Monthly Archives: October 2019

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, October 16th 2019, leaves are falling

img_0813The flowers of youth

losing their grip on splendour

butterflies descend

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Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #275 Wail&Wake



Listen to the wail

of the soul that cannot wake,

day of reckoning.



Filed under As you read it, dystopian view, faith, Haiku, Old knowledge, Self compositions

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 148 #SynonymsOnly ~Empty space


void, in life,

in mind, then unprovoked

memories once imagined lost,




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Sue Vincent’s ever popular Thursday photo prompt: Decomposition, #writephoto #tanka


Silently he stares

defying his tormentors

endless symphony,

wind and ocean in concert

to orchestrate his downfall.


Filed under As you read it, Otherworldly, Self compositions, Tanka

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #48

red-bridgeRatty loved to sit on the grassy bank of the winding river.   Relaxing in the warmth of the sun it was hard to stop his little eyes from closing and he could lean back and just lie with his head resting on a grassy hillock. It was not to be for he only came here with one thought in mind. He would stare into the mouth of the tunnel eagerly awaiting the next rush of foam coming out into the light of the day. His nostrils and whiskers would twitch and quiver in anticipation as he heard the iron grill rising and the rush of evil-smelling sewage would come pouring out once more as another mass of rubbish was discharged into the sparkling stream. Every time he would dive into the water and with a merry smile sift through for any delicacies to take home to his little burrow.


Filed under As you read it, nature inspired, Self compositions, Short story

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, October 9th 2019 … dementia

Frustrated we both,

relish times of clarity

tears remain hidden.

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Ronovan writes weekly #Haiku prompt #274



Egypt (167).JPGRising from the ground

the roaring, giant lantern

lifts into the air.


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Sammiscribbles Weekend Writing prompt 5-10-19


To escape the icy, dark, raging seas

a lone ship with all her sails lost, flees,

the crew of Her Majesty’s frigate, “Raven,”

in search of a headland, to act as haven.



Filed under Alternative history, Factual, Inspired by fable, On the lines of romance, Self compositions, Stirring the memories

Worth bearing in mind

Is your blog accessible to blind computer users?

My thanks to Chris Graham (AKA The Story Reading Ape), for drawing this article on why much of the internet is inaccessible to blind people to my attention,

As many of you who follow my blog will know, I lost the majority of my eyesight at 18-months-old. I am unable to read print and use software called Job Access with Speech (JAWS), which converts text into speech and braille enabling me to use a Windows computer or laptop. For anyone interested in finding out about JAWS, please follow this link,

The article linked to above, details a number of problems faced by blind users of the internet, many of which I have experienced whilst navigating the World Wide Web. For example, the piece explains how blind computer users can be faced with unlabelled links on a webpage meaning that what is heard is next to useless. I have myself been faced with a page where JAWS reads “link, link, link”, meaning that the only way in which I can ascertain what the content of a particular link may be is by clicking on said link. This is, obviously a very tedious undertaking and, in many instances I have given up on the site in question and visited a more accessible alternative.


Turning specifically to sites hosted directly on WordPress (such as my own blog), these are, on the whole accessible. For example all the social media sharing buttons on are labelled so anyone using a screen reader such as JAWS will hear “Twitter, Facebook” etc voiced by JAWS. Likewise the comments form is clearly labelled as such meaning that anyone logged into a WordPress account can easily post a comment.

In contrast I have found that many of the self-hosted WordPress sites are not as accessible as those hosted directly on WordPress. For example I often come across unlabelled sharing buttons on self-hosted sites so the only way in which I can determine what the button in question may be, is by actually clicking on it.

Whilst some comments forms on self-hosted sites are labelled with fields such as “comment”, “your name”, “email address”, others are not. In the latter instance the JAWS (or other screen reader user) is forced to guess what each field is or, more often simply to give up on their intention of posting a comment and navigate away from the site/blog in question.

In my experience the vast majority of bloggers care about their readers and wish to ensure that everyone is able to access their sites equally and enjoy the same ability to participate in discussions. However, unless a blogger is themselves blind (or knows a blind screen reader user), its perfectly possible that they have little (if any idea) as to how blind web users access their site/blog.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has links to useful guidance explaining how webmasters can ensure that their sites are accessible to those with site loss. For anyone who is unsure whether their blog and/or website is accessible, you may find it helpful to visit here,



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Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge . #Tanka ~Dreamland

One thousand fireflies

cast shadows in the meadow,

all to no avail,

darkness calls for silence though

crickets chirrup on the breeze.

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