A New Dawn

pink sunrise KarenForte

Photo: Karen Forte

 

“…There’s a special beauty to the world resuming definition. I always loved pre-dawn and the gradual emergence of the world from under wraps of darkness. A hesitant light followed by a glorious brush of sunrise obliterating the black with oranges and yellows so bright you must look away and blink, only to find morning had arrived.

I walked faster now that I could see more of the ground in front of me. Brambles and tangled roots were easier to avoid and step over when I didn’t need to test every step.

Sunrise in the forest felt gentler than the ones I’d sat through on my porch. Not so much a blinding line of light across the sky as it was a filtering of color working its way from the canopies above and down the foliage, branches, trunks and finally the ground. Tired and worried, I still found myself mesmerized by the wonder of it all. Goosebumps covered my arms not only from the morning chill but also from something that felt almost like a memory: pink sky chasing blue across the ceiling of the world, the dazzled dance of dust along the shafts of molten, golden light. It felt familiar. Maybe I had seen a forest-sunrise during my own life’s dawn. …”

(Excerpt from “Outlawed Hope”)

 

For the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Sunrise

 

Neck Of The Not So Woods

Neck of the Hood NaamaYehuda

Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

The birds spiral

‘Round the spire

And the bells peal

Half and whole,

As the sky paints blue

Horizons

In a neighborhood

For all.

 

 

For the Lens-Artist Challenge: Around the neighborhood

 

 

Saving Daylight

Saving daylight2 NaamaYehuda

Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Cherish every moment

Left

Of light as

Suns will set.

Hold on to the

Deep rewards

Of daylight breathed

Through soul,

And saved.

 

For Terri’s Sunday Stills Challenge: Daylight Hours

 

To The Seashore

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Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

I will go to the seashore

Where the waves touch the sky.

I will go to the seashore

To kiss the day fond goodbye.

I will go to the seashore

Where the boats come on home,

And the children still play,

And the sun’s last rays roam,

And my soul sings with the surf

Where it has always belonged.

 

 

For Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt: Seashore in 59 words

 

Vibrant Welcome

PNG welcome1b OfirAsif

Photo: Ofir Asif

 

Welcome, guests, into

Our midst.

Join right in, you’ll

Get the gist.

We’ll dance you

Through our jungle greens,

‘Twixt crops in fields,

Across ravines.

We’ll sing and chant

And strike the ground,

With feet and poles

And hearts and sound.

Welcome, guests, into

Our midst.

Where mists among

The mountains

Roam,

And culture bursts

In vibrant

Song.

 

 

Dedicated to the amazing villages in Papua New Guinea, who came out in their young and old and in betweens, to dance heartwarming welcomes to my nephew and his friends who stayed as guests in their midst.

For Nancy Merrill’s Photo A Week Challenge: Colorful

 

 

On The Wall

cheery graffitti 2 PhilipCoons

Photo: Philip Coons

 

Among murals I

Would get

No prize for

Over talent,

But on this wall

I still get smiles

(And tissues for my

Exhalant …)

 

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Murals

 

Sweet Little Round Of Mine

Sufgania InbarAsif

Photo: Inbar Asif

 

The yeast had proofed

The dough had risen

Air had filled the bubbles high.

A kiss of oil

A squirt of jelly, and

Powdered sugar flying by.

The plate is set

The mouth is open:

This treat won’t fail to

Satisfy.

 

 

For the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Round

 

I See A Pattern

Staircase1 PhilipCoons

Photo: Philip Coons

 

I see a pattern

In these stairs:

In carpets’ weave

In craft-men’s squares,

In how the landings

Spin and dip,

With railings poised

To let hands grip,

In void that carries

Gaze to floor,

And legs that wish

To climb no more.

 

 

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Patterns

 

Berry Barbs

barbed berry NaamaYehuda

Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Baby berries

In barbed bushes

That protect

The precious parcels

From beaks and bears

And plucking fingers

Poised to pry

The ripe supply.

 

 

For Becky’s Spiky Squares

 

Living Wild

Female Nubian Ibex Osnat HalperinBarlev

Photo: Osnat Halperin-Barlev

 

You have come to my

Backyard,

To my desert,

My home.

So why look

So surprised

To see me coming

Along?

 

 

Trivia:

Nubian ibex (Capra nubiana) are desert-dwelling goat species that are found in mountainous areas of North Africa and the Middle East. The wild population is considered “vulnerable” and is estimated at only 1,200 individuals. Nubian ibexes stand around 65–75 cm (2.1–2.6 ft) tall at the shoulder and weigh around 50 kilograms (110 lb). They live in rough dry mountainous terrain and are a light tan color, with a white underbelly. Males also have a dark brown stripe down the back. Nubian ibexes have long thin horns which extend up and then backwards and down. In males these reach around about 1 meter (~ 1 yard) in length while in females they are much smaller and reach around 30 cm (~ 1 foot).

 

For Terri’s Sunday Still challenge: Wildlife

For Becky’s Spiky Squares challenge (even though this is not strictly a square …)