Wednesday, October 18, 2017

For Gordon Downie ~ R.I.P. Gordon Downie

       A Canadian icon Gordon Downie has died and Canada is one nation in mourning for Gord  who made our country better with his thoughtfulness, his poetry, his love of his fellow man and his country and his courage. You inspired all of us thank you Gord. Let flights of angels sing you to your rest. 
      The people Gordon loved the most was his family and his band so to his beloved family and band I give my deepest sympathies. 

Please think about donating to the Gordon Downie fund for BrainCancer https://donate.sunnybrook.ca/braincancerresearch

I was lucky enough to get tickets last year to his last concert in London Ontario read my comments and poem  here in that blog post http://sheilaghlee.blogspot.ca/2016/08/the-tragically-hip-gordon-downie-poetry.html

Those of who feel as if we know him though we never spoke to him this is what I think he’d say.

Do not cry for me
But look for me in mountain high
Streams cold and deep
Blue skies, majestic pine forests
Fields of yellow wheat
In beautiful meadows
Sea to sparkling sea
In cities big and small 
In quiet places
Where I can touch the sky
Where man and woman can think
You will think of me
Read my voice
Play my music
Hear my voice and sing along
Smile and remember me
In love of country
In kindness to your fellow man or woman
Remember the wrongs
By speaking up to put them right
You honour me
And my essence goes on.




R.I.P. Gord Downie      6 February 1964 – 17 October 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday Writings #16-Someone Will Believe

                       Someone Will Believe

Prompts: spurious, euphony, pandemic

Spurious claims
A pandemic in politics
Around the world
Euphony
To those who wish to hide
Behind fabrications
Of false facts to base their claims
If they repeat enough

Someone will believe 
                                                                                                   ©Sheilagh Lee October 17, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday Writings-No.15- Do We Believe?


Do We Believe?

Prompts:assess, subconscious, destiny



Does the past assess?
Everything we do?
Or can we escape
The ties that bind
Twist and knot
Into our subconscious
Hiding in deepest corners
Life is fairer
To some then others
Now they tell us
It damages our DNA
Nonsense we say
We hold our destiny
Not scientists
But do we really?

©Sheilagh Lee October 10, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Tuesday Writings#No 14- Politics is not business


Prompts this week: lexicon, farceur, redaction

Tuesday Writings#No 14- Politics is not business

Some say he's a farceur
Who uses the lexicon
Of his idea of big business
To run a country
But a country is not a business
It is people coming together 
For common good and prosperity.
If you've run a company or two
Into bankruptcy not once
But many many times
And left people in the poor house
Redacting your past deeds 
Calling them fake news 
Should people actually trust
Anything you say?
©Sheilagh Lee October 3, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday Writings -Luminance

Prompts this week: luminance, essential, capacity


His luminance is here for all to see
If they but look
He is kind sweet and loving
Has a sense of humour
That makes me laugh
He cares deeply for his children
He loves and looks after me
With tender loving care
I need him
More than he’ll ever know
Sometimes I just listen to him breathe
At night and know I am safe
For his capacity to encompass me
He is essential for my well being
For his love makes me
Happy and whole

Able to face anything
©Sheilagh Lee September 26, 2017



Monday, September 18, 2017

Tuesday's Writing #No 12- Free Press

Tuesday's Writing  #No 12-  Free Press
Prompts this week:  scribe, clandestine, toxic
Prompts this week:  scribe, rescind, toxic

Free Press
A scribe covering politics
Fights the toxic attitudes
That try to deflect actions
By declaring fake news
Even though true journalists
Have education and ethics
Clandestine meetings take place
Reporters are told it didn’t happen
The politicians still continue
To hound, deflect and deny
Truths with innuendo
Half-truths and outright lies
The truth will still come out
The people rely on the press
For the facts you see
And the free press
Shall be defended 
©Sheilagh Lee September 19, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tuesday Writings No#11-Recipe

Prompts:
Wondrous-adjective - Inspiring a feeling of wonder or delight; marvellous.
‘this wondrous city’
Discover-  verb- Find unexpectedly or during a search.
‘firemen discovered a body in the debris’
-(archaic) Divulge (a secret)
‘they contain some secrets which Time will discover’
-Display (a quality or feeling)
‘with what agility did these military men discover their skill in feats of war’
Recipe - A set of instructions for preparing a particular dish, including a list of the ingredients required.
‘a traditional Yorkshire recipe’
-Something which is likely to lead to a particular outcome.
‘sky-high interest rates are a recipe for disaster’
- (archaic)A medical prescription.
‘it would be useless to enumerate all the drugs and recipes for their application which have been tried’

Prompts: Wondrous, discover, recipe
Recipe

A wondrous recipe
To discover
How to stand up
To aversion,and  racism
Sewing love to hate
Turning the other cheek
Not to be slapped
But to be kissed
With kindness
Yet still showing
What is right
And what is not
Forgiving but not 
Forgetting the past
Moving on.
©Sheilagh Lee September 12, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tuesday's Writing #No 10- What is right

