Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting
April showers bring May flowers

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

⌗AtoZ Challenge, Monday 18th May, ROAD TRIP

Welcome to my blog Life in Poetry.
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Welcome to the 2020 APRIL A to Z Challenge

We did it. Hooray !

like Droopy



Quote of the Day :  Take care of your body so your soul wishes to stay there.
Indian Proverb.





if you would like to know more about the A to Z Challenge, founded 11 years ago by Arlee Bird at Tossing Out,  read here


for my theme revealed , go here on Blogger
On Wordpress, read here 




So, you've finished the A to Z Challenge for the year. Quite an accomplishment! Congratulations!
"But wait," you say. "I don't feel like I've done the Challenge, because even though I did all the entries and responded to all the comments on my blog, I didn't visit anyone else! I can't say I've finished if I didn't visit anyone!"
John Holton on A to Z main page. Please visit for all the info on how to join the road trip.




Life in Poetry's Road Trip,


As stated in my Reflections Post of Mqy 4th 2020, I managed to visit about 30 blogs during the Challenge, this year, including the Theme Revealed of March 16th.
However, since May 1st, I have been on the road again, revisiting former blogs but also discovering new ones

  • S.M. Saves at To My Recollection
  • Janet Crum
  • Amber Lambda  on story telling
  • The Vaidik Journal
  • Sonia Lal
  • Cyranny's Cove
  •  Planet Pailly Tomorrow News Network
  • Fallon Brown on movies
  • Martha Reynolds
  • Zeannaroux
  • Jessica at Rarely Tidy Ramblings on art inspired by song lyrics.
  • Ellen on Happy Wonders
  • Brewing Coffee, Twisting Words&Breaking Pencils
among many more.
So go visit on your Road Trip. Great idea commenting after the heat of the fire.



This month I am taking another road trip of my own ... reading all the newspaper articles which have piled up on my daughter's bed (she lives in London, now, boo hoo, haven't seen her since Christmas.)
Interesting to skim through the news after the fact.
I came across a very interesting article (31st January) in a Chinese Newspaper, Huanquiu Wang, Beiging,  on how the pandemic was received in China after the first outbreaks and quarantine in Wuhan and Hubei Province and the instances of outright racism towards the inhabitants of the region. This epidemic of daily racism was echoed in divers articles in the BBC News, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le Monde, El Pùblico .... ( beginning of February) all recording episodes of collective hysteria against Asian 'looking' people.
The result of the pandemic has also brought about a number of breaches concerning individual freedom. I am not talking about the confinement, quarantine, lockdown or shutdown as it is called differently in various countries, but about the after- measures : APPs devised to inform the government of your trips within the limits of the sanitary law, as they exist in France, or medical history collected illegally, as in China. And of course, an excuse to reinforce or create totalitarian States anywhere around the Globe.

Another piece of News which I am very worried about is the Fate of the State of Palestine, diligently swept under the carpet after Trump's disguised annexation deal with Netanyahu
and in spite of uproars in several countries, Western and Arabic. Not a word from the UN or the EEC, officially.  
As the UN's call for a cease-fire in all wars, conveniently silenced. 
As the Fate of the Refugees' Camp on the Turco-Syrian border in Idlib where the WHO and Red Cross cannot access and where people are dropping like flies from the Covid. ( The new series Years and Years about Britain 15 years from now, narrates this fact as part of a plan to get rid of refugees flocking in from Continental Europe.)

To conclude. Even though we have all witnessed surges of solidarity in communities and internationally, our crazy leaders are also showing their true faces. So beware ! Stay Safe but Stay Vigilant .... and please, please do NOT re-elect Trump for those of you who vote in the States. As the pen is mightier than the sword, it is your job to persuade as many voters as possible before November.
©susanbauryrouchard











Wednesday, 6 May 2020

⌗IWSG, Wednesday 6th May 2020,

Welcome to another monthly post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group.
If you would like to know more about this very encouraging and supportive writing group

Anyone can join, budding writer, published or unpublished, writer of poetry, short stories, novels, essays ... So give it a go and visit the other members , read their contributions and don't hesitate to leave comments.







Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
Remember, the question is optional!!!
May 6 question - Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?



Do I ?

My ritual vase is full to the brim.
Stretching before I set a foot on the floor and my early morning writing before breakfast with a steaming mug of tea are both a must. 
If someone or something takes that away, I carry an uneasiness which can border on stress and depression all day.
Definitely hung up on my rituals.

