Maiden Voyage

Breast CancerMaiden Voyage

by Caroline Clemens


Not tres yet in score, she’d been brought to port.

A mermaid of wood boasted many stories to tell,

Madonna guarded her ship protecting the fort.

Still a sting to the bosom–vulnerable, she fell.


Miraculously tendered by souls from the sea,

She breathed in the mountain air of endless longing,

Til it filled the cracks and porous heart of thee.

Not ship, nor shore could touch her lore storming.


Now, experienced with vision, compass and paint,

She burned bonds of yore: dank, musty and wet,

And pursued the seas lather to wash a new saint.

No longer the maiden voyage, rather by lady she set.


~A poem for the mother’s, sisters, daughters, women & men who experience breast cancer and are enlightened through living a more spiritual and stronger life, whether they wanted to or not.

~Breast Cancer Awareness Month/Pink Ribbons

~Picture credit by Kim Troike

Poetry by Jane Dougherty

Hope you are enjoying a lovely Sunday in October.

I’d like to share a poem by a fellow WordPress and Amazon author.

Visit this link to see her latest poem titled ‘Driftwood’ and beautiful painting.

I’ll have more from her in November when I showcase her work here on gardenlilie.

Click Jane Dougherty.

Just Do It

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Just Do It

I wrote a song for my uncle, but he left on tour … for a year! Johnny told him I could use his old studio. My heart skipped two beats.

“One stipulation,” he whispered.  “You can not leave until you have your song.”

Ten days later after 12 hour stints and no dust left in the place, my recording was ready. That is I had the notes, the pauses, even my voice. As I was all alone, just me and two windows, my mind made it real.

I called my uncle on tour in Japan and played him my recording. I didn’t hear him speak, only silence. Then a voice I recognized as Johnny’s said, “Tell him to meet us in Nashville at Christmas.”


by Caroline

for Rochelle Wiseoff Fields 100 Word Friday Photo Prompt

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October and November will be a game changer for me on this blog. The hope is for poetry, art and guest posts from writers, all showcased for our appreciation. While I’m figuring it all out, I’ll be re-blogging others work. Today is writer Jane Dougherty from France by way of Ireland. She has a FREE short story … this I can probably do as it will give me a taste of her style. She comes highly recommended.

Originally posted on Jane Dougherty Writes:

Giving a story away is not easy. The work that has gone into it is enormous: writing, revising, copy editing, line editing, formatting, making a cover. And that doesn’t cover the emotional input.

But the point of a story is to be read. That’s why it was written, it’s sole raison d’être. If I am giving Enders away over the next few days it’s because I would like a few people to pick it up, dip into my world, and possibly get some pleasure out of the experience.

Enders is set in a world that will be familiar to readers of The Green Woman series; for others it could be an introduction to Providence and its grotesque social structure. Although The Green Woman was written with YA in mind, in the sense that the main characters are young people, there is nothing YA about Enders. Not that it’s full of…

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Autumn Awe

Leaves Today is October 1st and Fall is all about change. The word awe means wonder or struck by something. What are you struck by? What are you in wonder over? For me it’s the cool air, beautiful colors and apples, cider, too!

When you are a kid you play in the leaves, then you are told “don’t play in the roadside leaf piles because a car might run you over.” As a kid you keep exploring until someone tells you what not to do. I guess that’s partly how you learn. Today, I imagine (know) kids are taking pictures and sharing to the net, all the glorious colors and fun things to do.




My favorite apple used to be Macintosh and now it’s a Pink Lady or a Crisp. What’s yours?

When I was a kid there was Washington Red and that was it. Do you make pie or crisp or candied apples?

If you do, think about sharing that with me. I’d love to make October all about sharing.





Apple Cider


I’d like my  gardenlilie blog to go in another direction and let other people showcase their talents, whether they be writing, poetry, gardening, crafts or whatever.

This will be all about freedom of expression.

Oh yea, my favorite is apple cider when it comes to apples and what can be made from them.




Pink Ribbons


October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month and there are some awesome ladies who’ve conquered this beast.

If you have a story to tell, feel free to share or you can email me and I’ll share it for you.

I’m not really a pink lady myself (you know if somebody tells me to be pink over blue, then I’ll choose blue~are you one of those?) but it does represent the cause and everybody knows what it means.

Go girl power!! We are in AWE of you!!






Lastly, October and the beautiful display of colors has us reflecting our lives in this world. Slow down and appreciate the world, reflect what you have accomplished and what you hope to do.

I look forward to sharing others talents here on my blog, please feel free to pass this forward. My email is Contributors will be responsible for their own content and copyright.


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Last Chance

Bleu MoonToday I’m finishing the followup novel to this story, I’ll be changing the book cover and combining the two novels into one. How can one possibly know how something will turn out until they DO IT?

