What Matters Most

Newborn A DvoraFreedman

Photo: Dvora Freedman

 

What matters most

Are those we wrap

In loving arms

To keep from harm.

What matters most

Are those who hold

All future steps

Yet to unfold.

 

 

For Nancy Merrill’s Photo a week challenge

 

Guarded

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Sentinels

Set in stone

Guard gates of

This temple zone.

Come to leave

You must pass

By these guards

From the past,

Who protect it

Perhaps

From time’s

Inevitable collapse.

 

 

For the Lens-Artists Challenge: Doors and doorways

 

Berry Byway

Blackberry way AmitaiAsif

Photo: Amitai Asif

 

Bravely walk the briar byways

Brushed to either side by burrs

Each step bordered by the brambles

That await the birth of berries

And bar the fruit from brazen strays.

 

 

For the Which Way Photo Challenge

 

Relative Safety

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 

“Should be safe to rest here,” Ron lowered Percy’s carrier. The straps left red gouges on his shoulders. The boy was too big to be carried but we had to leave the wheelchair behind.

Ron rolled his neck, glanced at the underpass’s puddle, and reached for the tablets. “I’ll purify some water.”

“Will they find us, Mama?” Percy put words to my heartache. He’d endured silently through miles of jarring terrain.

“We’ve been careful,” I looked into his worried eyes as I massaged the contracted limbs. “Also, new laws or not, we won’t let you be taken by Leave-Only-Abled-Children raids.”

 

 

For Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers

Pink Strong

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Photo: Atara Katz

 

Underneath the soft plumage

And pretty colors

Afield,

Resides a strength to protect

From those who violence

Wield.

Underneath the pink top

The hat of power

Revealed,

Live truths of how both

Softness and thorns

Are required

To be healed.

 

 

For the Sunday Stills Challenge: Make mine pink

 

 

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

 

Pretty in Pink

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Persian Cyclamen; Photo: Atara Katz

 

Don’t be fooled by the blush

Or swan’s head

In a bow

Strength does not always show

But do not try to

Chow

There is more to this beauty

Than what meets

The eye

Even if in first glance

She appears to be

Shy.

 

 

Fun Fact: The tuber of this flower is semi-poisonous. Fishermen would grate it, mix it with water and lime, and sprinkle the mixture in lakes and ponds to stun the fish so they would rise to the surface to be collected.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day