Row Ahead

ahead KarenForte

Photo: Karen Forte

 

Row ahead

On the water

Toward shores

Yet to tread.

Hold on to

Oars that matter

To kind oaths

You have pledged.

Row abreast

With the others

Who ride forth

On life’s thread.

 

 

For Pumpkin’s Prompts: Water

 

Back View

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Photo: S. Asif

 

In the corner of sunlight

And painted leaves dancing bright

Sparkle water

And bridges

Flowing through

Life’s insight.

 

 

For A Photo a Week Challenge: From the Back

 

The Interview

The Broadmoor in Crowthorne Berkshire "opened in 1863 as the first building in England built as an asylum for the criminally insane." Today it houses dangerous criminals including the Yorkshire Ripper and the Suffolk Strangler.  There is now talk of turning this building into a luxury hotel.

 

“How did I get here? Too many times of the world painting life in bleak pain and despair,” her wrinkled hand passed over a face lined with history and sorrow.

I looked down at my own hands, fingers marked with blots of ink. I never managed to learn how to hold writing implements far enough from the tip.

Mrs. Glendale leaned forward and her hand touched my knee. The attendant didn’t flinch but I held my breath and wondered, again, what made me choose the asylum for the criminally insane for my project.

“Whatever happens, child,” she whispered, “remember it is best for your heart to brandish hope, not revenge.”

 

For Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt

 

Staired Succession

spiral stair PhilipCoons

Photo: Philip Coons

 

Doors in corridors close

Even as others open

For the path no one sees

Goes around

Half again

In the climbing.

 

For dVerse School Days Challenge: Alphabet sestet

 

A Wind’s Blessing

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Photo: Amitai Asif

 

May the wind

Fill your sail,

May your path

Never fail,

May you be spared

Facing gale

Or travail

And may good fortune

Prevail.

 

 

For the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wind

 

Apparatchik Acolyte

Spine Fig111 GrayHenry1918

Spine; Gray Henry 1918

 

Beware of being blinded

By the application

Of flattery

(Or use of abuse)

To gain influence

For harm.

For if you do turn into

A servile acolyte

There is no end

To the baser motives

That you, too, will

Become.

 

 

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

Acolyte

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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Path Advice

desert intersection OfirAsif

Photo: Ofir Asif

 

In the deserts of life

When it seems that oases you’ve taken for granted

Have forgotten

Marked paths,

Don’t ignore painted signs

Of the flags of times past.

The direction you take may determine

If your very next steps

Lead to hope

Or end up being

Your last.

 

For Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

 

Meritorious Aim

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Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

Be the best

Make your quest

To put your spirit

To the test

So merit’s claim

Not empty fame

Becomes your aim.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for June 17, 2018:

Meritorious

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Pugnacious

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Photo by Tim Mossholder on Pexels.com

 

One does not become a leader

By swindling others for one’s seat.

Seeking fights reflects weak character,

Especially when it harms the weak.

True role models hold themselves

To higher standards,

Not bully others when they speak.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for June 15, 2018:

Pugnacious

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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Make Way

Mulch path Central Park NaamaYehuda

Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

There’s a path in the park

Lined by mulch from trees past

So that every step presses

What had grown,

What won’t last.

 

 

For Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge