Category Archives: poetry

Miriam & Robbie Visit the Bar – SoCS

It’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Dan Antion at No Facilities invited Robbie and me over as his guests. We’re having fun talking about poetry and things. Come on over to join our chat. I’ll see you there!

No Facilities

Today is a poetry day
I should open with a poem
But I got zip

Still, bonus points are on the line
Stream of Consciousness Saturday
Nothin' zero

Robbie and Miriam have poems
Not here - in the anthology
Me? Nada - zilch!

Because today’s post required more planning than Linda allows, I was going to skip the SoCS part. But then she offered bonus points.

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘zip, zero, zilch.’ Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you use all three. Have fun!”

If you follow my blog, you know I like poetry and I appreciate the work of poets. I have always had an interest in poetry, but only through the friends I’ve made blogging have I gotten to know poets. I have said it numerous times, but poets are the true artists in the writing world. The make…

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“Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships” featuring Miriam Hurdle!

I’m excited to be featured on Lauren Scott’s blog today to discuss one of my poems, “Kindness Repeats,” in the anthology Poetry Treasure 2: Relationships.

April 28 is Pay It Forward Day. I shared the incidents and inspiration behind this poem.

Please stop by her blog to visit the book launch tour schedule, browse her many poetry publications, and read my poem. I look forward to meeting you there.

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Dear Friends,

This is day 4 of the blog tour for Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships, a beautiful anthology compiled by Kaye Lynne Booth and Robbie Cheadle. The tour schedule is below…

Day 1: Kaye Lynne Booth at Writing to be Read started the tour with a guest post from contributing author Lauren Scott.

Day 2: D. Slayton Avery at ShiftnShake shared a guest post from blog series host, contributing author, and editor Robbie Cheadle.

Day 3: Miriam Hurdle atThe Showers of Blessingshosted contributing author Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Day 4:Lauren Scott at Bay Dreamer Writesis hosting contributing author Miriam Hurdle.

Day 5: Victoria Zigler at Zigler’s Newswill host contributing author M.J. Mallon and share a review by Victoria Zigler.

Day 6: The publisher, Kaye Lynne Booth, will be in the interview spotlight with James J. Cudney over at This Is My Truth Now

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Poetry Treasure 2: Relationships – Launch Tour with Lynda McKinney Lambert

Welcome to the launch tour for Poetry Treasure 2: Relationships. It’s my privilege to have Lynda McKinney Lambert as my guest today. She is a contributing author to this anthology. I’ll invite her to tell you about her poems.

Please follow the tour and leave a comment at each stop to be entered in a random drawing for a chance to win a free digital copy of Poetry Treasure 2: Relationships. The tour schedule is at the end of this post.

Here is Lynda:

Walking by Inner Vision with Lynda McKinney Lambert

Presents

A BOOK LAUNCH and Blog Tour

of Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships (Anthology)

New From WordCrafter 

Edited and compiled by Robbie Cheadle and Kaye Lynn Booth

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Four of my personal favorite poems appear in this new collection created by Robbie Cheadle and Kaye Lynne Booth.

As a visual artist, I bring the unique skills of conceptual art into my literary creations. Spare poems and thoughtful personal essays are my passion.  My materials are gathered from memories, journal entries, cultural artifacts, found objects, and communications.

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I write poems in response to particular situations and deeply individual private encounters. Some are chance meetings, and others are gleaned from e-mails I receive or memories from my childhood or family life. My poems bring the reader into a private space where they may observe intimate relationships through all of their senses.

Below: I share the inspiration and thought I had when writing the four poems I chose for this new Anthology with the theme of Relationships.

_A Togetherness Poem_
This poem covers the space of an entire day as I ask my husband to write a poem with me in the early morning. The result of my request develops through dialogue and musings about writing poetry with my husband.  I selected this poem to share a relationship I have with my husband.  On April 14, we were married sixty-one years. 

_Afternoon Embroidery Lesson_

The poem peers into an afternoon activity. The setting is my grandmother’s kitchen, where I am a young girl who is stitching the future.  As in most of my poems, there is a view into the thoughts and dreams of an individual. Often, there is a feeling that more than one person is speaking in the poem.  

_Primavera: When Spring Break is Over_

I wrote this poem from journal entries and memories from my first trip to Puerto Rico.
My colleagues and I developed a spring semester course, Puerto Rico Culture,” where we traveled with our students for 10 days each year in Puerto Rico. In this poem, I write of our experiences collectively and individually. This poem embraces imagery and people on vacation in Puerto Rico.

_Full Circle_

I began writing a series of “found poems” during the past couple of years.” I call this series,

Thinking of You

Each poem was created from actual correspondence I received via e-mail messages or snail mail correspondence
Often the poem includes parts of the 2-way communication we share via the mail.

©April 2022. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

About Lynda McKinney Lambert

Lynda, a retired professor of fine arts and humanities, Geneva College in Pennsylvania, authored 5 published books that focus on spare poems and thoughtful personal essays. Lynda lives with her husband Bob, their 2 dogs, and 6 cats – all rescued. Lynda’s love of nature, fine art, and history provide her dominant themes.

Lynda’s Mission Statement

  • Seeking Euphoria through art and writing
  • I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or invisible

Lynda’s contact

http://www.lyndalambert.com

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Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships Book Blog Tour

In Celebration of National Poetry Month!

Relationships are golden and each of

 Arthur Rosch, Elizabeth Merry,

D Avery, Robbie Cheadle,

Harmony Kent, Lauren Scott,

Jules Paige, Leon Stevens,

Colleen M. Chesebro, Miriam Hurdle,

M J Mallon, and Lynda McKinney Lambert 

pay poetic tribute to their most intense

personal moments.

This wonderfully unique collection of poetry features works by Robbie Cheadle and her poetic guests from the 2021 “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on Writing to be Read, and it really is a treasure chest filled with poetic gems. There is a fantastic eight-day tour planned for you to learn more about this poetry anthology. Please join us through each tour stop.

Day 1: Opening Day with Kaye Lynne Booth at Writing to be Read with a guest post from contributing author Lauren Scott.

Day 2: D. Slayton Avery at ShiftnShake with a guest post from blog series host, contributing author, and editor Robbie Cheadle.

Day 3: Miriam Hurdle at The Showers of Blessings will host a guest post from contributing author Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Day 4: Lauren Scott at Bay Dreamer Writes will host a guest post from contributing author Miriam Hurdle.

Day 5: Victoria Zigler at Zigler’s News will bring us a guest post from contributing author M.J. Mallon and a review by Victoria Zigler.

Day 6: The publisher, Kaye Lynne Booth, will be in the interview spotlight with James J. Cudney over at This Is My Truth Now.

Day 7: Robbie Cheadle at Robbie’s Inspiration hosts a guest post from contributing author Colleen M. Chesebro.

Day 8: Kaye Lynne Booth at Writing to be Read will wrap things up with a guest post from contributing author Leon Stevens.

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To purchase a copy:

Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/3kP8aK

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Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day. Clive has a post recounting the history of Earth Day. The Earth Day 2022 Theme is Invest In Our Planet – Earthday.org. Please drop by to learn more about this important message.

“This is the moment to change it all — the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on climate. Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, our livelihoods… together, we must Invest In Our Planet.

Because a green future is a prosperous future.” – Earthday.org

The photo of this amazing tree was taken in Laguna Beach, California

Rooted

A tree was beaten

but not dead.

Branches were twisted

and broken.

Leaves flopped

and withered.

There was no sign of

 life in the cracked trunk.

 The hopes of survival were

 close to none.

No struggle or complaint

in the silent moments.

Grounded roots

crawled deep into the soil,

searched quietly

the smell of moisture.

Answered the call of the faint rhythm,

the wimpy limbs extended.

Greeted by the welcoming warmth

high above.

The innate yearning for being alive

followed the sun,

reaching toward the sky.

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The tree in the above image inspired me to write this poem as part of the collection in my book, Songs of heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude.Amazon

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Book Reviews – #Legend, Joan Hall #Children, Toni Pike #Poetry, Balroop Singh #Romance, Jill Weatherholt

Our neighbor girl on the right of our house and the couple on the left got mild Covid, but they are recovering nicely. We wear doubled masks when going to the gym and grocery stores. I wear my mask when walking in the neighborhood even when people are not out walking. We have to be patient to get through this crazy Covid. I find more time in reading and watching music or ballet videos. I also started to submit my memoir to my writing group for feedback. Here are the book reviews part 1 for this month.

House of Sorrow

House of Sorrow: Legends of Madeira by [Joan Hall]

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Joan Hall

House of Sorrow by Joan Hall is about an elderly widow, Ruth, who lives alone in a Victorian mansion. She lives on the first floor to avoid getting up and down the stairs. Her nephew has suggested to her to move into a care facility, but she ignores him. She has many wonderful memories attached to this home and doesn’t want to leave.

Ruth and her husband Lee moved to Madeira in 1960 when he got a job as the police chief. With her inheritance, they could afford to purchase this home. She loves to decorate the home, plants flowers, and hang plants on the overhang on the front porch. Ruth is friendly and cares about people. She soon makes friends with the neighbor Sam who becomes a regular visitor. He tells her the stories about the deaths of the previous homeowners who were police chiefs. He thinks the house is cursed. Ruth is not superstitious and doesn’t pay attention to it.

