10-line Poem Challenge #36: Ghazal – Life – God of Plenty


10-line Poem Challenge #36: Ghazal – Life – God of Plenty

#10LPC – If you would like to take part in this challenge please use the above link

Life as God of Plenty

Years have passed by, brought up a war baby
Always working, cleaning, god of plenty
No one taught me how to love, only work
It became demeaning, god of plenty
My life, husband, then came all the children
Always work, housecleaning, god of plenty
Not enough time for loving my family
I needed some healing, god of plenty
Still standing strong, that is my life story
Elsie, Scottish, meaning god of plenty

Written by Elsie Hagley

I asked Google – What does Elsie mean in English?

The name Elsie is a Scottish baby name.

In Scottish, the name Elsie is:  meaning ‘my god is bountiful’, or ‘god of plenty.’.

Other Meanings for Elsie

the Ghazal Poem is:

  • A decastich (10-line poem) written as five closed couplets (in its minimum length).
  • The theme is love, particularly the pain of love.
  • The lines are isosyllabic (all the same length).
  • The couplets contain internal monorhyme and a refrain.
  • Rhyme scheme: AA bA cA dA eA or aA bA cA dA eA
  • The author’s name or pen name appears in the last line or at least a reference to it.

Summary: it is a syllable, internal rhymes, a refrain line, (five couplets – ten lines), a stand-alone, as a two-lined poem.

Author Note: The photo above was taken a couple of months ago, approximately three and a half years since my profile photo was taken. ACC cancer sure changed my appearance, I can smile, but not laugh it is painful, the right side of my face is numb, with much pain in my head. Life goes on, looks are not everything, it’s what’s in the heart that counts.

Blackbirds – Double Etheree Poem


Blackbirds – Double Etheree Poem

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eat earthworms
berries and fruit
have yellow eye-ring
male, glossy black plumage
juveniles, females, dark brown
defends its breeding territory
winter food available they stay
although occupying different areas
male attracts female with courtship display
most couples stay together till death
mud lined nest with bluish green eggs
female incubates the eggs
young feed by both parents
second broods common
great singing voice
can mimic

Double Etheree – Two Etheree stanzas, where the second one is reversed.Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1Rhyme not required.

In Culture the Common Blackbirds was seen as a sacred, and a destructive bird in Classical Greek folklore. In medieval times the nursery rhyme of placing live birds under a pie crust just before serving, it was something that haunted my mind as a young child, not keen on eating pies in case a blackbird flew out.


Photo Credit – if you would like to read the Lyrics  Sing a Song for Sixpence  It is a bit harsh for children

10-line Poem Challenge #29: Sonnetina Quattro – Snails


10-line Poem Challenge #29: Sonnetina Quattro – Snails

#10LPC – If you would like to take part in this challenge please use the above link

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Food Generator

garden snail on a pink flower
pair of tentacles on its head
making holes ready to devour
gliding along on a thin thread
everything is within its power
now moves on to a better bed

a shiny path where it has crawled
still visible sometime later
internal organs are installed
just like a food generator


Sonnetina Quattro is:

  • A decastich (10-line poem) written in two stanzas, a sestet, and a quatrain.
  • Usually lambic tetrameter (8 syllables per line) or pentameter (10 syllables per line).
  • Rhyme scheme: ababab cdcd

This poem is a lambic tetrameter (8 syllables per line) as I separated the sestet from the quatrain since in this case, the quatrain is a response to the sestet

#A to Z Challenge – 6 April 2018 – F is for Fuchsias Haibun


#A to Z Challenge – 6 April 2018 – F is for Fuchsias Haibun

#atozchallenge – Nature & Outdoors Theme

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Fuchsias have always been in my garden, a beautiful flowering shrub with two-tone colors, sits under the trees perfectly as they don’t require the sun all day, they like the shelter of shade.

