The year of the truth

Coeur d’un Poète, of The Writer’s Corner, was kind enough to feature Wibble the other day on the ‘Follower Spotlight Series‘, which I would abbreviate to ‘FSS’ if it didn’t sound like air leaking from a tyre. In return, I offered to reblog a post of his, and he chose his poem ‘The year of the truth‘. So here it is: enjoy!

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(An original poem by Coeur d’un Poète.)

Things only ever feel, to me,
like they’re missing in action.
If they’re going to be
better, then I need some traction.
I’m not living my best life,
hiding behind the tales I tell.
In the thick of lies I do not thrive,
I only hide in the pit where I fell.

Every year tells a similar truth
on my name, a fame worth forgotten.
It’s sum is no more than rotten fruit
best trashed and abandoned without pardon.
I cannot rise up with certainty
if I am not living my days in truth.
If truth is not what I live daily,
then I cannot have it told so moot.

Truth is the light, both seen and hidden,
an endless, flawless patch of life.
It is the beauty in which all are smitten,
taken to the place where we all can thrive.

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A haiku for Earth Day 2020

The future is bright
As long as we do what’s right
Don’t give up the fight

I’m dedicating this haiku to Earth Day 2020 (22 April), the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!

The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.

Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

This haiku was written for Weekly haiku challenge #299 hosted by Ronovan Writes.
I don’t know whether it’s good form for a haiku to rhyme. Here’s hoping I won’t be penalised for getting it wrong!

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Get my eBook for FREE, All Fool’s Day 2020

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Book cover of 'The Eclectic' by Colin Reynolds

The Eclectic

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Sign of the times

The Weekly Smile logo
I stumbled upon Trent’s ‘Weekly Smile‘ the other day.
An excellent idea! We could all do with more chuckles.

And just now, serendipitously, I checked out a ?random post on Richard Wiseman’s blog. I hope it makes you smile 🙂

Richard Wiseman

Yesterday I posted this rather inappropriate sign on Twitter, and it received over 11,000 views, so I thought I would put it on the blog….

Then I went looking and found…..

Plus the classic…

Which is your favourite?

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The blog-driven time machine

The blogosphere is one massive creative content continuum. Most of us only live on the front edge of the ever-expanding wave, but there’s a wealth of diversity hidden below, accessible by a single magic word:

That word is ‘?random’.

A wordcloud with focus on 'random blog posts'When I’ve been visiting other blogs lately, I’ve been following up on my visit to the most recent post with another one, using ‘?random’. This works on any WordPress site to take you to a random blog post on that site. All you have to do is put ?random after the domain name, like this:

Many blogs have old posts that are still relevant and interesting long past their publication date. But these posts get buried; only the most recent ones generally see the light of day. Some blogs focus on certain themes; and some of those are timeless. Examples (all gleaned from ?random visits) are:

Another way in which browsing sites with ?random may be helpful is that it might generate ideas for new blog posts. For instance, this post on ghrelin was the result of a ?random visit to Rachel’s blog. (Of course it’s always a good idea to link back to the post that sparked your imagination; leaving a pingback can serve as a thank-you.)

I’ve been following my own advice — about blog maintenance — and have been able to help other bloggers fix some problems like dead links, missing videos and broken images (and I get a warm fuzzy feeling from doing that).

So if you’ve been wondering why it is that I’ve been ‘liking’ and commenting on ancient posts of yours, this is why 🙂

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Wordle 449

I’d been thrown clear. The last thing I remembered before the crash was chatter on the radio; advice to stash personal items and to be armed to the teeth before landing… Amazed that I’d survived, I crawled back to the wreck, and saw a hand trapped in the door. It wasn’t connected to anything.

Muse supplied by The Sunday Whirl.

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Ego or Eco?


Thanks to the excellent blog ConservationBytes for sharing this eye-catching cartoon (original artist unknown)….


The simple graphic suggests that questioning our prejudices about our place in the biosphere might help us to interact with it less disastrously.  I also like the way it echoes the fact that simple “food chain” depictions of ecosystems, though useful as illustrative aids, can only represent a one-dimensional understanding of the myriad complex interactions between organisms which actually occur.  There is still a huge amount to discover about the subtleties of ecosystem function and the remarkable mysteries of the natural world – in many ways we still understand very little.

“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”   Eden Phillpotts

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Mission accomplished; we were heading out of The Complex when I saw her.

She was working on an assembly line, mindlessly repeating the same actions over and over again. Her body moved with fastidious, entrancing grace.

Memories of our time together came flooding back to me, buffeting like a waterfall.
But The Machine had erased all hers, leaving an empty shell.

She glanced up; looked me straight in the eye. Blank. No recognition.

“Come away, man, come away,” my teammate urged.

We left. I’d have to do all the remembering for the two of us.


Word count: 95
Prompt: a dream I just had

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Beyond the door

The door at the top of the house hadn’t been opened in years. There’s a flappy thing — I think it’s called an ‘escutcheon’ — that covers the keyhole; sometimes I would move it aside and peer inside, imagining what might lie within, but I could see nothing.

I could smell something on the other side, though, through that hole. Something sweet, alluring; no matter the time of year, it always smelled like spring.

And then one day in the attic, in a box of old photographs, I found a note in an envelope. The note simply said ‘Search the birch by the church’. The very next day I went to examine the old tree in the churchyard. It had been hit by lightning before I was born and the trunk had been split. My fingers felt within and, to my surprise, I found a brass key hidden there.

Barely able to control my excitement, I raced back to the house, took the stairs two steps at a time to the top floor, ran across to the door and turned the key in the lock. The door creaked open, revealing a new world beyond. Taking a deep breath, I stepped through.

A key in a lock

Photo credit: January MorgueFile d11aad1a4ea61dc8f06495aa4a0b6a72

Word count: 199
Prompted by Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner
(with thanks to pensitivity101 for the pointer)

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The Upside Of War

Arran Lomas may look young. His moustache may be an affectation he could do without. But his message is a good one; don’t knock it. (Oh, and Susi’s poem is a pretty good one, too!)

I Write Her

Inspired by Reena’s Exploration Challenge #128

every negative situation
has the power
to become a positive force
for cultural shift

lives are lost
but lives will be saved
in the future
from what we learn

life’s path
takes a different turn
our day to day changes
becoming a new reality

gleening a possibility
of hope in this evil’s demise
in the following days
it begins during these troubled times

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