Occasional paint chip poem

Linda Kruschke has turned the pages backwards in the dictionary of poetry she is using with the paint chips. We are using another entry from the letter O – an occasional poem.

My challenge to you is to write a poem for the occasion of Mother’s Day. It could be a poem about the holiday in general or a specific Mother’s Day that you remember from your childhood. If, as I mentioned above, you live in a country that doesn’t celebrate this holiday on the second Sunday of May, then you can either save your poem for when the holiday happens in your neck of the woods or write about some other occasion.

The paint chip words and phrases that you have to work with are hot sauce, dawn, the Great Plains, heartbeat, pyramid, full moon, and Ginkgo biloba.

I would like you to use at least three of these words and phrases in your occasional poem. If you feel compelled to use them all, but can’t figure out what half of them have to do with Mother’s Day, maybe you could write two occasional poems.

I have two reasons for not writing a mother’s day poem. The main one is that here in the UK we celebrate Mothering Sunday (or Mother’s Day) on the middle Sunday in Lent. Readers who know me well may guess that the second reason is that it is too soon for me to write that sort of poem. However Mum was visiting us on the occasion I have written about and shared the experiences described.

Happy Mother’s Day to readers celebrating on 9 May!

Christmas Past

One Christmas morning long ago
We looked out of the window
And saw the full moon straight
Ahead above the hill. A great
Start to an auspicious day.
Before or after dawn? I couldn’t say!
After opening presents our dinner
Was a turkey feast – we wouldn’t be thinner –
Followed by Christmas pudding its topping
A hot sauce, not custard – popping
Bubbles of zabaglione, freshly made.
These Christmas memories do not fade.

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.

Christmas Greetings!

This year has been difficult for everyone, but there is still hope. In John’s gospel 1:5 we read, The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

I prepared a digital Christmas card before the UK government announced a tightening of restrictions over Christmas. Now people are only allowed to meet on one day, forcing any plans for extended visits to be cancelled.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come; let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare a room. and Heav'n and Nature sing.

My card is a reminder that Christmas is still about the positive aspects of God’s gifts to us including Love, Joy and Peace.

Whatever your circumstances at this time, I pray that you will be blessed with a knowledge of the Giver of all good gifts.

The picture is one I have coloured from Images of Joy by Jacqui Grace, published by Just cards Direct.

(In 2013 I wrote a Christmas Eve prayer, which is still relevant today.)