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Cooking up Poetry…


03MayP&S at the Midleton Dist - Copper Vat LS

Jameson Whiskey Distillery, Midleton, Cork, Ireland, 2003.

A delicious dance

In my kitchen
I contemplate a new mix,
a special combination
with heightened flavours.
The perfected recipe.

At last, a chance
to bite into real love!
The thrill of discovery
I’ve tried unsuccessfully
to master, for years.

Many times before,
I tried blending,
picking ingredients
so carefully…
stirring the pot.

But I wrongly used
wooden utensils –
failed to find
the perfect dish,
until you added
that extra dash.

That mysterious tang
which previously
eluded my search –
the ultimate formula.

Tempting my taste buds,
leaving them bereft
of that special essence;
everlasting love.

You are the recipe
and lust the icing
on my now perfected
carrot cake of life.

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2002

From ‘Hidden Capacity – a poet’s journey.’ Published in Ireland, 2003.     



#FrancesMacaulayForde  #POEM:DeliciousDance  #HiddenCapacity2003  #NewRomance  #2ndTimeAround  #PoeticRecipe

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Brolga Dance

 Chinese Gardens, Sydney, 2004. FMF © 2003

Brolga Dance

Newly hitched we hit
pop-hot spots in Sydney.
Occasion marked: Us.

Tickets to ‘The Lion King’
in old Capitol Theatre
took us back to Africa.

Sticky date at Doyles
added more weight
to our love waistlines…

We watched the river,
Opera House teeming,
Coat-hanger tourists.

Sky-high Telecom chats
revolving restaurant
views topped off trip

before Aqua chatting,
large-finned silver
swimmers mesmerize.

Guinness for St Paddy
raised to Shamrock Green.
Chinese gardens walk,

Brolga dance to hotel
suite, (less public for
private celebrations).

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2003

#POEM:BrolgaDance   #DelayedHoneymoon  #SydneyTourists  #DoylesRestaurant  #SYDChineseGardens  #SYDCapitolTheatre    #TheLionKing   #SYDOperaHouse  #SYDHarbourBridge

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Tiger Mountain

Another thought-provoking piece, I can relate to. Thanks, Tom.

One of These Years...

I have fallen for the mad ones
and the sad ones
and the ones who don’t know what they want

I have found that mania so consuming
confused depression for deep thinking
I’ve tried to heal the cracked ones
and piece the broken ones together…

O, I have tried
to climb that mountain
with broken ankles…

I have lived off the wild ones
brought calm to the angry ones
laid down with the tired ones and slept

I’ve ridden with the seesaw ones
always wondering where I stood
felt lost with the wilful ones
and cried beside the bitter ones

O, I have tried
to climb that mountain
with broken ankles…

I’ve walked across the weak ones
swum naked with the free ones
reached out for the timid ones
but found no hand waiting there

I have been ungrateful for the nicest ones
been bored by the honest ones

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From the Irish Times comes a list of 50 Of The Best Irish Films Ever Made….


#50BestIrishFilms   #IrishFilmakers  #BestFilms   #Ireland

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Poetic Challenge


1970 – Amazon Crescent, Kitwe, Zambia, Africa. My dearest Mum after she picked flowers from her garden and arranged them in the hallway.

Here’s some inspiration for you: take something from your lounge, your kitchen and/or your bedroom and write a Haiku or Tanka about them.

Then post the poem in the comments if you’re game, please.

#PoetryChallenge  #HaikuPoem   #TankaPoem  #FrancesMacaulayForde

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‘7 Misconceptions About Being A Writer’from the Australian Writers Centre: found this on Twitter and thought it a good read and worth sharing.

I then Googled ‘Being A Writer’ which led me to a fabulous resource page on Allen & Unwin, Publishers.  Just click on the headings listed on the left of the page to access lots of interesting and inspiring words for and from those who write – and recommended books, of course…

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#BeingAWriter  #Misconceptions  #WritingIsHard   #WritingIdeas







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Shortnin’ Bread Meander

A charming insight to family memories… loved the inclusion of sound as well. Thanks, Liz.