It is nice to pick a berry from them and flavour the taste as you are working in the garden, the berries are edible, but not all have a nice taste, so you need to know them, the “fuchsia splendens” is very tasty, like citrus and black pepper and it can be made into jam.

pink red and white shades
pendulous teardrop shapes
attractive to birds


Photo Credit – Beautiful garden of Fucshias


Photo Credit – Fuchsia shoots with flowers and berries

#A to Z Challenge – 5 April 2018 – E is for Earwig Haibun


#A to Z Challenge – 5 April 2018 – E is for Earwig Haibun

#atozchallenge – Nature & Outdoors Theme

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Earwigs are a very common insect found in my dahlias, which I’m not very happy about especially when I pick them, put them in a vase and find the earwig running around the table.

I don’t know much about them other than they have big pincers, that I’m very wary of.

There are about 1,800 species.

Most earwigs have wings and are capable of flying, all though they are rarely seen in flight. They live for about a year from hatching.

Interesting – after mating, the sperm may remain in the female for months before the eggs are fertilized, she will lay 20 t0 80 pearly white eggs in two days, the eggs hatch in about seven days.

Laying that many eggs no wonder there are so many in the dahlias, I can do without them, they make my skin crawl Awful!

old wives tale, earwigs
burrow into human brains
and laid their eggs there


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10 Line Poem Challenge 20 – Double Tetractys – Peace


10 Line Poem Challenge 20 – Double Tetractys – Peace

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# Decastich Challenge – 20

If you would like to take part in this challenge please use the above link

Life Tension Warnings – Peace

don’t think
best answer
to a problem
not always easy to do in one’s life
little problems keep slowly approaching
tormenting me
the old mind

 Double Tetractys is

  • A decastitch (10-line stanza) with an emphasis on the syllabic count of each line.
  • Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-10-10-4-3-2-1
  • It should express a complete thought and may be on any theme and express any mood.
  • Rhyme is optional.

#ForgivingFridays – https://forgivingconnects.com/2018/03/02/todays-forgiving-fridays-endless-possibilities/

Weekend Writing Prompt #33 – Time


Weekend Writing Prompt #33 – Time

Thank you, Sammi Cox, for the prompt – Time

Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge.


Prose Challenge – Write a story in 175 words where the central theme is time travel.

Poetry Challenge – Write a poem of no more than 20 lines where the first line:

  • starts with the word “Time”
  • is repeated at least twice

Measuring Time

Time is a progress of existence
In the past, present, onto the future
Time measured by the hour
24 hour day is 86400 seconds
You may stand still but the seconds
Still keeps turning over every day

Time measured by a sundial
Using a gnomon to cast a shadow
On a set of markings
Calibrated to the hour
The position of the shadow
Marks the hour in local time

Whatever way you measure time
Enjoy every single minute of the day
As the sand in a hourglass flows
Measuring the passage of time
It is the same all around the world
We can not escape time ever

All About Orchids – Beautiful Flowers

Orchid 2017

All About Orchids – Beautiful Flowers

Orchids are a beautiful flower, that you can get weeks of joy in admiring the bloom before they fade and die.

Maybe it was a passing fad, but orchids were one of those crazes I had, I still love orchids, and my family still give me orchids, but I have found I do not look after them as well as I used to.

The main problem is, I never seem to get them repotted after flowering, that is what they need or they just seem to die or not flower the next year, they need a lot of feeding in the spring and summer.

They are not cheap to buy and I thank my family for all those beautiful orchid they have gifted me.


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Cymbidium Orchids

Cymbidium Orchids have been gracing living rooms and conservatories for decades, they survive a surprising amount of cold, even thriving light frosts that catch me out in late autumn.

Living in the hills in eastern Taranaki, they did not like the cold winds even in the autumn, it knocks them.

I get caught out with the slugs and ants getting at the flower spikes before they have really formed.

If you are growing Cymbidium orchids, in the summer place them outdoors under the shade of a large tree, and give them plenty of water.

Decrease the water in the autumn and overwinter – only water once the plant is completely dry.

Feed them frequently in spring and summer, but give them a rest from feeding in the winter.

There are hundreds of hybrids available in stores, but it pays to purchase plants in flower so you know what you are getting unless you know the names of the plant you are purchasing.

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Phalaenopsis – Moth Orchids

I have had Moth Orchids flowers to last for over two months inside they are well worth the price you pay for them, as one plant is more economical than buying fresh flowers every week.

But to make them last they need a little bit of tender loving care.

