Sounding Alarms – a poem.

Sounding Alarms

mother earth erupts

warning her foolish children

to care and comfort

Rivers of lava destroy 600 homes on Hawaii's Big Island: mayor | ReutersLava destroys homes in the Kapoho area, east of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester


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A haiku for this week’s Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge of COMFORT and Erupt.

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One Man’s Words, another Man’s Politics – a poem

I recently, as in the same day I wrote this post and Haiku, shared a quote from a book a social media platform. And individual there that is a Friend there responded. My initial quote and supporting comments were not politically charged, at least I didn’t think so. In fact, they were about the planet, the environment, and the role humans have played in the slow destruction of all of it. Nothing was untrue. It was simply my saying that God gave us the earth and all things upon it to be good stewards of and have dominion over. Dominion meaning to reign over. To reign over something means you must take care of it, not to abuse it. Apparently, that part of what I said either wasn’t agreed on, was skipped, or the quote from the book set the person off so much that nothing else was considered. I was quite surprised to see a comment at least twice as long as my original update. But, it gave me this post, this haiku, this haibun. God uses the oddest things to make good from. I should point out this person as well as others have taken some of my recent updates as meaning I am a Liberal, at least that’s the message I’m receiving. I’m not. I am conservative in most of my political leanings but as I believe all people do, I agree with some ideas on the other side of the political line. If anyone is 100% one thing…I get worried. No one party has the right answers to everything. And I get the feeling some of those from my more distant past cannot see the truth of that.





I triggered a man,

with words of truth in kindness,

my soul will be free




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sate – a haiku poem

parched tongue falls

fear rising thirst

one drip sates

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Our Past Our Future – a Haibun poem

earth blisters from guilt

of mankind’s ignorance,

shade is cast on all

Remember this is a rambler of a thought withoutt editing, so it went where it went. Enjoy or scream.

The environment has been a concern since Adam took his first breath. Actually, it was before then. God did make the Garden of Eden. Note to some, the Garden was in Eden, not named Eden. You wouldn’t believe how that’s not taught in Sunday School. But back to my thoughts. Environmentalists and the casual green supporters consider they do all they can to stop the killing of our planet. But, none of us really do. We all take, but we can never truly give back in equal measure what we take. There is only so much matter on the planet and it’s recycled every day in one form or the other. But each time, a bit more is lost in the processing. There is always processing. You grow the tomato plant organically from the compost and fertilizer you gathered for the purpose. The plants grow and give. You take. You consume. And then you recycle back into the world. No matter how you recycle it, some is lost in the process by your body. I guess maybe we should just stop having babies and eat up all the cows and pigs and chickens as well as all the other types of animals we raise. So long Emu and Ostrich. Yum.

Yes, I’m being weird today, but this is one of my stream of thought posts that I like to do sometimes. I’m not even sure what I started out to write anymore. But I think it was basically that we all need to do more, go above and beyond what we think we need to do in order to keep this planet burning and turning into a ball of nothing but a sky filled with swirling dust that once was meant to feed living, breathing creatures of all kinds. Then next year? Step it up another notch. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? About Reduce, Reduce, Reuse, Reuse, Recycle?

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Shade here is not one of the traditional dictionary definitions.

The term can be found in Jane Austen‘s novel Mansfield Park (1814). Young Edmund Bertram is displeased with a dinner guest’s disparagement of the uncle who took her in: “With such warm feelings and lively spirits it must be difficult to do justice to her affection for Mrs. Crawford, without throwing a shade on the Admiral.”

In other words, it’s an insult but an insult of another level.

The first major use of “shade” that introduced the slang to the greater public was in Jennie Livingston‘s documentary film, Paris Is Burning (1990), about the mid-1980s drag scene in Manhattan.[2][4] In the documentary, one of the drag queens, Dorian Corey, explains that shade derives from “reading”, the “real art form of insults”. Shade is a developed form of reading: “Shade is, I don’t tell you you’re ugly. But I don’t have to tell you, because you know you’re ugly. And that’s shade.”

I’ve seen the documentary and I can attest to the truth that shade is a whole other level of insult. If done correctly, it’s done with style, grace, and directly to your face.

See quotes in Throw Shade Wikipedia.