The chores come next, which I could do without but which somehow enable me to free my mind of any material concerns, responsibilities or worry.
Do-In Yoga and getting dressed polish my body and self-esteem.

Only then can I take on the day: work, activities (physical or intellectual) or serious creative writing.

The latter being performed at my desk, overlooking the garden and sky, listening to my favourite music. If Ideas come unawares outside of home, I carry a notebook constantly in my bag.

Mornings are definitely the most active part of my day ... but morning only ends when I have a snack for lunch, anything needing full concentration has to be finished before. So the said snack, yoghurt and fruit , can sometimes only take place at 2 or 3 pm.

The remainder of the day is rest and play: a nap to recharge, reading, watching films, social activities ... and a few chores at the end of the day (dinner if family are at home; cleaning up).

However I try to maintain a balanced lifestyle throughout Day or Night, forever in the Zone, thinking and writing in my head when I watch movies or read books or go to the theatre, or interacting socially; even in my dreams where characters and settings come alive and combine to create a film before my eyes.



Mozart, Requiem, here

Mozart, Zauberflöte, here


Bowie, Starman, here
            Space Oddity, here

Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, here

Elton John, Funeral for a Friend, here




Sunrise this morning from Bedroom window

Rosebush planted last year

Iris, 25 years old

Cherries


Painting by my eldest

My second ' Space '. daughter's room.



Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you an inspiring month of May.
Take care, stay safe, not out of the woods yet.

Monday, 4 May 2020

⌗AtoZ Challenge, Monday 4th May, Reflections Post.

Welcome to my blog Life in Poetry.
This blog is FREE, it is not ad-supported, so block them. The cookies unfortunately are powered directly by Blogger and Wordpress, so can't do anything about them.


Welcome to the 2020 APRIL A to Z Challenge

We did it. Hooray !

like Droopy



Quote of the Day :  Take care of your body so your soul wishes to stay there.
Indian Proverb.





if you would like to know more about the A to Z Challenge, founded 11 years ago by Arlee Bird at Tossing Out,  read here


for my theme revealed , go here on Blogger
On Wordpress, read here 



REFLECTIONS on A to Z

Like for the Q&A of 20th Aprilm Paul has agreed to interview me for this post.
The following questions come from last year's Reflections.

To watch the Interview here

1) What did you enjoy ?

2 ) What would you change about it?

3 ) What was the best moment for you during this year's challenge?

4 ) What is the best comment your blog got during the challenge, and who left the comment?

1st place Roland Clarke; 2nd place Ronel Janse.
Thanks to Sonia and Jayden R Vicente for visiting often and leaving encouraging comments also.

5 ) Will you do the challenge again?

6 ) Was it well organised and were the hosts helpful? (Did you fill out the after survey? Yes)

7 ) How did you and your blog grow, change, or improve as a result of this challenge? Did you find new blogs out there to enjoy?

8 ) Any suggestions for the future?

9 ) Any notes to the co-host team? 


Blogs I visited regularly and recommend warmly :

Ronel the Mythmaker  theme Faerie, legends and mythical beings. here

Roland Clarke, Writing Wings,selection of his best A to Z posts over the years , Viking history notably. here

Sonia Dogra, A Hundred Quills, Poems on World History, notably Indian History, here

Keith's Ramblings, weaving tales with unusual words. here

Wolf of Words, King Mengi, fun fan fiction, here

Martha Reynolds, unusual and exotic Food .... yum yum .... or not, here

The Next Best Thing to Mummy, solid and sensible care for children, here

The Multicoloured Diary, Mythology and Folklore, here

TharsheBlogs, here


Non A to Z Bloggers

Don Charisma, writing, opinions, play. here

Poetry Festival, writing and performing poetry, here





The Jolly Boys, Rehab here

Crystal Fighters, Follow here

John Grant, I Wanna go to Marz here

Cee Lo Green, Georgia here

Kanda Bongo Man, Muchana here


Cherokee Statue, Cherokee, April 2008

my Writing desk outside in the Meadow in the Dordogne


Chemin montane dans les Hautes Herbes, RENOIR

Bournemouth Beach, morning swim


the car broke down and we had to sleep in the wild, North Cameroon, Jan. 1989


Thank you for reading. Have a wonderful Reflections Day.
See you all very soon.

Susan Baury Rouchard.