TCS: To Hear the Flute of Your Whole Existence

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A dead end street is a good
place to turn around.
Naomi Judd

How far you go in life depends on
your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving and
tolerant of the weak and strong.
Because someday in your life
you will have been all of these.
– George Washington Carver

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Trump and the cursed golden stool – A Folktale

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor

January 20, 2023 marked the second year anniversary of Joe Biden’s presidency. In the immediate aftermath of his electoral victory, I wrote a folktale/fable condemning Trump’s villainy and depravity.

Folktales are stories originating in popular culture which are typically passed on orally. Their purpose is to create a sense of unity in a homogeneous group which reinforces their identity. The stories communicate morals and traditions to younger generations and prepare them for future challenges. Fables are generally works of fiction that may feature animate or inanimate objects. They also convey moral values.

Trump represents the most dangerous, sociopathic world leader in modern times. In an age of worrisome nuclear stock piles, the re-emergence of such tyrannical leadership, must be repelled and viewed as an anathema. My story contains a fusion of literary genres, to create a kernel of a tragic, cautionary tale.

To read Irene’s tale click:

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Virginia Woolf: A Room of One’s Own

January 25, 1882Virginia Woolf born, leading English modernist author and feminist; best known for her novels To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway, and her essay A Room of One’s Own.

“… a woman must have money and a room of her own
if she is to write fiction.”

A Room of One’s Own was published in September 1929. It is based on a pair of lectures she gave at Newnham and Girton, the women’s colleges at Cambridge. It remains a testament to the injustice of limiting women to childbearing and domestic duties, denying women’s intellectual potential.

She focuses on literature, contending that the absence of female fiction is a result of a lack of opportunity rather than a distinct absence of talent. Social problems may shift shape, but the absence of opportunity still causes isolation and inequality.

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TCS: “All That’s Best of Dark and Bright”

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“Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.”
—Yevgeny Yevtushenko

“The enchantments of the past must always
become the disenchantments of the future.
But memory, a preservative, may intervene …
Art, the embalmer of memory, is the only
human vocation in which the time regained
by memory can be permanently fixed.”
― Howard Moss, from
The Magic Lantern of Marcel Proust

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A Poem for Cheese Lover’s Day

January 20th, for unspecified reasons, is designated as Cheese Lover’s Day.

There are many types of cheese to choose from, from the mild to the strong to the stinky. So please  celebrate by enjoying whatever is your favorite cheese today. For those of you who sadly are lactose intolerant, my deepest sympathies.

Sandra Heska King is a contributor to The Mischief Cafe, published by T.S. Poetry Press, an extension of Tweetspeak Poetry, an on-line space for poets and poetry-lovers.

To read Sandra Heska King’s poem “Round of Cheese” click:

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A Floral Universe Award

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor

“A flower’s appeal is in its contradictions –
so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance,
so small in size yet big in beauty,
so short in life yet long on effect.”
Terri Guillemets

“Flowers always make people better, happier
and more helpful; they are sunshine, food
and medicine for the soul.”
Luther Burbank

“Every flower must grow through dirt.”
Laurie Jean Sennott

To read Irene’s new poem “A Floral Universe Award” click:

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TCS: What Do You Want to Remember?

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Nothing is more responsible for the
good old days than a bad memory.
Franklin Pierce Adams,
   American  Columnist

A man’s real possession is his memory.
In nothing else is he rich, in nothing
else is he poor.
 – Alexander Smith,
     Scottish poet

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A Poem for International Kite Day

January 14 is International Kite Day, which grew out of Uttarayan, a major kite festival in India which marks the beginning of summer there.

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013), one of the major poets of the 20th century, was born in Northern Ireland, and later lived in Dublin for many years. He was the author of over 20 volumes of poetry and criticism, and won the 1955 Nobel Prize for Literature.  Heaney taught at Harvard University (1985-2006) and served as Oxford Professor of Poetry (1989-1994). He died at the age of 74 in 2013.

Heaney wrote “A Kite for Aibhin” as a welcome for his new-born granddaughter

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A Cinderella Story

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor

“Well, there’s one thing:
they can’t order me to stop dreaming.”
Cinderella

“In order to rise from its own ashes,
a phoenix first must burn.”
Octavia Butler

“Many waters cannot quench love,
Neither can the floods drown it:
If a man would give all the substance
of his house for love, It would
utterly be contemned.”
Song of Solomon 8: 7 (KJV)

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TCS: A New Year – Laughter that Cold and Blizzards Could Not Kill

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“You know how I always dread the whole year? Well,
this time I’m only going to dread one day at a time.”
— Charlie Brown, ‘Peanuts’

“Come, gentlemen, I hope we
shall drink down all unkindness”
— William Shakespeare, 
The Merry Wives of Windsor: Act 1, Scene 1

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