November Sunset by Lake—Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: “Transition”.

Sunset by Lake Ontario in November

These days, in southeastern Ontario, sunset arrives at 4:30 PM.  Our Daily Post Challenge host, Jen H., suggested several transition themes, some of which showed up in this picture taken 9 days ago:  day yielding to night, waves lapping onto a shore, a rocky shoreline tumbling into water, and a barren tree waiting for winter.

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Cloud Arrow in Sunset Sky



It was a cloud arrow,
low on the horizon,
spun of wispy fluff,
enough to awaken,
forsaken heart searching,
lurching for a window. 
Pillow song,
long unheard, hovering, 
floating in sunset sky.
Fly this way it said, 
fed by the last glow of orange light, 
bright orb sun sinking, 
thinking only of its bed, 
tended by billows, 
haloes of grey blanket. 
It was a cloud arrow.


This was my first circular poem attempt, prompted by Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge #7 and the cloud arrow seen out my back door. A circular poem is an interesting form, though challenging without practice. ( I assume it gets easier.)  As described by Jane Dougherty, “The last word of the first line rhymes with the first word of the following line and so on until you end up back at your first line”.  Please visit the above link to read Jane Dougherty’s example and other submissions to the challenge.

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17 #GlobalGoals, SDGs 2015

What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve.

∼Norman Vincent Peale

Have you heard about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?   You may hear more about them over the next two weeks, as they are the language of global change:

 There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals with 3 overall aims:
"End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate
change" by 2030.
--adopted by 193 UN members in September 2015.

Here is a visual summary (I wish it was more readable):


Readable details from a UN fact sheet:

  1. End Poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  2. End Hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, promote sustainable agriculture.
  3. Ensure Health and Well-Being for all.
  4. Quality Educationinclusive, equitable, and lifelong.
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation Services for all.
  7. Access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable Clean Energy for all (1 in 5, globally, lack access to electricity).
  8. Economic growth and decent employment.
  9. Resilient Infrastructure and sustainable industrialization.
  10. Reduce inequalities.
  11. Make Cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (By 2030, almost 60% of the world population will live in cities. Cities account for 75% of carbon emissions, but have great potential for conservation and efficiency).
  12. Sustainable consumption and production (reduce waste of food, water, energy, and natural resources).
  13. Urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
  14. Conserve oceans, seas, and marine resources.
  15. Protect life on land: manage forests, combat desertification, halt land degradation and biodiversity loss.
  16. Peace, Justice, and strong institutions.
  17. Strengthen partnerships for fulfilling the goals.

The goals sound both wonderful and overwhelming.  They are stars on the horizon for governments, non-profit groups,and individuals. Their success is closely connected to the level of commitment achieved at the Paris climate talks over the next two weeks (Nov 30 to Dec 11). Funding is of course a big concern, especially for less wealthy nations.

I like goal number 12 because it addresses the fact that current rates of consumption and waste, particularly in the industrialized portion of the world, are unsustainable.  I am guessing that we need an overall adjustment, in which some of us reduce our materialism, and others gain improvements, such as clean water, food, electricity, and toilets.

If you’re interested in all this, there is a GlobalGoals app.  I just downloaded it so I can’t offer an assessment yet.  On Twitter, check out: #globalgoals, #action2015, @The Global Goals, and @UNFCCC.

Spirits of the flow–Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge #72


Spirits of the flow

wave offerings to the wind,

tranquil feathered souls

glide upon ripply waters,

embrace life’s undulations.

A tanka (5-7-5-7-7 syllables) for RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge #72.  The prompts words to be used in our poems are ‘life’ and ‘give’ or their synonyms.

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Refugees: cinquain #3

By bykst/1708 images courtesy of


caught in

bleak killing chaos,

rise with courage, to seek


This poem is a five-line ‘cinquain’ prompted by Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge #6. This version of the cinquain form requires counting the words in each line: 1-2-3-4-1.  I decided to deviate from form in the fourth line, using ‘to seek’ rather than ‘seeking’ which would have given the four-word count.  To read other cinquains please visit Jane Dougherty’s post, using the link above.

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Refuge: cinquain #2

By Bykst/1708 images courtesy of


safe, secure

caring, protecting, valuing,

embraces war-weary travellers,


This poem is a cinquain, a five-line poem written following popular form #2, as outlined in Your DictionaryThis is a second submission to Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge #6.

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