Friday, September 24, 2021

Friday's Great Read: LIFE IS LIKE A MOSAIC

 

Blurb

“Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” Arthur Brisbane 1911          

 An image offers an opportunity to see endless possibilities depending on the viewer’s perspective. Where some might see beauty and joy, others imagine sadness and loss of hope.

 In this collection, images and syllabic poetry are brought together to tell a story based on the author’s perspective. The poetry explores our human experiences such as love, happiness, hope, aging, friendship, new beginnings, dreams and loss.

 The world around us is an amazing playground and source of all our essential needs as well as sensory experiences that bring wonder into our lives. What lies beyond the horizon? What surprises will we discover as a garden bursts into bloom? Where do the night creatures live?

 At the end of the collection there are some longer poems celebrating memories of the author’s life of travel, teenage exploits and love of food!

 


Introduction

In this latest collection of poetry, my intention was to share aspects of life and nature that we experience on a daily basis, but also can sometimes catch us by surprise.

As you turn each page you will find images and verses that combine to tell stories I hope will surprise and delight you.

At the end of the collection in a special section called Slices of life, I share memories of my childhood and teens and a little humour.

I am a still a student of the syllabic form of poetry and I hope you will enjoy my interpretations of this ancient form of storytelling.


Excerpt - As the book is all poetry I have selected one of the longer ones at the back of the book with a touch of humour.

 

The Leftovers

 

I opened the fridge this morning
To check on the state of the world,
I hoped to see that the turkey,
Was not all dry shrivelled and curled.

It peaked from its packet of foil,
Still juicy and raring to go
I shredded it into some sauce
With mushrooms and onions for show.

I took the spuds, carrots and peas
And slathered with butter and oil.
The brandy was down to the dregs,
I added and brought to the boil.

But what to do with the trifle
Still lush with custard and berry
Guess I shall just have to eat it
Topped with a schooner of sherry.

So if I sound a bit pickled
The leftovers carry the blame.
Since to throw good food in the bin
Would be a dire waste and a shame.

My waist has expanded to fit
All the goodies that have been served
But thankfully my beloved,
Likes his women rounded and curved!


 

Bio

Sally Cronin is the author of fifteen books including her memoir Size Matters: Especially when you weigh 330lb first published in 2001. This has been followed by another fourteen books both fiction and non-fiction including multi-genre collections of short stories and poetry.

Her latest release, Life is Like a Mosaic: Random fragments in harmony is a collection of 50 + images and poems on life, nature, love and a touch of humour.

As an author she understands how important it is to have support in marketing books and offers a number of FREE promotional opportunities in the Café and Bookstore on her blog and across her social media.

Her podcast shares book reviews and short stories Soundcloud Sally Cronin

After leading a nomadic existence exploring the world, she now lives with her husband on the coast of Southern Ireland enjoying the seasonal fluctuations in the temperature of the rain.

 

Buy Links - Amazon US - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099X29LTD

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B099X29LTD

Blog/Free Book Marketing: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com

Book Page and Reviews: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books-and-reviews-2019-2021/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sgc58

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46 comments:

  1. I enjoyed her poem. It had just the right amount of humor. Sadly, I think she meant peeked, not peaked in the second stanza. It doesn't detract from the beauty of her poem, though.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed.. and well spotted... they do slip through from time to time...best wishes Sally.

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    2. Homophones are my writer's bane. Loan rider comes to mind:)

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  2. This is a great poem, good luck to Sally! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thanks very much Valerie...have a lovely weekend..

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    2. Agreed. I loved this poem.
      Hugs received and returned.

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  3. Congratulations Sally. And smiling at her poem - though her left overs sound more enticing than those skulking in our fridge.

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    1. Thanks very much... happy to send some over...enjoy your weekend. Sally

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    2. Ours are of the skulking variety too, EC:)

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  4. Hi Sandra - this sounds like an excellent book - and Sally definitely has credentials in the authorly/writing world. Fun poem ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks very much Hilary.. glad you enjoyed.. x

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    2. It is excellent, Hils. I think you'd really enjoy it.

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  5. Thanks so much Sandra for the lovely promotion and for your generous review.. absolutely delighted...have a great weekend ♥♥

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    1. Entirely my pleasure, Sally. I loved the book.

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  6. That poem makes me smile and sounds very familiar! I loved this collection, it's a great read I can recommend :) Thanks for hosting, Sandra! Xo

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    1. Thanks very much for adding your recommendation Denise... a lovely end to the week...hugsx

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    2. Entirely, my pleasure, Denise, and I completely agree on your assessment. It was a great read and wonderful collection.
      xoxxox

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  7. Have a great weekend my friend. Sounds wonderful.

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    1. It is wonderful. This one may be my favorite Sally Cronin read.
      Hope you're having a great one too, Rue.

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  8. Congratulations, Sally, and best of luck!

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  9. I enjoyed Sally's tongue-in-cheek humor and compassion shared in this collection- it's wonderful!

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  10. Parece un genial libro. Gracias por la recomendación y mucha suerte.

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  11. Gracias. Disfruté escribiendo los poemas durante el año y me encantó la publicación y la reseña de Sandra.

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  12. I'm not a huge fan of poetry but Sandra's poems, the way she taps into core emotions, I absolutely love. Thanks for reminding me.

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    1. Thanks Jacqui... and it has been a lovely day here over here...enjoy your weekend.. hugsx

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    2. Well said, Jacquie. She does indeed. This is my favorite of Sally's works thus far.

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  13. Fabulous review. Sally is so talented! Thanks, Sandra!

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    1. She sure is. Thanks so much for stopping by and supporting her, Olga.

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  14. Congrats from me as well! 👏🏻😉

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    1. Thanks, H.G.:) I'm sure Sally appreciates it;)

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  15. Happy Birthday Bro!! Congrats Sally! I love the poem!
    Sandra, hope you are well! Catching up in blog land, again!!! Sorry! Big Hugs!

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    1. Isn't that poem great?
      Hope all is well on your end, Stacy.

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  16. A great share, Sandra. I love Sally's poetry as well as her books of short stories. Can't possibly go wrong here. :-)

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    1. Hi Diana:)
      I think this one is her best book yet. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  17. Congratulations to Sally on the great review! I loved the "Leftovers" poem. They do pose a dilemma!

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    1. That's a great poem, isn't it, Elizabeth? Thanks for stopping by to support Sally.

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