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Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Fall & Try

The prompt for Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge is Fall & Try, #SynonymsOnly.

The fall season is a delightful time to be in Portland, Oregon. The leaves are changing colors. Some trees are changing gradually. some changed completely. I’m glad my camera is always with me to capture these moments.

 

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Summer wants to stay

Its admirable effort

Gives way to autumn

Performs the gorgeous show of

Yellow, ruby, brown, and gold

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The Sun Welcomes Me – A Poem

The theme for Lens-Artists Challenge #12 is Path. This reminds me of some poems I have written about the path I have traveled.

We may have decided on a destination or direction to go, but we don’t get to choose the path to get there. It is true in my journey. It was through pain and suffering, travel high and low, to come to where I am at this point in my life. If a time machine could take me back and give me a chance to choose a path, I wouldn’t have chosen a different path. I believe there is a reason for every season.

This poem was written in reflection to my diagnosis of stage IV Melanoma cancer in 2008. I went through six months of harsh chemotherapy treatment, three surgeries, and two months of radiation therapy. After the treatments, it took two years of physical therapy and ongoing exercise to recuperate. My left leg still suffers lymph-edema (swelling) and requires daily exercise and wearing the compression stocking.

But, I’m happy! My physical condition motivates me to go to the gym with my husband and go walking either with or without him!

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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – Vigor & Energy

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge this week, the prompt is Vigor and Energy, Synonyms Only.

I was invited to do a PowerPoint presentation on Thursday, September 22, 2018, to a group of writers and authors. Some members of this group have published many books without many sales. The coordinator of this group asked me to demonstrate how to create a blog as part of networking and promotion of their books.

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In addition to the process of creating a blog, I included some websites from WordPress and some blogs provide blogging tips and support, networking, and promotion. These blogs have been a personal help to me. I was able to answer their questions regarding the following blogs.

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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – Order in Chaos

The prompt for Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge is Plan & Finish, #SynonymsOnly. I use Order for Plan and Match for Finish.

Enjoy this piece of fabulous art!

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Chaos Comes Order by Pixel Chemist at Fine Art America

Below the introduction is a quote from the psychiatrists Carl Jung.

Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology.  Among the central concepts of analytical psychology is individuation – the lifelong psychological process of differentiation of the self out of the individual’s conscious and unconscious elements. Jung considered it to be the main task of human development. He created some of the best-known psychological concepts, including Read more

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – 100th Challenge

Congratulations to Colleen’s 100th Challenge celebration! As a special treat, she gave everyone to pick their own words this week.

This Tanka is about my baby hummingbird which was born in my backyard in June 2018. I took photos of five days before he started flying. Here are the first post and the second post about the baby hummingbird.

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Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge – Change & Defy

This week Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 99, the prompt words are “Change & Defy,” #SynonymsOnly

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The cold in winter

calls the Mother Earth to shift,

holds energy, to

bring forth life and beauty

in the wake of sunny spring.

Life is likea cup of tea

 

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge, “Change & Defy” #SynonymsOnly

 

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge – Sad & Write

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge this week, the prompt words are sad & write, # SynonymsOnly. 

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The melancholy

blood dripping of a torn heart

Carved in memory

gift of the angelic child

terra firma she departs

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When I first listened to this music, I felt hearing someone crying. Studying the background confirmed that the sounds were the composer’s cry.

The Concierto de Aranjuez composed by Joaquin Rodrigo was inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez. The composer attempts to transport the listeners to another place and time through the sounds of nature.

Rodrigo and his wife Victoria stayed silent about the real inspiration of the music. Victoria eventually revealed it was a response to Rodrigo’s devastation and grief at the miscarriage of their first child. The music was composed in 1939 in Paris.

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Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge – Sad & Write

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