Sunday, June 18, 2017

For Dad

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

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
 Anew




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

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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

Courage

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, 


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



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Three Word Wednesday- Kaleidoscope

Prompts:Intentional, adjective: deliberate, calculated, conscious, intended, planned, meant, studied, knowing, willful, purposeful, purposive, done on purpose, premeditated, preplanned, preconceived.

Kaleidoscopic, adjective: multicolored, many-colored, multicolor, many-hued, variegated, particolored, varicolored, psychedelic, rainbow, polychromatic, ever-changing, changeable, shifting, fluid, protean, variable, inconstant, fluctuating, unpredictable, impermanent.

Lacerate, verb: cut (open), gash, slash, tear, rip, rend, shred; score, scratch, scrape, graze; wound, injure, hurt.



Kaleidoscope

Intentional lacerations
By words and deeds
Create a confused world
Of kaleidoscopic images
Filtering oddly in our brains
What we know to be true
Becomes distorted warped
We try to fight the images
The words, the deeds
From sifting, and turning
Overlaying our minds
With images too wrong
To be real
We strive to stand grounded
In a world gone wrong
We fight back against 
The images
And find a way to survive
©Sheilagh Lee May 31, 2017




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Brave Manchester


Brave Manchester

I flinch as if struck

Gape hopelessly 
At the evil 
That can so easily
Hastily dispatch
Innocent children
Who are simply 
Having fun
My heart aches
Broken by the evil
That has descended
My eyes fill with tears
For the children 
And adults who died

Then I hear the stories
Of courage and help
Given to the victims
And I realize
Good people will not let them win
There is bravery and love
There is goodness in this world
And only light and love 
Can drown out the bad
We must however be vigilant 
And not shut our eyes
To those who radicalize themselves
To do harm

England and the UK 
Showed the world the way
To cope during
The Second World War
Stay alert 
Go on with daily life
Don't let them win
That's how this war is won
Is the cry again and again


But still we shall 
Forever mourn
Short lives
Stolen by evil deeds
Tears in our eyes
Pain in our hearts
Forever more


Rest in Peace dear ones~










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.


Politicians

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.


Doc
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.



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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.

Fight
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