Place them in a position that receives filtered natural light, constant warmth, high humidity, good air circulation and minimum nighttime temperature of 15 c.

Set the pot on a tray filled with pebbles and topped with water to help maintain humidity levels.

Feed them weekly, year-round, with dilute soluble fertilizer, applied when watering.

Water only when the plant is almost, but not quite dry.

Cut flowers stem back to just above the second node from the base to promote further flowering – but don’t chop off the strange looking aerial roots sticking out of the soil.


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Cattleya Orchids

Cattleya orchids are often used as corsage flowers because of their size and fragrance.

They require the same temperature and light conditions as moth orchids.

Water and feed Cattleya regularly in spring and summer.

Reduce watering in autumn and winter (or after flowering), allowing them to dry out between watering as they are very susceptible to over-watering.


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Paphiopedilum – Slipper Orchid

Slipper orchids have been classed as a poor man’s orchid, but I never thought of it as that, it is a beautiful orchid, well worthy of there name.

The slipper orchid is fascinating, the little pouch on the front lip of the flower is designed to trap small insects, which become covered in pollen.

When they escape, the insects transfer the pollen to another orchid.

When treated correctly slipper orchid flowers will last for months, and they do.

Place them in a high light position out of direct sun. They prefer day-time temperatures in the region of 21c to 26c and night temperatures of 15c, although a period of lower night temperatures in autumn will help initiate new flower buds.

Keep them constantly moist, but not soggy over summer and just moist in winter. Keep water away from the leaf base where flowers emerge to prevent new buds rotting.

Feed orchids with a weak solution of soluble plant food every fourth watering. Re-pot every second year.


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Disa Orchids

Disa orchids grow naturally amongst reeds on the banks of cold mountain streams in their native homeland, South Africa.

Unlike most other orchids which are grown in a bark mix, Disa orchids are grown in chopped sphagnum moss or a peat and pumice mix.

Grow them in a sunny to semi-shaded area outdoors anywhere the temperatures do not fall below freezing.

Water them with fresh rainwater and feed with 1/4-strength soluble plant food over spring and summer.

Re-pot new shoots each year and be sure to discard old flower shoots.

A tip or two about repotting orchids   Don’t over-pot orchids, they resent being in containers much larger than their root system.

Re-pot when roots have just started coming through the base of the pot.

Feed with well-diluted soluble fertilizer while watering and go easy on fertilizer – little and often is the key

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 5


#NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 5

What is Nano Poblano?

 It is thirty posts in the month of November for National Blog Posting Month (or as we call it over in Cheer Peppers town – NanoPoblano!)

A quote – giving you food for thought about writing.

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” 

― Louis L’Amour


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Also Written for – Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2017 ‘Life is Beautiful’ Day 22

Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2017, 30 days of writing haiku and tanka, one a day on a theme.  For this CDHK Retreat Chevrefeuille have chosen the theme “Life is Beautiful”.

choppy flood waters
sweeping away everything
alarming local humans

Carpe Diem #1282 Sacred Stones


Carpe Diem #1282 Sacred Stones

Copy from Chevrefeuilles Blogspot

“sacred stones” (or Ovoo). An ovoo (heap) is a sacred cairn found in Mongolian shamanic religious traditions, usually made from rocks with wood or from wood.

Ovoos are often found at the top of mountains and in high places, like mountain passes. They serve mainly as Tengriism religious sites, used in the worship of the mountains and the sky as well as in Buddhist or Shamanist ceremonies, but often are also landmarks.

In our lives we have all places we have sweet memories at, we have points in our life that are our milestones, our sacred stones, our Ovoo. Isn’t that a nice idea that the Ovoo stands also for the milestones in our life?

sacred stones
built like a memory on the way
high in the mountains

© Chèvrefeuille

deep silence
taking the right path ?
stepping stones

© Chèvrefeuille

My thought’s about life

Sacred Stones to me are the stepping stones in life, each point is a milestone as the years go by, in old age if you can sit back in your armchair and feel contented with what you have achieved over the years, then you can live those golden years in peace.


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is not the key to success
start now take small steps
your rewards will be tenfold
enjoy the climb as you go

This tanka poem is my contribution to life and success, it does work, I’m living, prove.