Stories by Sarah

Half of a Whole

No longer do I feel the warmth of your touch. I am but half of a whole.

My purpose, seems irrelevant. You have moved on without me.

Cold, hard reality presses into my skin. I shiver, as the ghost of you dusts my heart.

Have you even realised I’m gone?

Prompt: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Photos Challenge #215

Haiku / Senryu, Poetry by Sarah


Holding broken dreams,
I weep for you as tears fall
through my bloodstained hands.

It’s hard to let go
of someone you never met,
but love so fiercely.

Too fragile for life –
a tiny heartbeat in time.
And then you were gone…

By Sarah ©2018

Author’s Note: A triple haiku, as this week marks the six year anniversary of my last miscarriage and the end of all hope I ever had of being a mother. A fitting choice of words for me, from Ronovan this week? 😔 Must be a “thing” as last year, this very same week, I wrote Bloodline using Ronovan’s words, “miracle” and “save”. Oh what bitter irony…

Prompt: Ronovan Writes, Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt, Challenge #202 – Fragile and Heartbeat

Scribblings by Sarah


This beast evolves at rapid speed.
Like an amaryllis,
all show and no substance.
My neurochemical sequence
has turned escapist.
Trying to outrun the untoward;
all that negative material


I wish things would mellow.

just get me outta here…

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Wordle #197. Words – rapid, material, beast, sequence, actual, amaryllis, offscreen, untoward, negative, escapist, neurochemical, mellow

Other, Poetry by Sarah


and lacking substance;
many are fools.
Fixated and self-indulgent,
feathering their nest with
frippery and twaddle.
Empty hearts.
Unfulfilled souls.
Disingenuousness rules here,
crushing spirits.
Despaired and broken, we go on.
Truth never spoken.
Smiles conceal hidden agendas
Present, but never here.
We must
Fight venom with

~kind acts~

with venom fight.
Must we?
Here, never but present.
Agendas hidden, conceal smiles.
Spoken never truth.
On go we, broken and despaired.
Spirits crushing,
here rules disingenuousness
Souls unfulfilled.
Hearts empty.
Twaddle and frippery
with nest they’re feathering.
Self-indulgent and fixated.
Fools are many.
Substance lacking and

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: Sammi Scribbles, Weekend Writing Prompt, #55 – Twaddle

Author’s Note: Palindrome Poetry is also known as Mirrored Poetry. A palindrome, by definition, is a word, phrase, verse, sentence, or even poem that reads the same forward or backward. It stems from the Greek word palindromos: palin, meaning again, and dromos, meaning a running. Combining the two together, the Greek meaning gives us, running back again

Stories by Sarah

Property Value

Amy pressed the “Sold” banner across the For Sale sign. She thought about the commission she was making and smiled. She had really upsold this one, completely overstating the value. Suckers, she thought.

She put her hands on her hips, stood back and surveyed the property one more time. As she turned to leave, she noticed smoke billowing from the back of the house. An orange glow flickered.

Shoot! Amy cursed, frantically grabbing for her phone.

Although the fire department responded quickly, by the time they’d arrived, the house had gone up in smoke…and Amy’s commission along with it!

By Sarah ©2018

Image credit Paulbr75 via Pixabay

Prompt: Carrot Ranch, Flash Fiction Challenge – May 17, 2018. Task: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about property values. Perhaps its a home, business or pencil museum. What makes them go up or down? Go where the prompt leads.

Challenges by Sarah, Mindlovemisery's Menagerie - Saturday Mix

Saturday Mix – Same Same But Different, 19 May 2018


Mindlovemisery's Menagerie

Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 19 May 2018!

This week we are diving into the depths of our thesaurus and exploring the world of synonyms.

Same Same But Different
Your ‘Same Same But Different’ task is to take the five challenge words and NOT use them in your writing. That’s right, you need to dig out your thesaurus and find a synonym for each word instead.

Your words this week are:

  1. cushion
  2. time
  3. roof
  4. water
  5. fork

Your writing form is either poetry or prose.

Synonym Searching
Synonyms are words that are similar, or have a related meaning, to another word. They can be lifesavers when you want to avoid repeating the same word or if your word might not be the most appropriate. You can search for synonyms online at:

You may be asking yourself, What are some examples of synonyms?
Luckily, the nice folks at YourDictionary have some…

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Photos by Sarah, Thursday Doors

Bank St Pizza

I took these photos two weekends ago while catching up with some friends, at a delightful little place called Bank St Pizza, in Avenel. It was, as the name suggests, originally a bank. They have a wonderful kitchen garden, self-made wood fired ovens (check out the oven doors as well!), and of course, delicious food and wine…

Prompt: Norm 2.0, Thursday Doors – May 17, 2018

Free Verse, Poetry by Sarah


Bright orange ribbons
burst skyward.
A true artist,
Mother Nature splatters
molten paint,
creating fiery landscapes.

Fissures crack
the earth like an egg.
Spewing forth
curtains of lava.

The mountain no longer
content in its container.
New paths to follow.
Kiluaea is raging anew.

Her fountain,
has fingers…

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: Sammi Scribbles, Weekend Writing Prompt, #54 – Fountain. Task – Your poem / prose must contain this week’s word.  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere. The length of your poem / prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge. No more. No less.

Stories by Sarah

Brolga’s Dance

Monogamous. Bonded for life. Couples are known by synchronous, trumpeting calls. The female initiates, standing with wings folded and beak pointed skyward. The male mirrors, but with wings flared. The performance begins.

One bird picks up some grass, tosses it into the air, and catches it in its bill. The bird then jumps into the air with outstretched wings, bows, struts, and bobs its head up and down.

