacred magic bestower,

Change tumbling on fragile wings.

© M J Mallon 2020

What a beautiful Tanka poem, Marje. So, How does writing poetry make you feel? 

Happy that I can express such a wide range of emotions, thoughts and feelings in such a concise, trouble free way!  Writing full-length novels is such an enormous challenge, especially sequels! I am completing the second novel in my YA fantasy series The Curse of Time Book 2 Golden Healer.

I started writing this poetry/prose and photography collection because I needed a break! This was my break… Poetry is my way to pause; I find it restful. I love poetry, both reading and writing it.

Thanks for introducing us to Mr. Sagittarius ~ Poetry & Prose, Marje. It’s a magical read!

I am an author who has been blogging for many moons at my lovely blog home Kyrosmagica: https://mjmallon.com. My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy YA/Paranormal novels, Horror/Ghost Short stories and micro poetry – haiku and tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 reviews: https://mjmallon.com/2015/09/28/a-z-of-my-book-reviews/

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheroes! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit,) second child and only daughter to my proud parents Paula and Ronald. I grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong with my elder brother Donald. My parents dragged me away from my exotic childhood and my much loved dog Topsy to the frozen wastelands of Scotland. In bonnie Edinburgh I mastered Scottish country dancing, and a whole new Och Aye lingo.

As a teenager I travelled to many far-flung destinations to visit my abacus wielding wayfarer dad. It’s rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and my two enchanted daughters. After such an upbringing my author’s mind has taken total leave of its senses! When I’m not writing, I eat exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surf to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, I practise Tai Chi. If the mood takes me I snorkel with mermaids, or sign up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.

Media Kit: Author, MJMallon.com

How to Connect with the Author

Authors Websitehttps://mjmallon.com
Collaborative Bloghttps://sistersofthefey.wordpress.com
Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon and @curseof_time
#ABRSC: Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebook
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17064826.M_J_Mallon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mjmallonauthor/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjmallonauthor/

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 165 #PhotoPrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

It’s the third week of the month! Time for a #PhotoPrompt

I selected Ritu Bhathal from last month’s challenge to pick the photo for this month. She has provided the following image. Please include the copyright when sharing this image on your blog.

Image Credit: © Ritu Bhathal

What emotions do you feel in the moment when you look at this photo? Now, write a poem!

ALSO… I’m looking for Senryu poetry in the 3/5/3 and 2/3/2 format to use in my new book as an example. If I use your poem you will retain all rights to your work. Your work is copyrighted and I cite you in the Bibliography at the end of the book. Please email me at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks for your assistance.

On the Monday before the next Tuesday challenge, I will pick my favorite poem from this week’s challenge and share it on my blog. Whoever I pick will choose the photo for next month’s challenge! Email your selection to me at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com.

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting blogs and leaving comments. Peer reviews help poets perfect their writing craft. Remember… sharing is caring.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet (click the link below):

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

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THE RULES

Every Tuesday I’ll post the challenge early enough so everyone can see it. Remember, there will be no recap.

The rules are simple. Write your poetry on your blog.

Do a link-back by placing the HTTPS:// address of the challenge post into your post. ALSO, please copy your poem and add it to the comments. If you created a Haiga, let us know in the comments with a link to your post. Now, all of the poetry ends up on the challenge post in one place.

Follow the schedule listed below:

Don't forget

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Gogyohka, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

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Now, have fun and write some poetry!