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Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Poet’s Choice of Words

Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – It’s the first challenge of the month which means Colleen let poets get to choose their own words.

 

Spring is coming

Spring is Coming

We

Didn’t

Complain the

Four winter rains

Came seven days straight

Brought sixteen inches water

Measure by the water gauge

Garden soil soaked many inches down

Best time to add nutrient and prepare

Spring’s glorious blossoms coming to town

My chirping friends of mourning doves, blue jays

House finches, song sparrows and hummingbirds

Flapping back after southern stay

Crossing a thousand miles

With no GPS, satellite

Brought us big smiles

By showing up

And saying

to us

“Hi”

Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Poet’s Choice of Words

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly Poetry Challenge – Slow & Work

Here is this week’s Colleen’s 2019 Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 121, “Slow & Work,” #SynonymsOnly

January 12 to 20, 2019, a group of family members from West Coast of the U.S.A. traveled to Hong Kong to celebrate my nephew’s wedding, a joyous begging of a new journey. It was a marathon ceremony of playing Chinese traditional games when the groom picked up the bride in the morning. The games were set by the bridesmaids and responded by the groom and best men. Only when all the games were responded, the door was open for the groom to pick up the bride. Then a modern church wedding and garden cake ceremony were held in the afternoon, and a nine-course Chinese banquet was served in the evening when the bride and mother-in-law (my sister) changed their gowns four times.

 

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Beautiful Tiny Baby written by Miriam Hurdle at Spillwords.com

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Spillwords.com presents: Christmas at Spillwords – Beautiful Tiny Baby by Miriam Hurdle, a multi-genre writer of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories.

BEAUTIFUL TINY BABY

Beautiful Tiny Baby written by Miriam Hurdle at Spillwords.com

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Beautiful Tiny Baby

written by: Miriam Hurdle

@mhurdle112

Seven months of being pregnant,

     driving from California to Oregon

     for a Christmas family gathering.

     “Take breaks more often,” Doctor said.


Still, it was 1,000 miles in distance.

     When we arrived, I started the contractions,

     went to the hospital in Salem.

     “We have no equipment to care for

     premature babies.” Doctor said.


An ambulance took me,

     traveled one hour to Portland.

     I was holding my baby tight,

     praying, telling her, “I love you,”

     all the way.


We arrived at the hospital safe and sound,

     the contractions seemed to quiet down.

     I had a belt on my belly strapped around

     to monitor the frequency of contraction.


Not long after I had dinner,

     the monitor beeped a warning sound.

     Yes, my daughter wanted to come around.

     A cesarean section was in order.


“An experimental drug could be

     injected into your spinal cord

     to mature the baby’s lungs, so

     she could breathe on her own;

     the effect on you is unknown.” Doctor said.


Without hesitation, I wanted the injection.

     It turned out to be a sound decision.

     Baby Mercy only needed twelve hours of

     respiratory help.


She was tiny and beautiful.

     I had her in my arms.

     Her eyes followed mine.

     My baby had the angel’s guide.


Her birth was years ago,

     the vivid memory never gets old.

     She started with her tiny feet,

     her steps have been directed by

     the heavenly Father’s lead.


NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

This poem is about the unexpected birth of my seven-month premature baby Mercy who was born safe and sound on the day after Christmas and my joy and gratefulness for the beautiful baby. 

Note: Mercy is married with a beautiful family.

Miriam Hurdle Miriam Hurdle

Miriam Hurdle is a multi-genre writer. She writes poetry, flash fiction, and short stories.

Music has rooted in her life. Being a soloist as a teenager led her to taking voice lessons and to have ongoing singing engagements. She continues to sing soprano in choral groups. Lyrics have a major influence in the natural flow of her melodic writing. She writes memoir in the form of poetry.

Along with her brother, she took photos when the films were black and white. Photography is still her enjoyable hobby. Drawing and painting were also fun activities as a child. Her favorite was to draw a Japanese girl with big eyes, long hair, small lips and chin. She resumed drawing and watercolor painting several years ago. In her poetry collection, Songs of Heartstrings, photos and paintings are included to illustrate the poems.

She earned a Doctorate of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California.

Source: Beautiful Tiny Baby written by Miriam Hurdle at Spillwords.com

Miriam’s Book Review of “Open a New Door” by Robbie Cheadle and Kim Blades

The Author’s Words

Open a New Door is a poetic peep into the lives of the poets, Kim Blades and Robbie Cheadle, both of whom live in South Africa.

The book is divided into four categories: God bless Africa, God bless my family and friends, God bless me and God bless corporate and work. Each part is sub-divided into the good, the bad and the ugly of the two poets’ experiences, presented in rhyming verse, free-style,haiku and tanka, in each of these categories and include colorful depictions of their thoughts and emotions.

The purpose of this book of poetry is encapsulated in the following tanka and haiku poems:
What drives me to write?
To share my innermost thoughts
The answer is clear
It’s my personal attempt
To make some sense of this world.


Inspiration blossoms
Like the unfurling petals
Of the Desert Rose

My Recommendation

Open a New Door by Robbie Cheadle and Kim Blades is a poetry collection with themes on the nature and life in Africa, the poets’ families and friends,their personal lives and the cooperate world. In each theme, the poets explored the good, the bad and the ugly. At the end of each poem, a short narrative gave the background or situation under which the poems were written. The poems are modern, free verse with rhymes and no rhymes. Each poem is easy to read in the length or one or two pages.

In the theme of life in Africa, Robbie Cheadle showed her compassion toward the poverty of African people young and old whose bread of the day depended on the begging, and their hope of life seemed to fade. Kim Blades described her mother raised her in a rural mountain village and learned to appreciate the nature,and concluded that the Love of Nature leads to the Love of Man. Among the cat family, I like Cheetah the best, I could visualize in Kim’s poems reflecting on the Cheetah’s running. The honey-badger, like most of the animals, protected the meal reminded of many nature documentary videos I’ve watched.

In the theme of the poets’ families, Robbie shared her joy of having a son with an amazing mind and her worry about another son’s physical disease; whereas Kim depicted her delightful interaction with her son. As a parent, I could relate the joyous and anxious emotions. 

In the theme of personal life, I appreciated Kim’s honesty expressing her emotion about her husband leaving her and her loneliness. Robbie’s poem “My Mind’s Eye” beautifully depicted the way she saw her life from childhood to adulthood and her acceptance of what life has brought her.

This poetry collection covers a wide range of personal experiences, observation and emotions. Many people could relate to them.

My Goodreads Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars



About the Author

Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”. 

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specializes in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg.Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books.

Contact Robbie Cheadle at:

Website: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ?ref=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robbie.cheadle.7

Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Poet’s Choice of Words, Chill & Hot

“It’s the first of the month and poets get to choose their own words!” – Colleen Chesebro

Chill

Winter

Thunder storm

Gusty wind blasts

Snaps exposed tree limbs

Endless streams splash puddles

Muddy rain water splatters

Under squeaky vehicles

No desire to fight no-win battle

Sit by the fire sipping hot chocolate

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Colleen’s Poetry Challenge: Happy December – Poet’s Choice of Words, Chill & Hot

Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 112, “Cold & Safe”, #SynonymsOnly

Please enjoy the fabulous poems this week for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge and read Poet of the week, Jane Daugherty’s Winter Beauty.

The Faery Whisperer

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules in the menu item calledColleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: howmanysyllables.com.Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.

For some, this challenge is a way to learn more about writing in English, even though it’s the American version. English is a second language to many of our participants.

I also understand that accent and inflection play a key roll in the way you say certain words and this will change the syllable count. Here is my compromise: Please try to get as close to the syllable count as possible when writing these syllabic forms…

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