First, the brolgas dance for their mate; then dance in pairs. Finally, they dance together as a whole group.

I observe them through my binoculars, amazed; thinking, “The charisma of cranes”.

By Sarah ©2018

Watch the dance here:

Find out more about brolgas here:


Author’s note: The brolga is a common, gregarious wetland bird species of tropical and south-eastern Australia and New Guinea. It is also known as the “Australian Crane”. It is a tall, upright bird with a small head, long beak, slender neck and long legs. The plumage is mainly grey, with black wing tips, and it has an orange-red band of colour on its head. Brolgas are well known for their ritualised, intricate mating dances.

Prompt: Carrot Ranch, Flash Fiction – May 10, 2018. Task – In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story defining “the charisma of cranes.” For centuries, cranes have inspired art and philosophy. You can write a crane story or create something new out of the phrase. Go where the prompt leads.

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Saturday Mix – Double Take, 12 May 2018

Double trouble

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie

Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 12 May 2018!

This week we are seeing double with ‘Double Take’.

The ‘Double Take’ challenge focuses on the use of homophones* to build your writing piece. You have two sets of homophones and you are challenged to use all of them in your response – which can be poetry or prose.

Our homophone sets this week are:

cedar – an evergreen tree
seeder – one who broadcasts seeds


days – more than one day
daze – to bewilder

You may be thinking to yourself, How can I use homophones in my writing?
Luckily, Kat at Literary Devices, has some examples for you.

Example of Homophones in Literature
This poem is filled homophones (marked in bold). They create a humorous effect in the poem through having the same pronunciation but altogether different meanings.

Sole owner am I of this sorry

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Photos by Sarah, Thursday Doors

Pennyweight Winery

Pennyweight Winery is located in Beechworth, Victoria, about half an hour’s drive from my house. I recently visited for the first time and found it to be a most charming and rustic cellar door! There were some lovely doors (even one that was detached!) and, of course, I tasted some delicious wines! I especially enjoyed their Pinot Noir and Red Blend.

Prompt: Norm 2.0, Thursday Doors – May 10, 2018


Liebster Award No. 2

Thank you so much to syncwithdeep for nominating me for the Liebster Award. This is the second time I have received this award, and I am thrilled to accept.

Deepa is a working homemaker and blogger who loves to write about a range of topics, but overall, her blog has a fabulous vibe of love and happiness! Please check it out!

THE OFFICIAL RULES OF THE LIEBSTER AWARD 2018 (as seen on The Global Aussie) are:

  • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award logo.
  • Answer 11 questions that the blogger sets you.
  • Nominate blogs that you think are deserving of the award.
  • Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Let your nominees know about their nomination!

My answers to Deepa’s questions:

1. Tell me about yourself in 6 Words
Zany, thoughtful, loving, caring, generous and anxious

2. What are the 2 qualities that connect you to someone new?
Energy and honesty

3. What is your blog all about?
It’s not really about anything…more a creative outlet for my crazy brain, which consist of mostly poems and short stories, along with a sprinkling of musings.

4. Technology – Is it a boon or a curse? What excites you most about the current advancement of technology and what makes you most wary? Why?
Both! I can’t believe the changes I have seen just in my lifetime. Technology has certainly made things easier, but I’m not sure that equates to better! The whole smart home thing scares the pants off me and the series Black Mirror pretty much sums up all my fears.

5. Do you have a memory that follows you still?
Many. But my most favourite is meeting my husband.

6. How did your blogging journey begin?
On another blog! I first started blogging with “Person in the Mirror” which helped me to make sense of some major depression and issues I was going thought at the time (back in 2012). I started “By Sarah” in late April, 2017 so this blog has recently turned one!

7. What is your favourite food?
Pizza and pasta

8. What do you like about WordPress bloggers?
The real sense of a writing community and the people that you connect with. I can’t believe how lovely and supportive everyone is. I have made some great friendships with people all around the world.

9. Share something that you like. You can share an experience, a quote or poem or anything that appeals you. The space is all yours!
“Everything will be ok in the end. If it’s not ok, it’s not the end.”

10. Do you prefer hard cover books or ebooks? Why?
Hard cover. Nothing beats the feeling of paper pages and also, I don’t seem to remember books read as ebooks compared to the paper versions!

11. If you want to convey your Thanks or Sorry to someone, you can do it now.
Thank you to my mum 💕
With Mother’s Day here in Australia this Sunday, I am so grateful and thankful for all she is, and all she has done.

My nominations:
I don’t nominate specific blogs, as many are award free or have limited time to participate. If you have read this post and want to spread the love, consider yourself nominated. There is never any obligation to respond. If you can’t participate for any reason, please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.

I’d love to hear your answers to my questions, below:

  1. What is your favourite animal and why?
  2. What do you love to do (besides blogging)?
  3. What is a special talent that is unique to you?
  4. What is your favourite motivational quote?
  5. Share a photo of where you live that gives us an insight to your daily life. Be creative.
  6. What is your favourite post and why? Include a link.
  7. What is your most popular post (by views)? Include a link.
  8. What is your favourite colour and why?
  9. What is your proudest moment?
  10. What song title would describe your life and why?
  11. What did you eat for breakfast today?
Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Work Horse

Tirelessly I strive,
to ensure the very best.
Never a kind word;
overlooked for all the rest.
I’m sick of being your work horse…

So I say, “No more”.
It’s now time I walk away.
I will venture out,
stay true, and find my own way.
You will not take my sunshine.

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge, Week 96 – Work and Horse