Is it hesitation or is it careful consideration? Is it “being nice” or is it “being fearful”? Is it doubt or merely kindness? Is it being in my power or is it being mean? There was a myriad of emotions which presented these last few weeks from these questions. And when the resolution arrived, it… Continue reading Pragmatic hope
Enjoying the decima poem. 🙂 Prompt word 'eye' for the 'b' line, as supplied by Ronovan Write's weekly prompt. What 'b' line? Check this out here. In the clouds, what shapes do you see? A hand waves, beckoning goodbye Soft lines, curves seducing the eye Waiting for rain to reach the sea; Autumn foliage,… Continue reading Watching, a decima poem
She cried again. Over the time that had passed. Of the years she lost to her duties. Of the years she abandoned for fear. Sorrow etched her brow. She can only feel the tightening in her chest. She can only hear echoes of how she used to be. Submerged in this grief she cannot… Continue reading Will she smile?
Two haiku with different feels... gentle drizzle, hurt refreshing rain, drenching storm pain, enduring flood. and a slight to my name I endure but it repeats, might just blow my top. The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #304. This week's prompt words are might and slight. If you are interested in participating,… Continue reading Duo #Haiku 304
I came upon this poem and Kim Sowol, an early 20th century Korean poet while watching a Korean drama series on Netflix. Intrigued by the feel of the poem, I searched and found this 2007 translation. I have now discovered another poet to read 🙂 Enjoy! O name broken in pieces! O name dispersed… Continue reading Invocation by Kim Sowol
Time finally permits me to try my hand at a decima poem. Prompt word 'Mad' supplied by Ronovan Write's weekly challenge. If only I wasn’t so mad, Perhaps I can see some real sense, Perhaps I can show gentle grace, And not make threats that seem so bad; But I am beyond care, and… Continue reading So mad, a decima poem
One faith is bondage. Two are free. In the trust of old love, cultivation shows a dark graceful wilderness at its heart. Wild in that wilderness, we roam the distances of our faith, safe beyond the bounds of what we know. O love, open. Show me my country. Take me home. ~ Wendell Berry, "A… Continue reading A homecoming
If we were not so single-minded about keeping our lives moving, and for once could do nothing, perhaps a huge silence might interrupt this sadness of never understanding ourselves and of threatening ourselves with death. Perhaps the earth can teach us as when everything seems dead and later proves to be alive. ~ Pablo Neruda,… Continue reading Keeping Quiet
This autumn - why am I growing old? bird disappearing among clouds. ~ Basho Matsuo An apt poem to begin this post - a reflection of sorts on 50 years of life. But how to measure this time past? An impossibility - so many perspectives, paradigms. Where would I begin? So perhaps lessons I have… Continue reading Lessons by 50
The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #300. This week's prompt words are grit and quit. This challenge has been going on for three hundred weeks...amazing! tenacious though flawed, giving up not an option, his will continues. ~ FlorenceT If you are interested in participating, go to RonovanWrites and check out his… Continue reading Tenacious #Haiku 300
Now that we are required to stay home, how are you feeling? How are you experiencing this global phenomenon? Remember when you couldn’t wait to get home from work? Are you now feeling “stuck at home”? Is it a little like when you felt “stuck at work” then? What makes you experience joy or suffering?… Continue reading How is your now?
What a fortnight this has been... while I have had the privilege of working from home for some time now, the intense preparation for the work-from-home measures at my workplace has left me tired, sombre and contemplative. As news of international travel bans, airlines implementing severe reduction in domestic flights, and borders closing were broadcast,… Continue reading The heart of the matter
Come play in the sun, Creatures frolic, at last seen, Humans are at bay ~ FlorenceT The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #298. This week's prompt words are play and bay. Asp made me think of venom, while surge is a synonym for jump. Too tenuous the relationships? 🙂 If you are interested… Continue reading Frolic #Haiku 298
The threat of COVID-19 and the recent fires and floods have reinforced upon me that life is simple, or it ought to be. Our daily fears of losing material things, reputation, status, and popularity pale into insignificance, compared to these life threatening events. As news of the impact of the virus continues to headline the… Continue reading Simply let go
KPop sensation BTS released their album "Map of the Soul: 7" recently to international acclaim; the theme of this album addresses light and shadow of our existence. And listening to the songs I re-acquaint myself with the Jungian concepts of "light and shadow". It has been a while since I studied them. It has been… Continue reading Shadow, and will you be happy?
I had the pleasure of discussing the soon-to-be released (17 Mar) book Victorine, with its author, Drema Drudge. In this interview published in LitWorldInterviews, Drema provides insights into the life of a female artist in 19th century Paris. Victorine Meurent was Édouard Manet’s self-professed favorite model, and an artist in her own right, with paintings… Continue reading #Interview with author of “Victorine” 19th century artist and model
Taste the forbidden, Revelation, ecstasy, Are you chaste no more? ~ FlorenceT The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #294. This week's prompt words are chaste and taste. Asp made me think of venom, while surge is a synonym for jump. Too tenuous the relationships? 🙂 If you are interested in participating, go to… Continue reading Forbidden #Haiku 294
It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed. ~ Ram Dass To expect nothing... that's the tough one. Don't you think? How do we go about our daily life with no expectations? I have learnt to treat every experience… Continue reading To expect nothing
Truth-seeker, what do you seek? Universal rules to guide, reasons for the seasons, why the waves come to shore, love that is true, time for infinite possibilities. Way-seeker, what do you seek? How to travel this life path, follow the moon and sun, hear the tides speak its language, offer the best love, fully… Continue reading Truth-seeker Way-seeker
Ash rains, heavens weep, Systems nudge, humans consume And so we, like sheep? ~ FlorenceT The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #292. This week's prompt words are sheep and weep. Asp made me think of venom, while surge is a synonym for jump. Too tenuous the relationships? 🙂 If you are interested in… Continue reading Followers #Haiku 292