Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Three Word Wednesday- Jungle Game


Prompts: Meander, verb: zigzag, wind, twist, turn, curve, curl, bend, snake, stroll, saunter, amble, wander, ramble, drift, maunder, mosey, tootle, toodle.

Nameless, adjective: unnamed, unidentified, anonymous, incognito, unspecified, unsourced, unacknowledged, uncredited; unknown, unsung, uncelebrated, unspeakable, unutterable, inexpressible, indescribable; indefinable, vague, unspecified.

Oafish, adjective: stupid, foolish, idiotic, cretinous; ungainly, loutish, awkward, clumsy, lumbering, apelike, cloddish, Neanderthal, uncouth, uncultured, boorish, rough, coarse, brutish, ill-mannered, unrefined, rough-hewn; informal blockheaded, moronic, boneheaded, half-witted, lamebrained, thickheaded.


Jungle Game

                Smart little bird                   

Hiding in the grasses
Hiding from the oafish cat         
Next door who thinks my yard
The cat’s own
      Poor little bird             

It’s red plume however
A dead giveaway
Pray the meandering cat
That nameless fiend
Doesn’t come
Or the bird      

Can fly away
In time
To beat the kitty

At its jungle game
©Sheilagh Lee April 19, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Three Word Wednesday- Osler’s Lake


Jabber, verb: prattle, babble, chatter, twitter, prate, yap, gabble, rattle on, blather; yak, yammer, yabber, yatter, blab, blabber, bloviate; noun: prattle, babble, chatter, chattering, twitter, twittering, gabble, blather; informal yabbering, yatter, blabber.
Knowingly, adverb: deliberately, intentionally, consciously, wittingly, on purpose, by design, premeditatedly, willfully.
Lasting, adjective: enduring, long-lasting, long-lived, abiding, continuing, long-term, surviving, persisting, permanent; durable, constant, stable, established, secure, unchanging, irreversible, immutable, eternal, undying, everlasting, unending, never-ending, unfading, changeless, indestructible, unceasing, unwavering, unfaltering.


Osler’s Lake

Dad it seems like such
A short time ago
I was six and
Jabbered incessantly
You listened intently
Baiting my hook
I bagged my first fish
Up at Osler Lake
A tiny little sunfish
I was so proud
Until I realized
 It would be dead soon
I began to cry
You took me aside
Told me not to cry
Put the fish back in the water
And we watched it swim away
You explained
We don't knowingly harm them
We only take fish we eat
Not to torture them
I saw humanity in your eyes
How the creatures suffering
 Affected you too 
I admired my strong father
Who could carry me on his shoulders
And be so tender too
Who could fix anything
With his brilliant mind
Who could quote poetry
At the drop of a hat
Who could wax
About every subject under the sun
Who told me stories
Which made my imagination come alive
The lasting memories we made
Still live on
How I miss you so
But take comfort that you're with mom

©Sheilagh Lee April 12, 2017


Happy Birthday. Dad



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Three Word Wednesday- Vimy Ridge-100 years

Gloomy, adjective: ark, shadowy, sunless, dim, somber, dingy, dismal, dreary, murky, unwelcoming, cheerless, comfortless, funereal, despondent, downcast, downhearted, dejected, dispirited, disheartened, discouraged, demoralized, crestfallen; depressed, desolate, low, sad, unhappy, glum, melancholy, miserable, woebegone, mournful, forlorn, morose; informal blue, down in/at the mouth, down in the dumps, pessimistic, depressing, downbeat, disheartening, disappointing; unfavorable, bleak, bad, black, somber, grim, cheerless, hopeless.
Haunted, adjective: possessed, cursed; ghostly, eerie, scary, tormented, anguished, troubled, tortured, worried, disturbed.
Intense, adjective: extreme, great, acute, fierce, severe, high; exceptional, extraordinary; harsh, strong, powerful, potent, overpowering, vigorous, passionate, impassioned, ardent, fervent, zealous, vehement, fiery, emotional; earnest, eager, animated, spirited, vigorous, energetic, fanatical, committed. information on the


Information on the battle of Vimy Ridge April 9-12, 2017 see: http://www.warmuseum.ca/the-battle-of-vimy-ridge/


Vimy Ridge- 100 years 

Gloomy, haunted, and intense
Vimy Ridge protected with artillery
It’s view a gift to German troops
Their ability to see all
Kept the ridge from allied troops
The Canadians sent to take it back
Came in like a railroad train
A barrage of machine-gunners,
Rifle-men and grenade-throwers
Fought bravely to succeed
Pounding the enemy
Incredible bravery and discipline
Even when those in charge were killed
They battered on, weary and threadbare
Four days of hell and death
All four Canadian divisions attacked together

Win the battle to advance
To win the war
A decisive battle over hundred years ago
The sacrifice of our men
A country’s men united to take the ridge
Hill 145 the land
The Canadians lived and died for
Became a monument
To those brave men
A gravestone
A poignant reminder
Of 11,285 Canadian soldiers
Killed in France
No known graves
Forever remembered
In our hearts and minds

We thank them still.
©Sheilagh Lee March 29 ,2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Three Word Wednesday.- Emperor has no clothes

Three Word Wednesday.- Emperor has no clothes
Dazzle, verb: blind temporarily, deprive of sight, overwhelm, overcome, impress, move, stir, affect, touch, awe, overawe, leave speechless, take someone's breath away, spellbind, hypnotize; noun: glare, brightness, brilliance, shimmer, radiance, shine, sparkle, glitter, brilliance, glory, splendor, magnificence, glamour; attraction, lure, allure, draw, appeal.
Erupt, verb: emit lava, become active, flare up; explode, break out, flare up, start suddenly; ensue, arise, happen, appear, break out, flare up, come to a head, suppurate, emerge.
Flimsy, adjective: insubstantial, fragile, breakable, frail, shaky, unstable, wobbly, tottery, rickety, ramshackle, makeshift; jerry-built, badly built, shoddy, chintzy, gimcrack, thin, light, fine, filmy, floaty, diaphanous, sheer, delicate, insubstantial, wispy, gossamer, gauzy, weak, feeble, poor, inadequate, insufficient, thin, unsubstantial, unconvincing, implausible, unsatisfactory.



