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Ronovan writes #Haiku #202 Fragile – heartbeat


barely a heartbeat

passing before a mayfly

loses fragile wings


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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #201 Body&Art

For most tattooists

the body is their canvas

art unforgiven

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E haiku

Long ears in the grass

snarling dogs strain at the leash

darkness on the downs

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A date for the diary

Felixstowe Book Festival has become one of the highlights of the East Anglian arts calendar and returns for another exciting programme of events from Wednesday 27th June to Sunday 1st July 2018 inclusive.

As well as a full programme of fiction, non-fiction events (covering politics, history, art and the hippy trail), workshops and discussions, there are screenings of the film Life on the Deben and an evening of Brazilian music.

The festival will be popping-up in some exciting new venues including beach huts, a container or ‘sea can’, the local Museum at Landguard Fort and the Seafront Gardens.

Authors making welcome return visits include Esther Freud and Louis De Bernières.  Other festival highlights include Timothy Bentinck (‘David Archer’), Mark Billingham, Sir Vince Cable, Horatio Clare, Call the Midwife star Stephen McGann, Blake Morrison, Dame Jenni Murray(pictured above), Juliet Nicolson, Simon Scarrow, Christopher Matthew and the actor Michael Pennington.

And be sure to check out the great selection of events for children and teens!

Have a look at all the events and activities – visit the website and book early to avoid disappointment:

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SoCS 21/4/18 Spoke


Today’s post is inspired although I cannot call it fortuitous, for this morning I received the news that my elder brother has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, thereby in my mind we lose one hero to that awful condition, i.e. Stephen Hawking and he is replaced by another. The connection lies in the speech, whereas my brother can no longer speak to any great degree, he spoke to me via a text, which certainly helped to cheer me up as phone calls had been a trial for some months now. All we can do is wait and see how the situation develops for him, his wife, children and grandchildren.

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Dawn chorus

Early morning mourns

the disappearing moonlight

thirsty calves lowing,

from up on high the robin

accepts the thrush’s challenge

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #195 Regal&Hopeful


Serenely regal

always smiling as she waves

to the hopeful crowds


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The old woman said

that there is only one way

to remove a wart

bury a toad before dawn

it will be gone by sunset


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A day of darkness

22nd. March 1832 and one of the greatest thinkers of the age dies at the age of 82. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe , whose last words are reputed to be, “More light.” A poet, novelist and philosopher he was probably most famous for his work, “Faust,” written in two parts the second of which being completed in the year of  his death and published posthumously.

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The detective story is born

I have been reminde that on this day  in 1841 was published what some have called the first modern detective story . A short story entitled, “The murders in the Rue Morgue,”  by Edgar Allan Poe, the literary critc and poet, appeared in Graham’s magazine in which the author tested the detective power of his readers. The aim was for them to establish the identity of the villain before the reveal. Thus was established a new genre which continues to increase in popularity, providing readers and writers with many now well known and favourite characters who have become household names through the printed page and more latterly via television and film.

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