#BlogBattle: Castle #poetry #daughters #mothers #family

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This poem is for my daughters who have had their share of troubles. Some minor, some more major. This is for them, and for all the young women out there who have to be brave sometimes in extraordinary circumstances. We are living in difficult, frightening times with the inner cities being home to knife crimes and gangs. Coupled with this are many other hazards for young women nowadays.

Two young girls, one blonde one dark, my girls,

My daughters, grown now. I remember

trips, sunshine, parks, castles,

Ball parks, parties, giggles,

Sleepovers. 

Oh, the sleepovers! Crazy friends, fights, bullies, 

Shenanigans, strange confessions.

It was simpler then

How life changes.

Until hormones raging

Enter the boyfriends staying over

Not, if dad has his way. Ever. They plead.

Determined. He weakens, gives in.

I do too, not knowing

What to do.

Starts off well, until tears, heartbreak,

A hug, a kiss. Mr. Blue Eyes

is not so carefree I say, but girls

in love don’t listen.

Who would?

Don’t trust a player, I cry. Do they take

My advice? Sometimes not enough.

They ask friends, me, everyone,

Make choices.

I sigh.

Now the drama’s nearly over. I tremble.

Expecting the next crisis to come

rippling around the lake.

The waters swaying. It’s stiller now.

They’re wiser.

I’m ecstatic! They’ve escaped their troubles

They’ve put up their moats. Hurrah.

Don’t cry my beauties. 

You did the right thing

The waters yelling.

Nasty slaps, stares, cheats, assorted

Vicious nasties, hooded hoodlums

And gangs don’t make a man

But kindness does, you’ll see

Find your soulmate 

For your own dear castle. Rejoice

my lovelies you’ve learnt 

To be brave and true.

I’m so proud

Of you.

Two girls, older now, two blondes,

Both lighter, my girls, my daughters

Such a sweet reflection

My dearest castle,

My family. 

For all the mothers and daughters out there this poem is for you.

Stay safe and well.

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Book Review – Walk Away Silver Heart by Frank Prem #love #poetry

Goodreads Synopsis:

This is a collection of love poetry inspired through interpretation of phrases in the Amy Lowell poem ‘Madonna of the Evening Flowers’ (A Lowell, 1919). This collection of poetry is the first of a planned series of three, with poems derived from Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass, 1855) and T. S. Eliot (The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, 1910) also scheduled to feature in their own collections.

The nature of the love poems in this collection is personal or interpersonal.

Frank Prem’s interpretations breathe a new life into contemporary love poetry and utilise Lowell’s original work to inspire a tender immediacy and a wonderful warmth of response.

My review

Walk away silver heart is the first of three poetry collections written for A Love Poetry Trilogy.

My favourite poems:

the way you wield (flashes in the light)
too much (to bear)
finding me (a warm place carried)
I think (I paint)
murmuring (the lake)
need (goes on)
chiming a little tune (of you)
for the summer
red and pink the blossom
tell me everything (about you)
walk away (silver heart
and again
lucky one
a muse for the madonna (awesome!)

I received an ARC copy from the author Frank Prem and am pleased to share my unbiased opinion of his work.

This is a beautiful collection of love poetry and in my opinion my favourite of Frank Prem’s poetry that I have had the pleasure of reading.

Just goes to show I must be a romantic at heart!

My rating: Highly recommended – 5 stars.

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 166, #ThemePrompt – Finding Clarity

I’m sitting in a cafe in Cambridge watching the snow fall. A lady crosses the road with a large black umbrella, the white flecks of pure snow fall covering its surface. I am drawn to this image to write a poem.

The world faces so many challenges at the moment: climate crisis, Coronovirus, economic crises. Where are we headed? Unfortunately, the Coronovirus has led to some racist abuse due to the origin of the virus. So, this is my poetic take on the state of affairs, expressed with a Tanka…

White snow falls to black
Umbrellas hiding cold stares
Finding clarity
Sick quarantine continues
Media spreads people’s fears.