You dazzle me
With gifts
Meant to wow
You dictate every word
I am to think and print
But your flimsy attempts
Just make me sad
Then your nature
Gets the best of you
And you erupt
In anger
Condemning me with
Broad strokes of your brush
Fake news you shout
As the truth is printed
Painting your true intentions
But when you fail
The first person you call
Is me
Pleading your case
Painting your world
Erupting when I do my job
And tell the world
The complete story
You yell ‘Fake news!!’
Yet again
The emperor has no clothes

©Sheilagh Lee March 29 ,2017
Ps there is fake news that does not come from news sources but when you hear it over and over again question the source and why they claim fake news.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Books

Books

I read their pages
My heart races
My brain follows
The adventure
Begins and I follow
Each page leading to
New situations
New places
New experiences
Enfolding for me
I am taken away
For a few hours
Or a few days

I live in books

©Sheilagh Lee March 24 ,2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Three Word Wednesday- Denial is a River in Eygpt

Three Word Wednesday- Denial is a River in Eygpt



Prompts:
Abandoned, adjective: deserted, forsaken, cast aside/off; jilted, stranded, rejected; informal dumped, ditched, unused, disused, neglected, idle; deserted, unoccupied, uninhabited, empty, uninhibited, reckless, unrestrained, wild, unbridled, impulsive, impetuous; immoderate, wanton.

Babyish, adjective: childish, immature, infantile, juvenile, puerile, adolescent.

Cunning, adjective: crafty, wily, artful, guileful, devious, sly, scheming, designing, calculating, Machiavellian; shrewd, astute, clever, canny; deceitful, deceptive, duplicitous, foxy; noun: guile, craftiness, deviousness, slyness, trickery, duplicity; shrewdness, astuteness.

Whether here, whether there
There is weather everywhere
The wind does blow
The trees sway
The rain falls
Most every place
We share the Earth
A beautiful place
If we do not bespoil it
But some of those cunning
Or is it Machiavellian?
Leaders in charge
Abandon principles
Deny and continue to waste
And pollute the place we call home
Calling us babyish, ill informed
When we protest
We wish they’d quit their denial
In the name of the almighty buck

Before the Earth is done.
©Sheilagh Lee March 22 ,2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Three Word Wednesday- The Ides of March

Taut, adjective: tight, stretched, rigid, flexed, tense, hard, solid, firm, rigid, stiff, fraught, strained, stressed, tense, uptight.

Underestimate: verb: underrate, undervalue, underappreciate, lowball, do an injustice to, be wrong about, sell short, play down, understate; minimize, de-emphasize, underemphasize, diminish, gloss over, trivialize; miscalculate, misjudge, misconstrue, misread.

Vigorous, adjective: robust, healthy, hale and hearty, strong, sturdy, fit; hardy, tough, athletic; bouncing, thriving, flourishing, blooming; energetic, lively, active, perky, spirited, vibrant, vital, zestful, strenuous, powerful, forceful, spirited, mettlesome, determined, aggressive, two-fisted, driving, eager, zealous, ardent, fervent, vehement, passionate; tough, robust, thorough, blunt, hard-hitting.



The Ides of March

With vigorous scrolling
Of newspaper articles
We conclude
The Ides of March
Are upon us
Should we be taut
With worry and fret
That the world
Is coming to an end
Or should we put our trust
In moral, noble people
Who seek to fix
What’s wrong
Through protest and voice
Never underestimate
The goodness in the world
For someone with virtue
Can rule the world
If they choose the right time

But it seems it’s a waiting game.

©Sheilagh Lee March 15 ,2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Three Word Wednesday- Wind

Wind


Painful, adjective: sore, hurting, tender, aching, throbbing, angry, disagreeable, unpleasant, nasty, bitter, distressing, upsetting, traumatic, miserable, sad, heartbreaking, agonizing, harrowing.
Raspy, adjective: hoarse or harsh-sounding.
Shifty, adjective: devious, evasive, slippery, duplicitous, false, deceitful, underhanded, untrustworthy, dishonest, shady, wily, crafty, tricky, sneaky, treacherous, artful, sly, scheming, snide.

The wind whips

Leaves hidden

Below the melted snow

The evergreen sways

Its branches flowing

Sounds unidentifiable

Raspy and shifty in nature

Maybe the sounds

Of metal and cement

Lifting in the wind

My hair is full of leaves and dirt

Painful to the scalp

I scurry to the house

Entering my home

I sit in my chair

The lights blink

As I listen to the wind

I feel safe


Surrounded by four walls.
 ©Sheilagh Lee March 8,2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

Valentine

My heart said
We have to move fast
My head said it’s not so
That love can exist
Without a piece of paper
To bind us
But still I wanted to be
 Beside you
Cohabit with you
Be with you
Always
That hunger guided me
To your side
I found you felt the same
The proposal so soon
Didn’t come as a surprise
But a blessing in disguise
Three weeks they claimed
We can’t know each other well
They’re wrong,
They couldn’t see
That I know you 
To the centre of your soul
For you are an open book
Your eyes the window
You are the part
I didn’t know I was missing
A partner to love me
To support and comfort me
To see the good
The bad
The best of me
In all times
You’ve been there
How lucky can I be?

 ©Sheilagh Lee February 9 ,2016