Changing times #Haiku Challenge 1@RonovanWrites

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RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 141 with prompt words – Breeze, Blow

Age old breeze of time

Sweeping debris, unceasing

Change is ever, more.

~ FlorenceT

In gratitude of the present. These are the days…

 

~ FlorenceT

 

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Dance #Haiku Challenge 140 @RonovanWrites

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RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 140 with prompt words – Twist, Shout

Twist and shout, he says

Beats thunder, lightning dances

Rejoice in your life.

~ FlorenceT

 

And a classic song to go with this – one of my daughter’s favourites.

 

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I believe in you

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Vulnerability and strength, two words not commonly associated with each other until recent years. Vulnerability tends to be perceived as weakness rather than strength.  And how often have I had to remind myself in the candid moments, in the times when being true to myself seemed a betrayal, when the tears flowed and the heart broke, when my vulnerability was exposed… that it was strength that brought me here, and it would carry me through… as it always will.

Those moments when friends around me were inspired, so they said, by my courage and incisiveness, to which I wanted to reply, “can you see how vulnerable I feel?” At last, only to realise perhaps that was what they saw… the strength was the vulnerability being carried ever so lightly.

Trust and patience, perhaps a less uncommon pairing.  Words easily spouted but how do we trust? When the distractions, the temptations, the greener grass is always on the other side, beckoning and making promises… Can we be patient? Can we be at peace with what arrives or returns? To know that I am worthy and enough, is a first step. Self-assured that I am complete, and will be so even if the trust is misguided, the patience runs out.

And ultimately, love.  To be vulnerable enough to let another in and to reach out to another, to trust that we will be held with care, kindness and gentle strength in return. To be trustworthy and patient in the face of challenges that threaten the peace…

So, the lyrics to the recently released Michael Buble song ‘I believe in you‘ and the music video. Enjoy!

Time goes by and I’ve been holding everything inside
But now I’ve got nothin’ left to hide
When I’m with you, oh, you
But I can see, how strong a man I’m going to have to be
To do for you it comes so naturally
So will you move

And all I want
Is a chance to prove Show all I can do

I believe in starting over
I can see that your heart is true
I believe in good things coming back to you
You’re the light that lifts me higher
So bright you got me through
I believe in you

And I don’t mind
If you want to hold on to me tight
You don’t have to sleep alone tonight If you don’t want to

And all I want
Is to know you’re near
You’re all I need, yeah

Time goes by and I’ve been holding everything inside
But now I’ve got nothin’ left to hide
When I’m with you, oh, you
But I can see, how strong a man I’m going to have to be
To do for you it comes so naturally
So will you move

And all I want
Is a chance to prove Show all I can do

I believe in starting over
I can see that your heart is true
I believe in good things coming back to you
You’re the light that lifts me higher
So bright you got me through
I believe in you

And I don’t mind
If you want to hold on to me tight
You don’t have to sleep alone tonight If you don’t want to

And all I want
Is to know you’re near
You’re all I need, yeah

I believe in starting over
I can see that your heart is true
I believe in good things coming back to you
You’re the light that lifts me higher
So bright you got me through
I believe in you
I believe in you
You got me through
I believe in you

 

~ FlorenceT

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To make you feel my love

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A song for you… I came across it for the first time when it was recently sung at 2016 The Voice Australia ‘blind’ audition. Made Jessie J, a judge on the panel cry, and me too.

A song written by Bob Dylan and this version released by Adele in her ’19’ album in 2008.

Enjoy!

 

~ FlorenceT

 

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All My Life

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Checklists are dangerous. I cannot recall, and therefore I am disavowing, ever having a checklist for “the man of my dreams”. “Tall, dark and handsome” wasn’t a thing for my teenage self. Well, maybe tall… Neither was romantic, charming, suave, humorous or tough. I don’t think I have a type, but I do wonder sometimes if it is a huge blindspot I have about my men 🙂

For someone who is “mental” – no, not mental as in crazy, but mental like using the mind a lot – perhaps my requirements are someone who engages my mind, who inspires my imagination, who challenges me intellectually, who is open to and receptive of new ideas and ways of being, who stimulates my creativity. Perhaps the cover is much less important than the content of the book. I suspect even if I had a checklist, it would have evolved and what is now will hardly resemble the list of my pubescent day.

Because here lies the danger of the checklist. We ought to appreciate it for being a list of preferences as our young self believed it to be at that point in time many years ago. By the way, if you recall a list like this in your past or present, what are some of the characteristics you had listed?

Well, the danger is we then take this checklist and make it our ‘truth’ that cannot or must not change. The search then continues for this illusion of the perfect person of yesteryears. For me, needing someone else to fulfill me is a little disturbing, worse if a set of criteria must be followed! When you are present in the moment with your loved one, sharing experiences … loved and loving, does a checklist matter?

Is your checklist of whatever keeping you stuck in the past? Do you have one you would like to get rid of?

– FlorenceT

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Stressed out

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Well I have been a little, and though my intellect, my mind tells me to chill, sometimes the emotions and the body react. I hope I am not alone when I say it is so easy, rather unthinkingly to take the stressed out emotions out on someone else.