© M J Mallon 2020

Thank you so much to Colleen for including my new release Mr. Sagittarius poetry and prose in her online poetry store on her blog: https://colleenchesebro.com/poetry-books-for-sale/

My full colour paperback is now available on Amazon.
Here is the link to Mr. Sagittarius in paperback, kindle and free in kindle unlimited:

http://mybook.to/MrSagittarius

Isn’t that good news!

Until we chat again do check out Colleen’s 5 star review of Mr. Sagittarius on her blog: https://colleenchesebro.com/2020/02/16/colleens-2020-book-reviews-mr-sagittarus-by-author-mj-mallon-marjorie_mallon/

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 165 #PhotoPrompt #Tanka #Senryu

Image copyright Ritu Bhathal

This week it’s a beautiful photo prompt from Ritu @ https://butismileanyway.com/

My poem’s a sad one today as I recently heard about the tragic death of a young woman in her early twenties. How fragile we are.

 

I miss you; I’m blue
Above me heaven’s sky opens
My light shines for you
Waiting for you to return
Dinner’s ready love, come home.

 

Colleen is looking for Senryu poetry in the 3/5/3 and 2/3/2 format to use in her new book as an example. If she uses your poem you will retain all rights to your work. Your work is copyrighted and she will cite you in the Bibliography at the end of the book. Please email Colleen at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. 

 I miss you

I’m so blue dearest

Light the way

 

My love

You left me

So sad

 

https://colleenchesebro.com/category/colleens-2020-weekly-poetry-challenges/

 

Each day is so precious. Much Love. xxx

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 164 #SynonymsOnly

Love & Harmony were the prompt words this week.

For love I went for lust and passion! For harmony I chose balance and peacefully.

What are Haiku, Senryu and Tanka?

Remember: Senryu poems make the human, not the world around them, the subject of their creative endeavor. Humor and sarcasm are two of the most favorable elements in a Senryu and should deal with the human condition. Think about sexual matters, family relations, religion, politics, and anything that touches on the pain we experience through sorrow, prejudice, oppression, anger, and frustration. Senryu do not deal in sentimentality.

 

I haven’t written any Senryu before so here goes… I’ve written three…

 

Lusty lips

Pouted

The Viagra

Swallowed

Peacefully

Downed in one

 

His lust overwhelmed

He was so fit

Did the splits

Balanced on one leg

 

Our mismatched passion

Made me quiet

Depleted

My balance

Broken

 

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 164 #SynonymsOnly

 

Well, that was a strange one! The Senryu encouraged me to play with words to come up with some unusual results!

 

 

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Preorder link: Mr. Sagittarius (kindle)

Colleen Chesebro Poetry Challenge: #Haiga #Haiku #Poet’sChoice

 

 

An archway of trees

In this bright winter garden

Red-coated lady

***

Who is she?

I would like to know

Her secret

***

Perhaps

She will say

One day.

 

I happened upon this beautiful pathway in the Cambridge botanical gardens, ( in the winter garden section,) which inspired me to write the haiga above.

In the distance I saw this intriguing lady with a very bright red coat! It appears as if she’s reading a book but I can’t remember what she was doing…

 

So I wrote a haiga, an observational form of poetry with the following haiku syllabic format:  5/7/5, 3/5/3 2/3/2.

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 163, #Poet’sChoice

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YA Fantasy:

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My latest book:

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Mr. Sagittarius: Announcing My Blog Tour Hosts #Poetry #Prose #Photography

 

Thrilled to announce my blog tour hosts for my new release which is currently on pre-order on Amazon kindle,

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Mr. Sagittarius

Poetry, and Prose. 

Blurb

Twin brothers Harold and William love the magic of the natural world.

When Harold dies he leaves a simple memorial request.

Will his brother William and his sister Annette honour it?

Or, will the garden work its magic to ensure that they do.

A magical story expressed via an original compilation of poetry and prose with photographic images.

#Poetry #Prose #Photography #NaturalWorld #Trees #Magic #Spirit #Animals #CircleofLife #Humour #Halloween #Cats #Buddha

All proceeds for the first month’s sales will be donated to the Australian Bush Fire charity. So please do buy a copy, and share this post widely.

