#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 243 | Synonyms Only: “Family & Peace”

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. Many thanks to Ruth Klein’s Scribbles for choosing the words this week. This week’s challenge was to choose synonyms for the words, “family & peace,” using one of these forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, chōka, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, diatelle, the Kerf poetry, and any of the syllabic forms from the Poetscollective.org.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.ladyleemanila7.Gwen Plano13.D.G. Kaye
2.Selma8.Jules14.Jude
3.willowdot219.Kerfe15.theindieshe
4.Annette Rochelle Aben10.Kevin Harp16.Sally Cronin
5.Cheryl11.Frank J. Tassone17.Jane Aguiar
6.Ruth Klein12.anita dawes 18. YOU’RE NEXT

Wow! There was so much great poetry this week using synonyms for the words, family and peace. Plenty of new forms to try, as well!

I especially liked the words quietude and blended brood from Annette Rochelle Aben’s Abhanga poem. Ruth Klein used kinfolk, genetics, and truce. These are only some examples. You’ll want to read the other poems to see how creative synonyms can be.

Why do we choose synonyms for the words? Because it forces us to select words with a deeper meaning. When we write syllabic poetry, we want to convey our message so that we connect with our readers. If we’d only used the words family and peace, we would all have poetry that sounded the same, with the same meaning. It’s a great way to spice up your poetry.

This week, I chose Willow Willers to choose the words for next month’s #SynonymsOnly challenge. I especially like the message in her Etheree this week. Although Etheree poems are not meant to rhyme, sometimes the words just come out of us that way.

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

© Willow Willers

This week, I’ve asked Willow Willers to choose the prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

Jules and I are excited to share the cover of the First Edition of Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse. The Kindle copy will be available for preorder on September 1, 2021, for delivery on October 1st, 2021. The print edition will release October 1, 2021. The proceeds from this journal will go to fund a Poetry Contest on Word Craft: Prose & Poetry to be announced at a later date. Click HERE to preorder.

Stay in touch! Follow Word Weaving on Twitter @word_weaving.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#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:

Family & Peace

On the Monday recap, I’ll select someone to choose next month’s theme. For this poetry challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the cheatsheet OR from the forms found on Poetscollective.org.

Here are some 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.

Sodacoffee.com/syllables

A simple yet very powerful syllable counter for poems and text which will count the total number of syllables and number of syllable per line for poems like haikus, limericks, and more.

The RULES

Write a poem by finding synonyms for the two words above. Don’t use the two words! You can craft a syllabic form of your choice found on the cheatsheet OR from Poetscollective.org. It’s time for us to branch out! BE creative and try new forms. Make sure you follow the directions on how to write the form. Don’t forget to tell us what form you chose.

Post it on your blog.

Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the URL, the https:// address of this post into your post).

Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink).

Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.

Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.

Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside. Add your name and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.

Follow the monthly schedule listed below:

Don't forget

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

Search #TankaTuesday to find the tweets! Add a # to the form you wrote in the title.

Jules and I are excited to share the cover of the First Edition of Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse. The Kindle copy will be available for preorder on September 1, 2021, for delivery on October 1st, 2021. The print edition will release October 1, 2021. The proceeds from this journal will go to fund a Poetry Contest on Word Craft: Prose & Poetry to be announced at a later date. PRE-ORDER HERE.

Stay in touch! Follow Word Weaving on Twitter @word_weaving.

Now, have fun and write some poetry!


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Breathing life into your characters

Father and Daughter by susan52: DeviantArt
Father and Daughter by susan52: DeviantArt

I’ve been thinking a lot about role models and how they influence a writer’s work; the ways this translates to our readers.

There’s a reason writers become invested in their characters, why they often refer to them as real; a living, breathing part of the world as they know it. They have a history, complex personalities, and emotional depth. For readers, if we’re lucky, this equates to a character springing to life on the page.

Regardless of the process or how much planning is involved, as writers, we draw from our environment, and our experience. We observe behaviour, ask questions, have a sensitivity to body language, and pay attention. But it’s more than that. The people we meet, those we know – we use these observations to build unique fictional people. Then we give them a place to belong.

It’s not always a conscious decision and, like people as a whole, most have a variety of influences – their literary genes are inherited from all we see and hear. That’s why it’s so much fun when a character comes to us out of the blue. It can be difficult to pinpoint where they actually came from given the amount of information we carry in our head! It’s hard not to wonder at the magic of imagination, of fantasy, and marvel at the way the world around us has a direct influence on all we convey.

