#Poetryreadathon – Meet author, poet and blogger Victoria Zigler

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Poetry readathon

Today I am delighted to introduce you to author, poet and blogger, Victoria Zigler. Victoria, known as Tori to her friends, is an author of a number of lovely children’s books, some of which I have read and really enjoyed. She has also published some lovely poetry books.

Over to Tori

I was excited to be a part of Robbie’s poetry readathon.  But this presented me with a bit of a conundrum.

You see, picking a favourite of my poems is hard for me.  Actually, I’m not very good at picking favourites of things in general, but I find it even more difficult with my own work, because each piece is special to me in some way.  So I made it a little easier on myself by focussing on one particular poetry collection: Mr. Pumpkin-Head And Other Poems.

“Why that one particular collection?” I hear you ask.

Well, it’s quite…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – New Collection – #Verse #Short Stories – Life’s Rich Tapestry : Woven in Words by Sally Cronin

A new storybook from Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to share the news of my own new release today. Life’s Rich Tapestry : Woven in Words is a collection of verse, micro fiction and speculative short stories.

About Life’s Rich Tapestry

Life’s Rich Tapestry is a collection of verse, microfiction and short stories that explore many aspects of our human nature and the wonders of the natural world. Reflections on our earliest beginnings and what is yet to come, with characters as diverse as a French speaking elephant and a cyborg warrior.

Finding the right number of syllables for a Haiku, Tanka, Etheree or Cinquain focuses the mind; as does 99 word microfiction, bringing a different level of intensity to storytelling. You will find stories about the past, the present and the future told in 17 syllables to 2,000 words, all celebrating life.

This book is also recognition of the value to a writer, of being part of…

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Real Or Not?

I just read a poem about Illusions and our spiritual inner self. I wrote this last week.

Real Or Not?

My reality is filled with nightmares,
But are my nightmares merely dreams?
Are dreams the solid reality
Where nothing is what it seems?

I can touch and feel the colours
That paint the visions that I see.
I experience all the pain
That reaches out and touches me.

I hear the screams that are cried in solitude,
Of the harmed and murdered souls.
It was not me that wanted the nightmares
But I cannot change the roles.

If the dreams are nightly terrors
And the daily torments a trance I must endure?
Do the voices that come to haunt me
Hold the key to whatever is the cure?

In the past there were others
On which the blame could be hurled.
Now there’s only me amongst the living
Left to carry the curse that is my world.

© 2019 Daniel Kemp All rights reserved

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A Covenant Of Spies

This book has been on the Amazon sites since September with a release date of 17th December alongside it, but this morning I received notification that the paperback version is available from today–3rd.

There is a ‘Look Inside’ feature on the paperback but not on the Kindle which is still set to release on its publicised date.


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No Time For War

No Time For War

In the silence in the shadows
In the deepest grave that’s ever been,
Lives the voice of all reason
In the world no-one’s seen.

Memories will be rewritten with no pain left inside.
Tears will be forgotten. There was no time when you cried.

In the valleys deep and darkened
In the nightmares, in the screams
Lives the Devil that needs fighting
Fill those shadows with your dreams.

Memories will be rewritten with no pain left inside.
Tears will be forgotten. There was no time when you cried.

From the dawning of the sunrise
To the dwindling dusk of night
Think not of inky skies above you
Fill those shadows with your light.

Memories will be rewritten with no pain left inside.
Tears will be forgotten. There was no time when you cried.

In the world that’s been constructed
In a life you can claim
There’s no darkness of the memories
There’s no memories of the shame.

Memories will be rewritten with no pain left inside.
Tears will be forgotten. There was no time when you cried.

Persecution is forbidden
Hypocrisy is no more
Love is unchanging
In the dream you’ll be living there’s no time for bloody war.

© 2019 Daniel Kemp All rights reserved

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#Poetryreadathon – Along the Way by Daniel Kemp

A poem and reviews from Robbie Cheadle.

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Poetry readathon

Daniel (Danny) Kemp is a talented author of a number of books. He also writes lovely poetry which he shares on his blog here: https://theauthordannykemp.com/

The poem I have shared below is one of Danny’s first attempts at poetry and I think it is rather extraordinary.

Along The Way

“I am heavy, I am tired,” said the old man to the child.
“My life is drawing to an end.
It is not what I have done to life that has brought me here today, but what life has done to me along the way.

I was strong, I was fierce, I took no-one to my side, simply brushing them aside with no need for them.
Now I find that I’m alone, but don’t pity nor disown 

Those memories that I’ve sown, along the way.

My path was never straight, sometimes narrow, sometimes wide but along it I did stride to…

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Goodreads List

I’m honoured to announce that I have the NUMBER 1 book (What Happened In Vienna, Jack?) and three other novels in the TOP TEN on this Goodreads list. All are available in Kindle format and two come as audiobooks.


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Father Figure: Free Kindle Download from 11/21 – 11/25

A free book to read in the warm while it’s cold outside.

