On Childhood

“Why Not?”. Image by Erlyn Olivia.

Kids blowing off steam,

brush aside sweat for more dares—

precious time of life

#2021picoftheweek – April 25 with the theme “Why Not?”

RDP Saturday – Blow

MMA Storytime’s Haiku a Day Challenge – Sweat

#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 24

Follow Me

“Follow Me”. Image by Erlyn Olivia, owner of this blog.

Try shout out your voice,

Tears only pauses sorrow,  

Don’t weep for the world.

Life grant a chance if you try,

Follow me, make a loud bang.

#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 17

2021 Weekly Photo Challenge with theme Follow Me

MLMM Same, Same But Different for the following words:

  1. speak
  2. cry
  3. stop
  4. allow
  5. pop

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Chance

This Side of Things (abhanga poems)

“A Different World”. Location: Banjarmasin, Indonesia. Image belong to Erlyn Olivia, owner of this blog.

behind rusty walls, sits

a man with a trapped soul

time does not disavow

but mankind does

“Abandoned”. Location: Surabaya, Indonesia. Image belongs to Erlyn Olivia, owner of this blog.

a world not so different

men with no name or voice

yet still persistently

survive throughout

Based on the comment that I received, I need to add an explanation about the first picture. Those houses are built on top of a river, and families do live inside. Not a healthy living environment and I can only imagine the pollution it accumulates to the river. The location of the picture is in the city of Banjarmasin, on the south side of the island of Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia. As an island, Kalimantan has a lot of rivers. Boats are a common form of transportations in Kalimantan. Along the river, it is very common to see houses like the one in the picture. Many of the very poor residents live there. I guess in some other countries, this type of living place may be referred to as the shanty town.

When I visited Banjarmasin 2 years ago and had the chance to ride on the boat passing by these houses, many thoughts came to my mind. I wrote my poems above as my way of respecting the will of survival of the people there, regardless of how much I also understand that this type of living ruins the environment. I think blaming the people who live there for the problem, who were likely born into the environment after many generations before them had survived there as well, is not only useless and unproductive but also unfair. The solution requires a much more wholesome collaborations between the people, the government and the nation.

#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 3

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC) – Rusty or Decayed

2021 Weekly Photo Challenge: This Side of Things.

Perplexed (a senryu)

“The Watcher”. Location: Surabaya, Indonesia. Image by Erlyn Olivia (author/owner).

watching the unwatched

becoming perplexed, curious,

what’s beyond our sight?

2021 Photography Challenge – Candid Shot


The picture was taken in Surabaya, Indonesia, during a street fair at a pre-covid 19 time.

Talk to Me

2021 Photo Challenge # 4

Image belong to the author of this blog, Erlyn Olivia

You raise and nurture me

but must I become old

You set the stage for me

but must I live in yours

You teach me to listen

but must I lose all my reasons

You told me to color inside the line

but my mind wants to fly across all lines

Will you always put barrier around my crib

and stop me from ever falling

Or will you give me the freedom

to fight my own demon

I pray you could listen

so we won’t be missen

And if only I could speak

I’d whisper, I’m your gift          

2021 Photography Challenge – Talk to Me

Time Flies

Image taken by the author of this blog, Erlyn Olivia

a life being reviewed

steps retraced, a pause, exhales

where has the time gone

2021 Photo Challenge # 1

In response to Maria Antonia’s 2021 Photography Challenge every Saturday, plus a haiku to accompany the picture.