FICTION IN A FLASH #20 #IARTG #ASMG #Writing Community @pursoot

Award-winning author, Suzanne Burke, has presented a photo prompt for which everyone is invited to write a short story, poem, or one-liner. Join the fun and time of creativity.

This week’s photo prompt brought several ideas to mind, but I chose a poem in Tanka form. This is a Japanese style that consists of 31 syllables, divided in 5-7-5-7-7 format.

THE EMPTY SADDLE
 
THE BREAKING OF DAWN
OF YELLOW, GOLD, AND PURPLE
PAINTED BY GOD’S HANDS
SYMBOLIZED NEW BEGINNINGS
AFTER A STORMY, SAD NIGHT.
 
THE EMPTY SADDLE
WHERE SHE ONCE RODE HER HORSE, BABE
WITH ME BY HER SIDE
IS NOW SLOWLY LED HOMEWARD
WITHOUT THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.
 
I STAYED BY HER SIDE
I HELD HER COOL AND FRAIL HAND,
I KISSED HER SWEET LIPS
THEN SAID GOODBYE TO MY LOVE
ALWAYS TO LIFE IN MY HEART.
 
WITH EACH NEW SUNRISE
I GAZE UPWARD, SIGH, AND PRAY
FOR STRENGTH AND COURAGE
TO LIVE EACH DAY WITHOUT HER
‘TIL MY SADDLE IS EMPTY.
 

I invite you to go to Suzanne Burke’s website, learn about this amazing woman, become a follower of her blog, and buy one or more of her books. I highly recommend each and every one of them. https://sooozburkeauthor.wordpress.com/

I enjoyed writing this poem inspired by the beautiful photo prompt. Your comments are welcome and appreciated.

CANCER, ADDICTION, & AN INFLUENTIAL AUTHOR.

OVARIAN CANCER TREATMENT UPDATES:

Drugs known as PARP inhibitors are used to treat some women with advanced ovarian cancer that has returned after earlier treatment. Now, results from three new clinical trials show that the drugs might also benefit women who are newly diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. (NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUE) Zejula and Lynparza are two such drugs.

Cancer and other diseases have been a part of human life from the beginning of time. I marvel at the ongoing research and treatments now available. The word “cure” is not yet available for many cancers, including ovarian but I believe that someday there will be a cure.

DRUG DEPENDENCY

Whether drug dependency is related to alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs it is a worldwide problem that goes back thousands of years. I have witnessed it in my family too many times. It is heartbreaking to see families broken apart, individuals on a path of self-destruction, and the related economic and health issues.

I support Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Al-Anon. These programs have proven successful and the philosophy is wholesome, healthy, and spiritual/religious/a belief in a Greater Power. The addict must take responsibility for their choices. I have watched some family members and friends successfully change their lives.

AUTHORS AND BOOKS

An author who has had a powerful influence on me is Emmet Fox. He was born in 1886 and died in 1951. He was one of America’s most popular spiritual leaders of the twentieth century. My favorite book is the Sermon on the Mount: The Key to Success in Life. Other books include The Ten Commandments, Alter Your Life, Power Through Constructive Thinking, and more.

He was very involved in the New Thought movement. Some of its tenets are:

  1. God or Infinite Intelligence is “supreme, universal, and everlasting”;
  2. divinity dwells within each person, that all people are spiritual beings;
  3. “the highest spiritual principle [is] loving one another unconditionally… and teaching and healing one another”; and
  4. “our mental states are carried forward into manifestation and become our experience in daily living”.[5

Here is an interesting side note: Mr. Fox’s secretary was the mother of Bill W., one of the founders of Alcoholic Anonymous.

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My grandmother taught me about a healthy body, mind, and spirit. I learned about vitamins, minerals, meditation, exercise, faith in God, and living with love in my heart. She introduced me to Emmet Fox when I was about twelve years old. I met my adopted aunt when I was sixteen and she reinforced everything my grandmother taught. She is now ninety-four and continues to be an important role model.

I believe that due to my grandmother, my aunt, and Dr. Fox, I have survived ovarian cancer for almost twelve years, went through a difficult divorce, and chose to learn and grow from every adversity.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I welcome your comments. The holiday season and the start of a New Year and be joyous and exciting or they can be depressing and lonely. Let’s reach into ourselves and to others so we all will truly have a happy, healthy, and joyous holiday season and 2020.