Paint chip Octave 4

Linda Kruschke’s challenge this week is for the next eight line stanza.

The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with this week are rolling hills, smoke and ash, radical, smoke signal, and dragon. I’d like you to use at least two of these in your octave for this week. Your octave should be a continuation of what you started on the first Friday of October. If you haven’t started your poem yet, you can always just write a stand-alone octave for this week.

Linda Kruschke

Octave 4

Reconciliation may need a radical change
Of attitude from all those involved.
There may be faults on both sides.
Misunderstandings need to be resolved.
We are building on a sure foundation
Even when it seems all we have left
Is desolate as smoke and ash.
Surely we won’t be completely bereft.

The earlier verses of this poem may be found on this blog. Octave 1, Octave 2 and Octave 3. Perhaps you’d prefer to scroll to find them using the << to find earlier posts.


Book review: The Other Daughter by Caroline Bishop

Photo of the book The Other Daughter with cropped picture of a young woman holding a book. her head and shoulders and feet are outside the picture. A cityscape is behind her at the bottom. Text includes an endorsement from Rachel Hore - A fresh, original, passionate and page-turning story.

The Other Daughter is Caroline Bishop’s debut novel published earlier this year. I chanced upon it in the new books section of the local library. The strapline is You only get one life – but what if it isn’t the one you were meant to have?

The chapters alternate between 1976 and 2016 with two female main characters’ stories intertwining. It is set in the London and Switzerland. I was particularly interested as I have visited some of the places in Switzerland including Chateau de Chillon on the shore of Lake Geneva. It was easy to visualise the characters in these places.

The story highlights the late stage at which moves towards equality for women reached Switzerland. There are other disturbing social problems in the background. I enjoyed this book. The mystery is unravelled slowly in a way I found very satisfactory.

The endorsement from Rachel Hore – ‘A fresh, original, passionate and page-turning story’ is accurate.

Switzerland is a very beautiful country, which makes it more poignant to learn that it is not without its problems.

Another novel set in Switzerland with some disturbing content is Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier. I read that before I began reviewing most of the books I read and enjoyed it less than her other books.

The summer of 1976 was the very hot one, which is the setting for another book with some dark content: On Midnight Beach by Marie-Louise Fizpatrick, which I reviewed here.


Paint chip Octave 3

Linda Kruschke’s challenge this week may be found on her blog, where you can also post a link to your own attempt at the challenge and find links to poems by others.

The challenge this week is to write the third octave of your poem. The five paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are grizzly, olive branch, ghost, Santa Claus, and spirit rock. Once again, I would like you to use at least two of these in your octave. You can use the same rhyme scheme as last two weeks, or mix it up. But this week’s stanza should be a continuation of what you started two weeks ago. If you were unable to participate the last two weeks, you can just write a stand-alone octave this week or visit the other two prompts and write three octaves this week.

Linda Kruschke

Continuing the poem I began with Octave 1 and Octave 2 here is Octave 3.

Octave 3

When there are disagreements in life
Between friends or family members
An olive branch should end the strife
And revive the warmth of love’s embers.
If the rift seems impossible to mend
Don’t give up hope! A ghost of a chance
Is better than nothing. Prayers we send
Heavenward won’t be looked upon askance.