Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Three Word Wednesday-Politicians

Three Word Wednesday-Politicians
Prompts : Crisis, noun:  stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point, a condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change, a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person's life.
Decayed, adjective: decomposed, decomposing, rotten, putrescent, putrid, bad, off, spoiled, far gone, perished; moldy, festering, fetid, rancid, rank; maggoty, wormy.
Embarrassment, noun: mortification, humiliation, shame, shamefacedness, chagrin, awkwardness, self-consciousness, sheepishness, discomfort, discomfiture, discomposure, agitation, distress; shyness, bashfulness, difficulty, predicament, plight, problem, mess, imbroglio, bind, jam, pickle, fix, scrape, surplus, excess, overabundance, superabundance, glut, surfeit, superfluity; abundance, profusion, plethora.


A crisis of leadership
Shakes the beliefs of the citizens
The decayed relationships
An embarrassment for the government
The citizens campaign for better management
Change is made
A star is born
Fences mended
But still the citizens worry

Politicians are politicians after all.
Thank goodness for the journalists
Who call them on their bull!!
©Sheilagh Lee May 17, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Three Word Wednesday -Rippling Through Water

Prompts: Violate, verb: contravene, breach, , infringe, break, transgress, overstep, disobey, defy, flout; disregard, ignore, trample on, invade, trespass upon, encroach upon, intrude upon; disrespect, desecrate, profane, defile, degrade, debase; damage, vandalize, deface, destroy, rape, sexually assault, assault, force oneself on, abuse, attack, molest, interfere with.

Anticlimax, noun: letdown, disappointment, comedown, nonevent; bathos.

Bit, noun: piece, portion, segment, section, part; chunk, lump, hunk, slice; fragment, scrap, shred, crumb, grain, speck; spot, drop, pinch, dash, soup├žon, modicum; morsel, mouthful, bite, sample; iota, jot, tittle, whit, atom, particle, trace, touch, suggestion, hint, tinge; snippet, snatch, smidgen, tad, moment, minute, second, (little) while.

Rippling Through Water

Like pebbles rippling through water
Others seek to violate your peace of mind
Bit by bit, word by word
They penetrate your defences
Feeling you are drowning
You reach out to them
Looking for a lifeline
Demanding retraction
They crow anticlimactically
That they are innocent
You are making up things
They are the angel
You are the devil
You think you’re alone
Adrift in a hostile world
But others see them
For whom they are
And then you don’t feel so alone
©Sheilagh Lee May 10, 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Three Word Wednesday- Doc & Take me out to the ball game

Seductive, adjective, tempting and attractive; enticing.
Tilt, verb: move or cause to move into a sloping position, change or cause to change in favor of one person or thing as opposed to another, engage in a contest with; noun: a sloping position or movement, an inclination or bias.
Urgent, adjective: (of a state or situation) requiring immediate action or attention, (of action or an event) done or arranged in response to a pressing or critical situation, (of a person or their manner) earnest and persistent in response to a pressing situation.

The seductive way
You tilted your head
The urgent noise you'd make
And then the words came
"Doc's a good boy. "
So we knew that
You'd been truly bad
©Sheilagh Lee May 3, 2017

My Grandmother and Doc

My Mom and Doc

NB:Doc was an intelligent crow my mom and dad rescued. They rescued three eggs when the cat killed the mother. Two eggs hatched but only one survived. Doc imprinted on my mother and grandmother; but he was always my mother's bird and called her Maw or mom. Doc had a huge vocabulary for a bird unfortunately he also picked up a few swear words from his misdeeds of taking things from neighbours that were shiny. My mom was always returning pins, rings etc. Luckily he didn't do that too far from home so they could be returned. Doc would always say he was a good boy when he was scolded or when he knew he' done something wrong. Doc lived 27 years until a skunk sprayed him and it killed him.


Take me out to the ball game
Take me out to the ball game
where the stadium's
one hundred and forty years old
The seductive lure of cork
Hitting home runs
And men tilting at the bases
Urgent running to beat the ball
As many a game was won.
©Sheilagh Lee May 3, 2017

Happy Birthday Labatt's Memorial Park!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Three Word Wednesday -Fight

Pluck, verb: remove, pick (off), pull (off/out), extract, take (off),  pull (at), tug (at), clutch (at), snatch (at), grab, catch (at), tweak, jerk, yank, deplume, remove the feathers from, strum, pick, plunk, thrum, twang; play pizzicato; noun: courage, bravery, nerve, backbone, spine, daring, spirit, intrepidity, fearlessness, mettle, grit, true grit, determination, fortitude, resolve, stout-heartedness, dauntlessness, valor, heroism, audacity; informal guts, spunk, gumption, moxie.

Rebel, noun: revolutionary, insurgent, revolutionist, mutineer, insurrectionist, insurrectionary, guerrilla, terrorist, freedom fighter,  nonconformist, dissenter, dissident, iconoclast, maverick; verb:  revolt, mutiny, riot, rise up, take up arms, stage/mount a rebellion, be insubordinate,  recoil, show/feel repugnance,  defy, disobey, refuse to obey, kick against, challenge, oppose, resist; adjective:  insurgent, revolutionary, mutinous, rebellious, insurrectionary, insurrectionist, renegade,  rebellious, defiant, disobedient, insubordinate, subversive, resistant, recalcitrant; nonconformist, maverick, iconoclastic.

Shady, adjective: shaded, shadowy, dim, dark; sheltered, screened, shrouded; leafy, bosky, tenebrous,  suspicious, suspect, questionable, dubious, doubtful, disreputable, untrustworthy, dishonest, devious, dishonorable, underhanded, unscrupulous, irregular, unethical, fishy, murky.

They say she has pluck
Because she seeks to battle
Shady characters
Who seek for their own gains
Maybe she’s a rebel
But she wishes others would fight
For their fellow citizens
It would make this so much easier
If they all fought for each other’s
Ability to do good
In the world
Instead of fighting for the almighty dollar.
Trampling the weak and the poor.

 ©Sheilagh Lee April 26, 2017

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:

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



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

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


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