Double #Etheree #Poetry Challenge

Image of an Indian bride from Pinterest

The Bride

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
the whole
© 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.

For more poetry: click here to hear Magical Whispers

Here is my latest release  Hues Of Hope 

#Ekphrastic Challenge #Poetry Crown #Cinquain

Photo chosen by D.L.Finn

Respect Our Blue

calm sea –
our blue blanket
waves rise to our magic
we whistle to swim together
in peace.

we ask 
just for harmony 
we love our brackish blue 
keep your missiles in your minds 
don’t maul!

Our bond
Is eternal
We have survived for eons
to discover joy despite scorn
love wins.

peep deep
see the shimmer
of blue that doesn’t match yours 
but holds unspeakable secrets
stars know.

At our choices
We found felicity 
Whilst you dwell in the storms of life
So sad!
© Balroop Singh

Inspired from Colleen’s Ekphrastic #photoprompt. This week I chose Crown Cinquain, this poem has five stanzas, each with syllable count of 2/4/6/8/2.

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.

Holiday Blessings #Etheree

of joyous
are the ones that bring
beautiful melodies
of sweet songs, brimming with love
wrapped with emotional delight;
magnificent gifts seem lusterless
in the gathering of a family.

Holiday blessings bring us together
Christmas tree shines brighter with laughter 
that resounds around the fireplace
to warm it with festive cheer
song of life sounds dearer,
lilting with a new
dawn to dispel
darkness and
© Balroop Singh

This week’s double Etheree is inspired from Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #poet’s choice (with a twist.) Thank you for the inspiration to try new forms, Colleen.

If you like poetry: click here to hear Magical Whispers

Have you checked my latest release? – Slivers: Chiseled Poetry

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge

Pixaby image

Vintage Vibes

Drenched in the delight of love that grows with time, taking an inspiration from lingering shadows of the gnarled branches, they walk despite the slippery road of life. They find solace in togetherness and new promises.

snowy path threatens,
scares, yet we walk forward
enticed by the glow 
that dances with promises, 
old stories infuse new life

© Balroop Singh

Thanks to Colleen Chesebro for Weekly Poetry Challenge. This week’s form is tanka prose. There are two basic forms in classic tanka prose: Preface (explanation) and the Poem Tale (episodic narration.)

If you like poetry: click here to hear Magical Whispers

Have you checked my latest release? – Slivers: Chiseled Poetry