#NaPoWriMo 2016 Challenge – Day 6


Todays challenge is to write a poem about Food… either a particular food, your relationship to food or an incident involving food!

Hope you enjoy my choice… And happy reading!



You may not be a food of sorts
But you’re functionally important to me
You fuel me from morning till night
Just a cup or two or even three.

When I am out, just socialising
You’re always there to hold
Warming my hands, forever so gently
So I never feel cold and alone.

You come in many varieties
Of which I’ll try a few
Your so creamy and delicious
Coffee, I’m addicted to your brew!

© DebraDML (2016)



#NaPoWriMo 2016 Challenge – Day 5


Todays challenge via NaPoWriMo Website is to spend some time looking at the names of heirloom plants, and write a poem that takes its inspiration from, or incorporates the name of, one or more of these garden rarities.

I am not a gardener and so chose to write about some native plants to Australia!

Happy reading!



“The Woolly Bush, Banksia & Mallee Stump”

Brought together through fate

The three of you embody

Both the beauty & the harshness

Of the Australian landscape.


Making this arrangement

A unique & treasured picture

Captured for all time, to admire

Even after you return to Mother-nature.

© DebraDML (2016)



“Bush Candles”

Dearest beautiful Banksia Bushes

You are quintessentially Australian

Known & loved for your brush-like flowers

That rise like candles in the bush.


Throughout our wide covered land

You bloom, in a variety of forms & colours

Drawing birds from near & far

For a sweet taste of your honey nectar.


© DebraDML (2016)


#NaPoWriMo 2016 Challenge – Day 4


 Todays challenge via NaPoWriMo Website is to write a poem in which you explore what you think is the cruelest month, and why.

Happy (or, if not happy, not-too-cruel) writing!



In his poem “The Wasteland,” T.S. Eliot famously declared that “April is the cruelest month.” Here is apart of that Poem…


April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.
Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee
With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade,
And went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarten,
And drank coffee, and talked for an hour.
Bin gar keine Russin, stamm’ aus Litauen, echt deutsch.
And when we were children, staying at the arch-duke’s,
My cousin’s, he took me out on a sled,
And I was frightened. He said, Marie,
Marie, hold on tight. And down we went.
In the mountains, there you feel free.
I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.
  What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
“The Cruelest Month to Me”
Each year it creeps up faster
The older that I get
And always leaves me reflecting
On the good, the bad, and the times I do regret.

I think as I look forward
I need to make a plan
To take me away from this melancholy period
Before I slip, like dust does into sand…

The cruelest month to me you see
Is the month of March.
For it is the month of my birth
Which I like to celebrate, kind of fast.


#NaPoWriMo 2016 Challenge – Day 3


Day 3’s Challenge via the NaPoWriMo Website was to turn our vision outward and write a poem in the form of a “Fan letter” to a Celebrity



“My Fan Letter to Author Sylvain Reynard”

Dear Sylvain Reynard (aka SR),

You may know me via your social media sites.
I came across your first book 4 years ago now
And became so touched by the journey it took me on
I ended up doing some research on you,
And my world opened up to a huge arena…
Fan Fiction, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Facebook & Instagram
I’ve even met some of your other SRFans
When I travelled overseas recently.

With each new series you write though
I still get that same feeling from the first time
Where I’m left feeling touched
And in awe of your talent,
From the journey you take the reader on,
To how it makes one stop and think about things.

Through reading your books over these years
And the impact it has had on me
Here I am today writing this “Fan Letter Poem”
As apart of the “NaPoWriMo Challenge”
And I just wanted to say I think you are extraordinary,
Your gifts are not just mere words upon a page
They have a ripple effect
That reaches out and can change people too.

How grand it would be to meet you
And have a chat over a coffee n donut, or Scotch
Or better yet
Have the chance to meet at a SRFans Convention
With all your Fans from across the globe attending
‘Oh the fun that would be had…
They are an awesome unique bunch of people
And I truly thank-you for your magical touch!

One of many of your Aussie SRFans,
© DebraDML (2016)


#NaPoWriMo 2016 Challenge – Day 2


Day 2’s Challenge via NaPoWriMo Website was to write a poem about a Family Portrait



A captured moment
Rare and never to be seen again
Evidence, that we were once bonded…

Off to the “Annual Ekka Show
As a family unit
Who seemed happy and carefree…

It appears in black n white,
That those bonds formed
Should remain strong forever…

But sadly overtime
Cracks shattered those foundations
Leaving a Mothers’ heart broken…

© DebraDML (2016)



#NaPoWriMo 2016 Challenge – Day 1


Hello, well as usual I’m off to a late start in the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month)…. but I am excited though to be apart of this Challenge again via the NaPoWriMo Website, as I learnt a lot last year and enjoyed it very much!