This Is My Truth Now

Father Figure is a FREE download from 11/21 thru 11/25. Thank you so much for your support in sharing, downloading, reading, and reviewing. I appreciate it!   Download @ http://mybook.to/FatherFigure

Overview of Father Figure

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown and fall in love. Contemplating her loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia faces life-altering tragedies.

Brianna Porter, a sassy, angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to find her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. Desperate to find the father whom her…

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An Ex-President Of The Oxford Students Union Was The Present Prime Minister.

Resignations as impeachment proceedings begin against Union President

Official impeachment proceedings against the President of the Oxford Union are being launched this morning over the treatment of Ebenezer Azamati, a blind postgraduate student, in a case that has received widespread national attention and condemnation from MPs.

Last night, the Union’s Director of Press, Chief of Staff and two members of the Standing Committee and Secretary’s Committee, the Union’s governing body, announced their resignations in protest at Mr. Azamati’s treatment.

Standing Committee member Jeremy Mbararia issued a statement of resignation, telling Mr. McGrath: “Every action that you have taken in responding to the incident, from bringing a disciplinary action against Ebenezer, to failing to issue an unconditional apology until being pressured to do so, has shown me that you are unable to put aside your political ambition for basic decency.

“I entered the Committee thinking that perhaps the warnings were not entirely true. I feel that not only as a fellow person of colour and African but as an individual with a sense of morality, I can no longer remain within an institution such as this, so long as you remain in office… I cannot and will not serve such a President. I stand with Ebenezer.”

Secretary’s Committee member, Simon van Teutem, also addressed Mr. McGrath in a public statement: “I wish that you were able to take a step back from your personal interests and consider the impact that this has had on Mr. Azamati. This is more than the political games you have grown accustomed to.

“Not only was Mr. Azamati humiliated by the staff at the debate, but you also insisted on amplifying his humiliation by attempting to strip him of his membership for a disciplinary offence which he did not commit. I am ashamed that I ever served a President who was capable of such indecent, disrespectful, and vindictive conduct. Although it is your resignation that the Members deserve, it is the resignation of the more junior members that they will have to accept as a token of our apology and shame for the incident. Mine is not the first, and will not be the last.”

A witness to the initial incident, Harry Hatwell will pin a motion for the impeachment of Brendan McGrath on the Union’s noticeboard at 10:00am. The motion of impeachment is fully supported by Oxford University Africa Society (AfriSoc), who protested the Union last Friday. Mr. Azamati is Ghanaian.

The motion reads: “For better or for worse, being President of the Oxford Union is seen as a stepping-stone to high office (our current Prime Minister as a case in point); being President of the Union matters.

“The Union holds itself to be a bastion of democratic debate and liberty, but it is hard to see such values have been upheld here. The actions of the Union and the impunity with which our elected representatives have acted cannot go unchallenged. The President has chosen not to do the brave, courageous, and responsible thing and stand down from his position; we have faith that Union members will make him accountable.”

Having pinned the motion, members of the Union have 48 hours to sign it in support. If 150 members do so at this time, there will be a poll of all members. If two-thirds of voters in this poll support impeachment, the President will be immediately removed from office.

The University of Oxford condemned the treatment of Mr. Azamati: “We share the widespread outrage regarding the unacceptable treatment of Ebenezer Azamati, a member of our University community, at the Oxford Union. Ebenezer’s college and the University are working to fully support him.

“The Union is an entirely independent club not governed by the University, but this student’s treatment goes against our culture of inclusivity and tolerance – we are pressing the Union for answers on how they plan to remedy the issue and ensure this does not happen in the future.”

The action is being brought against McGrath for his failure to investigate Mr. Azamati’s case, for continuing to prosecute him for nearly a month, and for failing to publicly apologise for the incident.

The motion states: “The President has failed in his duty to uphold the principles of equity and fairness, failed to deal with ableism and racism in the Union, and failed to listen to the voices of the Union’s members. He is not fit for office.”

Hatwell raised a Point of Order immediately after the incident to ask for an investigation and also recently gave evidence in defence of Mr. Azamati.



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Unrecognizable – #poetry of #life

A beautiful poem of sadness.

Night Owl Poetry - Dorinda Duclos

Why is it I don’t recognize, the face reflected back at me?

What is it about her look, I no longer wish to see?

Sunken, hollowed cheeks, color pale, in shades of white

Turn away, bow my head, I can’t take my ghostly sight

Missing is the sparkle, once, so prominent in these eyes

Replaced by tears of sadness, rushing, falling, from my eyes

No strength to fight the demon, it’s taking all I’ve got

Too weak to go on trying, yet too stubborn, to accept this lot

Determined for a comeback, keep my focus on the prize

Restore myself, back to life, there is no compromise.

Authors note:  I am still unwell, trying to find the end of this madness.  Four weeks and counting.  I know what it isn’t, but not what it is.  I see a specialist on Wednesday.  I pray I finally find out what demon…

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