Fandango’s Flashback Challenge

find this challenge here: https://fivedotoh.com/2021/01/08/fandangos-flashback-friday-january-8/

What do you see? #11

Hopeful 

As I walk along the ruins 
I try to recall the memories 
that we have built together. 

I recall your touch and your blessing,  
but flounder in the  shadows  
that used to be our love.  

Moving towards the sun 
I feel hopeful that peace 
and happiness will be mine again.  

©2020 C Bialczak 

What do you see # 56 – 16 November 2020

To participate go to Sadje’s blog: https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2020/11/16/what-do-you-see-56-16-november-2020/

Waiting

I wait and watch  
knowing that you are out there 
wanting to know where I am 
and what I am doing. 

I wait and watch 
knowing that when you find me 
you will want more of me 
than I am willing to give. 

I wait and watch 
knowing that I cannot escape you 
for you know where I go 
and I cannot hide. 

I wait and watch 
knowing you hold me captive 
to bid your calling and suit your needs 
and I will never be alone.  

I wait and watch 
and you are always there. 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry


 

What do you see # 54 – 2nd November 2020

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Thanks to Sadje for hosting another What Do You See photo challenge
https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2020/11/02/what-do-you-see-54-2nd-november-2020/

Being a Bear

If I were a grizzly 
I’d have some huge, sharp claws 

If I were a polar bear 
Cold snow wouldn’t bother my paws 

But I’m a little panda bear 
with black eyes right from birth 

My arms are black as are my legs 
including around me in girth.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Blogging Insights

For this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya has turned to Sadje, of Keep It Alive, for the questions. Sadje has asked these questions:(https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/10/19/blogging-insights-51-blogging-etiquette-questions-from-sadje/)

How long should the comment thread be? For example, if some blogger likes your post and says so, you thank them. Then they say that you’re welcome or it’s a pleasure, afterwards most shift to emojis or smiley faces. It can go on for quite some while.
I think saying thank you can be the end. A lot of times when people thank me or say you are welcome I “like” the comment so that I am acknowledging that I received it. It is awkward sometimes because you don’t know what the other person is expecting. Do they want you to say “you’re welcome”? Does it have to be the same with every blogger or every post?
I think another part that gets tricky is when you say that you enjoyed someone’s writing but you don’t necessarily have a specific comment. I sometimes think, “Do they believe that I really read their post?” I guess what it all comes down to is getting to know the people you correspond with and what they either expect or would appreciate.

What is the acceptable protocol for reblogging?
I think reblogging is a great idea when you want to share something that someone else has posted. My biggest problem is that I think many times, even though I put a comment before reblogging, that people think the post is mine. I don’t know if they don’t notice it was reblogged. It makes me uncomfortable because I don’t want the original blogger to think I am taking credit for their work.

What should you do when people don’t respond to your comments on their posts? Should you stop commenting on their post or give them a reminder about your comment?
I don’t necessarily mind if people do or do not respond to my comments, unless it is a question. I think sometimes people have a limited amount of time to blog and you go through and read the comments but if you responded to each separately, you would get no actual blogging done on your end. I continue to comment on future things but not over and over about the same post.

Award posts: these are the trickiest regarding etiquette, as most people don’t even acknowledge that they were nominated for that particular award. What should be the proper way to deal with this situation?
My biggest question is where do they come from? and are they real? What I mean is, I have gotten nominated before and it is a nice gesture but it seems more like a chain-letter type of situation. You acknowledge who nominated you, then you nominate 10 more. Does anyone ever win? What do you win (I don’t mean real prizes – more like recognition) ? Do you get something to put on your blog to acknowledge you won?
Defined broadly as messages designed to be passed on for alternatively self-serving, altruistic or nefarious purposes, chain letters have taken an array of forms over the centuries. Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the polarizing mode of communication is enjoying a renaissance, with individuals stuck at home forwarding recipe chains, inspirational quotes, photo challenges and other ostensibly comforting prompts to their friends and family.Still, even seemingly benign chains come with a catch. As one popular recipe exchange warns, “Seldom does anyone drop out because we all need new ideas.” The implication is clear: Participation—while not required—is strongly suggested. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/chain-letters-swept-internet-they-raised-funds-orphans-and-conveyed-messages-god-180975005/

©2020 CBialczak

What do you see?

Image credit; Adrien King @ Unsplash

For Sadje: https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2020/10/12/what-do-you-see-51-12-october20/

Cadence, do you see it? 

See what? 

That one grain of sand that hasn’t fallen yet. 

Oh yeah. Here let me tap the glass to make it fall. 

No! Leave it. That means that time is standing still.  

Time is standing still? Does that mean we can do whatever we want for as long as we want but no time is passing? 

Yeah, that’s what it means. 

Cool, we can go away for like a year and when we get back nothing changed. 

Well, that’s if no one finds the hourglass.  If someone finds it and the last grain falls, we’ll be in trouble for getting home late. 

So, what should we do? 

Let’s wait and see if it’s going to fall. 

That could take forever! 

I know… 

©2020 CBialczak fiction

What do you see? #46

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2020/09/07/what-do-you-see-46-7-september-2020/

Wandering

(This is a One-Word Poem, using the title – Wandering – as my one base word. Enjoy!)

Once I was drawn 

To a place that was grand 

A place with no anger 

The sand slips from my hand 

Where the sounds are so weird 

They whisper and blow in my ear 

And I take in each sand grain 

And hold it so dear 

And I try not to gnaw 

At life’s finest wire 

Holding me near 

As I wander.

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

What do you see # 37 – 6 July 2020

This is written for Sadje’s What do you see? : https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2020/07/06/what-do-you-see-37-6-july-2020/
Please tag your responses with #Whatdoyousee

Pure love

Veva watched from high above  
the sweetness of the hummingbird.  
From her heart she felt such love  
Her thoughts shown through her word.  
 
“Oh beautiful bird I can see  
that you’re surely made from grace  
you fly with intense dignity  
Into this open space.” 
 
The bird flew on not knowing 
that what she said was true 
For while the winds were blowing 
She knew not what to do 
 
“I fly because God made me 
to soar about this land 
I come and go around the sea 
that’s all I understand.” 
 
Veva stopped and held her hand 
out to the precious bird 
The bird she knew not where to land 
she thought the girl absurd. 
 
“I cannot land upon you now 
for I only have pure fear 
you look so safe and I will vow 
to stay so very near.”  
 
“Oh bird I understand you  
but let me tell the truth 
I watched you as the wind blew 
to see if there was proof.” 
 
“Proof of God, of love, of grace 
in what he made you into 
Trust my voice, my hands my face 
for I would never hurt you.” 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

What do you see?

“Are we beautiful, mama?”

“Of course we are beautiful, why do you ask?”

“‘Cause, can’t you see all the blue butterflies? They are beautiful. So, if they are beautiful because they are blue and delicate how could we be beautiful too?”

“Sammy, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Don’t sell yourself short. We are white and strong, We stand on our own. But we don’t have a lot of color.”

“Okay, mama, if you say so.”

©2020 CBialczak Fiction