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Chance cinquain poetry prompt

This week’s Paint chip poetry challenge from Linda Kruschke is for cinquains. The chance part of the challenge arises from picking paint chips. Here is part of Linda’s post, which I recommend you read in full. Her poem is much better than mine, both poetically and in content!

My challenge to you is to write seven cinquains in the 2-4-6-8-2 syllabic pattern, one for each of the paint chip words or phrases, used in the order in which they were drawn. Or if you’d like a little less strenuous challenge, write however many five-line stanzas you desire, but still using the “chance” words and phrases in order.
And the words and phrases you have to work with are:
before the rain, new leaf, Garden of Eden, matcha, dragon, black tie and half-and-half

Paradise lost

At first
There was sunshine,
Moonlight, rivers, a man
And his helpmeet, before the rain
Would fall.

The trees
In the garden
Were beautiful, growing
Just as God meant: ev’ry new leaf was
Perfect.

Adam
And Eve enjoyed
Living in the Garden
Of Eden together with God
At first.

Matcha
Tea leaves may have
Grown on one of the trees
In the garden with other fruit
To eat.

The Fall
Was caused by lies.
The serpent (or dragon)
Told the first lie to the woman;
Tempted.

It was
Two aprons of
Fig leaves they made themselves
Rather than a funereal
Black tie.

Whose fault
Was it? Dragon’s?
Woman’s? Man’s or even
God’s? The math giving half-and-half
Is wrong.

Based on Genesis chapters 1-3.

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New Year thoughts

I am putting off writing my next book review post until I have gathered my thoughts about how I intend to spend my time in 2021. So I am procrastinating already!

Many bloggers are looking back over the past year and forward to the next. It can be a useful exercise. On the More than Writers blog, to which I have been a regular contributor for a few years, there was a post about #myoneword.

I chose a word for 2016 and another for 2017. Since then I have not picked a word, but have aimed to use my time productively. (Is spending time on social media productive?)

This year I have been wondering about picking a word again. Listen was a contender. It occurs in the Bible hundreds of times, a good example being in Proverbs 1:5

I prefer Focus, which could include attentive listening and an element of mindfulness. I tend to be thinking about other things, when I am doing routine tasks. It is not particularly healthy. Sometimes it leads to not remembering what I have done or not done! I also have a bad habit of reading, writing or doing puzzles while the news is on the radio. I can knit (easy things) or colour pictures from a beautiful book (Images of Joy by Jacqui Grace) and listen at the same time.

In the hall of residence of my student days a small Christian Union group used to begin every meeting by singing the chorus, Turn your eyes upon Jesus. That is one way of focussing.

Looking back at how my life has changed over recent years is easier with my hand-written journal and my blog. Occasionally I notice that someone has viewed a blog post I had completely forgotten about. I read it myself and find that my life has moved on in some way from that point. For example, I used to update my journal every few days, trying to remember what had happened. Now I write about the previous day as part of my quiet time every morning. It is easier to remember from one day to the next. I had intended to make this more of a spiritual practice, but I find it very difficult to write my feelings down.

Perhaps that is something I should focus on. It isn’t that I am unable to do it, as I found out in a journaling workshop led by Tracy Williamson and Marilyn Baker on Zoom in September.

My regular readers will know that words fascinate me. My three words (2016, 2017 and 2021)  have a progression of shared letters – ReST – TRuST; TrUSt – FocUS.

Have you chosen a word to help keep you on track in 2021?

Whether or not, Happy New Year!

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Five books I read in December 2020

All the books in this post were eBooks from BorrowBox. I returned them before beginning to write this post, so I am relying on my memory. At the time of writing I have read five more books, so my memory is a little congested!

The Truth Pixie goes to School by Matt Haig illustrated by Chris Mould

Having read The Girl who saved Christmas in which the Truth Pixie is a character, I borrowed and enjoyed another of Matt Haig’s children’s books, The Truth Pixie goes to School. It is a delightful story with a serious message about dealing with bullies at a new school.

 

 

 

Cover The Watchmaker of Filigree StreetThe Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

This is a story mainly set in London early in the 20th century, but also partly in another country. There are several strands with lots of interesting characters: a female research scientist, a genius watch-maker, Irish activists, civil servants and more. It is quirky, mixing imagination with historical facts, and exciting. I could hardly put it down.

 

Born at the right time: A memoir by Ron McCallumCover photo

Ron McCallum’s very readable memoir tells how he overcame his lifelong disability (blindness) to become an eminent Australian academic. He tells of his faults as well as his achievements. I was particularly interested in the history of the technology, which helps people with visual impairment to read and to use computers. (I am aware of some people, who already use this sort of technology and others, who might find it useful.) He also talks about his spiritual beliefs: his Roman Catholic background has been influenced by Buddhism.

Cover - Mr MiracleMr Miracle: Will they give love a chance this Christmas? by Debbie Macomber

When I read that the angel, who is the main character in the book, had angel friends called Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, I knew I was in for a treat! Life as an earth-bound angel was not quite what he expected. This is a light read with a Christmas theme set in the USA.

The Christmas Train: It’ll take a miracle to get home by David Baldacci was another light read for the Christmas season. I had heard of the author, but not read any of his books. This page-turner is a mystery, a romance and a travel adventure. It is set in the USA and has US vocabulary.