Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge #61 Tears and Wine


Hey guess what it’s time for Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge, and the prompt words this week are wine and tears. Interesting combination…. Yes tears often follow wine. They could be tears of happiness at a celebration. A wedding perhaps, or a birth of a baby. But sometimes unhappy tears follow wine too. Sometimes things can happen on a night out, a lost wallet, or a phone perhaps? Too much alcohol is often the reason! Or in some cases a lost wallet, and a phone. I heard a story about this recently and apparently a very kind person came to this youngster’s rescue and gave her money for a taxi home. Now isn’t that a wonderfully uplifting story? It just convinces me that the spirit of human kindness is still alive and well.

But my advice would be –  enjoy your night out but make sure you are sober enough that you can get home safely, so here’s a haiku with that in mind:


Lost and Alone Tears

Wine drinker’s advice

Deceptive nightclub fun high

Empty wallet tears


Once you are back home safe and sound why not have something sweet to end the evening? As long as your stomach is up to it! Otherwise you might be wise to settle for an alka seltzer. To make it a bit different I’d thought a deconstructed cheesecake might be the perfect choice, or if not, a wine glass full of sweet heart lollipops:



Tears of Sweetest Joy

Produce dessert wine

Deconstruct a  cheesecake dear

Tears of sweetest joy


Ping back Link

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Thanks for stopping by Kyrosmagica.  I do hope that you like my haiku this week, and that I don’t sound too preachy. I worry about all those youngsters getting back home safely at night.

Hope you like my new comic me, I’ve had fun doing these, it’s uncanny how it kind of looks like me! My pal Colleen at Silver Threading has been giving me lots of tips, she’s an expert on these Bitstrips cartoons. Thank you so much Colleen.

Bye for now.


Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx


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Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #60 Bridge and Move


I’ve been out of the loop of Haiku challenges for a while as I’ve been up in Edinburgh looking after my mum after her operation. Luckily she’s as fit as a fiddle and bouncing back to health at a miraculous pace.  She’s a regular churchgoer and apparently the congregation pray for those who are ill or in hospital, and in her case it seems to have worked, quite amazing, not much pain, just a bit tired as if she’s had a serious case of man flu or something.

So in between helping my mum out I managed to have a bit of a holiday in Edinburgh, taking in the delights of the Edinburgh International Festival, and the Book Festival too, you may have seen some of my recent blog posts.

Now that I’m back in Cambridge, I’m happy to be joining in this week with Ron’s weekly haiku challenge, here’s the link if you’d like to take part:

The prompt words this week are bridge and move.

My first haiku is about my experience on the train coming home from Edinburgh. I was sitting opposite a Chinese lady and her son. She was obviously hungry as she rummaged in her bag and pulled out a large chocolate cheesecake, (it looked like it served four people,)  and sat there and ate the majority of it all by herself. Her son nibbled on a chocolate and in a short while finished off the last remaining crumbs of that cheesecake before polishing off a packet of crisps. This amused me no end. I know that Chinese people love their food, (my mum’s from Malaysia so I know this without a shadow of a doubt,) but I always thought they prefer savoury to sweet so this astonished me. In fact they were very entertaining to listen to, the lady started telling the people sitting next to her about all her travels in the Far East, so I got my eavesdropping ears on, (an absolute must if you have any aspirations to be a writer,) and had a jolly old-time. It ended up being a very interesting  journey home.

So this haiku is an eves-dropping thank you for the Chinese lady on the train, and a celebration of her eating so much chocolate cheesecake in one sitting! I hope she likes cats, didn’t have an upset tummy afterwards, and will forgive me for being such a nosey parker.

Isn’t this picture cute?



A Sweet Bridge Too Far

Moving train journey

Kitty! Choc cheesecake delight

A sweet bridge too far?


And the next one, which I have entitled We’re Finished Lover, well I don’t know where this one came from!

Oh I tell I lie, whilst I was up in Edinburgh at the Book Festival I saw a  little haiku book that caught my eye, it’s called Haiku for The Single Girl by Beth Griffenhagen, with wonderful illustrations by Cynthia Vehslage Meyers (Illustrator) so it inspired me to write this haiku:


We’re Finished Lover

Move an inch baby

Don’t dare cross that bridge sweetheart

We’re finished lover


Hope you enjoy my couple of  haiku offerings this week. Haiku always make me smile, I hope they make you smile too.

