Double #Etheree #Poetry Challenge

Image of an Indian bride from Pinterest

The Bride

At
the door
she lingers
with brimming eyes
dreams and tears mingle
roses rise to welcome 
embers of love within her
innocence of youth far behind
adrift from her precious possessions 
an untrodden pathway of life awaits.

Passion exudes as she walks ahead
to meet inevitable changes
that life ushers in with new bonds
siblings watch the demure bride 
decked in red bridal robes. 
Moments halt in time
A pause that is
remembered
the whole
life.
© Balroop Singh

Thanks to Colleen’s weekly TankaTuesday challenge, which has inspired me to create a syllabic poem based on color. I chose red, a symbol of passion, love, life, strength, courage, confidence and positivity.

I chose Etheree, which consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Thank you.

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Here is my latest release  Hues Of Hope 

Memories #Poetry

Memories frozen in time
Are melting,
Stirring forgotten tears

Some emerge from
Dark crevices of heart,
Lurching weakly

The one I buried in books
Wriggled out,
Much enlightened

The one I submerged in the stream
Of my thoughts
Is peeping out

The one I hid in the old house
Grew wings,
Craving for light

Their grief was muted
Muffled callously,
Eager to share their gloomy journey

Memories gather this time
To mourn
In the arms of a poet

Exulting at his expertise
Of offering solace – hollow
Hollow words of comfort!
© Balroop Singh

This poem is an excerpt from my latest book Hues Of Hope, an anthology of readers’ favorite poems from my poetry books. Thank you.

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#NewRelease: Hues Of Hope #Poetry

Hues Of Hope is the collection of readers’ favorite poems from my poetry books. These poems explore the hope that lies within our heart, hope that whispers each morning to look at the horizon, hope that inspires us to look beyond the chaotic world and take the next step to vanquish the fears that try to fetter us. It promises to take us to an oasis of peace, unravels magical moments of joy, as beams of love calm our senses. It guides us through dark alleys to show the streaks of light that shimmer through the clouds.

 

Like dew on our dreams,
Hope is the moonlight filtering through trees
Like whisper of breeze that warms our heart,
Hope is the promise that we make to ourselves
Hope is the silent prayer that we send in distress
Hope is the happiness that we visualize,
The horizon that we reach, if we try.
© Balroop Singh

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Balroop Singh.

Heart-warming Stories #BookReviews

This week, I am sharing two novellas by Staci Troilo, as I read them one after the other and both won my heart due to her style of writing. I look forward to reading more in the series.

I had read and reviewed The Edge of Fear in the month December but am sharing the review now, as this book too focuses on relationships and I have just finished another book – Love Me: A Christmas Wish by Jacquie Biggar who weaves wonderful webs of relationships.

No Such luck by Staci Troilo is a brilliant story that defines relationships and makes Piper Seidel ponder over her lucky charm and high school crush. I like Staci’s crisp style, her dive into the story, without wasting a moment in unnecessary descriptions to let the reader decide the superfluity of adolescent thoughts that sound dearer than realities of life. 

When I stumbled upon book – 2 of the series, I thought, let me start with book – 1 and I must confess, it made my afternoon most pleasant. This is a short read, I finished it within an hour but it left me craving for more – such is the style of Staci! Her focus on characterization is remarkable, as Piper, an impatient, brazen and reckless person grows up into a fine woman by the time her story ends. There is a subtle message for those who lack the virtue of introspection. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Highly recommended.

‘Pour It On’ is as enjoyable as good wine, a perfect blend of fun and business in an aura of light-hearted “meet and greet” night that might crash due to Nigel, the arrogant sommelier who has decided to quit Romy’s restaurant, without any prior notice.

I like the metaphorical title of this novella, as Staci astutely pours anger and angst right in the beginning, with a dash of romance into the story along with wine. Rick Santucci adds the much needed boost to the party though the misunderstanding is like an icing on the cake, making the story superbly succulent.

Troilo creates memorable characters with well defined traits. You would either love or loathe them and admire the skill of their creator. If you like short, heart-warming stories, this is a perfect pick.

The Edge of Fear by Maura Brennan is a riveting story of love and relationships that are exemplary if we keep Frank out, but such vindictive and sinister characters do lurk around us to derail a mirthful life. Hattie’s happiness agitates him, he conspires to extract money out of her but how far does he succeed in harassing his former wife keeps you turning the pages of this fast-paced book. Brennan wastes no time in unnecessary details and keeps her focus on the story.

Strong female characters, action-packed narrative, love for little Lilly and a filmy finish make this book quite engaging till the last page. Though predictable at places, the story moves at a breath-taking speed and the smooth introduction of new characters is admirable. A thread of fear runs throughout and is contagious enough to touch your heart. All the characters leave a mark on your memory, especially Celine and Agnes. Even secondary characters like Rhonda have been handled with elan. Highly recommended for those who like light thrillers.

Love, Me: A Christmas Wish Novel by Jacquie Biggar is a heart-warming story of Cassie who believes in the magic of Santa Claus. She wants a puppy but her yearning for a dad overrides her Christmas wish and she writes a letter to Santa to give her a dad so that her mommy won’t be alone if she falls sick again. My heart goes out to such a child who is suffering yet thinks of her loving mom. Add another character of utmost goodness to the story and a perfect world, where love abounds, is created.

Kyle enters just at the right time when Grace needs help; his attraction fortifies his efforts and lovely bonds are created. Biggar has a knack of crafting such relationships in her stories and this book is exceptional. A feel-good story that is bursting with hope despite Cassie’s battle with cancer. There are some beautiful moments to be cherished and I love how Avery and Cassie wait for Santa in the sleigh to convey their new Christmas wish! Highly recommended!

Thank you. Happy reading!

– Balroop Singh.

Just Saying…

I wonder why people like long tresses
Only when others wear them
I wonder when would I gather the grit
To repeat my adolescent goof

Ah! Can I forget the day I got the inspiration 
From “Maggie cuts her hair”
And told my younger sister to help me
Satiate my desire for short hair!

Thunder reverberated around me.
My sister shrugged off her role
And blamed the scissors
That wouldn’t move straight!

I was reminded of my cultural compulsion
To wear my hair unsheared.
The rebel in me scoffed it off
Promising me to do as I wished.

I waited and waited
Time did come to take my own decisions
But the longer they grew
The more I liked them.

Each time I think of cutting them short
Many words echo around me:
‘They are beautiful’… ‘They look awesome’…
‘Never shorten them’… ‘I love them’

You should see them on my pillow
How they struggle to survive each night
As I turn my head around
To find a comfortable position.

 Oh! don’t even ask how many vacuum cleaners
They have asphyxiated!
The day my sister visits
I have to sweep the kitchen floor twice!
© Balroop Singh, February 2022

Inspired from a recent discussion (in our Writer’s Group) about hair. Thanks.

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