Shuttered Way

downhill SmadarHalperinEpshtein

Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

Old way down stony hill

Many shutters hold still.

Do aged walls

Yet recall

What in past time rang through:

“Gardez l’eau, Gardez l’eau…”?

 

 

For Cee’s Which Way Challenge

 

Notorious

Hard times OsnatHalperinBarlev

Photo: Osnat Halperin-Barlev

 

When you know how stress

Rewires

Little ones’ brains

To lifelong pain,

You mark yourself ever

Notorious

When you cruelly

Add

To their wounding

Day and again.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for June 21, 2018:

Notorious

This post continues the blogging challenge in which Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day, serves as inspiration a-la the “Daily Prompt.”

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Squirreled

Squirrel InbarAsif

Photo: Inbar Asif

 

In the deep chill of winter

It got caught en route

To a squirreled away

Acorn nuts loot.

 

 

Dedicated with love to my Southern Hemisphere friends, on this solstice day.

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

 

 

Solstice Supplication

light on the water OsnatHalperinBarlev

Photo: Osnat Halperin-Barlev

 

 

Light stretches

On this day

To hold a hope

For those beset

By darkness.

May golden rays

Wrap hugs

Around the tears

At a world’s

Tipping point.

 

 

 

Vanquish Voracity

 

cross2 OfirAsif

Photo: Ofir Asif

 

May the eager seek the good

More than they crave

The rush of

Harming.

May the powerful remember

How no honor lies

In deliberately

Alarming.

Let satiety be reached

Not by cruelty

But with love.

So that children can sleep safely

In the arms of those

They love.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for June 21, 2018:

Voracity

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Sea Squill Sentry

Hatzav; Photo: AtaraKatz

Sea Squill ; Photo: Atara Katz

 

Standing sentry ‘afore

Greenery finds a path

It heralds end of summer

As dry days’

Aftermath.

Rising tall

It dares bloom

When most others will not,

Drawing water with roots

That reach deeper

Than most.

 

Fun facts: The Sea Squill (Urginea Maritimia) has large bulbs that average 8 inches (20 centimeters) across, and strong roots that reach depths of 14 feet (4 meters) below ground, and can snake their way into narrow cracks in rocks, widening the cracks and ‘hueing’ through the rock to get to moisture. The roots are so difficult to dislodge that ancient farmers would plant rows of Sea Squill at the edges of their fields and those were considered a permanent boundary marker. The flowering spears of the plant reach up to 6.5 feet (2 meters) in height and carry 200-300 flowers. Many parts of the plant are poisonous but the bulb also holds medicinal qualities similar to digoxin.

 

For Cee’s Flower Of The Day

 

Market Day

PHOTO PROMPT © Fatima Fakier Deria

 

“Where is that boy?” Hassan demanded.

“I sent your son to your father,” Um-Ali responded from below.

Her voice was calm in the way that often enraged him. As if she’s talking to a baby, he fumed.

“What were you thinking?!” he exploded. “You know I need him on market day!”

“I know you need help on market day,” she stated. “I called Mustafa.”

Her brother. Lord of bossy annoyance. Hassan glowered at his wife.

She chuckled. “You look exactly as Ali had this morning when he thought he’d have to go with you.”

 

 

For Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers June-22-2018

Balmy Times

desert walk AmitaiAsif

Photo: Amitai Asif

 

May the scorch of

Arid hearts

And blazing sun,

Make way for kinder, saner

Passage

To lead humanity through

Balmy times.

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for June 20, 2018:

Balmy

This post continues the blogging challenge in which Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day, serves as inspiration a-la the “Daily Prompt.”

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New To You

toothy delight SmadarHalperinEpshtein

Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

There it is

The first one,

Breaking through

Your sore gum.

Yet you smile

Wide and true:

Budding tooth

New to you.

 

 

For the Tuesday Photo Challenge