Bye for now.


Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

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Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge # 57


Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku#PoetryPrompt# Challenge#57 Bust & Must

This week’s prompt words for Ron’s Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge are bust and must.

There are several meanings for the word bust so I thought I’d explore them and have a bit of fun!

The two prompt words brought to mind my piano teacher, God rest her soul. I feel a bit mean about this one,  she was a lovely chatty lady with one very abundant distinguishing feature. But, she was a good sport and an excellent piano teacher so, I trust she wouldn’t mind if I start off with joke to make you smile.


Piano Teacher

Must navigate around her

Ample bust on keys

Expressions with the word bust in them –


He bust his sweet ass

To make a forever perch

Love must always last

Oh, and let’s not forget artists mannequins:


Such a fine red hat

  A mannequin bust display

Must have gold necklace



Holiday must see

Clear blue skies sand sculpture bust

Amazing delight

Unfortunately the other day I broke my lovely tea caddy, I was a bit upset about this, but I suppose on the bright side it gives me an excuse to buy a new one! Or who knows maybe a magical tea cup?  I need one of these at the moment, my kitchen renovation is still going on, when will it ever end? Magic wand please come to my rescue!


Bust my china cup

My only magical brew

Must get a new one.

© Marjorie Mallon 2015 – aka, Kyrosmagica. All Rights Reserved.

Here’s the link to Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenges:

Hope you liked this week’s dose of several haiku, I seem to have got a bit carried away, boy this haiku gets a bit addictive!

I’d love to hear from you please don’t be shy do leave a comment.


Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

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Ronovan Writes #Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge # 56 Luck And Hope


RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #56 Luck&Hope


This week’s prompt words from Ron are Luck and Hope. Wow what positive and inspiring words, I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy writing this week’s haiku. Luck and hope sound pretty good from my perspective as I have just heard that my friend’s daughter is doing well in hospital, I wrote my previous haiku, no. #55 when I was still very worried about her so it’s good to know that she will soon be at home. Bless her, she’s such a fighter, such a lovely lass, I have so much admiration for her.

So Luck and Hope, this haiku started off on a serious note, as my friend’s daughter has been in a lot of pain so here’s my first Get Well haiku to hope that her pain will soon be a distant memory:


Get Well Soon

Luck will have its day

Hope’s sweetest hug will triumph

 And pain will depart


Now let’s rouse this Get Well message with a bit of  Hakuna Matataing.

My mind works in mysterious ways!

I reckon The Lion King was on my mind after chatting online with Erika at BookVentureland about our fondness for this great Disney movie.

If you’ve forgotten the lyrics, shame on you!

Here’s a link to remind you:

So here goes, LET’S HAKUNA MATATA,  adding a touch of cheeky haiku luck and hope to the awesomeness of this song.



Let’s Hakuna Matata

A blessing of hope

Let’s Hakuna Matata

 Lucky Worry Free !


I’m ending on another humorous note, it was bound to happen after all that Hakuna Matataing.

This one could be humorous if you win at gambling I suppose, but it might be serious if you lose…… So don’t try this Haiku at home folks, not unless you’re willing to part with your hard earned money!



Lucky Dice

Hope’s a Gambler’s friend

Pink champagne and caviar

Roll my lucky dice!


© Marjorie Mallon 2015 – aka, Kyrosmagica. All Rights Reserved.

Here’s the link to Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenges:

Hope you liked this week’s triple dose of haiku. Oh I’m buzzing with all that Hakuna Matataing….

I’d love to hear from you please don’t be shy do leave a comment.


Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

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Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #54 Free and Think


RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #54 Free&Think

This week’s prompt words for Ron’s Weekly Haiku Challenge are Free and Think.

Here’s the link to Ronovan’s blog to join in the challenge:

Both of my Haiku this week are more serious in nature, this is a bit unusual for me but somehow the prompt words seemed to lead me down a more thoughtful path. Of the two Haiku the second one is more light-hearted.

The following Haiku are especially for anyone who is or has ever experienced the overpowering symptoms of anxiety. This is much more common than you would ever believe possible, it seems that this fast paced world that we now live in is the perfect breeding grown for anxiety symptoms.



Free my racing pulse

No thought but relentless fear

Anxiety bites


My second Haiku is inspired by AAT, whatever could that be?

