Sunday, April 30, 2017

Z is for ZIG-ZAG of RED #AtoZ #PoetryMonth

April #AtoZChallenge and #PoetryMonth
 
Three goals I had in mind while writing my collection of linked poetry:
1. To celebrate my appreciation of life
2. To experience the process of writing linked poetry, a form of Japanese renshi
3. To give thanks for and better appreciate a life well-lived.
 
The flowers are a colorful bonus for the #AtoZChallenge
 
***   ***   ***
 
Z is for Zig-Zag of Red and Zinnea
 
 
 
A ZIG-ZAG OF RED, STARS

A white-washed canvas,
still life with fireworks,
promises of an exciting display. 

Colors intended only for dreamers
burst before her eyes,
lighting up the blackness left by
a long forgotten sunset. 

A zig-zag of red, stars
too bright to track
spiral down.
She hears the sizzle as
they strike the ocean’s surface
like lava streaming from a cliff
to cool and form new land. 

Thoughts spew forth.
A mind once fallow
now overflows.
A rocket launch
of crackling practicality
explodes to reveal stunning possibilities.
 
***   ***   ***
 
Where do you get your best ideas, while lying in bed ready for sleep or watching the celebration of fireworks on a warm summer's eve? Mine seem to burst forth at the exact time I am without pencil and paper.
 
For your visits to my site in April and your many interesting comments,
Mahalo and Aloha,
Gail
 
 

 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Y is for YOUR GOOD LIFE AHEAD #PoetryMonth #AtoZ

April #AtoZChallenge and #PoetryMonth
 
Three goals I had in mind while writing my collection of linked poetry:
1. To celebrate my appreciation of life
2. To experience the process of writing linked poetry, a form of Japanese renshi
3. To give thanks for and better appreciate a life well-lived.
 
The flowers are a colorful bonus for the #AtoZChallenge
 
***   ***   *** 
 

  
Y is for 
Your Good Life Ahead
and
Yellow Flowers:
Hibiscus
 and
Orchid
 


YOUR GOOD LIFE AHEAD
Unpaid leave; hospital stay
then home; empty-handed, again.
Cupboards lacking
Wallet bare. 
Part-time work, nights
at the old folks home.
Salted crackers and loose tea bags
From the commissary cart. 
One day you will be
rich as Midas, with golden
sunshine gracing the lanai and
mangoes ripening on the shelf. 
Every day, another holiday.
***   ***   ***
If you never give up, the ups and downs of life begin to form a pattern where soon the gullies and mountains begin to look more like potholes and molehills. . . with 'lots of plateau' in between.
That's a good thing, right? 
 

Friday, April 28, 2017

We Are The World #WATWIC Promoting Positive News

We Are The World Blogfest aims at promoting positive news.

 
Here is a quick checklist of guidelines:
Keep your post to below 500 words, as much as possible
All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month,
one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood.
Join us on the last Friday of each month in sharing news.
 
Check out Michelle Wallace's site for full information about her vision,
her fabulous co-hosts, and the blog hop list of participants where you can sign up: http://www.writer-in-transit.co.za/we-are-the-world-blogfest/

***   ***   ***
 
My link for April is to a human news story that tells about how some ties-that-bind between new friends last for a lifetime.

When I write my mystery novels, I do extensive research for the settings, on-site whenever possible. For scenes set in Boston, I researched everything from the history of Faneuil Hall to the menu of Cheers Bar and the swans in the Public Gardens near Boston Common. On-line research extended to young patients at Children's Hospital and Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic.

Excerpts from current, heart-warming news stories always catch my eye. This is one of them.  

“It was a huge source of comfort for both of us to know that
someone else understood what we each were going through,”


April 07, 2017

Some connections can never be broken. Jimmy Fund Facebook re-connects two cancer patients 13 years later. more ›  
Link to full story:
http://blog.jimmyfund.org/2017/04/jimmy-fund-facebook-re-connects-two-cancer-patients-13-years-later/?_ga=1.171038496.1293744457.1459373104

***   ***   ***
 
The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk is September 24, 2017