That can happen, don’t flay yourself over it. I now watch this with a certain curiosity of ‘why’ and ‘how’. The intention is to pay attention to the triggers, to catch them before the emotions erupt, before relationships become strained, friendships threatened. And sometimes it may be simpler to identify our body’s reaction before recognizing our emotions, like the tense shoulders, the trembling heart, the shaking hands, the jiggling feet… so many of our emotions manifesting in our body if only we would ‘listen’. What does your body do when there is sadness, anger, fear… Perhaps the next time you feel compelled to lash out, when you know in your mind you are angry, to watch how your body holds that emotion… Who knows, but you may find that the ‘angry’ your mind suggests may not be ‘anger’ at all.

I am not sure how I got to this, except wanting to share this song by Twenty One Pilots. The premise of the song is about being stressed out, emanating from a sense of ‘not good enough’, or ‘not enough’. One of the most common reaction we have to a sense of inadequacy is to externalise this feeling – to blame your lack of success on someone, to attempt to claw at power, control, being the centre of attention – all to make us seem ‘good enough’, at best they bring satisfaction and comfort temporarily. The thing is, we have to believe it of ourselves, that we are enough, that within us lies the knowledge of lifetimes, the wisdom of generations.

The song also makes reference to being back in the comfort and safety of childhood, as an antidote to self-doubts and being stressed out. While this may not be true for everyone, many of us would see our childhood to be a time filled with possibilities, when life was simple and we were supported, encouraged, comforted, held, nourished. Where did that go? When did we begin to believe that we have to own more, to experience ‘great’ adventures, to meet societal standards of education, wealth, style of life, looks, … in order to be good enough?

When did we forget our beautiful and effervescent selves?

Don’t you wonder?

 

I am enjoying this somewhat quirky song and hope you like it too!

– FlorenceT

 

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Caress your soul

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Love reggae and indie sounds, so here’s a Sydney band formed in 2009, Sticky Fingers (wonder if it is a tribute to Rolling Stones’ 1971 album, Sticky Fingers…).  This 5-guy band is ‘classified’ as a reggae fusion/indie rock band. ‘Caress your soul’ is a song from their 2013 album of the same title.  Enjoy!

– FlorenceT

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#Haiku Sensuous Loving…Memories

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RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #45 – Pitch, Time

Couple joy

Pitching forth stumbling
Timeless memories assail
  Sensuous loving.

Loving can heal
Loving can mend your soul
And is the only thing
That I know (know)
I swear it will get easier
Remember that with every piece of ya
And it’s the only thing we take with us when we die

We keep this love in a photograph
We make these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Our hearts were never broken
And times forever frozen still
So you can keep me
Inside the pocket
Of your ripped jeans
Holdin’ me closer
Till our eyes meet
You won’t ever be alone

And if you hurt me
Well that’s ok baby only words bleed
Inside these pages you just hold me
And I won’t ever let you go

Wait for me to come home

– FlorenceT

 

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Sometimes we cry…

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Poignant song, amazing vocals… Tom Jones and Van Morrison in a duet. 

Enjoy!

Sometimes we know, sometimes we don’t
Sometimes we give, sometimes we won’t
Sometimes we’re strong, sometimes we’re wrong
Sometimes we cry

Sometimes it’s bad when the going gets tough
When we look in the mirror and we want to give up
Sometimes we don’t even think we’ll try
Sometimes we cry

Well we’re gonna have to sit down and think it right through
If we’re only human what more can we do?
The only thing to do is eat humble pie
Sometimes we cry

‘Fore they put me in a jacket and they take me away
I’m not gonna fake it like Johnnie Ray
Sometimes we live, sometimes we die
Sometimes we cry

Sometimes we can’t see anything straight
Sometimes everybody is on the make
Sometimes it’s lonely on the lost highway
Sometimes we cry, sometimes we cry

 

– FlorenceT

 

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Down memory lane…

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A walk down memory lane… wow, I had forgotten how gorgeous he is!

Let me begin in the mid-80s. Oops, showing my age. I was a teenager, born and bred South East Asian and exposed to British and America pop music culture. Even then, I had a fascination with rock, soul and jazz and as I recall, a growing interest in musical theatre. My idea of ‘Western’ life is taken from predominantly American movies and television series, and Hollywood at that. Rather skewed, I know. 🙂 And I digress.

Anyhow, amidst the ‘hunks’ of ‘the West’, I ‘fell in love’ with a singer from Taiwan called Fei Xiang. Now Fei Xiang is born of an American father and a Taiwanese mother. He chose to establish his singing career in Asia, lucky me! What’s so attractive about Fei Xiang? His looks first and foremost. Yes, I was a shallow hormone-riddled teenage girl!

And who could blame me? Look! FeiXiang 1

Here is a 6’ 3” man (not many Asian man of that height, by the way) who looks Chinese but blue-eyed,chiseled angular face. Yes, I have a thing for tall men. And his physique, yum. So he’s not ‘tall, dark and handsome’ but 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, right? 🙂

And he sang ballads, Chinese love ballads. So he crooned and I swooned!

Fei Xiang (real name is Kris Phillips) is now 54 years old and still looking hot (well, I think so but my children disagree). There is a reason for him being called “the sexiest Chinese man” by the New Yorker.  Oh, he IS a New Yorker.

Decide for yourself.

Fei Xiang 2FeiXiang 4Beyond his incredible singing career in Asia, Fei Xiang was also a star on stage – starring in many of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals all over the world.  A private man, his distinct voice, intelligence and humility have sustained him in a career that has spanned more than 30 years.

I’m rambling I know but it’s been awhile since I even thought of Fei Xiang until today, when a fluke landed me on a youtube clip of his performance with Elaine Page.

Here it is, hope you enjoy!

– FlorenceT

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