Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tantalizing Tuesday's Tete-tete's #No.3- Nature

Tantalizing Tuesday's Tete-tete's #No.3

Prompts :  bitter,encouragement, invigorate

Sometimes we reap the bitter waters
That flows over us in life
But if we hang on long enough
To the debris that goes by
We survive to obtain encouragement
From good things that suddenly happen
Mood invigorated from simple things
Like the weather
Changing to a sunny day
A walk amongst the trees
A beautiful bird appearing
A bunny hopping to and fro
An announcement of a new life
Nature saves us

From ourselves.
©Sheilagh Lee July 18, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Allergies the bane of life
Limit the foods you can eat
Once awhile recipes change
Fast food can be deadly
It seems
Thank god for epi-pens
and science
To save your life 
From foods that have changed
From chemicals and modernization.

©Sheilagh Lee July 13, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Phoenix Will Rise

Phoenix Will Rise
Tantalizing Tuesday's Tete-tete's Offering #No.2
Prompts”  1.)  caravan-
2.)  engulfed or engulf
3.) rebuild
Phoenix Will Rise
A caravan of people
Engulfed in feelings
Of sorrow and loss
Waiting to rebuild
After the fire

A phoenix will rise.
©Sheilagh Lee July 11, 2017

Saturday, July 8, 2017

First Love

When I was young
 I met a boy
Who gave me my first kiss
He professed to love me
My first boyfriend
Whom I only saw at school
We talked about our school life
Our likes, dislikes
But not about much more
We were young, barely twelve
And in puppy love
He disappeared one day
I heard rumors
He was ill
That his family mistreated him
Then the horrible truth
That both were true
That he’d try to kill himself
My heart heavy
I waited for him to come back
So I could shower him with love
Let him talk to me
I’d be there for him
Let him know I cared
But when he came back to school
I was puzzled
He wouldn’t look at me
He didn’t speak to me
Though I tried and told him
Nothing had changed for me
I didn’t understand
How first love had turned to ashes
Surely it was just depression talking?
Giving him space
I thought it would turn around
I waited for him to approach me
But he never did
And one month later
He disappeared again
I was terrified
Had he tried again?
Then I heard
He’s safe now
They took him away
From his horrible family
And I breathed a sigh of relief
For I thought
How could I be sad
But the next moment I was
For I’d never see him again
A little part of me remembers
That first kiss
And how it felt to be his first love

And wonder sometimes
If he is still safe?
Does he know someone
Still cares
If only as a friend?
©Sheilagh Lee July 8, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Poetry is my refuge
It brings all to light
It finds the feelings
Hiding in my core
That I hide
Even from myself
But when I express it
I find I feel better

I can move forward
I can carry on

©Sheilagh Lee July 07, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tantalizing Tuesday Tete-Tete's


11.)    unalienable-[uhn-eyl-yuh-nuh-buh l, -ey-lee-uh-] not transferable to another or not capable of being taken away or denied; inalienable  Eg) Inherent in the U.S. Constitution is the belief that all people are born with an unalienable right to freedom.
22.)    discreet [dih-skreet]
           ~judicious in one's conduct or speech, especially with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature; prudent; circumspect.
           ~showing prudence and circumspection; decorous:
           a discreet silence.
         ~modestly unobtrusive; unostentatious:
           a discreet, finely wrought gold necklace.
            Eg.)“Munro is a great writer; a wise writer; a free and brave, exacting, transformative, generous, and profoundly discreet writer.” –Gish Jen, “Alice Munro, Cinderella Story,” The Daily Beast, October 12, 2013
3.) melancholy - [mel-uh n-kol-ee] – noun, plural melancholies.
a gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression.
sober thoughtfulness; pensiveness.
the condition of having too much black bile, considered in ancient and medieval medicine to cause gloominess and depression.
black bile.
affected with, characterized by, or showing melancholy; mournful; depressed:
a melancholy mood.
causing melancholy or sadness; saddening:
a melancholy occasion.
soberly thoughtful; pensive.

Black Cloud
I have the alienable right to be depressed
To suffer from melancholy
Though I try to be discreet
And keep myself from others
When I don’t want to talk
Everything seems dull
I'm easily distracted
I don't know quite why
I'm not my cheery self
But soon the black cloud will lift
And I will be happy again
I just have to wait it out
I know I'll smile again
And the sun will come out

©Sheilagh Lee July 07, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Three Word Wednesday- Essence and Ode to Three Word Wednesday

Three Word Wednesday- Essence
Prompts :Goodbye, exclamation: farewell, adieu, au revoir, ciao, adios; bye, bye-bye, so long, see you later, see you, sayonara; bon voyage; cheers; noun: parting, leave-taking, send-off.

Memorize, verb: commit to memory, remember, learn by heart, get off by heart, learn, learn by rote, become word-perfect in, get something down pat.

Haphazard, adjective: random, unplanned, unsystematic, unmethodical, disorganized, disorderly, irregular, indiscriminate, chaotic, hit-and-miss, arbitrary, aimless, careless, casual, slapdash, slipshod; chance, accidental.

