I enjoyed this cleverly crafted sonnet about poetry.
Ron’s turn this week for his and Colleen’s Writer’s Quote Challenge. He has given us ‘miracle’ to use as our prompt word, and I have found the perfect quote to go with it!
“Just because you can explain it doesn’t mean it’s not still a miracle.”
– Terry Pratchett
The cry of a newborn baby
As he takes his first gulp of air
Despite being born at 28 weeks
He’ll survive with lots of care
The patient who has cancer
Given six months to survive
Yet five years on and still going strong
So happy to be alive
The changing of the seasons
Each one of them delights
With the freezing winter mornings
And the balmy summer nights
The planets in the night sky
Even going to the moon
Things that were once thought impossible
Will be reality soon
Miracles are all around us
From the moment of our birth
We just need to take time to notice
The beauty and wonder of this earth
Oooh, quite a tricky prompt for Colleen & Ronovan’s Writer’s Challenge post. Collen has given us ‘innocence to work with. I came across this quote which summed up innocence perfectly for me.
“When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.”
- Patrick Rothfuss
Those carefree days of childhood
Spent playing in the sun
Staying out from dawn till dusk
Laughing and having fun.
Playing footie on the field
Or swimming on a rope
Looking forward to each day
Fresh faces filled with hope.
Dancing with abandon
Free from worry and strife
No thought for the future
Just enjoying life
Relishing each moment
Splashing in the sea
Staying round a friend’s house
Having fish and chips for tea
Innocence is precious
As it doesn’t last that long
Savour every moment
As once it’s gone, it’s gone!
Ronovan has given us ‘passion’ this week for his and Colleen’s Writer’s Quote Challenge.‘ A very strong word indeed, and I can’t wait to get stuck into this one! Here is the quote that I have chosen:
Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.
– John Wesley
The older that I’m getting
The more passionate I’ve become
Life has much more potential
Than being boring and humdrum
When buying something from a shop
It really is a farce
When the assistant is sulky and sullen
With a face like a smacked arse!
Yet someone bright and bubbly
Who greets me with a smile
and enjoys the job they are doing
Will make my trip worthwhile!
A sportsman with no passion
Will never win the game
He has to feel excitement
And his soul should be inflamed
The different types of artists
So ardent about their craft
Each work contains their sweat and tears
And many years of long hard graft!
What about our love lives?
Wouldn’t it be a bore
Just going through the motions
As if it were a chore
We need to show our passion
In everything we do,
If others see your enthusiasm
They will feel it too!
I am a little late with the Writer’s Challenge this week, which is hosted by Colleen and Ronovan, but as always the prompt word is an inspirational one! We have ‘believe’ to work with, and despite finding several quotes that almost say what I wanted, they weren’t quite right, so I’ve thought up my own!
When others believe in you, it spurs you on; when you believe in yourself, then you can truly achieve your dreams
-Judy Martin 2016.
Sometimes I lacked the confidence
To try out something new
Despite a burning ambition
To make my dreams come true
With so many things, I wanted to do
Yet being afraid to try
Meant that I was getting nowhere
And time was passing me by
I couldn’t pass my driving test
No matter how many times I tried
I was stuck in a dreadful marriage
Where all I did was cried
I felt I was a failure
As I didn’t do so well at school
I was never going to be anyone
Just some silly little fool!
BUT those times are far behind me
I have turned my life around
And it is due in many ways
To all the support, I found.
I was suddenly encouraged
To take my driving test
Instead of doing it covertly
And feeling extremely stressed!
I had my lovely family to turn to
When I finally got the divorce
I actually went to University
And passed my two year course
My biggest wish came true
When I gave birth to a girl
She was a longed for baby
And brightened up my world
My blogging friends have played a part
In helping me succeed
This led to me publishing a book
Something I never thought I’d see
But the outcome of it all
is that everything I have achieved
Has been with help from others
And the fact that in myself I believed!
It is Colleen’s turn again this week for hers and Ronovan’s Writer’s Quote on Wednesday Challenge. She has given us ‘memories’ as our prompt word. I have found the perfect quote to base my poem on this week:
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
– Dr Seuss
I remember going to my Nan’s house
When I was very small
Her and my aunty were so strict
I would hardly talk at all!
Yet she would bring us cups of cocoa
and lay on lots of food
But I was on my best behaviour
It wouldn’t do to be rude!
Walking around the harbour
Days spent on the beach
Those carefree days of childhood
That are so now far out of reach.
Long and nauseous coach rides,
Those made me feel so bad
But in the end were worth it
As I got to see my Dad!
Childhood friends and fun times
Muddy and soaking wet
Giggling with my girlfriends
Over a gorgeous boy I’d met!
My first job in the café
The worst waitress that ever was
Trying to avoid the groping hands
Of my rather randy boss!
Married for the first time-
Then the second, now number three
Giving birth to a daughter
Spending time with family
Finally passing my driving test
Life is full of moments
that have meant so much to me
And they are always with me
As my precious memories.
Ron is in charge of the prompt word this week for the Writer’s Quote Challenge that he and Colleen host, and has given us ‘beauty’ to work with. I already had an idea of how I was going to go with this, and the following quote matches it perfectly:
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
When you think of beauty
What is it you see?
The woman with a six-inch scar
From where her breast used to be
The old man at the graveside
Of where his wife now rests
The charity serving dinner
For their homeless special guests
The brightly coloured birthday card
Your children made for you
The moment at a wedding
When the couple say, “I do”
A song heard on the radio
That has blown away the years
The birth of a newborn baby
As it cries its first real tears
The bashed and battered teddy bear
You’ve had since you were a child
The home that you grew up in
The garden now overgrown and wild
When you think of beauty
What is it you see?
The world is full of beauty
Or at least, it is to me.
It is Colleen’s turn this week to give us the prompt word for her and Ronovan’s Writer’s Quote on Wednesday Challenge. She has come up with ‘faith’ and to me, this quote sums it up perfectly
The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.
― J.M. Barrie
Have you ever wanted something
That you thought was out of reach?
Perhaps getting a book published
Or a secret dream to teach?
Maybe you’ve failed your driving test
Oh, So many times
Or you’re struggling with your poetry
As you just can’t find the rhymes.
You finally went back to school
To learn a brand new trade
But already you are worrying
Whether you will make the grade
Don’t ever give up trying
You must always have some hope
You know that you can do things
That you thought way beyond your scope
Have faith in your ability
And don’t be afraid to try
You never know, you may find your wings
And soar way up in the sky
It is Ronovan’s turn this week to give us the prompt word for his and Colleen’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday Challenge and he has come up with ‘happiness.’ This quote says it all really; sometimes we are looking so hard for something, we don’t realise that it is there right under our noses!
Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it!
– William Feather.
When the sun is shining
and there’s a gentle, cooling breeze
When the birds are singing
And playing in the trees.
When the flowers are blooming
With all their vibrant hues
When I have a day off work
And can get an extra-long snooze!
When I bump into an old friend
I haven’t seen for a while
When my great-niece Molly
Gives me a gummy smile
When I get to spend time
With all my family
When my husband cooks me
My favourite meal for tea!
When someone says ‘thank you’
As they know, you did your best
When I had my daughter
For that, I am truly blessed.
All these little pleasures
Are not that far away
They are things that make me happy
And brighten up my day.