Music And Balance


I know that I have a need to let music embody me for enjoyment. It’s also a distraction for loneliness or wanting to feel nostalgic about a memory. And sometimes just headbanging intensely with a good AC/DC tune is good for the soul. There are quite a few artists that I like and for so many different reasons. My tastes run a wide berth, and across all time and genres.

Reflecting on my teenage years, I realize I used music quite heavily to navigate some of the emotional chaos in my life at that time. Shaking off the demons accompanied by music was quite cathartic for me then.  In my youth, whenever I required a release of pent up emotions, I’d turn on the record player. My go-to album was Genesis – A Trick of the Tail. I’d start by playing the song Ripples and let all the deep, sobbing emotions rise to the top as I simultaneously cried and sang out all the angst. A sort of purge, if you will. Next came A Trick of the Tail to set my mind on a path of a take-charge, purposeful freedom. Lastly, Los Endos to take all the heartfelt emotions which erupted with the first song, allowing them to build again into a fever pitch of strength and control. Feeling them explode with the crescendo of the song, emerging spent and empty, that was the goal and what saved me from going deeper inside. This was my process when living became all too much. It allowed me to escape from my own destruction. And kept me from being committed.

It’s interesting that I find peace and quiet are what I relish most being a grownup. But maybe tapping into such a focused release might do me some good in my older years too.


Shocking upheaval delivered unexpectedly.

The heartache pounded harshly inward.

Internal distress burnt a tortuous red.

A deep cut surrounded by a million small tears.

The stress widened all the wounds.

Anguish and heartbreak followed.

The future, unending and suffering agony.

Sorrow and grief dictated the next steps for survival.

This daedal misery mimicked a slow death.

Love left in an upset heap, an untidy disarray of hurt.

This… this from someone who cherished commitment.

Originally published 6/22/18

My Precious

Inspired by What Do You See – 5/14/19


All the steps I take
for your comfort
I do without complaint.

You deserve my love
and attention,
you shall not have to wait.

May my efforts sustain you
and this commitment
be your protection.

I’ll keep you from harm,
ensuring your growth.
And I’ll rise to meet you.

Elite Reproduction


Inspired by BrewNSpew – Word of the Week – 5/13/19

Hear ye! Hear ye!
The latest aristocrat has arrived!

Born to a noble station, this lad
will want for nothing except
maybe a little less fame.

All births are precious,
though royalty gets international praise
for squeezing another out.

Paparazzi delights
in another grand subject
added to the elite lineage.

The hoi polloi froth
with the news of this birth.
More gossip to be had about the royal icons.

All this attention
for something women have been
doing since the beginning of time.

This latest effort of reproduction exalted
leaving the average woman wondering,
“where’s my publicity?”


I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #19


Welcome back to my weekly challenge. It’s time to get your creative juices on again!
So tell me, how would you interpret this image above?


PLEASE follow them! I’d hate to not see your piece(s) represented in the recap the following week! Confused? Any questions – email me at   
For more detailed information, read about this challenge here.

    • Create a standard three line, 5/7/5 syllable count haiku/senryu
    • Deadline to submit for this week’s challenge will be 12:59pm 5/18/19
    • Up to 3 pieces permitted
    • Link your piece to this “IWH Haiku/Senryu Challenge” on your post
    • Always give photo credit if there is one
    • Complete entry form below

Above all else, have fun and be creative with this! 🙂



Here are the links to all the wonderful submissions I received last week. They were great! Thank you to all who sent in pieces and welcome to the new participants! 

Jen Goldie – Love’s Fragility – Starlight and Moonbeams and the occasional cat

Dorinda Duclos – Forest Nymph – Night Owl Poetry

Ruth – Invisible – Ruth Scribbles

Regret – Reena Saxena

Forest Stalker – The Dark Netizen

Eugenia – Tree Spirits Lost – ThusNSuch

A. Cele – Spring Walking and Scientific Fact – Small Burdens

CJ Holm – Shadow – PrairieChat

Deborah – Sanctuary – AWISEWOMANSJOURNEY

Hélène Vaillant – This Forest – Willow Poetry

Toni Deely – Ghosts – Thoughts of Tee

Nan – Nature’s Child – Chasing The Muses

Tien Skye – Mother – FROM THE WINDOW SEAT

Candice – Sacred Venus

Constance Bourg