Tuesday's Writing #No 10- What is right

Prompts this week: traumatized, witnessed, disturbing

Traumatized by the news
I witnessed the gaffes
Over and over of government
The disturbing prevalence of violence
Against fellow citizens
Wondering about humanity
Then I see good people
Chase away the wrong thinkers
Showing them what is acceptable
And I realize there are good people
In the world who stand up
For what is right
All can be right with the world
 ©Sheilagh Lee September 5, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Tantalizing Tuesday's Tete-Tete's #No 9-Environment


Tantalizing Tuesday's Tete-Tete's #No 9-Environment
Prompts: geology, oceanography, gaffe

The earth is our home
Geology, oceanography tell us
We should prize environment
Over all else
Instead we make the gaffe
Of trusting others to actually
Look after the earth and keep us safe
People who seem to want
All the riches and no responsibility
To keep their home safe
 ©Sheilagh Lee August 29, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tuesday's Writing #No 8

Tuesday's Writing #No 8- Decency
Prompts: martyr, garble, impanel

In a big city
Sometimes homeless people
Feel like martyrs
Ignored, forgotten, hungry
Their lives’ message garbled
Wishing they could impanel
A jury to decide
They were worthy too

Of human decency. 

©Sheilagh Lee August 22, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday's Writing #No 7-Heard it all before

Tuesday'sWriting#No 7-Informal Talks



Prompts: informal, elevated, empathy

Heard it all before

An informal talk
They say
From elevated positions and minds
They spout rhetoric
Then they yell
Instead of using diplomacy
They seem like two of a kind
No empathy for others
But one is definitely
Worse than the other
With his threats  
Followed up by tests
And proof of purpose
Haven't we heard this all before?
We’re all on edge again
Please no nuclear war!

©Sheilagh Lee August 15, 2017



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Injustice and Racism

Injustice and Racism

One person stands up
Speaking out against injustice
Another joins them
Speaking out against
Racism, hatred and bile
A statue that encourages hate 


Must be removed
Good people are trampled,
 Others join in
Who get out of bed
Every day to hate and divide
Might, not right
They think speaks
Domestic terrorism ensues
Blood is shed

We falter and some sway 
Brave people finding courage
Speaking up, deciding
This is not the way
Might is not right
Words and deeds count
Hate speech is wrong
We must remain vigilante
Speaking out against wrong
Calling evil by it's name
Lay blame on bigotry
Lay blame on white supremacists
Punishing those
Who commit atrocities
Teaching others
Teaching your children
Actions have consequences
Hoping that one day
Attitudes will change
And all hatred and racism
Gone
But only if we speak as one
Telling them it's wrong
And we will not tolerate 
Their wrong thinking anymore
They must change for 
Violence and hate speech 
Is never an answer
It's time to grow their brains
Reform and retract 
Ideas archaic and foolish
Or pay the consequences 
Jail time for hate speech or violence.

©Sheilagh Lee August 13, 2017

As victim Heather Heyer said 
'If you're not outraged you're not paying attention.'
R.I.P. Heather Heyer and police officers  Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tantalizing Tuesday's Tete-Tete's #No 6- Try

Tantalizing Tuesday's Tete-Tete's #No 6- Try 

Prompts: Inextricable, beacon, fabulous

To some the past and the present
 Are inextricable
But if we can leave the past hurts
Behind us
Not forget or forgive
Just move on
So we can find that beacon of hope
The fabulous future that can happen
If we only try 
   ©Sheilagh Lee August 8, 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

Tantalizing Tuesday's Tete-Tete's #No.5- Perception

Tantalizing Tuesday's Tete-Tete's #No.5- Perception
Prompts: perception, inspirational, checkered.


Perception
When I was young my perception of people
Was always skewed by the rosy glow
In which I saw people
There was good and bad
But most people I was convinced were good
Inspirational people were plenty
Those who had checkered pasts were few
And could be reformed with a little kindness and charity
Now that time has passed
I see people a little differently
I’ve been burned a time or two you see
My kindness has been used against me
I now look a little closer
Before I leap into situations that can hurt me
But I find I cannot truly change my nature
I am willing to give most people a chance
To give what help I can
To spread kindness even still
For I know that even if I am accused
Of rose-coloured glasses
Through which I peer
The world looks better through them
After all, perception is in the eye of the beholder
And people can surprise us all
Given a little kindness too

                                                                                                ©Sheilagh Lee August 1,2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tantalizing Tuesday's Tete-Tete's #No.4-Forest

Tantalizing Tuesday's Tete-Tete's #No.4- Forest


Prompts:fragrant, sustain, and petty

Forest
I lift my eyes to the sun
Feeling the warmth upon my face
Breathing in breathing out
I am one with the earth
The energy of the world
Fulfils me, sustains me
Makes me whole again
I take a walk in the deep green forest
Branches of pine
Fill my nostrils
With sweet smells
Wildflowers fragrant odour
Flows through my body
Peace overwhelms me
I feel like me again
Ready to take on the world
Its petty concerns
Its busy life
As long as in my mind

I step into a forest again.

©Sheilagh Lee July 25, 2017

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



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