Being alive, Poetry, Reflection

There will be time

  There will be time, there will be time To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet; There will be time to murder and create, And time for all the works and days of hands That lift and drop a question on your plate; Time for you and time for me, And… Continue reading There will be time

Beauty, Being alive, Haiku, Inspire, Music, Poetry, Rejuvenate

it’s love #haiku 307

It's a feeling kind of weekend. Open I declare, love is sacred, paramount, for those near and far; winds of storm, rain pelts fear may dominate, let not love be a limit.   The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #307. This week's prompt words are open and close.   If you are interested in… Continue reading it’s love #haiku 307

Living life, Reflection, Spirit & Soul, The Self

Pragmatic hope

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

Beauty, Being alive, Poetry

Watching, a decima poem

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

Being alive, Pain, Poetry, Reflection

Will she smile?

  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?

Being alive, Haiku, Inspire, Music, Pain, Poetry

Duo #Haiku 304

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

Being alive, Pain, Passion, Poetry

Invocation by Kim Sowol

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

Pain, Poetry

So mad, a decima poem

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

Being alive, Poetry, Spirit & Soul

A homecoming

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

Beauty, Being alive, Poetry, Reflection

Keeping Quiet

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

Being Woman, Living life, Reflection, The Self

Lessons by 50

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

Haiku, Inspire, Music, Pain, Passion, Poetry

Tenacious #Haiku 300

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

Living life, Reflection, Spirit & Soul

How is your now?

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?

In relationship, Living life, Reflection

The heart of the matter

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

Beauty, Being alive, Haiku, Poetry

Frolic #Haiku 298

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

Living life, Reflection, The Self

Simply let go

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

Contemplate, Music, Reflection, Spirit & Soul, The Self

Shadow, and will you be happy?

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?

Book reviews, Fiction, Reflection, Women

#Interview with author of “Victorine” 19th century artist and model

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

Being alive, Haiku, Passion, Poetry

Forbidden #Haiku 294

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