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7 Positive News Websites.

With the end of the world being predicted almost daily, it’s important we recognize there are good things happening in spit of it all. I truly can’t stand how the media thrives on negativity, and not just in regards to politics. Therefore, what I’ve done is searched out sites that share positive news. You might think all you would have to do is google for these sites, but you would be surprised at how many sites either no longer exist or or basically abandoned for years. I even clicked on an article dated this year for a list of sites and some of those listed were inactive.

What better site to begin our journey to good news than with;  From the USA.

What is it?

Although based in the USA, the Good News Network brings us stories from around the world ranging in topics from energy solutions to environmental issues, and from mental health recommendations to just plain feel good news, because sometimes all you need is a smile. It appears to be updated on a daily basis.

https://www.Positive.News/  From the UK.

What is it?

A UK based site that pulls news from around the globe, Positive.News lists as their categories; Society, Economics, Science, Environment, Lifestyle, and Perspective. As you can see, you have plenty to choose from. There are definitely some inspirational articles on this site and it’s updated daily.

What is it?

I’m not certain where this site is based out of, but it brings news from around the world. The site is updated daily and has much of what you would expect but also has Funny Clean Jokes, Videos, and Pictures. A great visit.  From the USA.

What is it?

Updated every day, Yes! Magazine has articles with a bit of depth to them that will make you want to do something about the world. I’m looking forward to getting in to this one myself.  From the USA.

What is it?

Not really updated every day but what it does give are good articles, depending on what you are looking for. It has everything from the planet to individual good work and inspiration. I found it interesting that it was founded by the daughter of the American-Israeli businessman and founder of Carnival Cruise Line, Ted Arison, Shari Arison, who heads the family’s philanthropic organization.  From the USA.

What is it?

Good Black News was founded by Harvard Graduate Lori Lakin Hutcherson who is not only the Editor-in-Chief of GBN but also a TV writer and producer along with other writing ventures around the world of print. There are 19 categories along with subsections for ease of navigation, with recent articles being on the landing page. The site is updated daily and it really looks like a professional site. I already subscribed to receive updates in my email.  From Singapore.

What is it?

Our Better World is a site dedicated to the Asian community and is well represented by people from various backgrounds. You really need to check the site out for the categories they have, ranging from Diversity & Inclusion to Friendship & Family, and from Migrants & Refugees to Wonder Women. The site seems to be updated frequently, if not daily. There definitely appears to be great content.

If your cultural group isn’t represented like a the Black and Asian communities, it wasn’t for the lack of trying. Of course going through all theses sites it’s a good chance I missed a lot. If you know of good ones, and I mean POSITIVE news, leave a link in the comments and I can add it to the list here for all to see.

Catch y’all later.


Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Challenge #Review 64. 50 #Poets & over 70 #Poems

With words like Tide & Flesh you kind of wonder where people would go this week. One reason I didn’t put an Opening Haiku in the actual challenge post was so as not to influence people’s thoughts. My personal contribution this week can be viewed as being of a human nature or from that of those of an animal in nature. The image gives one a thought, but those thoughts may be wrong. That’s the great thing about Haiku.

Haiku Challenge Review ImageClosing Haiku

Waves of hunger end,

With the potato  now gone,

The skins can be baked.


Brand Spankin’ New this Week!

Tessa: Writing is my life is the name of her blog for the challenge. The other is Advocate for Mental Illness, although the URL says I kind of like that, I think it encompasses the Advocate title as well. Her first blog title pretty much matches what my blog title means. Seems we have a few things in common, especially why we blog. But I don’t have grandchildren yet. Thank goodness. Otherwise my 11 year old would have a lot to explain, or some old girlfriend of mine would have even more explaining to do. How did I get to talking about my old girlfriends? O,O Before I go anywhere else, let’s go to the Haiku. The Waves! Okay, she kind of made me think about sand and stuff, and if you read the comments you’ll see what I mean. 