So Day 1 in the Challenge was to write a “Lune Poem“, which is a sort of English-language haiku. It’s a three-line poem with either a syllable count of 5-3-5 or a word count of 5-3-5.

My Lune piece is a word count, Happy reading!




#PoetryInMotion Challenge – Reflection



Each day as I strive to face forward
Getting on with what life has in store
Restless moments are always awakened
From the past, which once had been flawed…

In these periods of “Refection”
I’m always left wondering why
These are my quiet time memories
Instead of the good times, where i don’t feel so torn…

© DebraDML (2016)


2015 ~ A Recap on my Year!

Golden glitter

So a Recap of 2015… Well for me the year started off by seeing in the New Year celebrations in Liverpool, UK with my BFF of 28 years, with her family & friends – a mad & fun loving lot that I wish I could hang out with more often if it wasn’t so damn far to come visit…



 Then next up I headed over to Ireland with my mom to visit her childhood hometown & family, I hadn’t been here since I was 6 yrs old… And it turned out to be a really special time to share with my mom, as she reminisced and talked about her childhood memories as we were sightseeing – it definitely was a totally different way of life back in the 1930s & 40s


“Shannon Airport”


After nearly two weeks around the Southern Ireland charm it was back to London… to say cheerio to my niece, and other family n friends…


“The London Underground” img_0251

Then it was back Down-under to OZ – to the heat, reality & work… but also after being away for nearly 3 months I was really looking forward to seeing my son and my dog again! 


In hindsight it was a great trip, even with a few bad moments thrown in… It is a trip I wish I could do every year to see my family & dear friends, come on Lotto!

The rest of my year was filled with an emotional and educational growth


 In Poetry I spread my wings more this Year… as I entered into the “NaPoWriMo Challenge” in April; I became apart of a Team on Facebook via my friend Angel Poet called “Poetry In Motion” – which ran weekly Poetry Challenges & I also helped administrate a New Blog called “Vagrant Poetry” via Facebook & WordPress set up via my friend Shawn D. Standfast.

Poetry In Motion =  Facebook

Vagrant Poetry Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | WordPress



I also took on further studies in my Nursing career towards becoming a Registered Nurse and made some New friends along the way!


My Goodreads Reading Challenge was to read 104 Books, which I achieved and surpassed by reading 140 Books all up – the list of these books read are below!

My favourite all up read in 2015 would have to be the “Demonica” Series by Author Larissa Ione – it goes into really interesting concepts about The Apololypse, The Four Horsemen, Heaven, Hell, Angels, Demonslots of different types, Good vs Evil etcas well as being based around great story lines about finding your soul-mate and falling in love, but I found it enlightening and a thought provoking read!


Fiction Books:

