Make A Splash

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Photo: Chagit Moriah-Gibor

 

Make a splash

Face the turmoil

Don’t let the surf

Turn you back.

Hold on tight

To your courage

Let waves become

Your heart’s soundtrack.

 

 

For the Lens Artists Photo Challenge: Splash

 

 

Thankful Still

Ebb and Flow NaamaYehuda

Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Thankful still for life’s living

Thankful still

For the hope

That each breath that’s drawn in

Can begin

And can bring.

Thankful still, if hadn’t always

For the ebb

And the flow

Of small joys and big sorrows

As they come

And they go

As we grow

And we know.

 

 

For the Sunday Stills Challenge: Thankful

 

 

Pensive Park

before i die PhilipCoons

Photo: Philip Coons

 

In a park, on a lawn,  by a

Trail

This board aimless wander

Curtails,

And the question it

Raises

Brings along varied

Phrases.

What would your heart

Assign

If you saw such a

Sign?

 

 

For Kammie’s Oddball Challenge

 

Stop to Sip

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Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

Walking along

Paths of life,

Stop to sip

Pause to laugh.

Make small moments

Of cool calm,

Find someone

To lean on.

Take a rest

Take the air,

Live well through

Time’s wear and tear.

 

 

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: drinks

 

Row Ahead

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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

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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

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