She had a life-threatening miscarriage and had a hysterectomy, so she cannot have her own children. Her love of children shows when she makes lemonade and cookies for the neighbor kids on all the holidays. By volunteering at a retirement home, she gets to know Margaret, whose stepfather was also a police chief and lived in the Victorian home. Ten years into his job, Ruth got the shocking news that her husband was murdered.

Margaret told her that her stepfather, Ethan Bass, then the next police chiefs Edward Roberts, Bill Guthrie, and now Ruth’s husband, are dead while living in this mansion.

This story is a prequel to a series. The characters are likable and relatable. The events covered are the news that readers could identify, such as the assassination of Kennedy, America’s first astronaut landing on the moon, and the breakup of the Beetles. It would be interesting to find out the cause of the deaths of the police chiefs. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer

BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE (Brody Cody Series Book 1) by [Toni Pike]

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Toni Pike

Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space is a funny story about a boy named Brody. His mother was hit by a bus and died when he was a baby, so he never knew his mother. He thinks he doesn’t need a mother because he doesn’t like rules. His dad doesn’t have any rules for him.

His dad goes to Melbourne for a conference, and he stays at his friend Kyle’s house. Kyle’s mother makes him clean up after himself. He is glad she is not his mother but listens to her. He and Kyle love to read books about aliens.

His dad comes back with his new stepmother. Within the first weeks, she tells Brody to eat healthy food and wear a helmet to ride the bike. He doesn’t like it but listens and does what she asks.

Brody discovers his stepmother Pandora has one blue eye and one green eye. She turns her face in orange color and wears funny clothes. He tells his friends that Pandora is an alien. Every year, his dad plans a big birthday party for him, but his year is quiet. He feels lonely. After school that day, he finds out that Pandora has arranged the biggest alien theme birthday party for him. For the first time, he gives a big hug to Pandora.

Toni Pike has created the fun characters in this book. Young readers can identify with the literature they read, the secrets friends keep for each other, and their fantasy about aliens. They can also identify the feeling of and build a relationship with a stepmother. I recommend this book to young readers.

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Slivers: Chiseled Poetry

Slivers: Chiseled Poetry by [Balroop Singh]

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Balroop Singh

Slivers: Chiseled Poetry is a collection of poetry that includes poems inspired by the Japanese poetry haiku and tanka, as well as poems in the acrostic form. Readers would find the nature and creatures personified. Ms. Singh’s imagination is vivid, and her descriptions of these emotions are rich. The sky, the clouds, the wind, the flowers, the seasons, the birds, the human heart speaks in their unique language. They speak to each other and communicate with deep emotions. Every spark, every raindrop, every movement of the breeze and gusty wind conveys a message. Every changing shade in the sun, the moon, and flowers expresses deep and meaningful emotions.

Poems in haiku, Tanka, and acrostic that I appreciated are:

The beginning of the poetry briefly explains the metric system of the haiku and tanka and the rules of writing acrostic poems. Readers would find this description informative while appreciating the beautiful poems. I recommend this book to poetry lovers and any readers interested in these poetry forms.

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Searching for Home

Searching for Home by [Jill Weatherholt]

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Jill Weatherholt

Searching for Home by Jill Weatherholt is a delightful and heartwarming romance.

Luke is a rock star of the rodeo. He returns to his hometown Whispering Slopes to seek treatment for the neck injury. His agent Reed wants him to play low during the treatment for fear of losing sponsorships. Meg runs a Bed &Breakfast business there and keeps a part-time practice as a physical therapist. Meg is also raising the triplets left by her sister. The girls, Tilly and Tia are doing fine, but the boy Tucker acts out and gets in trouble at school.

Luke checks into the Bed &Breakfast and realizes the owner is Meg. Meg’s heart still aches ever since the high school sweetheart left her. Luke promises not to linger longer than necessary, but his involvement extends beyond the treatment. He volunteers to repair the rooms at the inn and starts a therapist-patient relationship with Meg. He sees the potential to expand the inn business to weddings and events venues and wants to partner with her.

The triplets adore him. Tucker comes out from his shell and finds “Cowboy Luke” to be his hero. The children see in these two adults something they’re blind to see and start some unintentional gossip at school. As much as Luke and Meg try to deny their feelings toward each other, their common interest in the triplets’ wellbeing keeps them in focus.

At several points, the readers would want to wake up these two adults to turn their heads to look at each other. I was glad that the story had a happy ending. I recommend this heartwarming romance.

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