  • Welcome to Alegria: Catherines Story by Craig G. Berry
  • The Rosie Project & The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
  • The Raven & The Prince by Sylvian Reynard
  • Tempt Me Like This & All I ever need is you by Bella Andre
  • Reckless in love  & Breathless in love by Bella Andre & Jennifer Skully
  • Searching for beautiful & Searching for Always by Jennifer Probst
  • Chasing Me, Beg Me, Play Me & Catch Me by Jennifer Probst
  • The Tantric Principle, Holiday Hoax, Executive Seduction by Jennifer Probst
  • Heart of Steel; Sex, Lies and Contracts by Jennifer Probst
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside by Jennifer Probst & others
  • Servicing the Target, Master of the Dark Side & Simon says Mine by Cherise Sinclair
  • Valentine One Kings Way, Hero & Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young
  • Confess, Never Never by Colleen Hoover
  • The Saint, The King, The Virgin & The Queen by Tiffany Reisz
  • Just one taste, You Only Love Twice, Luscious & Master No by Lexi Blake
  • Nobody’s Dream by Kallypso Masters
  • Wicked Series: Books 1 to 10 by Shayla Black
  • His to Take by Shayla Black
  • The Bold & The Dominant by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob & Isabella LaPearl
  • Their Virgin Mistress by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake
  • The Chalet, The Enticement, The Collar, The Exhibitionist by Tara Sue Me
  • Mastered Series: Books 1 – 6 by Sierra Cartwright
  • 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle One: 1-4
  • 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Two: 5-8
  • Demonica Series: Books 1 – 11.7 by Larissa Ione
  • Need You Now by Lisa Renee Jones
  • The First Nighty by Lexi Blake & MJ Rose
  • Fire Down Below by Debra Anastia
  • Grey by EL James
  • Captivated by you by Sylvia Day
  • Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy
  • The Woman who stole my Life by Marian Keyes
  • Rosie Dunne & The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahearn
  • It started with Paris by Cathy Kelly
  • My Mothers Secret by & If you were me by Sheila O’Flanagan
  • Schooled, Unravelled & Caged by Lorelei James
  • Sinners at the Altar by Olivia Cunning
  • Screwdrived, Mai Tai’d Up & Last Call by Alice Clayton
  • The Redhead Plays Her Hand by Alice Clayton
  • Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
  • Flat Out Love by Jessica Park
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons
  • Stripped by Jasinda Wilder
  • Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
  • The Girl in the Spiders Web by David Lagercrantz
  • Coming Down by Marie Coulson
  • Seeking her by Cora Carmack
  • Memorial by Joseph A. Pinto & Nina D’Aracangela
  • Heart of Atlantis by Deidre Meyrick
  • The Espionage Effect & No Wedding Series: Books 1-4.5 by Kat & Stone Bastion
  • First Encounters by Charming Man
  • Aphodites Fire by SJ Warner
  • TouchStone for ever by Sydney Jamesson
  • Holiday Heat by Cameron Lincoln
  • Second Chance by Allyson Sinclair
  • Her Name is James by CJ Heath
  • Stranded at New Year by Grace Harper
  • The Enrapturing Attraction by AJ Walters
  • Masquerade by CP Mandara & others
  • As Natural As Breathing by Thianna D
  • Outback Housecall by Mark D. Davis
  • Roman by Kimber S. Dawn
  • Corrupted Desires: A Dark Erotic Anthology by Carrie Anne Ward & others
  • Sexy Holiday Bites: Anthology of Erotica by Suzy Ayers & others

Non-Fiction Books:

  • Natural Born Keller by Amanda Keller
  • Bonkers: My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders
  • Dear Fatty by Dawn French

Poetry Books:

  • The Portable Henry Rollins by Henry Rollins – Brilliant & powerful read!!!
  • Taboo (Revised Edition) by PJ Bayliss
  • Lullabies by Lang Leav
  • 2011 by Shawn L Bird
  • Nothing Left to Lose by Natasha Head
  • Naked Human by Christopher Poindexter
  • Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet
  • Lust & Lace by SJ Warner
  • Delicious Just Deserts by Lisa Fulham
  • Poetic Art of Seduction by Clarissa O Clemens
  • Me, Myself & I by Zoey Hart
  • RUMI’s Little Book of Life by RUMI


#Favourite “WEBSITES”:



Pen of the Damned





#Favourite “QUOTES” in 2015:


# “MOVIES” seen in 2015:

  • Selma
  • Burnt
  • Taken 3
  • American Sniper
  • Still Alice
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Run All Night
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • The Cobbler
  • Insurgent
  • The Water Diviner
  • Tracers
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Aloha
  • Madame Bovary
  • Ant-man
  • Ricki and the Flash
  • Last Cab to Darwin
  • The Dressmaker
  • A Walk in the Woods
  • The Intern
  • Sicario
  • The Martian
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Room
  • The Walk
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Daddy’s Home


# “MUSIC” in 2015:


  • ColdplayA Head Full of Dreams
  • The Libertines Anthems for a Doomed Youth
  • BjorkVulnicura
  • Sia1000 Forms of Fear
  • Bernard FanningDepartures
  • The Audrey’s Between last night & us
  • The WaifsUp all night
  • Missy HigginsOZ
  • Ed SheeranX

Checked out:

  • Adele 25
  • Joanna Newsom – Divers & The Milk-Eyed Mender
  • Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  • Julia Holter – Have you in my wilderness
  • Courtney Barnett – Sometimes
  • Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
  • Tame Impala Currents


# “ART” purchased in 2015:


A painting done by the talented Mr. Benjamin Prewitt for my “Niece’s Wedding Gift”   – I actually flew into Portland, Orgeon, USA and got to meet the Artist and view some of his other amazing works!

Benjamin Prewitt – An Evolution of Art


# “CAMPAIGNS” supported in 2015:



Natures Sequence.


“Natures Sequence”

As the magical moon fades away from the night sky

I sit and wait patiently for my time to unfold.

So that I may bloom again with the dawn of a new day

Amidst the warmth of the sunlights ray’s.

This delicate dance of balance is “Natures Sequence”

A daily rebirth which inspires my soul.


© debradml (2016)