J Lapis:   Yearning For the Tide | DarkLight Harbor. Ah, a very insightful message. Very people actually think about the truth of this. Awesome. Couldn’t find information to share. But we have a definite poet. How do I know? Well the name of the site has the subheading of Poetry to it. I sort of take that as a sign, plus all the poetry that is on there. 😉

Daniel Schwamm: Redeeming Flow | Musing Life’s Mysteries. Great Haiku. Seriously. And from the comments and just the general feel of the blog I get an energy from this guy. I’ve taken select parts of his About page to share, but you click HERE to see the rest. Seriously. “A human being in all the complexity and uniqueness that being human involves. Think with me. Share your thoughts.
Let’s explore together. If this is your cup of tea, or coffee for those so inclined, feel free to follow me and walk this journey together.” And there was more in the middle. Where is he from? Where did he go to University? And what is his blog about? Click that HERE up THERE and find out.  

Annie: Cleansed | Gentle Kindness. Love that middle line. “This is my blog and I have become quite attached to it. I think that bloggers come alive and discover their true inner voice when they nurture and water their blog on a regular basis. It takes on a life of its own that you could not have foreseen when you wrote that very first post.” So that’s part of her About page and I agree with what she says. If you’ve read my blog long enough you know that already.

Peter Bouchier: Drifting | Wherever I lay my pen, that’s my home. The title is mine, of course. And it fits what I saw the two events occurring. Or at least I saw two events, but then I am a Gemini, whatever that means. Peter comes to us through Jane Dougherty, as he reblogged her offering this week and provided one of his one at the same time. Thus I decided to throw him into the mix.

cbhanek: Returning Evil  and Love, Crocheted |Quick Thinks about Literature & Life (Redundant?) At first I was a little concerned my past was coming back to haunt me, perhaps that old girlfriend I mention in a review further down in the review but was technically entered before this one. Fortunately I was wrong . . . maybe. About cbhanek: “As you might not have guessed, “cbhanek” is the pen name of a mother-daughter team of teacher-authors. Between us, we have taught language arts-literature to every grade from preschool through adult school.” And there is a lot more, of course. Click HERE to read the rest of the story. 

Nagrij or (Greg Pierce) yeah, I snooped. (Author): Halloween | Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed. (Coffee infused it seems.) 🙂 Swarming flesh? Well kind of. OOoooOOooOOOoOO. Okay, I’m better now, back to normal. Okay so no info on the Nagrij. 🙂 But, apparently a person of their word. They said they would give the challenge a shot and they did and they did it well. So I snooped and found some stuff. You can check out the list of books on Amazon by clicking the Author link above.


First to enter the Flesh Tide this week!

Annette Rochelle Aben (Best Selling Author, Radio Show Host): Talkin’ Dirty Laundry | Annette Rochelle Aben. She’s stuck in the pun zone since last week. It’s a scary thing. Check out Annette’s books at the Author link above and her Radio Show at the Host link. @YouAreTheExpert A side note here. I was able to catch her Friday show and connected with her author guest. Very intelligent guy and I now have a book to review, a friend on Twitter, and an enemy in College Football, especially after Saturday’s game results. Very nice man by the name of And you can catch his interview with Annette by clicking here, and I’m the one in the chat room that asked the question Annette asks him.


Greg: Grace | Potholes in the Road of Life. I somehow knew he would go there. 🙂 @greg_wolford

TJ Paris: The Fleshpots! |La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin. When I first read the intro to this Three Haiku offering, I was almost expecting a vegetarian trio, but nope. @Roccoco_a_GoGo

Judy: Bone | Edwina’s Episodes. Oh just wait until you see this one. Was I surprised? Does anything this woman does surprise me? @EdwinasEpisodes

jazzytower: Feeling Beachy | Thoughts and Entanglements. Well, when you don’t think of the prompts in a certain way and then read a Haiku the word DUH comes to mind. So, DUH.

Alice: Water Erosion | Boomerang Zone. You know, considering Alice’s background, I have to say I am not overly surprised at this. But then you take a look at this nice, sweet, pleasant looking lady and think, “No way she would think like that.” @Vidocq_CC

Liz: Tide of Light | Quilted Poetry. This one had some nice reactions in the comments. And some confessions by moi. I think that last word was French, without the funny thing over the funny things over the letters.