I can’t deny that many of my female characters are strong, passionate women. Quite simply, this is due to the fact I’m surrounded by resilient women. My mum is one of the strongest people I know. She is bubbly and affectionate, but, whenever I’m channelling sass – I think of her! My sister inherited that strength and I not only rely on her, I wouldn’t be the person I am without her.

And it’s not only my immediate family. My great-grandmother was a force to be reckoned with, a woman who practically raised four boys singled handed. Those boys (my grandfather included), were said to be hellions in their youth! She used tough love, an endless supply of patience and an iron will to keep them on the straight and narrow. I recognise her in a number of my characters, which isn’t a surprise.

The stories I grew with, family stories, certainly have an impact. My experiences of love and commitment, friendship and loyalty are also threaded through my work. I wouldn’t call us a military family per se, but most of the men served at one time or another and my grandmother lost her brother to the war. I never knew him, not personally, but through her I came to understand the man he was. It’s not only the good, it’s also the hurts and the disappointments we feel personally, and share with those closest to us.

I’ve had many wonderful male role models in my life. My brother is younger than me, but he’s my hero. It’s because of him I wrote my romantic crime series, and the experiences he shares about his life in the army all find their way onto the page. I haven’t personally served, but I understand camaraderie and the value of friendship and that’s what I try to reflect within the team I created. Growing up I had a lot more in common with boys than girls. My best friend, Tony, taught me valuable lessons about loyalty. He also has a wicked sense of humour, and I’m able to draw on those lessons.

That’s why, if we’re lucky, we connect with so many of our readers because, whatever the situation, whatever the outcome, it’s the characters who speak to, and for us. It’s in the connections they make, how they love, view the world and interact. A cacophony of life experiences that begin with our role models and build from there. That’s when a character truly comes to life. It’s what makes them memorable and why we want to spend time with them as often as we can. At least that’s how I see it.

There is a unique voice that lives within all of us. We might be shaped by others, but that’s not all there is, and it’s not all we give to our characters either. You could say, in one sense, the characters are an extension of us. So when a reader identifies with them, draws strength, laughs, cries, and celebrates their lives as we do, it’s a special kind of connection. There’s nothing quite like it. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Mel

Mindful Monday–Find Time to Love Who You Are

Mindful Monday

Welcome to Mindful Monday!  I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to.  Each week I try to self discover new things about myself.  This week, I decided that I would concentrate a little bit on myself.  I am talking about self-love, or caring for myself as a person.

I have a busy week ahead, as March 31st our oldest daughter Ronda, and our two grand daughters Maleah, and Arianna, arrive for a short visit.  My normal mode of operation would center on cleaning the house from top to bottom, baking all kinds of goodies for healthy snacks, and generally working myself up into a frenzy trying to ensure that everything turns out perfect.  Usually, by the time they arrive, I am worn out and stressed from trying too hard.  In addition, these things that matter to me so much, (cleaning, etc.) really do not matter to them anyway.  They just want to spend time with us!

This time, I have planned differently.  I have planned time for myself.  Yes, I will dust and vacuum, and complete all the necessary things to insure that our daughter and grand daughters will be comfortable.  That is a given.  The rest can simply happen.  I decided that this visit, we will literally live in the moment.  No big plans, just whatever strikes us at the time, we will do.

This Tuesday, I even have a pedicure scheduled!  Gardening on Thursday, and Friday, Ron and I will go grocery shopping and get that chore completed.  I have allowed plenty of “me time,” where I can meditate and rejuvenate myself with peace and quiet.  That way, I will be refreshed to spend time with my grand daughters and daughter.  I am aging with grace.

Self love

Image credit: Everbrite

I have found that the positive affirmations above, help me take care of myself.  As women, we spend so much time taking care of everyone else and trying to make everything perfect for our families, we neglect the one that might need the most care – us!  Take the time to enjoy your own company.  Do the things that bring pleasure to you.  When you make yourself happy, your joy spreads to everyone else and becomes contagious.

Love blooms into mindfulness

What are your mindful goals for this week?

note-to-self

Image credit: The Sassy Life

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so however, it is not necessary.  My main objective here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in life.

Thank you for joining me in my pursuit of becoming more mindful.  I appreciate your support!  I wish much peace and joy to everyone this week.

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Mindful Monday–Find Time to Love Who You Are

Mindful Monday

Welcome to Mindful Monday!  I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to.  Each week I try to self discover new things about myself.  This week, I decided that I would concentrate a little bit on myself.  I am talking about self-love, or caring for myself as a person.