Read all about it after this haiku, a much needed hug for all sufferers getting through another day, living with the crippling effects of anxiety.




Pet Hugs

Cruel thought assailant

Anxiety wires your brain

Pet hugs free event


© Marjorie Mallon 2015 – aka, Kyrosmagica. All Rights Reserved.

Words good or bad, are my very own!

At my daughter’s University, they had this special event, dogs where brought into  campus for students to help counter stress relief. A hug a dog day or something like that! The official term is Animal Assisted Therapy or AAT for short. Which also happens to be the abbreviation for Accounting technicians, I know which of the two I prefer!

What a great idea, not the accounting I hasten to add. I’d rather hug a cat or dog than add up a row of figures any day of the week, and I should know I used to be a book-keeper many years ago!

Here’s a link to find out more about Animal Assisted Therapy:

Let’s not go without mentioning a new development regarding our cat friends, CAT CAFE’S!

I’ve just found out there’s one in Edinburgh, which I must go and visit.

It’s called Maison de Moggy and it’s in Stockbridge:

I’m planning to go up in August, but the trip will be a stressful one as my mum is going into hospital for an operation. She loves cats so maybe when she’s feeling up to it, I’ll take her for a bit of R & R to the cat café.

For more cat cafés in the UK and abroad visit:

There’s a shed load of benefits attributed to owning a cat or a dog. Here’s the ones that spring readily to mind: great for reducing your blood pressure, making you more active (taking your dog for a walk,) widening your social network with other dog/cat owners, staving of loneliness, and reducing stress!

No wonder so many writers have a dog or a cat. I’m missing out…… My pet free way of unwinding is going to Tai Chi or doing a bit of Yoga, and having a bubble bath and a glass of wine does wonders for me too….

So whether it’s hugging a human friend or a dog or cat, it’s all so very good for you.

Check out Val Boyko’s wonderful blog which is full of tips to nourish and restore you:



Please do comment, I love to hear from you. Have you a dog or a cat? Or an unusual pet? Have you any tips about reducing stress?




Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

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Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge Guide & Mad


RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #53 Guide & Mad

What could this weeks Haiku poetry prompt challenge from Ronovan Writes be?

Ah the two words are Guide and Mad.

So what will I make of the prompt words guide and mad, could someone be driving me mad? Or are they guiding me to do something that I really should pay attention to? I don’t always listen, especially if I’m being coerced into doing something I don’t enjoy. Particularly if that unwelcome activity is taking me away from my writing! Ah, how dreadful. How could you ask me to abandon my blogging! Sacre bleu! Especially when I’m helping someone learn how to use WordPress.  I’m spreading the word, doing my best to nurture another blogging hero.

Alright now you’re probably thinking what in heavens is she going on about?


Is she mad? Possibly a little!

I’ve been helping my sister in law set up her blog and well a certain someone wasn’t too pleased that I wasn’t doing what they wanted me to do. Ah, you can see my predicament, you can never please everyone can you? Least of all your nearest and dearest.

So with that in mind, here’s a little confession. Moi, I can be a very stubborn individual, a total rascal! Oh La La!!!

So this haiku is inspired by my stubborn spirit. I’m a Scorpio after all. I’m quiet on the surface, easy going, but underneath it all I have a saved up unexpected sting in my tail that comes out to play when you least expect it! Oh well it had to happen sooner or later. I’ve had this blog for over a year now, it was about time I told you about the real me. Warts and all. Sting and all. Tail and all.

Enough’s enough. I suppose I’ll have to be a good lass tomorrow but today I can do whatever I like!!! So I’m writing two posts to be published this week. Tee Hee!!!

Don’t tell anyone will you? I love secrets.



 Ring, Ring, Don’t Call Me

Ring, Ring, Don’t Call Me.
You can guide but don’t change me
Your mad I’m Scorpio


My final Haiku is based on a real life event apparently kids were sneaking onto my dad’s golf course and picking magic mushrooms! Whatever next! This golfer looks very disgusted doesn’t he? He’d say something like this: “Magic Mushrooms, shocking! Why can’t they take up a healthy activity like golf?  If I hadn’t seen this wicked magic mushroom picking with my own straight to the pin golfer’s eyes I’d would have to conclude that I’d been on the MM’s myself.”



Magic Mushrooms Heist

A guide to catch them
Mad kids on fairway mischief
Magic mushrooms heist


© Marjorie Mallon 2015 – aka, Kyrosmagica. All Rights Reserved.

