Tranquil Tune – #DailyHaikuChallenge – #Poem of #Peace

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Listen to the Hush

Stillness Serenading, Soft

Tranquil tune of Peace

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To take part in the Daily Haiku Challenge see The Original Post from Day One

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Day 89 / 365

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Life is a Breath – #Inspirational #Poetry

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Life is a Breath
cast upon a writhing sea
foaming breakers churning in the din
as the Last Breath Lingers
Before it Begins

Life is a Song
Sung in a crowded, noisy room
Rhymes Lilting in the raucous disarray
as the Ringing Chorus sounds
Before it Replays

Life is an Echo
Whispering through the dark
Speaking Softly in the Hush
Reminding of Forgotten Truths
Before the Rush

When Life Breaths
As Life Sings
After Life Echoes

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#TBT – Spectral Dance – #Poetry of the #NaturalWorld

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Spectral Dance

Dance

O Spectral Vision

That Reaches out for me

In the Deep Cold of Night.

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Sing

O Immutable Beauty

Hovering Ever O’er.

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Grace

Sweetly fluttering down

From the Velvet tides of Bejeweled Night,

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Spangles of Starlight as Your Spirit,

Watching,

Guiding,

Lifting our eyes in Wonder

While the Spectral Visions

Dance.

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Monument – #DailyHaikuChallenge – #Inspirational Poetry

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Monument of time

Holding forgotten secrets

Stir our Memory!

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Day 88 / 365

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Times Hand – #RomanticTuesday #Love #Poems

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All my Love,

All this Sweet Adoration,

All this Long contained Desire,

All that my Heart Yearns to Give,

All my lips would Say,

All my Passion waits to Share,

All my Spirit holds under lock and key

In Preparation for that Perfect Day,

Stands Mute,

Unspoken and Unheard,

Surrounded by the endless tomes of other stories,

Silenced by Time’s Slowly Turning Hand.

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Whisper of Serenity – #DailyHaikuChallenge

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Breath of Sweet Wonder

Whisper of Serenity

Stir my every Sense

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Day 87 / 365

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Forgotten Time – #RomanticTuesday #Love #Poetry

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In this Chasm of Darkest Night

Where All my Love Sings in swoons and Sighs,

Where the Hallow Echo of what used to Be,

Long Past,

Waits among the Shades and deep pitch of Night,

Whispering to my Soul,

Like the mournful wail of forgotten Time.

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Braced against the Loneliness of this place,

Without You,

I draw the deepest Breath,

Alone.

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Waiting.

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For Time to Remember Us.

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Beautiful Original Photograph by: E Brusidar Portrait at Deviantart
Beautiful Music by Hans Zimmer

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Ever Here Around – #MartinLutherKingJr #Tribute

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(Disclaimer: Some or all of the images below may be difficult or disturbing to view)

In Honour and Remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr., of Remarkable acts of Courage, Faith, and Resilience by men and women both famous and untold, and for all the lives forever scarred by Slavery.

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Stand With Me on this Sacred Ground,
Listen for Speakin’ that has no Sound,
Lockin’ the pain and misery away,
And I’ll Never, No I’ll Never Say,
This is the end, this day is too hard,
Gonna Keep my Place, Gonna Keep Standin’ Guard,
Standin’ on this Sacred Ground,
Mighty Lord, Ever Here Around.

WAR & CONFLICT BOOK ERA: CIVIL WAR/BACKGROUND: SLAVERY & ABOLITIONISM

Stand With me on this Fire and Straw,
Though I am filled with Mortal Flaws,
Pushin’ Through the anger and Pain,
Never Lookin’ at these rusting Chains,
And I’ll Never, No I’ll Never Say,
This is the end, This day is too Loud
Gonna Keep my Place, Gonna Keep Standin’ Proud,
Standin’ on this Sacred Ground,
Merciful Lord, Ever here Around.

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Stand with me on this Battle Ground,
Holdin’ On to the Hope I Found,
Standin’ Tall, Though they push me down,
I may be covered in mud, But I’m wearin’ a Crown,
And I’ll Never, No I’ll Never Say,
This is the end, come and take me away,
Gonna Stand right here ‘til this wrong is Right,
Gonna Stand right here, Waitin’ in plain Sight,
So Stand With me on This Sacred Ground,
Saving Lord, Ever Here Around.
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This post was Inspired by the Fight for Freedom so powerfully exercised by Martin Luther King, Jr. and also, in part by the historical section of an Episode of Ghost Adventures on location at the Maysville Kentucky Underground Railroad Museum. Jerry Gore established an Underground Railroad Museum in Maysville, Kentucky, called Freedom Time. Mr. Gore has unearthed much of the Underground Railroad history of Maysville, Kentucky to Ripley, Ohio, across the Ohio River. He created Pictorial History of Maysville, Kentucky, Washington County and Ripley, Ohio. And he has brought all that he has learned to life by creating a Freedom Time Tour. As the Tour’s informational flier states, it allows you to “retrace the path to freedom for human justice and dignity and explore the secret hiding places and trails used by enslaved Africans and conductors of the Underground Railroad.” The Freedom Tour has had a major impact on students who have only read about the Underground Railroad. One Kentucky Education Association Diversity Committee Member reports that “Mr. Gore’s tour was life changing.”

