A really fine read.



Those of you who have spent time in Rome or in many other cities in the world have seen them.


Egyptian obelisks.  Those four sided monuments topped by a pyramid shaped point.  The Washington Monument is an American shaped copy though one cannot enter the genuine article.

Once they all stood in ancient Egypt, monuments to the greatness of  the Pharaoh who created them and the glory of his reign.  The ancient Egyptians made a number of obelisks which were mostly placed in pairs at the entrances to temples.

Of the 28 existing obelisks standing today, only 6 are in Egypt.  The rest are located in London, Paris,  Istanbul, New York and Rome.  Why each of these treasures stands where it is today is literally a biography of each.

After standing in Egypt for a thousand years plus (the oldest surviving obelisk is over 4,000 years old) there…

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writer’s block #3

I found this in my notebook & didn’t remember writing it. It has phrases I recognize from my diary (various years & dates) & my frustration when I was first diagnosed with bipolar disease & prescribed all kinds of meds, which messed up my creativity & made me unable to write whatsoever. It’s not a great poem but not half-bad.

grey lady poems

© polly macdavid 2021

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The Culinary Alphabet …..Series 3… the letter C…

Culinary letter C

Retired? No one told me!

Welcome to series 3 of the Culinary Alphabet…WHERE the middle letter is C…

Nothing is as it seems here…this new series is the brainchild of Chel Owens who writes at A wife, My Verse, and Every Little Thing…my followers are so good to me they think up all sorts of permutations of the Alphabet…not sure if they want me to call it quits or what they will come up with next…Chel like Pete, however, will be called on to make her contribution every two weeks…they don’t get off scot-free…so I hope you have started brainstorming Chel…haha x

So what’s in store? In this series the A, B, C, etc will be the middle letter, for example, Brawn, Cabbage, and Yucca… how easy that will be who knows I am sure some of the letters of the alphabet could cause the grey matter to…

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Rondeau Notes

About the Jez of It

The Rondeau can be a challenging form for the poet. Consisting of three stanzas, a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet, the first phrase of the first line, or the hole first line sets the refrain (R). The meter is eight syllable or ten syllable line, but it is the poet’s choice if that is iambic tetrameter or pentameter.
The rhyme scheme is
(R)aabba aab(R) aabba(R)


In Flanders Field by Lt. Col. John McCrae, M.D.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be…

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