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
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.

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

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 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