Bleu Moon is available on Amazon through my Twitter page. These characters are so excited; they are hoping you come back and find out what they are up to. They move around quite fast so jump in quickly.

The author will be celebrating with an Oktoberfest Party either tonight or tomorrow. Usually I would attend these in person but my cyber personality (who thinks she’s a writer) has taken over for awhile. Children and to-do lists take up most of my time while the internet engages a few moments here and there.

~gardenlilie … Bleu Moon

Waiting on Me

Rhett ButlerI’m almost there and guess who’s waiting on me down below resting on the bannister? Ha ha, keep dreaming honey!!

He knows I can do it; he’s even smiling, already. Oh the things a person does to get the nerve up and keep on keeping on.

Writing is way more difficult and complex than I ever thought. And actually, I never thought about it before. I am clapping my hands for those thousands of writers who bit the bullet and made us memorable books, movies and poetry, even books for school. Kudos times a million. Until you’ve done something be careful how you judge others. I know I probably should have taken a creative path in life, all the things I did early on pointed in that direction but for me … I don’t have regrets. Maybe my study of the human heart will benefit me and others.

Good for the people that know and climb the ladder of success while they are young and brilliant, but for those of us just getting started or restarted I say age is nonsense. I always thought I wanted that office high in the sky looking out over a beautiful setting or something, like it spelled achievement. But I knew I had it all along, now I just want to do it in different ways. Maybe experience is the best teacher.

ScarlettScarlett has dirt in her hands urging me to do it again, “After all,” she says, “Tomorrow is another day!”

As soon as I finish (well before the big edit) I’ll post a little party here on gardenlilie; join me then for a celebration, all ages, genders, etc. etc.! Maybe it will be a BBQ or possibly a Chili Cook-off.


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Promote Myself: on Carol Browne’s blog


Here is Jane Dougherty, a writer I met on WordPress! She writes beautiful poems, hails from France but her roots are Irish in nature.

Originally posted on Jane Dougherty Writes:

Carol Browne posted an author interview with me on her rather slick new blog. The reblog button has gone walkabout so here’s the link

dark Citadel

and a picture of the cover of The Dark Citadel otherwise WordPress will most likely stick Trixie’s mug shot on the thumbnail.

Thank you Carol, they were interesting questions to answer.

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Forgotten Trail


Gardenlilie is a place for expression and showcasing others talents. Please have a look at a talented poet named River Urke … You can even listen to her soothing voice.

Originally posted on A Pocket of Agates:

A seven part poem from my upcoming book Spirit Songs. I only share the first three for now.  I was accepted to a manuscript conference with Spirit Songs.   Please, check out my campaign.  HERE
Forgotten Trail

My grandmother
always remembered me
amidst her dementia
and forty some grandchildren.

No matter how many years
in between
she puckered her thin lips
my way
motioning me to sit
upon her round lap
of baby flab and boobs.

I was smaller and darker
than the other kids
and an opposite of my red haired mom
the ninth in a line of eleven.

She told my mom
I reminded her of her grandma
a woman she adored
under five feet tall and dark.

She was French, my grandmother said
avoiding the story never told.

A story of a woman from another time
who left her home and lineage behind.


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Victoria Zigler

An Interview With a Reader

Reader Interviewby Caroline Clemens

I am delighted to bring you Victoria Zigler who happens to go by a shortened version as just ‘Tori.’ This lady is an avid reader, well, more than that actually. She reads close to 300 books a year; I think this qualifies her to know if its a good read or not. What do you think?

I found her on Goodreads and in her bio it said she likes music, horses and the Stone Age, amongst other things. She writes Children’s Stories and Poetry. Tori is in the purple shirt petting an owl.

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1. What do you love about the Stone Age?

Reader InterviewIn the Stone Age there were still so many discoveries to be made. Plus, the need to own things that weren’t useful hadn’t been so firmly fixed in people’s minds, so there wasn’t so much pressure to get the latest thing that was in style. Also, the concepts of “waste not, want not” and “reuse and recycle” were second nature to everyone. Some people would argue that you can say this about many points in history, but it seems to me that the wasteful and greedy nature of humans wasn’t so apparent in the Stone Age, since it became apparent as shiny new “toys” (weapons, jewelry, etc) that weren’t readily available to everyone became available.


2. What is your favorite type of horse?

There are a couple of horse breeds I’m quite fond of, and which I would pick as my favourite would depend on what I’d be doing with the horse. For events (races, jumping, etc) I would choose a Thoroughbred. For a working horse, a Shetland Pony would be my choice. For a family pet who would be used for neither events nor as a working horse, but would be for gentle pleasure rides, I think my choice would be an American Quarter Horse.


