Spotlight Poetry – Poem of the day -'April Fool' – by Geoffrey Chaucer

© Jörg Kaminski, Fool’s Gold

‘April Fool’ From ‘The Canterbury Tales’ by Geoffrey Chaucer

‘The Canterbury Tales’ is a collection of 24 stories written in Middle English between 1387 and 1400.

The poem tells of a trick played by a fox. These words, in English, are supposedly the earliest recorded ‘foolishness’ played on April the first.

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Poem Attribution © Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘April Fool’(The Canterbury Tales), c.1387-1400

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Image Attribution © Jörg Kaminski, Fool’s Gold, (Date Unstated)

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Poetry – ‘A Whispered Shade of Song’ – A collaborative poem by Goff James and Stephen Fuller

© Sevitt Francis, Living Waters

Whispers back the day
I heard rustle your kind song
Spring lifts horizons

Love’s secret garden
An elaborate masquerade
Twilight’s hidden song

© Sevitt Francis, Fair as the Moon

This collaboration came about through a discussion with Stephen focused upon my original poem inspired by Eugenia’s word prompt ‘Song'(amanpan.com). Stephen’s contribution appeared in my comment box.

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Poem Attribution © Stephen Fuller, Whispers Back the Day

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Poem Attribution © Goff James, Love’s Secret Garden

(Loves Secret Garden was originally featured in Eugenia’s Word Prompt Song)

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Image Attribution © Sevitt Francis, Living Waters, (Date Unstated)

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Image Attribution © Sevitt Francis, Fair as the Moon, (Date Unstated)

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Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 166, #ThemePrompt – ‘Finding Clarity’

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! Challenge Badge It’s the fourth week of the month! Ken Gierke selected this month’s theme prompt. On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll select someone to choose next month’s theme. Have fun! Don’t forget to send me poetry examples for my poetry book. I’ll need: Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Cinquain (all…

Source: Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 166, #ThemePrompt

Spotlight – ‘Flipping Pancakes’ – Poem of the day – by C.Richard Miles

Today (Tuesday 25th. February) is Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Tuesday) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by the making and eating of pancakes.

Flipping Pancakes by C.Richard Miles

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Poem Attribution © C. Richard Miles, Flipping Pancakes

Source Attribution https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/flipping-pancakes/

Spotlight Poetry – Poem of the day by John McCrae

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

The First World War ended on November 11th. 1918.

This date is now known as Armistice Day.

Over 16 million people died in battle or were civilian casualties of the war.

John McCrae was a Canadian doctor. He served as as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the war.

The poem was published in 1915, and its immediate success led to it being quoted in propaganda as part of the war effort. The reference, in the poem, to the red poppies of Flanders has led to the the symbolic significance of the wearing of poppies on Remembrance Day each year.

John McCrae died of pneumonia during combat action in 1918, just eight months before the war ended.

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Poem Attribution © John McCrae, In Flanders Fields, (Published -1915)

Source Attribution A Poem For Every Day Of The Year, Mac Millan UK

Image Attribution © Robert Alexander, In Flanders Fields, (Date Unstated)

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Spotlight Poetry – Poem of the day by Walter de la Mare

Please to Remember by Walter de la Mare

‘Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot.’

On November 5th., 1605 , Guy Fawkes was arrested for his part in a plot to assassinate the king, James 1st., by blowing up the House of Lords (London).

To celebrate the King’s survival, bonfires were lit around the country.

This annual tradition has only developed over the last few centuries, with the addition of fireworks, and, of course the making of an effigy of Guy Fawkes to place on top of the bonfire.

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Poem Attribution © Walter de la Mare, Please to Remember

Source Attribution A Poem For Every Day Of The Year, Mac Millan UK

Image Attribution © Lara Cobden, Darkness Revealed, (Date Unstated)

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