F Words – August 19, 2014

For Frizztext Tuesday A-Z Challenge the letter “F”:

Far be it from fancying
Famous people, I prefer
More modest and humble sorts …
Free thinkers and fiction writers
Whose works and deeds
Fly through my memory …
So let me raise my glass,
To toast my best beloved …
Here for you I’ll list
Those who’ve walked along with me:
First then to my faithful friends
Found whilst fumbling through life
Books full of classic fables –
Or my favorite mystery writes …
They’ve helped me fall asleep …
When weary from fruitless strife.
Those works of fantasy and fiction
Flit through my wakeful mind,
Finding fertile soil
To propagate new fairy tales or rhymes…
Whilst fleeing from orcs or dragons
And visiting elfish palaces.
I change genre from time to time
Going where my fancy takes me,
To the poets of the ages …
With their flights into love and romance
running through imaginary fields of gold …
Sometimes I find philosophers and historians
Furnish me with nourishment
Like famed Michel Foucault who mixed the two in one.
But throughout the stages of my life
The book I’ve favored most
Is a worn out old Webster dictionary;
From cover to cover I’ve often read it
From the time that I could read.
Fun, folly, fantasy, fatal memory
All this and more I’ve found …
Walking through books from fairy tales
To Freud’s “Totem and Taboo”
And they’ve enriched my life.

(C) G.s.k. ’14


E Words – August 10, 2014

prurple mountainSunday Reflections

… Reflections

Each summer morning my eyes delight in the vision
Of spiraling swallows in flight, envious of their enthusiasm,
They fly from dawn to eventide, swooping ever ably
Avoiding collisions evoking exclamations of awe …

Every season has it’s emblem, spring the evocative blackbird,
Winter the ebony crows and fall geese emigrating to Africa.
Evergreens in my alpine home excludes total winter desolation
As the poplars and maples eventually fall into lethargy.

To every time a season, it’s said, and each its own time …
Evolving cycles evoke visions of eternity … of karma
Do the elements evolve as well … even as I write?
Is an emerald the result of the evolution from a lesser stone

… I wonder.

Frizztext – A-Z Challenge

D Words for Frizztext A-Z Challenge – August 6, 2014

white and yellow flowers

Damsels with daisy’s
Danced at the party
Demurely sipping dandelion wine …
Desperately hoping
Not to be old maids …
One at a time,
The dimpled young lassies
Tried to divine their true loves
Delapadating their daisy’s
He loves me – he loves me not.

   (C)  G.s.k. ’14

Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge: D words

Frizz’s Alphatbet Challenge!

9673136346_3946b09591I do so love Frizz’s blog Flickr Comments and each Tuesday he offers a challenge:  “Every Tuesday I offer the “A to Z challenge”, walking step by step through the alphabet.”

On January 7th 2014 the challenge picked up on “A” again…

A Bastet Quatrain for Frizz

Of animals and minerals  I write,
And anything else that’ll come to mind
As I sit here thinking in nursery rhymes
And of yucky awful alphabet soup!

I wrote a somber Alexandrine poem
I accidentally popped into cyber space
For I right-clicked glue on my silly mouse …
When I really should have copied! Et voilà!

Amazing what  fate can do
When least  we expect it…
The poem was of angst…
That was in fact the title.

It was a really heady thing…
That is it was quite cerebral
If you ask me to be honest
I think it’s better where it’s at.

Alas, alas…oh woe is me!
I’ve no “A” poem to write for Frizz!
So I’ll just hang my head down and say…
I’ll write an acrostic..some other day!

For the Alexandrine, took me over an hour
It’s a poem consisting of 6 iambic feet…
uhm…with caesura…but few use it in English at all
Emily Brontë being an exception….’cause it’s
Bloody stilted and should only be read and written in French!

So I invented this quatrain for Frizz
It’s a iambic misch-mash and that’s for sure
Some 6, 8 and 10 foot iamb without  rhyme
I’m making it up as I go along!






Just a Note: 17 June 2013


Hello World!