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Reverie – #DailyHaikuChallenge

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Breathless Glimmering

Beauty Beyond expressing

Reverie of sighs

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Day 86 / 365

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Taking Stock With Heartfelt Appreciation (and Excitement)

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I wanted to take a moment to say Thank You, Truly, Thank You from my Heart
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This is not a post about me blowing my own horn or singing my own accolades, I promise.  It’s me taking the very Important time to Realize and Appreciate all the blessings that have come my way in just one year.

A month or so back I posted an invitation to vote for Dark Fey The Reviled, which was up for commendation through Golden Box Books Publishing Reader’s Choice Award. Yesterday I was excited and thoroughly delighted to learn that, with YOUR help and Kind votes, The Reviled received that award and has been advanced to the finalist stage.

This award has truly made me Pause to take stock of all that has happened in this past year.  So often Blessings come along and we take them for granted, as well as those persons who helped make them possible.  So I wanted to take this opportunity to Thank YOU, as well as the Source of All Blessings, for every Amazing and Joyfully tearful moment I have enjoyed this year.

In March my life-long Dream of being published came true when I was accepted by Creativia Publications.  Both book covers got a facelift and throughout the year sales have increased beyond my expectations.

Throughout the year, Dark Fey and I have been featured on numerous websites and blogs, including interviews by notable authors Stevie Turner and Lit World Interviews; the well-known Novel Writing Festival; Interview and Book Review by Author Lisa Haselston; Character Focus/Spotlights by Author Brittany Willows as well as Roari Benjamin; and Interviews with notable author Aurora Jean Alexander

In April I was accpeted into the Poetry Society of America

In May Dark Fey The Reviled attained a 5-Star Reader’s Favorite Review and Recommendation

In June Dark Fey Standing In Shadows attained a 5-Star Reader’s Favorite Review and Recommendation

In June I was also accepted as a contributing author by My Trending Stories.com

In August Dark Fey The Reviled won the 2016 New Apple Literary Book Award for Excellence in Fantasy 

and Throughout the year Dark Fey The Reviled, as well as Standing In Shadows have gained marvelous 4 and 5 Star reviews on Amazon.

To say that I am Thankful, Grateful, Appreciative and Overwhelmed would be an understatement proportionate to saying the Antarctic is a tropical climate, but not taking time to SAY Thank You would be even more grievous, at least in my book(nvolume).

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~Morgan~

#MusicandMuseMonday – Singing Majesty of Waking Day

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Singing Majesty of Waking Day,

Bright clear Spectacle of Delicate Play,

Unstrung bow of Harmonious chords,

Enchanting Serenade, Winsomely Implored;

Birdsong Sweet upon the Rising Gaze

Of Daytides shifting lavender haze,

Enshrouded in Beguiling Laughter and Sighs,

As the Carol of Ages chirrups and cries;

Dulcet Symphony of Transcending Aplomb,

Waken this Dreaming with Melodious Balm,

And Shape each Breath which Graces this Breast,

With Tranquility and Unity by which All Life is Blessed!

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The Music and Muse category by Morgan shares Poetry and the Music which Inspired it.

Beautiful Music by Adrian von Ziegler

I Know He Will (#guestblogger)

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Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
I know He will. I know He will.
He’ll keep me through the trial
He’ll keep me thorough the storm
He’ll keep me where I’m safe
He’ll keep me in His arms
I know He will. I know He will

He will because He promised
He will because He cares
He will because He loves me
He died my sin to bear
He will because He purchased my salvation on that tree
And His will became mine the first day I believed

If I should die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take
I know He will I know He will
He will prepare a mansion
He will wipe away my tears
He will take away my sorrow
And He’s coming back for me
I know He will. I know He will

He will because He promised
He will because He cares
He will because He loves me
He rose up from the grave
He will because He lives to give eternal life to me
And His will became mine the first day I believed

What He promised, He will do
He can never tell a lie
What He wrote remains forever
And His love will never die
I will stand upon his word
And I will not be denied

He will because He promised
He will because He cares
He will because He loves me
He died my sis to bear
He will because He purchased my salvation on that tree
And His will became mine the first day I believe

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take
I know He will. I know He will

 

My name is Pete Gardner, and I want to thank Morgan for the opportunity to be a guest blogger on her site.  I write Christian poetry by God’s inspiration, and also do some reflective posts on the scripture.  You can find my blogs on the links below.

