In relationship, Living life, Reflection

Loving as art

So I've been thinking... (it's a dangerous thing 🙂 ) That loving is an art. It is a form of doing and not a science. And how does one approach this art? To excel in art, we begin with the acquiring of knowledge (ie. know-how) then we practice it such that it becomes second nature… Continue reading Loving as art

In relationship, Living life, Reflection

Just being helpful?

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi How does one bring to another's attention their unhelpful behaviours? I don’t mean “bad” behaviour. There is no judgment here from a position of authority or expertise. It is a deduction of possibilities, a perspective or insight which I hope to bring. What… Continue reading Just being helpful?

Being alive, Living life, Poetry, Reflection

Admit something – a poem

Hold this lightly as we meet each other... a modern translation of a 14th century poem by Sufi poet, Hafiz. Admit something: Everyone you see, you say to them “Love Me” Of course you do not do this out loud, otherwise someone would call the cops.   Still, though, think about this, this great pull… Continue reading Admit something – a poem

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

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

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

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

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

Haiku, Pain, Passion, Poetry, Reminisce

Passion #Haiku 276

For this week: the rain came, dousing fire raging within; like smoke, it drifts and fades. ~ FlorenceT The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #276. This week's prompt words are Forest and Whisper. If you are interested in participating, go to RonovanWrites and check out his weekly challenge published every Monday - it… Continue reading Passion #Haiku 276

Contemplate, Music, Reminisce

Love, this weekend

A mellow weekend watching the rain falling outside my window, quiet moments of contemplation and conversation with myself, returning to ground with the feels ... and love and new-ish music. Enjoy!   I've seen much more than most Much less than some Took a while to give up a ghost Thought it'd never come I… Continue reading Love, this weekend

Being alive, Haiku, Poetry

Warning #Haiku 273

For this week:   Forest whispers its  warning from the ancient ones, love this earth or else... ~ FlorenceT The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #273. This week's prompt words are Forest and Whisper. If you are interested in participating, go to RonovanWrites and check out his weekly challenge published every Monday -… Continue reading Warning #Haiku 273

Beauty, Being alive, Haiku, Poetry

Peace #Haiku 272

For this week: empty our hearts of fears and doubts, let's embrace wholesome love and peace. ~ FlorenceT The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #272. This week's prompt words are EMPTY and WHOLE. If you are interested in participating, go to RonovanWrites and check out his weekly challenge published every Monday - it… Continue reading Peace #Haiku 272

Inspire, Music, Reflection, Rejuvenate

As you are…

In a world - where we look for differences before we accept, - where we only accept through our own lens, - where when our experiences cannot explain we deny, - where our fear in the unfamiliar overrides the delight of being curious, - where we shut down instead of open to new possibilities, -… Continue reading As you are…

Beauty, Being alive, Haiku, Poetry

Serene waters #Haiku 270

  For this week... draped in white, sunlight in her eyes; by gentle waves soothes her doubts, she hopes. ~ FlorenceT   The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #270. This week's prompt words are pure and serene. If you are interested in participating, go to RonovanWrites and check out his weekly challenge published… Continue reading Serene waters #Haiku 270

Beauty, Being alive, Haiku, Poetry

Twisted #Haiku 266

Five years of continuous weekly prompts - way to go, Ronovan! And here's my contribution this week.   I crossed the oceans, to be with you, twisted though the intentions be. ~ FlorenceT   The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #266. This week's prompt words are TWISTED and CROSS. If you are interested… Continue reading Twisted #Haiku 266

Being alive, Haiku, Poetry

“Fight” #Haiku 260

Be proud, you are You Stand strong, stay grounded, in Love You’re magnificent. ~ FlorenceT The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #260. This week's prompt words are pride and fight. If you are interested in participating, go to RonovanWrites and check out his weekly challenge published every Monday - it comes with "how-to"… Continue reading “Fight” #Haiku 260

Being alive, Haiku, Poetry

Being real #Haiku 258

  kindness, compassion not favors, but love bestowed; falsehoods detested. ~ FlorenceT   The haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #258. This week's prompt words are favor and detest. If you are interested in participating, go to RonovanWrites and check out his weekly challenge published every Monday - it comes with "how-to" if you… Continue reading Being real #Haiku 258