Summer is here and so, the heat is making itself felt when just a week ago I was still running around in a hoody or a sweater!  However summer also means traveling and getting out more, and alas, less time for blogging!
It’s a good thing I’m an early riser or there would probably not be a Bastet and Sekhmet blog to read!  One of my bigger blogging problems, is convincing my hubby that blogging is in fact a form of art!  Well, I think he’s convinced on that point now, but he’d prefer to see me away from the computer when he’s up and about!  Three months or so ago, I read a blog at Blogher that spoke of the problem…I think the title went something like: Does Blogging Create A Problem In Your Family, and I guess I’d have to answer; YES!  Alas such is life.  But of course, he’s not all wrong, it is summer and I should be out walking and sunning and not sitting behind a monitor. So a little time organization is required here to see how to save “goats and cabbages” as the Italians say…that comes from a little word game by the way:  How can you in three trips take your goats and cabbages across your tiny row-boat without losing both.


award collage

Thanks to Belinda at Busy Mind Thinking for her nomination of the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!  Now she is a lady who is an inspiration to us all and I feel privileged to be nominated to her.

I must also thank Patty from Petite Magique for her nomination of the Rose of Kindness Award!  To receive this nomination from such a kind person herself leaves me without any other words than a sincere, thank you Patty!

A new exciting and earth-shaking award has been created by Sahm King at The Arkside of Thought its: The Friggin’ Awesome Blogger award, from now on FAB award.  Here is the award of all awards for the blogger of all bloggers…and I thank him for his nomination.  This I consider also a prompt, so I will write an individual piece to extol that FAB blogger that is me!

I don’t usually nominate people individually…that is not because I don’t have or can’t think of specific persons to nominate.  My problem is TIME, and you need time to go to bloggers and nominate them one by one, linking etc.  Time I do not have!  So, please, please forgive if I don’t name you one by one.  You are all great bloggers!  I have a category dedicated to Awards…go have a look and feel free to choose one for yourself and post back (ping-back) to me that you have done so…easy no?


Blogging takes you not only into your own mind and soul, but sometimes it takes you into the mind and soul of others…which if you think about it is not really odd.  As Charles wrote in his poem: Unseen Friends:

They live close to our heart
Though we have never met
Friends from the ether
Connected by words
Read off the screen

And so it is!  The WordPress community life, something I personally wasn’t expecting, gives us not only a wonderful opportunity to blog with visible responses, something that doesn’t always happen blogging individually, unless of course you’re already famous, but it also creates friendships and alas clashes.  It’s a real world, even though we may never meet the people we speak to daily face to face.

This week was a bit of a roller coaster for me.  A blogging friend disappeared without a clue (he later showed up to comment one of my poems about him) and a dear lady shared with us her health problems, for which I hope she will soon find a cure.  Others have had problems with their book sales, others share their perplexities about love, anger, racism and well life .  It’s not Facebook atmosphere that’s for sure!

My blogging buddies from Cranky Caregiver to Barb Taub in the short story range onwards to Lilith Colbert, MT Blu, Belinda, Sahm King and Shainbird for Poetry and Sweetness 6645, Frizztext and Judith at Sustainabilitea for photography plus Patty, Charles and Eric in general as well as others I’ve not named but whom you can see on my posts through their messages, all give me a wonderful feeling of encouragement to keep this blog running.  You all deserve some special award, maybe the Encouraging Commenter Award!

This Week

To tell the truth, I don’t have anything special planned for this week…I’d hope that everyone will have a look at the Photo Comment I made yesterday about the adventure I had in Padova entitled: Photo Chronicle – 1387 etc it was a great trip and I took oodles of photos only a small portion of which was posted in that service.

Last week I tried my hand for the first time writing an Epic Fantasy entitled. Grace’s Cove and I think I want to try another, well not quite the same thing, but in the same ambiance.

Lilith at We Drink Because We are Poets gave us 3 photos from which to choose to inspire ourselves, I chose the kitten.  The story I wrote met with mixed results. It seemed to me that letting a bird be eaten by a kitten somewhere in the world did not meet with enthusiasm.  But in my opinion, as the song that was attached to that kitten was about a crazy lady who eventually ate a horse who “died of course”, I felt that death was actually the main subject, hidden behind a nonsense song and a cute kitten.  I later wrote an alternate ending so each reader could choose which one was to be preferred.  I asked that a comment be made to explain the reader’s choice…none was forthcoming…sigh.  The title of the story was: The Kitten’s Tale. Oh!  what I was going to say is that I’ll try to write a story for the other two prompts!  🙂 got lost there for a mo’ .

Ok everyone…hope you have a wonderful blogging week and write lots of fantastic posts!  I’ll be waiting, with my arms akimbo as I look over the valleys and rivers here in Arco, imagining what you all would think or write if you were here with me!

Arrivaderci until next week!