Elizabeth Gauffreau

Today’s blog post began back in May, with a comment I made in response to Robbie Cheadle’s recipe for corn bread on her blog, “Robbie’s Inspiration”: #Flashfiction – Extra Nutrition.  I commented that my favorite corn bread is made in a cast-iron skillet, and she suggested that I share it. Naturally, I agreed. However, I can’t just plop a corn bread recipe on my writer’s blog apropos of nothing, so I’ll have to meander my way to it . . .

In the header photo, my mother and her twin sister are enjoying a tea party at the Economy Point farm in Nova Scotia. Their menu is lost to time, but let’s just pretend they’re eating shortnin’ bread. They are seated at the little red table my grandfather made them for playtime.

My little brother George and I also sat at that table for playtime, which often included listening…

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“Antlers” producer Guillermo del Toro and director Scott Cooper took the virtual stage at Comic-Con@Home to debut new footage from their new horror pic, “Antlers,” and talk about how they’re attempting to film during the time of coronavirus. “Antlers,” starring Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons, centers around the Native American folklore creature the wendigo. “The…

via Guillermo del Toro on Filming During the Pandemic: ‘You’re Operating a Large, Surgical Theater’ — Variety

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I’ll be doing a little remote posting this week, hopefully sketching the coastal views from Charlevoix. This area is one of the Quebec’s most scenic, but the forecast is for rain for most of the week, so not sure how far I’ll get. After an early departure and a long drive, looking down at the […]

via Les vignes — The Sketchbook

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Dear Jan…


Dear Jan,
I’m going to pretend you are still here, think
about you in the 1st person - chat to you.
Chat to the Jan I knew who triumphed, didn’t
let anything get her down and did it her way.
Early June, you phoned to tell me
your 18-month news and I cried.
On the 11th June I surprised you
with Messenger for a video chat.
A totally new experience for you,
but perfect because we could see
each other, watch our expressions,
exchange smiles although miles apart.
Your bravery on show, (not wanting
to wallow) we reminisced together.
Once we got past the tears, we laughed
remembering our theatre adventures.
I’ve spent the last two days going through
photos and videos reliving our shared
pleasure in performance; you on stage,
me behind the curtain… egging you on.
Always up for a laugh, you charmed us.
Often loud but sometimes sincerely quiet.
Watching, absorbing words, actions
under floodlight glare and stage props.
The thrill of sharing, being accepted,
a place to shine, applause for effort.
You earned it all and more.  From your
first appearance in ‘Crooked Courtship’,
that slinky silver number, a sexy character
just one side of the complex you, revealed
on stage giving us all a glimpse of talent
untapped which grew with each script.
I enjoyed dressing you as an Indian Squaw.
Beautiful you, full of fun – that cheeky grin
embracing with gusto, the chance to become
someone else in the pantomime ‘A Prairie Tale’.
By the time I directed ‘Monday to Friday’,
I had my pick of actors.  Although dialogue heavy,
the character of ‘Monday’ was perfect; you
delivered each line with relish.  Remember Angela? 
You came to me half an hour before Curtain Up
to say you’d shared a bottle of champagne 
celebrating her 1st performance (to settle
her nerves).  It turned out not such a good idea.

I rushed to the Green Room, stood in front
of Angela– she looked me straight in the eye
and asked if I could help put her lipstick on,
she couldn’t seem to find her mouth. Panic!
Thinking back, it was you who had the bright idea
of using real Port on stage, for authenticity.
In rehearsal, we agreed no one would actually
drink from their glasses, just pretend…
Angela entered Stage Left, marched straight to the bar, pouring one drink after another - downing it while the others on stage tried not to react and you delivered lines without fault.   Somehow the show went off without a hitch All performances heralded as ‘Superb!  Best yet! A fantastic production! Each actor Oscar material!’ Phew… we all sighed and opened another bottle.   I didn’t know that phone call would be our last but I could see the tired eyes, hair not perfect as usual – not prepared for your ‘close-up’ and didn’t want to be greedy, so said ‘Bye’.   It’s the 11th today and I’m writing to remember you… to tell others although we didn’t see each other often, we were friends.  I could always rely on you being the authentic you, saying it like it was, a treasured   support for my writing, taking the time to read and comment honestly.  I will miss that - and you.  You will always, always be in my fondest memories grinning from ear to ear, eager for the next adventure.   Love you, Sue x  

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