Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – my #Tanka – Calm & Wild

I’ve been scarce on social media of late as it was my daughter Natasha’s graduation this week and we had several days in Brighton enjoying the seaside and celebrating her success.


It’s been a time tinged with a touch of sadness and oodles of happiness too. Sadness that she is leaving Brighton and her much-loved university – Sussex – but happiness and promise to come. I can’t believe that it has been three years. It seems like yesterday that we dropped her off at her student accommodation. Her time at Sussex University has had its up and its downs – her first year was tough, especially as she fractured her ankle early on (just before Valentine’s day!) and she lived in a third floor flat on campus, (not a good idea on crutches) at what seemed like the furthest point from her seminar and lecture theatres. More about that here: An Unusual Valentine’s Adventure!

But, she didn’t come home; she carried on, braved it out and showed great character. I admire her resilience greatly, and couldn’t be a prouder mum!

I’m so glad she studied in Brighton, as this has meant several wonderful visits there! I have a great affinity to the sea, I’m always happiest when I can walk on a beach – even the squawking sea gulls don’t faze me!

So my Tanka this week is with that in mind, and the promising future that awaits my daughter and graduates this year. Seize those opportunities guys before the seagulls snatch ’em up!

I was particularly struck by an inspiring speech that Sussex University’s chancellor, the well-known comedian Sanjeev Baskar gave. He said that he took ten long, difficult years of struggle before he became successful. More about that here:

So don’t be disheartened if you are back home living with your parents, have a pile of debt or are not successful straight away.  To begin with Sanjeev Baskar @TVSanjeev wasn’t even accepted as a student at Sussex University, but look at him now. Such inspiring food for thought.

Do comment, has your son or daughter graduated recently? Do you love the sea too?

Bye for now… much love,

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  1. Marje, many congratulations to your sweet daughter on graduation! What a goal and she met it with flying colors. I love your Tanka and think you’ve made the best use of the words ever. I am uplifted! <3

  2. Good that you spent this important time with your daughter! My daughter now 29, took a long road to get to college graduation and had to live with me and her step-dad for months before she landed her amazing job. She now lives 4 hours away but makes more $$ than I did before I retired. She is truly on her own and loving it. When it’s their time, they’ll know! A promising future indeed–lovely tanka!

    1. Yes indeed, especially as it sounds as if my daughter might be going abroad for a year to teach English as a foreign language. Excited for her but also concerned, and know I will miss her dreadfully. But, you have to let them experience life to the fullest and encourage them to grow. So glad your daughter is loving what she is doing – that is so important. 🙂

      1. Wow! That is fabulous. My nephew did that well still does actually and is now in Tokyo! He started off in Prague, went to Kuala Lumpur for a bit (my brother lives there anyway though), then a few countries later finally got to Japan where he has always wanted to go.
        I wish your daughter the very best, I am sure she will have a fabulous time! 🙂

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