Meredith & Martha: (Meredith) Attraction and Undercurrent, (Martha) Hang On and Melancholy | Meredith’s Musings. Cellular? Cool. I like the alternate of tide in Hang On. @Meredithlbl

Kat: Boxed Out? | like mercury colliding. I dare you to count ’em all. She pen the med oh, against the times.

Mira: Ghostly Night | They, You And Me. oooo Spooky. And a new use for the prompt Tide. indifference | To Wear A Rainbow. You know, that is one interesting way of putting it. And she is so very correct. @BediMona

Clarence: Lovers Touch | PrarieChat. oooo Clarence, you devil. And a second one would be Dream Catcher. Ah, nice take on the flesh prompt. Good turn there, dude.

Ritu: Need | But I Smile Anyway. Oh . . . my . . . Ritu. O,O. @PhantomGiggler

Melissa Barker-Simpson (Author): Pound of Flesh | M Barker-Simpson. Who thinks it’s cool how Mel relates the Haiku challenge prompts back to her Work In Progress? 🙂 I think I might be scared. Click the Author link above to visit her on Amazon.

Khor: Waverings | Project Prose. Oh those thinky people.  

Elizabeth: feelings | Tea & Paper. Feelings, wo-o-o feelings,
Wo-o-o, feel you again in my arms. @teandpaper

Jen (JK): Endless Cycle | the secret keeper. Oh this is a fun one. Childlike in nature and the image is very appropriate and not in the normal way. I can actually see certain images in my mind this describes perfectly. Thank you for this one. @occultguardian

Sandra: Numbers | Wild Daffodil. o,O Only Daffy the Wild One would do something like this. Tsk tsk tsk. (Some of you may have read my recent post Make the Most of Your Post. Well, Delicious Daffy does exactly what I talk about in that post.

Dr. Kottaway: I gotta say it up front. I always  want to say Mr. Kotta when I see her name. Don’t sweat it, I’m not a hog. (How many of you got any of that?) 😉 Okay, now to the Haiku. Fresh flesh | KO Rural Mad As Hell Blog. Some of you may not be familiar with the good doctor, but well, that blog title should tell you a lot. This is one disturbed doctor. I so am not going to her. Nope. And such a nice photo too. But then that makes even more disturbing. So actually excellent! Had to give her a difficult time there. It’s been a while.

Al: Sleepless Nights Remedied | Al the Author’s Blog. Now some of you will go and read the two Haiku this week and think, “Where did that title come from?” Then some of you are thinking now, “Where do any of his titles come from?” So read and enjoy AND he has a link to a short zombie tale for you to start off October right. @AlistairLane

D.B. Mauldin (Author): Jelly Fish Mornings | mama bear musings. Not sure what exactly her image was when writing but this is what came to my mind from when I spent about 2 months the year after high school during the spring break season in Florida on the beach. I would take a walk each morning before the heat and crazies came out. Check out the Author link for offerings on Amazon and click HERE for the About page links to other online distribution such as Smashwords.

Olga: Ever Lasting | Stuff and what if. I at first read the final line incorrectly. That’s what I get for doing these Reviews when tired and in the middle of the night, but then I’m always tired and there is no day or night for me. If you know me then you know what I mean. But that incorrect reading is why I read the Haiku several times before I type anything. Then I think about it, and then I dig when the words warrant it. For this one I feel a personal connection to it in that no matter what happens to me in my ailments, that last line is something I hope is real for me.

Elusive: Powerlessness | Elusive Trope. Back to nature with this one. And I mean that in many ways.

Janice: Nature Rebounding | Ontheland. You know, I haven’t done a study yet, but I should of my personal situation and see what the phases of a certain orb does in conjunction with my said situation. Funny how a Haiku can set your mind to thinking. 🙂 But then y’all know my mind gets to thinking a lot. @ontheland1

vronlacroix: Tidal waves | Simply Snapshots. Ah, a great take on the prompt words but also a nice play on words with the title of the Haiku and then the meaning. Surprise there and very true. Great. On a funny note. I love the image and when I pass my cursor over it and off it looks like it’s a lightning storm. Very appropriate with the image. Very cool. (I’m a guy. Things amuse me.)

denis1950: Feeding with the tide | Haiku hound. As always we have some great photos with the Haiku and I like the explaining of what is in the photos. By the way, he continues with the 3/5/3 form of Haiku here.

