D haiku

Fairy lights

Shortening shadows
midges dance in bright lift shafts
Summer trees in leaf

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An offer not to be missed

If you’ve enjoyed the extracts on her blog and let’s face it who hasn’t then this is surely an opportunity not to be missed. After all, isn’t the Kindle designed for a little light reading any time any place, just be prepared for some strange looks as you sit quietly sniggering to yourself.

via PorterGirl – The Vanishing Lord only 99p !

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The strolling players
in their colourful costumes
gathered round her chair
their lively serenade helped
us to rejoice in our love

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C haiku

Onset of evening
clouds wear gold-rimmed spectacles
amidst their blushes

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Sue Vincent’s #Writephoto “Splash”

Amber smiled contentedly. She had arrived at her favourite observation point. None of her siblings were around and the water in the stream was just at the right height to cover the pebbles and leave her unseen. From this vantage point she could watch and listen. “Plop,” she heard the sound of a small object dropping into the water. Darting forward she found the struggling body of a caterpillar that  had dropped from the  overhanging branches. “Success,” she smiled, sucking up the struggling body with relish. Turning she returned to the shelter of a large pebble in wait for the next victim. Only she had realised how productive this small stretch of bankside water was for food and she hadn’t told any of her siblings because she was not in the habit of sharing. That would come later when she had her own brood to look after.
    Unbeknown to Amber a young man was crouching low on the bank above her. He had been scanning the water’s surface and immediately spotted the silver body and bright red fins as Amber had moved forwards. The angler knew that this was his chance. He gently cast his line and the hook with it’s single maggot landed on the water with a single splash in exactly the place where the caterpillar had met it’s fate.
    Amber darted forward, hardly believing her luck. Grabbing the maggot she lazily returned to her resting place, only realising her mistake when she suddenly felt a sharp pain and some unknown force appeared to be pulling her into the bank. She shook her head in the hope that the pain would disappear but could only feel the tugging at her mouth getting stronger. She turned to swim away and in panic made a dive for a patch of weeds to her left. Feeling herself being pulled backwards she swam in a circle around a  broken branch that lay on the riverbed. Instantly the pain in her mouth stopped and she was able to swim back to the middle of the river. She decided that it may be a good idea to return and join her family, perhaps visiting this hunting spot tomorrow when the pain in her mouth may be less.
    On the bank the young angler looked at the broken line from his reel, bemoaning the loss of his float and his bad luck in losing the largest rudd he had ever seen on the river.


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Ronovan writes Weekly poetry #Haiku #199


Instantly I saw

my cat was obsessed with you

a menage a trois

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Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 81, ENCHANT & SHAPE, #SynonymsOnly


Seductive power

and finely moulded beauty

in smooth alabaster

form flowing impressions through

the deft touch of the craftsman

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Recapture innocence – tanka


Cast aside the veil

life has placed over your sight

of the simpler things

discover delight and awe

in the world that surrounds you


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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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Twittering Tales #81 – 24 April 2018


She looked out of the window at the seeming endless expanse of the Firth of Tay thinking.

“It was probably such a night as this in 1879. All those poor passengers.”

She felt the train curving to the right ready to go over the bridge.

Like everyone else she crossed her fingers. 277 c.

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