Words good or bad, are my very own!


Thanks for stopping by, hope you found this weeks haiku entertaining. I seem to have particularly enjoyed them! Stay clear of those Magic Mushrooms folks, and try to be good, not a stubborn, rascal of a Scorpio like me!


If you want to find out more about joining in this wonderful weekly blogging activity then click this link:


Do leave a comment I’d love to hear from you.


Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

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Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #52 Silent & Loud.


RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #52 Silent&Loud


This week’s image from Ron is Meridith, of Meredith’s Musings. Most definitely a blog to follow if you aren’t already.

At the moment the building work is progressing in the kitchen but unfortunately we have had a few problems, everything seems to be going on the blink. Today, the washing machine decided to pack in, just after it finished a load of sheets, can’t get the blooming door to open, and our boiler isn’t working either. So loud bangs with boilers accompanied by silent washing machines, such is life!

So Silent and Loud seem quite appropriate prompt words. How does Ron do it, is he psychic?


Washing Machine Woeslaundry-149854__180


The loud beep beep cries

A final spin forget it

Silent no chance mate


The next haiku kind of happens sometimes in our house, we have this mad bird who takes great pleasure in dive bombing our lounge window. Very strange. I think the bird sees the wall opposite which is painted green and gets confused. I’m always amazed that this bird keeps on coming and survives ! He’s real cute too, just wish he wasn’t so daft!


Anyway, let’s hope that nothing else breaks down, or I might be joining the bird banging my head against the window too!



Our visiting crazy bird isn’t a hummingbird but I liked this photo so allow me to introduce you to the Dive Bombing Bird:


 Dive Bombing Bird


Loud music plugged in

Silent bird dive bombs window

Confused by the green


© Marjorie Mallon 2015 – aka, Kyrosmagica. All Rights Reserved.

Words good or bad, are my very own!


Thanks for stopping by.


Do leave a comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this weeks Haiku.




Marje at Kyrosmagica xx

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Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #51 Future & Give



This weeks Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge words are Future & Give.

Do stop by Ronovan Writes and see all that his blog has to offer, and why not join in the haiku challenge?It’s such fun!

RonovanWrites Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt Challenge #51 Future&Give

My haiku this week are inspired by the birth of a baby girl, the granddaughter of a friend of mine. The prompt words future and give just seem to be such a perfect choice this week. A baby is such a hopeful start, a promise of future, a gift giving joy to family, and friends.

Of course I’ve had two baby girls too, many, many years ago, but those early days with a new born are still such precious memories. My first child Natasha was born early, as if she was impatient to join us, desperate to discover all there was to know about the world. She was born two weeks early on Christmas day, on the very day that I was supposed to have my Christmas dinner with friends! This was to be the first of many small sacrifices that I was to make as a parent. I wonder if being born early or late has any bearing on the person we become? Does it shape our character in some way? I think it possibly does. My youngest daughter Georgina was born exactly on her due date. The midwife said, “You’ll have no trouble with this one.” In some ways it was true baby Georgina was a very good baby, Baby Natasha was a handful! In fact the staff at the nursery that Natasha went to said that she was like a whirlwind!  Yes, a whirlwind, a delightful one, or at least that’s what I thought! What about Georgina? My baby angel!  In fact that early quiet start should have been a warning: A Calm Before The Teenage Storm! Both of my girls have had their whirlwind moments possibly at different times in their development, but that’s what makes them who they are, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


A baby girl



 A Baby Girl Born

What A Future She Will Bring

Give Her My Blessing


 Cherish Every Day




Cherish Every Day

Future Gives Colours Promise

Life’s Sweet Adventure


© Marjorie Mallon 2015 – aka, Kyrosmagica. All Rights Reserved.

Words good or bad, are my very own!


Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed this weeks Baby inspired Haiku.


Do leave a comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this weeks Haiku.




Marje at
Kyrosmagica xx

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RonovanWrites Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt Challenge Review 50

Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Review. Check it out. Lots of great haiku. Serious Haiku winner this week Martha of Meredith’s Musings: Aspiration and two winning Humour Haiku: Mari T. of Overcoming Static: Pursuing Growth, and E. Rawls of E. Rawls: Author creating stories and art: Plights of a Merchant, plus Ronovan’s closing haikus too!

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