Jane Dougherty (Author): Food for Fowl | Jane Dougherty Writes. Took a little freedom by using the painting she shared and combing what the Haiku could mean. She said there might be another, and as any author knows, always bring the sequel when you have success the first time out. The Sea Provides Needs. And actually there are 2 Haiku there.  Check out Jane’s books on Amazon at the Author link above. @MJDougherty33

Pat B.: A Mother’s Tide | A season and a time. Well I do believe I came across the most unique take on the prompt words. This one never would have crossed my mind. 🙂

Nato: Tide of Love | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams. Girl got some Romance going on over there. O,O And the comments seem to agree. @MichelleLunato

The Jane Dougherty Gang:  Click HERE for the Haiku post. And the poets’ names below for their personal blogs. Yes I know she has an entry above but this is for other poets who posted in her comments. She wanted to share their efforts with us. From Published Author Harriet Goodchild there is The Tideline Taking and from Peter Bouchier  we have Drifting. Peter appears in the New section at the beginning of the challenge, as his Haiku appeared on his blog. And wouldn’t you know, Jane also joined in for a third go with Crab Delight.

R. Todd: Objects | A Flash of Fiction. Wow, right to the point, and he nails it for so many. Chesapeake Bay. Bit of a history lesson of sorts, what with the image used. But then it is appropriate. I love old images and history. I wonder why. 😀 

Sue Vincent (Author): Waning | Daily Echo. Where in the world did she come up with that six syllable word in the second line? Wow. This could be the Haiku of the week. Seriously awesome use of words. Click the Author link for Sue at Amazon and her many books. @SCVincent

Colleen: Family Relations | SilverThreading. Not having read the comments to this one, as I don’t until after I review, much like when I review a book, I think of how Colleen is moving and her life is somewhat starting anew. @SilverThreading

Vashti Quiroz-Vega (Author):  Cosa Nostra | The Writer Next Door. She went HIT us with one that left is stone cold. Check out Vashti on Amazon at the Author link above and you can see her interview by clicking HERE. @VashtiQV

Ruby Manchanda: Tides rush in | Whispering Thoughts. Ruby got some praise this week. I see, I can’t exactly say what I see imagery wise with this one, but I think that sort of actually says a lot. Once you read it you might get what I mean.

Steven: Flow | Ramblings of a Drabbling Mind. Ha, not creepy unless you do “at your own peril”. Muahahahaha.

Melissa: Come Out Of Your Shell | The Aran Artisan. Okay, the um header is new. No but heads about it. I just want to know how they turned into those things, one blonde, one brunette. Awesome but kind of creeps me out thinking about it. Ireland has lots of ‘splainin’ to do. Melissa writes about something her families has to do for the winter and it’s something you just don’t think about nor do you consider the thought you must put into it, the planning. Very interesting.

Alka: Ebb and Flow of Poetic Challenges | Magnanimous Words. SIX Haiku in this one? Wow. 😀 And I loved her self portrait at the end. 😀 @girally

Marje: Spookapaloosa | Kyrosmagica. Why? Because she wrote 5 spooky haiku, that’s why. Another Wow! @Marjorie_Mallon

Florence: A Rotten Time | Meanings And Musings. Yes, I said it and I mean it. Rotten! And a rare occurrence, a second one. Non-Fiction. She went all emotional and stuff with this one. Making up for the previous one I think. But I have to give her props for the first one, she didn’t to typical route that many could have. @FTThum

Juliette: Pheromonial Dance | Battered Wife seeking Better Life. Yeah baby! I think I just channeled Austin Powers. o,O @BWseeingBL

E. Rawls (Author): Erosion & Man Eaters | Rawls E. Fantasy. Very interesting. That first one was so excellent and then the second with the two nature creatures. Awesome. Check out Bleeding Hearts, a collection of short stories, poems, and riddles, at Elizabeth’s Author page on Amazon by clicking the Author link above.  @VChronicles_

Mine (Ronovan): Tide to Love | Ronovan Writes. Some say it’s about people but oddly it is also about nature and what tides bring in and take out of the lives of those dependent upon it.

Ron_LWIRonovan is an author, and blogger who shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer though his blog His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as

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