I have a busy week ahead, as March 31st our oldest daughter Ronda, and our two grand daughters Maleah, and Arianna, arrive for a short visit.  My normal mode of operation would center on cleaning the house from top to bottom, baking all kinds of goodies for healthy snacks, and generally working myself up into a frenzy trying to ensure that everything turns out perfect.  Usually, by the time they arrive, I am worn out and stressed from trying too hard.  In addition, these things that matter to me so much, (cleaning, etc.) really do not matter to them anyway.  They just want to spend time with us!

This time, I have planned differently.  I have planned time for myself.  Yes, I will dust and vacuum, and complete all the necessary things to insure that our daughter and grand daughters will be comfortable.  That is a given.  The rest can simply happen.  I decided that this visit, we will literally live in the moment.  No big plans, just whatever strikes us at the time, we will do.

This Tuesday, I even have a pedicure scheduled!  Gardening on Thursday, and Friday, Ron and I will go grocery shopping and get that chore completed.  I have allowed plenty of “me time,” where I can meditate and rejuvenate myself with peace and quiet.  That way, I will be refreshed to spend time with my grand daughters and daughter.  I am aging with grace.

Self love

Image credit: Everbrite

I have found that the positive affirmations above, help me take care of myself.  As women, we spend so much time taking care of everyone else and trying to make everything perfect for our families, we neglect the one that might need the most care – us!  Take the time to enjoy your own company.  Do the things that bring pleasure to you.  When you make yourself happy, your joy spreads to everyone else and becomes contagious.

Love blooms into mindfulness

What are your mindful goals for this week?

note-to-self

Image credit: The Sassy Life

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so however, it is not necessary.  My main objective here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in life.

Thank you for joining me in my pursuit of becoming more mindful.  I appreciate your support!  I wish much peace and joy to everyone this week.

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Sheer Bliss

Today, Photography 101 asks that we publish an image that represents bliss to us.

Whatever moment I am in – is sheer bliss.

Maybe I am at home, or possibly playing in the paradise I call home.

My ecstasy is surely filled with pure delight.

Spending time with my family – husband, kids, grand-kids, and dogs,

brings pure pleasure to my heart.

My life is filled with bliss.

Pensacola Beach, October 2014
Pensacola Beach, October 2014

Patio Oasis - sheer bliss!
Patio Oasis – sheer bliss!

Spending time with grandchildren, March 2014
Spending time with grandchildren, March 2014

Tabitha, Ron and Amy, October 2014
Tabitha, Ron and Amy, October 2014

Sugar and Spice, Montana - February 2010
Sugar and Spice, Montana – February 2010

Thanks for visiting today.  I can’t wait to see you again!

Silver Threading

Gratitude Sunday–Family

Gratitude Sunday

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Today, I reflect and say that I am grateful for family.  I have both of my daughters visiting right now and family is of paramount importance.  We have two additional daughters and a son.  This is our blended family – yours, mine, and ours.

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With such a large family, it is not that unusual for a couple of siblings to go their own way.  I have one step-daughter and our son that have little to do with our family right now.  I hope that will change in the future.  All five of these kids were raised together.  Ron and I did our best to feed, clothe and love them all.

My wish then, on this Gratitude Sunday, is for all families to be reunited so that they can feel the love that only a family unit can fulfill.  Children, as you are growing older, so do your parents grow older too.  Cherish each other now and learn to accept the flaws of your parents, as your parents accept your flaws and love you nonetheless.

Happy GRATITUDE Sunday!

Thanks for stopping by.  I look forward to seeing you all again soon,

Silver Threading

Silver Memories

My mother died when I was three years old, and my father was not capable of taking care of me. Having nowhere else to go, I lived with my elderly grandparents. I did not see my father often in those days.

As a young child, I remember wondering what he was like. He was a tall man, and his hair had turned grey even though he was in his early forty’s. My grandmother told me his hair had turned after he returned from Pearl Harbor during World War II. His demons pursued him throughout his life.

Sometimes my father would say that he was coming to visit me. I remember standing in front of Grandma’s picture window looking, and watching, and waiting, for him to show up. More times than not, he made the choice not to come. I remember how empty this made me feel.

The times that he would show up were usually short visits. My father would be all smiles and sometimes he gave me a half-dollar. Then he would leave, and I would stand in front of Grandma’s picture window and cry because once again he was gone. When I was eighteen years old, I still had four half dollars that my father had given me long ago. I still have them now.

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(7/18/14 image from http://nspt4kids.com/parenting/how-to-handle-children-and-fears-of-thunderstorms/)

When I look back into the place of woe where I stored all of those memories long ago; I think it is is interesting what I remember from being a child.  I feel no pain from this experience anymore.  These and many other powerful and profound memories shaped me into the strong, capable woman I am today.  In life, you simply pick up and move on.  Now I revisit these memories and reflect on how far I have come.