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STUDY IN PSALMS

STUDY IN EPHESIANS

A Pause for Thought: There’s No Place Like Gnome (Guest blog)

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The garden gnome is not to be considered either common or an aberration of the foulest kind. Throughout history this often shy creature has been spotted in forest glades and on the fringes of human encampments. A creature of Elemental Earth the gnome has been attributed with protective powers over the treasures buried within the Earth. A symbol of good luck these creatures have formed a symbiotic relationship with humanity, with benefits on both sides. As for their name, what does it signify? The word is thought to variously mean “earth-dwelling spirit” or “earth-dweller” from the Latin (gnomus) and Greek (genomos). Paracelus referred to these creatures as Pygmae and Umbragines. You may wonder why the lecture? Indulge me a little; the background information may help to elicit sympathy for this magnificent creature’s plight in our modern world.

The ancients believed gnomes had power over the rocks, vegetation and the mineral elements in humans and animals. As Guardians of hidden treasures they were supposed to work with stones, gems and metals. By nature they were supposed to be patient and hardworking but could be malicious and difficult. We may recognise aspects of others and ourselves within that description. A little controversial but had to be said. Look closely at the symbolism, what strikes you as being a truism and myth? It is from these archaic beginnings that the present day gnome was gestated. A venerable ancestry indeed and one to be proud of.

This creature’s influence stretches across the globe and is known by many names and remember names have power and meaning.

  • – In France and Switzerland they are known as Barbegazi.
  • – In Ireland they are known as the familiar Leprechauns and Clurichauns.
  • – Finland calls them Saunatonttu and Iceland, Voettir.
  • – In Japan, comparable creatures are known as Bakemono and Yokai.

Interesting how the same being can appear in so many different cultures, is this folk memory an echo of ancient knowledge stored within the Universal Consciousness? Myth and Legend usually has a basis in truth but changes form over a long period of time to finally emerge as fantastical.

The modern gnome has its origins in Thuringia, Germany some time in the 19th century. Created by Phillip Griebel they proved to be a popular manifestation in a region steeped in legends of gnomes. They were made of clay and sold in huge numbers and several manufacturers sprung up to meet demand. This craze soon spread across the globe and they were first brought into Britain in 1847, only one of these survives now. Garden gnomes gained prominence in places like Britain and France due to the population’s love of gardening. From those early beginnings in Germany they are to be found in almost every country in the world. Alas, the quality of many gnomes leaves a lot to be desired, especially of the cheap, plastic variety.

In recent times controversy and debate has surrounded the issue of gnome ownership, often resulting in extreme action taken to liberate these denizens of the natural world. Can this be considered either theft or a humane act? A contentious matter to be sure. The groups who have sprung up to “liberate” the gnomes have modelled themselves on animal liberation organisations. You have to ask yourself whether they are to be seen in the same light as the oppressors of the very creatures they profess to liberate?

Difficult to see how they can justify their actions and belief to be speaking for the “victims”. These groups are to be found in the main in Europe and they release the liberated gnomes into the local forests. It remains to be seen where this direct action will lead in the future. One hopes not to sulking and harsh language. There is light on the horizon though as many groups are legally fighting for the rights of gnomes and engaged in their rehabilitation. Warms the heart to think of such compassion.

Whilst we are grappling with these issues a dark cloud (radioactive possibly) has appeared on the horizon. The threat of a zombie apocalypse has haunted our imaginations for decades and now appears to be spreading to the gnome community. There have been disturbing sightings of horribly disfigured gnomes wandering round gardens and alleyways. Where did they appear from and how on earth did they transform into these terrible monsters? A veil of silence has been drawn over this matter; no one is willing to say anything about this zombie plague. What was a cinematic fancy now appears to be a reality. How did it get to this stage? Where is our equivalent of Alice from Resident Evil when we need her? Perhaps I am creating unnecessary panic but we should not be complacent. Ennui and cynicism only impede progress and freethinking.

We are now at the end of this odyssey; hopefully it has given you food for thought and perhaps changed your perception of these venerable beings. I implore you to think very carefully about the welfare of a gnome when you consider purchasing one. They are deserving of love and respect as much as a human. Provide them with a warm, safe and happy home in the garden or anywhere else they want to live. Make sure they are free from molestation, especially from these gnome liberation people. The trauma suffered by gnomes when they are abducted from their homes cannot be emphasised enough. The ensuing deprogramming when they are rescued can be a long and involved process, upsetting for both owners and abductees. This is something I would not wish upon anyone but it has to be mentioned as a cautionary note. Perhaps we should reflect deeply upon the dilemma faced by all participants in this drama. Notions of ownership carry with them great responsibility. Remember that.