#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE ‘The Warrior’ #Cantabria #HotelChiqui

This Tanka is for Colleen Chesebro’s challenge. This week’s challenge is to include #Synonymsonly of Honour and Grow.

The Warrior

On raised rock he stands,

Watching over land and sea,

Tubal’s descendent,

Testament to times long past,

Weathered stone proclaims glory.


You can find this stone statue of a pre-Roman, Iberian warrior, at the end of the Sardinero Beach in Santander, Spain, standing by the Hotel Chiqui, where I recently stayed with my mother, who was born in Cantabria.

The monument is right behind my head in this picture!


A tiny little bit of history: According to legend, Tubal, who appears in Genesis, travelled west towards what is Spain today and settled there, giving it its present geographic and historic name, Iberia.
The Iberians were said to have merged with the Celts, who were the previous inhabitants of the region, leading to Celtiberian tribes, who fought fiercely against the Roman invasions during the first century BC. 
This monument might be based on a first century warrior called Corocotta.
According to Roman accounts, a large reward was offered for his capture, and Corocotta himself came forward to claim it! Augustus was so impressed that he reportedly gave him the money and allowed him to leave s a free man. 

The plaque at the foot of the monument, attributed to Horace, reads something like ‘The people of Cantabria cannot be chained’. 

Cantabria is a beautiful region to visit and there are frequent ferries to and from Portsmouth, UK. It also has an International airport.  

What can I say? It’s one of my favourite places, but don’t take my word for it, check it out yourselves!


Would you like to take part? The rules are simple.

Use synonyms of Colleen’s two-word prompt, this week, joy and fury, write blog post using one of the following poetic forms: haiku, tanka, Haibun, cinquaine or senryu. 

Add a picture if you like. Pingback to Colleen’s blog post.



What Pegman Saw #FlashFiction ‘If Only, Jack’

“What Pegman saw” is a weekly flash fiction challenge prompt inspired by google maps, using the 360 degree view of the location provided. Bloggers write a piece of flash fiction of no more than 150 words. You can read the rules here. You can find today’s location on this page, from where you can also get the Inlinkz code.

This week, our host, Karen, takes us to the Sambor Prei Kuk Temple in Cambodia.

I’ve been meaning to take part for some time. I checked today’s prompt and started writing my story at once. Here it is! Its’s a little sentimental, but that’s where the image took me.


If Only, Jack

I peered over Marian’s shoulder. “What are you looking at?”

“Sambor Prei Kuk Temple,” she said, her eyes fixed on the screen.

“Shall we go there?”

“We’re already there, can’t you see?” She smiled and nodded at the image. “We’re walking along the paths, looking up to the grey sky through the leaves of the tall trees.”

I stared at the image. “Can we smell the moss growing on the Temple, or stroke the time weathered walls, or go inside?”

Her eyes shone. “You know we can’t.”

I squeezed her frail hand. “I’ll look it up on the Internet. We can afford it.”

My thumb wiped the tear sliding down her cheek. “In summer, your hair will have grown back and we’ll say a thank you prayer inside the Temple.”

“Next summer,” she whispered mesmerised by the image and turned to me. “If only, Jack.”

“We’ll make it happen, Marian, together.”