3. Please list your top five Children’s books.

These kinds of questions are always difficult for me; I always find it so difficult to decide on my favourites, since I have so many favourite books. But… Let me think… In no particular order, my favourites are…

For younger children:

Reader Interview
1. Anything by Beatrix Potter (cute stories with talking animals in them… What’s not to like?)
2. Any of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales.
3. Lauren Child’s “Charlie And Lola” books.
4. Enid Blyton’s “Wishing Chair” and “Faraway Tree” collections.
5. Robert Mason’s “Obee” squirrel stories.



For older children:

Reader Interview1. “A Little Princess” and “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgeson Burnett.
2. Any of Roald Dahl’s books, though “Matilda” especially.
3. J K Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series.
4. David Estes’ “Nikki Powergloves” series.
5. Monica Dickens’ “World’s End” and “Follyfoot” books.

Yeah, I know I sort of cheated with answering this question, but some authors I just can’t pick a single favourite book by, and if I tried then I’d just end up changing my mind in five minutes time!


4. How many books do you read per year?

I read a LOT! Exactly how many books I read varies, depending on book length and what else is happening in my life, but I read a couple of hundred books a year as a rule; some traditionally published, and others self-published. Last year I read 290 books (not counting re-reads, which I never count when figuring out the number of books I’ve read) and I’ve already read over 200 books this year (again, not counting re-reads). I list and rate them all on Goodreads, but only write proper reviews if I’m asked to by the author; usually because they gave me a free copy in exchange for a review, though that’s not the only time I write proper reviews.


5. Do you write poetry? And if so can you give us a favorite poem?

I mostly write children’s stories, but yes, I write poetry. Mostly rhymes that can be enjoyed by children as well as adults, though not exclusively, since I have written darker stuff that’s not child friendly, and used a few other styles. I have a couple of poetry collections published as ebooks, actually. But as for my favourite of my poems… Hmmm… This one’s tricky, and if you ask me again another time my answer will most likely be different. Right now though, I’d have to go with “Mr. Pumpkin-Head” (which is the title poem for the first poetry collection I put together).

Here it is:

Mr. Pumpkin-Head

In a pumpkin patch
Near a big red barn
Looking out over the fields
Of a very big farm
Lived Mr Pumpkin-Head

All day he’d sit in the pumpkin patch
Wishing he could do something good
“If only,” he said to himself one night
“Pumpkins could be more than just food.”

Then one day, when the aire was chilly
And the trees were almost bare
Someone came to the pumpkin patch
Who’d never before been seen there

She was just a child – no more than six
With hair the colour of gold
Wearing a pretty little pink coat
To protect herself from the cold

She looked at Mr Pumpkin-Head
And all his friends in the ground
Then knelt beside Mr Pumpkin-Head
Making hardly a sound

She put her hand upon him
And smiling said, “You’ll do!
You’re coming home with me, you are.
I’ll make a jack-o-lantern out of you!”

And now…

In the window sill     Of a little house

Reader InterviewLooking out of the window
Beside an ornamental mouse
Sits Mr Pumpkin-Head

His smile may be carved on
But inside he’s grinning too
For he thinks a Jack-O-Lantern is
A great job for a pumpkin to do

That’s why you’ll never see a pumpkin smile
As wide as Mr Pumpkin-Head

~Written by Victoria Zigler in 2008, and published in the poetry collection titled “Mr. Pumpkin-Head And Other Poems” in April 2012.

~note by interviewer … I just have to say that is a delightful and wonderfully written poem!


6. Who are your favorite poets? Name three and their titles of your favorite poems.

I’m a big fan of the poetry of William Wordsworth and Robert Frost, but I’m not sure I can pick favourite poems for either of them. As for a third… I like other poets, but I can’t really say anyone stands out as a third favourite.


7. Please tell us what music you would pair with a Stone Age book?

Stone Age


I would probably choose something new age with rattles or drums, and little to no actual singing. That seems the most appropriate, since it has some similarity to the music used in ceremonies back then, and would work well for creating the right atmosphere.



8. What would you like to see written for children in 2014 and beyond?

I’d like to see some stories being written about other fantasy creatures. I love stories about fairies, dragons, mermaids, etc, but it would be nice to see some of the other creatures getting some attention. Don’t think I’m not eager to read more about fairies, dragons, mermaids, etc… I am! I’d just like to see some stories about other creatures too.

Victoria Zigler


Reader InterviewThe End

Thank you so kindly for answering my questions and I’m truly glad we got to know more about you ‘the reader’ and also your creative talents with the pen.

We have something in common as old time favorites of mine are “The Secret Garden and “The Little Match Girl.

Caroline Clemens

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