It’s the middle of the month challenge ~ time for a photo prompt!
This month Colleen used a photo chosen by last month’s “Photo-Prompt” Poet of the Week ~ Jane Dougherty.
For the Birds
Trees reach to sky
Haven, they built for
Birds, northbound and southbound
Water rises, heads go higher
Roots skinnier, refuse to be drown
Tens of thousands years they’ve survived
Until the last inhale, they will try
Colleen’s Poetry Challenge #145 – Photo Prompt
It’s the middle of the month challenge ~ time for a photo prompt! Colleen wants us to use this photo as the inspiration for the poem.
in smooth white sand.
Reminder of kisses,
warm braces and loving gazes,
our future we celebrated.
Through cruelty we were separated.
Holding tears this bottle I picked up.
“I’m alive, call this number, my love.”
Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge has a new feature. For the middle of the month challenge it’s a photo prompt!
For sentimental reason, I still keep many pieces of projects my daughter made. I have a flower pot she decorated when she was in 5th grade. It is sitting on a round glass top table between two chairs in the front patio. I like to sit in the front porch to drink coffee in the morning. The flower pot reminds me of the things we did together when she was growing up.
Kids are grown and gone
Keeping the bikes where they were
Jolly wheels still turned
Muddy feet through door they came
Hungry mouths screamed for cookies
Colleen said, “Let’s PLAY with opposites! Here are your two words for this week: Pretty & Ugly.” – Synonyms Only.
Here’s the poem about contrast and personal preference.
Pleasing view to me
Unsightly scene to others
Taste buds are distinct
No worries of sweet or sour
In time, you’ll find lovers
Happy July! It’s the first challenge of the month and poet’s choice of words!
Soothing rhythm of the rain drops
Faded in the midair
Blazing on my head and face
Is the scorching summer heat
For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, here are your two words for this week: Plan & Spend
HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!
Travel from afar
Crossroad fast approaching
No choice not to choose
Courage needed to decide
To risk promise of unknown
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The words for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #132 are Influence and Perception, #Synonyms Only.
Love of Reading
I came back from a trip watching my granddaughter for eight days while my daughter and her hubby went on vacation. It was a wonderful time to watch her play and do new things every day. My daughter started reading to Autumn on day one coming back from the hospital. In the early days, Autumn’s play area and car seat always had books made with soft plastics or fabrics. When she could hold things, board books took place of the soft books. It made this Grandma happy to see her turning the pages.
When she was about 12 months old or even earlier, she recognized and could say “apple,” “ball,” “puppy” and a few other items in the books. When we read passed those pictures, she would turn the pages back to see the pictures and say the names. She loves to pick out the books with her favorite pictures and wanted us to read to her again and again.
My child development background confirms the children enjoy repetition because they love the familiar sights and sounds.
Autumn is 21 months and her vocabulary has grown fast. My daughter couldn’t keep track of the new words she gained and new things she learned to do. During my eight days of watching her, there was a book she wanted me to read to her over ten times. The title of the book is How Kind, about animals sharing with other animals. I also found her reading that book by herself. I think she enjoys sharing. Upon my daughter’s and her hubby’s return from vacation, during a snack time, my daughter gave Autumn some green beans in a bowl. She gave each piece to her Mommy, Daddy, and Grandma before she ate the rest of them.
Child’s love to read
Greatly impacted by adults
Her idea of books
Is no different than toys
Both are fun, enjoyable
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It’s the first of the month! Happy April! Poets choose their own words!
I visited the nursery this morning to get new flowers. I brought a list with plants that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
The bees have been working hard to pollinate the plum and orange blossoms. The apple trees just budded. I want to have different flowers to attract the bees to stay around. Besides the fruit tree blossoms, I’ll plant sunflowers for the bees.
For the hummingbirds, there are two feeders, one in the front yard and one in the back. Yet I wanted to get flowers with nectar enjoyed by the hummingbirds. I only have Salvia flowers they like. So, I’ll make hanging baskets with petunia and hang them by the bird feeders.
There were Monarch and Mourning Cloak butterflies flying by my garden, but they visited the flowers in my next-door neighbor. I would like to have flowers attract them to stay longer. For the butterflies, I bought marigold and delphinium. I’ll get milkweed on my next trip.
Bitter cold is gone
Fresh fragrance drifts in the air
Answered the invitation
Creatures joined in the spring dance
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The prompt words for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry challenge #129 are Hobby and Play: Synonyms Only.
Love of Music
I loved music, photography, and drawing as a kid. If I had a choice of a different career, I would prefer to do something with music. The popular vocations for girls were being teachers or nurses at that time. For the practical reason, I chose to be a teacher and took part in music as an enjoyment at leisure. I have had fun singing all my life. My two sisters, Yolanda and Queenie, and I sang in Mercy’s wedding in 2011. I sing in chorale groups and Messiah concert on a ongoing basis.
Live a balanced life
Keep a reasonable job
To afford pleasure