I memorized your face
Every line every nuance 
That you made is etched 
In my mind
The way you lifted your eyebrow
The way your eyes tilted
To echo your smile
The way you 
Placed your hands on your hips
When you questioned something
Someone did
Your voice husky, yet musical
Echoes with things you said
No haphazard remembrance     

Will do 
You kindness to others 
Always my guide
People insisted I said goodbye
That I should forget
But how do you forget
The mother who nurtured you
Loved you spurred you on
You don't 
You just use the things she taught you
Memories always keep her close 
So her essence can go on

©Sheilagh Lee June 28, 2017
           Ode to Three Word Wednesday&Thom
Thom gave us haphazard words
To play with, write our hearts with
Every week we wrote
Poetry or stories
Feeling our way
To feeling good 
About our offerings
Thinking we might
Be able to please
Someone with our imaginations
But now it's come the time 
To say goodbye
All I can say is thank -you
My fellow writers and Thom
For all you've done
To make me feel
A part of Three Word Wednesday
And how you're encouragement 
And comments have improved my writings
Thank- you

Sunday, June 18, 2017

For Dad

A word never empty
Always full of memories
Of you and how much you loved me
and all of your children
You weren't perfect no parent is
But your lopsided grin
Always made me smile
And know I was loved
Happy Father's Day Dad

We miss you

©Sheilagh Lee June 18, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017


Roses fighting nature's worst

Wind snow and rain

To come up again
Growing tall
They need support
Before they'll blossom
And bloom
Showing off their colours

Pretty roses
The smell so fragrant 
It's carried on the wind
Bringing smiles to faces
Every June

©Sheilagh Lee June 12, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Three Word Wednesday- Dance

Three Word Wednesday- Dance

Prompts: Murky, adjective: dark, gloomy, gray, leaden, dull, dim, overcast, cloudy, clouded, sunless, dismal, dreary, bleak, dirty, muddy, cloudy, turbid, riled, roily, questionable, suspicious, suspect, dubious, dark, mysterious, secret; informal shady, sketchy.
Navigate, verb: steer, pilot, guide, direct, helm, captain, sail across/over, sail, travel/journey/voyage across/over, cross, traverse, negotiate, pass, map-read, give directions, plan the route.
Organic, adjective: living, live, animate, biological, biotic, essential, fundamental, integral, intrinsic, vital, indispensable, inherent, structured, organized, coherent, integrated, coordinated, ordered, harmonious.

Organic beings
Trying to navigate
The murky world
We live in
We stumble through life
Sometimes totally in the dark
Trying not to harm
Each other 
But ultimately we can fail
The best we can do is try
To give smiles
To those around us

Dance while we can
And laugh at ourselves
So life doesn’t get us down
And as mom always said
If at first you don't succeed
Try, try again

©Sheilagh Lee June 7, 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Remembering D-Day 73 Years Later

Remembering D-Day 73 Years Later

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Men some young, some old

Some in between
Scared, shaking in their skins
They find the inner courage
The stamina and the bravery
To go to war    
On distance shore
They battle waves
The wicked weather
To face tanks, big guns and men
Trying to take land
To end the war
To save their families
For tyranny and strife
To find peace
Who gave their all
So we could end the war
To have peace again
And enjoy the fruits of life
So on this day 73 years later
We remember their sacrifice
And every day
For their love of country
And home they forfeited
Peace of mind, fear and life
Some gave their lives
Others their peace of mind
There are now words to thank them

We shall never forgetImage result for d'day- Juno beach
Their sacrifice 

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And remember them forever
American, British and Canadian

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Londoners from Ontario, Canada

One and all remembered
Forever more
 ©Sheilagh Lee June 6, 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017



Courage, bravery, defiance
Strange words
When it comes to battling
The results of terrorism
People with bizarre ideologies
But if life goes on
What have the terrorists achieved?
Nothing senseless deaths
Bring out people to the good fight
Helping others their priority
Showing the rest of the world
How to overcome
Adversity, strife and mayhem
With generosity, love and light
They shall overcome
Showing people society can be good
As long as they filter out
The demons who seek to harm
Turning them in so they can’t strike
Before they use religion
Distorting it and turning inside out
To harm those who would demolish
For the sake of destroying
Spreading their evil ideology
These must be stopped
When they start to falter
Becoming ready to be prey
For the evil minds who then
Convert them to minions
Who care not for life
Just to destroy

It takes a village to raise a child
Let’s raise good people
With love and acceptance

And step in when we see wrong
Let's stand together strong
And brave
Don't let hate win
Love can lead the way

©Sheilagh Lee June 6, 2017

Chrissy Archibald a Canadian woman from British Columbia,was one of the first murdered in the London Bridge attack. Her family in Castlegar, B.C. released a statement through the federal government saying Archibald had been working at a homeless shelter until she moved to Europe to be with her fiance.Her family in her honour and those harmed is asking people to “Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you.”

R.I.P. Christine Archibald, Kristy Boden, James McMullan, Alexandre Pigeard. Sara Zelenak, 

  • Xavier Thomas, 
  •  Ignacio Echeverria, 
  • Sebastien Belanger,