Lazy Poet’s Thursday Haiku



Boughs laden with red

Tom Pots and Worcester Pearmain

apples for bobbing



The Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders

I haven’t tried the Daily Prompt at WordPress before, but somehow today it touched me, so I’m having a try. Michelle W. says . . .

Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SEVEN.’

I decided to haiku, here are my attempts.


By seeking inside

first nurture and love yourself

then love you will attract


Bursting from my skin

searing, I must be alive

all consuming pain


Tiniest new growth

changing each new day

girl child brings me joy


Stillness of the dawn

a golden hour full of peace

before the world awakes


Never far away

somewhere someone nears death

may it be timely


No more oppression

human struggle for an end

eternal freedom


Open wide your heart

abundance is yours, accept

always be thankful

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Travel Theme: Stone

I was wandering through the streets in the old part of Bristol today with some friends and we came across some pretty almshouses. The were behind closed gates so it was difficult to get a good view but these stone carvings were set in the brick on the first floor. They are the Magi, carrying their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrhh.
Gold Frankincense myrhh
I thought they were perfect for Ailsa’s challenge this week.
If you would like to join in or see some other interpretations visit her at

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

It was difficult to avoid a sunset and sea photo for this weeks challenge but eventually I found this one. Over in Suffolk, if you walk south along the beach from Lowestoft you will find this church. It was something I’d never seen before, a church on a beach so even though the light was dull I snapped it for the memory.

beach church_edited-1

I’m sure you can come up with a much better horizon, so why not post it at

A Fanfare for Marionette!

Today I’m thrilled to be taking part in a cover reveal for TB Markinson’s second novel, Marionette.

 Here we go!


Title: Marionette

Author: T. B. Markinson

Cover Designer: Derek Murphy

Publication Date: December 2013


Paige Alexander is seventeen and has her whole life in front of her. One day her girlfriend comes home to discover that Paige has slit her wrists. Paige isn’t insane, but she acts like she is. Why?

After the incident, Paige agrees to go to therapy to appease her girlfriend, Jess. However, Paige doesn’t believe that therapy will help her. She believes she’s beyond help. Paige doesn’t want to find herself and she doesn’t want to relive her painful past in order to come to terms with it. What Paige wants is control over her life, which she hasn’t had since her birth.

During her childhood, Paige is blamed for a family tragedy, when in fact, her twin sister, Abbie was responsible. Abbie doesn’t come forward and Paige becomes the pariah of the family.

To add to Paige’s woes while attending a college in a small town in Colorado, the residents are in the midst of debating whether or not gays and lesbians should have equal rights. Tension is high and there’s a threat of violence. She isn’t out of the closet and pretends to be straight at school since she fears what will happen if her parents find out she’s a lesbian. Will she end up dead like her best friend, Alex?

About the Author: T B Markinson

T. B. Markinson is a 39-year old American writer, living in England, who pledged she would publish before she was 35. Better late than never. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling around the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in England, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order. Marionette is her second novel.  A Woman Lost was her debut novel.

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