Bright sun shining
Coloured balloons on string
Ghost train full of fear stands waiting
Glass bowl swimming
Money paid, take your chance
Sweet candyfloss to be eaten
One wonderful blue-grey morning
I found by luck
this sacred woodland
Trees so old, they often fall
Revealing an ancient sentinel
Whose roots go deep
This most precious tree
will never die
It lives alongside
An ancient legend after all…
The lockdown and isolation has entered the Den of Doom (my office) with a vengeance this week.
We have tried desperately to maintain an optimistic attitude about everything, including all those annoying PC malfunctions. I seem to spend more and more time trying to catch up, meaning I never manage to get around to anything creative anymore.
So much so, our respective muses have been AWOL for days!
Undaunted, I had been looking forward to working on the new bonsai shelves. The wood has arrived and so did the freezing weather. I don’t do freezing to death as my old bones refuse to function below a certain temperature.
So, the waiting will continue…
Shame, for I was looking forward to spending hours away from the computer.
In the middle of the week, I started what I thought was a bad cold, streaming nose and sneezing. Of course, I immediately thought I was dying, but relieved to discover that sneezing is not a symptom of the Covid19 virus.
When the tickly cough arrived, I slipped into denial in a hurry.
The experts say that most people will only get mild symptoms and recover quickly, but not people over 75 who also have serious medical problems like heart conditions, asthma and hypertension, also like me.
Denial is a wonderful coping mechanism and I’m pretty sure I’m not dying. In the past I have beaten some usually fatal conditions, so not expecting to lose this battle either if it turns out that I do have it.
The good news is my temperature is normal and I feel fine…
I found him, way up above the stars
Was I dreaming when he spoke to me?
You have searched long and hard
To find the old wizard on your earthly plain
Now you see me in my true form
I come to you in dreaming
For one day you will work with me again
As it was meant to be
I will leave a ring for your small finger
Turn the stone once widdershins
I will be at your side
Your search was never in vain…
( For visually challenged reader, the picture shows a girl holding a book which is hiding her face. The title of the book is not clear.)
You can run but you can’t hide
There are only a certain amount of words
Sooner or later, you will reach the end
How many books can you read?
Before you want to shred the pages
Open the window, let the pieces
Be caught by the wind
Watch them fly free
Counting down the days
Until you catch them, like a lost balloon
Free from the four walls
that held you in lockdown…
I crawl through the wreck that is my life
Armed by despair
Hope lies trapped in a dark corner
Where my hand cannot reach
Through the maze of grey matter
That is my mind
I hear the chatter of many voices
At last, I make my way back
To a stash of bright smiles
The land survived without me
The corners are no longer dark
I am free to walk outside
It feels as if my feet
Are touching new ground…
Life’s Rich Tapestry is a collection of verse, micro fiction and short stories that explore many aspects of our human nature and the wonders of the natural world. Reflections on our earliest beginnings and what is yet to come, with characters as diverse as a French speaking elephant and a cyborg warrior.
Finding the right number of syllables for a Haiku, Tanka, Etheree or Cinquain focuses the mind; as does 99 word micro fiction, bringing a different level of intensity to storytelling. You will find stories about the past, the present and the future told in 17 syllables to 2,000 words, all celebrating life.
This book is also recognition of the value to a writer, of being part of a generous and inspiring blogging community, where writing challenges encourage us to explore new styles and genres.
There is such wonderful variety in Life’s Rich Tapestry by Sally Cronin.
A really lovely collection of poems and short stories, all delightfully illustrated.
Always a fan of Sally’s storytelling, I really enjoyed reading this book.
Originally bought as an eBook, I will be purchasing a paperback copy for my bookshelf, so it will always be there to read again (and again!)