Link to Amazon UK:

 

 

My blog tour hosts are these lovely peeps:

  • Samantha Murdoch whose son Alex Marlowe has two photos included in this collection of poetry, prose and photography.  Sam and I share a love of cats and crystals. She is a beautiful soul and has a n awesome blog about cats, crystals and her life at: https://samanthamurdochblog.wordpress.com/
  • Rachael Ritchey – who  did an amazing job she designed the cover and formatted the interior of the book.  I swear this lovely lady never sleeps. Her life is full of creativity! She writes YA fantasy:  https://rachaelritchey.com/and has a separate blog with short story prompts to encourage writers to write! https://blogbattlers.wordpress.com/
  • Charli Mills from Carrot Ranch Literary. What a beautiful lady, she does so much for the writing community with her enthusiasm for writing flash fiction: https://carrotranch.com/charlimills/
  • Sherri Matthews  is such a lovely, genuine, dear friend. I’ve met her in person at the Bloggers Bashes in London. She is a blogger and memoir writer whose lovely blog is called A View From My Summerhouse: https://sherrimatthewsblog.com/
  • Colleen Chesebro is the Fairy Queen of poetry. Her weekly poetry challenges have done so much to help me in my writing journey.  Her blog is: https://colleenchesebro.com/ Colleen also gave me masses of help and support when writing the first in my series The Curse of Time. A hugely supportive writer and fellow Sister of the Fey in our collaborative group: https://sistersofthefey.com/
  • Jacquie Biggar is a USA Bestselling author of Romance. She is an indie author who supports others by opening up her blog to author promotions particularly for romance authors: https://jacqbiggar.com/
  • Ritu Bhathal is another sis! This lady inspires me so much, she is a teacher, blogging expert, poet and romance writer. She is the real deal, a genuinely nice gal who  I’ve had the honour of meeting at the Bloggers Bashes in London too! https://ritubhathal.com/
  • Willow Willers, is another blogging sis, a popular blogger, poet and friend via: yes you guessed it The Bloggers Bash in London! A sweet soul with a heart of gold https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/

 

Buying links Amazon USA:

“The Circle of Life” Nonet

The Circle of Life is an interesting prompt from Colleen, one that got me thinking… with age we become childlike and vulnerable again.

A Nonet seemed the perfect form to express this continuum with the fragile fullness of life at the top and the single word, too, representing the tendency to become childlike at the end of life.

 

The circle of life begins at birth

With sharp cries of fragility

We long for sweet sustenance

Latching to mother’s breast

We feed, grow, and live

Aging each day

Becoming

Childlike

Too

 

© Marjorie Mallon 2020

 

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 162, #ThemePrompt

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Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 161 #PhotoPrompt

Photo via Willow Willers.

 

Trying out the differing haiku formats

In the 3/5/3 format:

 

Summer time

Holiday tattoo

Memories

In the 2/3/2 format:

 

Henna

Tattoo time

Sun fun!

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Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 161 #PhotoPrompt

And a new form I’ve never come across before:

Gogyohka – no restrictions…

A simple silver band

Could be overlooked

Amongst henna tattoos

Flowers escaping

Fingernails unpolished.

 

 

 

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Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday #TankaTuesday #Poetry

This is my entry for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday

 

Eternal Love

It’s tranquil today,

November Rain, June Sunshine,

Seasons talk of Love,

Strolling side by side – Mists, gusts,

Welly boots squelching the earth.

 

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 160 #SynonymsOnly

Buy Book: myBook.to/TheCurseofTime

Unique Selling Point: Unique, Imaginative, ‘Charming, enchanting and richly layered this is purely delightful.’

“This delightful book will appeal to teens and young adults who love stories filled with magical crystals, dark family curses, and mysteries waiting to be solved around every corner. Each chapter leads you on a journey of discovery where Amelina earns the right to use three wizard stones to reset the balance of time and finally break the curse that holds her family hostage. A captivating tale!” – Colleen M. Chesebro (Editor)

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