Direction

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When I was young, I thought having a life dream is enough

Visionless, I’ve lost my way, thought I found it back, then lost again

Now I learn to trust my heart when deciding which path to take


The poem above is written following a sijo format. Sijo is the classic form of unrhymed poetry from Korea. Sijo poems have three long lines. Each line varies between 14 and 16 syllables, with the middle line the longest. The first line states a theme, the second line counters it, and the third line resolves the poem.

#NaPoWriMo2021 – LAST DAY!

This time I followed the prompt from napowrimo.net to write my closing poem for this memorable month. The prompt says to write a poem in the form of a direction to get to a particular place. It could be a real, an imaginary or unreal place.

It’s been fun, NaPoWriMo. My first time trying to write every day for a month. Not an easy one, but I’m happy to say that it’s a success!

Thursday Impression #106 – Mistakes

The Nature of Flowers


They come out in the spring
need very little care
it’s part of their nature  
self-reliant

In fact they ask for none
might even grow unplanned
somewhat ubiquitous
wild in nature

You may think they’re aloof
or perhaps unfriendly
but on the contrary
they give out warmth

They have one specialty
draw smiles out of humans
just by looking at them
joy is their traits

They’re radiant in nature
their impact's vivacious
playful is their language
brighten our days

Photo by Jen Theodore on Unsplash

My choice of flower is Daisy. The poem is written in Abhanga.

Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge #223 – Theme prompt. The prompt this time is:

“Pick a Flower” and using one of the syllabic forms we use, tell us why it is special to you.

#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 29

Reflection


The word travel now sounds distant

Left peculiar taste in my mouth

Trying my best to keep my ground

What other choices do I have?

Seems the key here to remember

Is not to ask “when” in question

But free our mind from deception

Was our past world ever normal?

So life sends message we’re mortal

A good place to start reflection


Ronovan Writes Decima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 55 – GROUND in the B rhyme line

For those who are not familiar with Decima, it is not a 10-line poetry with 8 syllables per line and following a rhyme set of ABBAACCDDC or two stanzas of ABBA/ACCDDC

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge April 27, 2020 from Go Dog Go Cafe: key, travels, choices

#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 28 : write a poem that poses a series of questions

Meaning of Peace

Photo by Jamie Saw from Pexels

Tiptoeing ‘round the house
at its most quiet,
everyone asleep during those lonely hours,
should have been peaceful, yet
it stirred emptiness

I have gnawing fears too
like everyone else,
getting older, the future, to name a few,
cramped thoughts that could cripple
giving no freedom

What does peace mean to me
has transformed with age,
lately it has been accepting weaknesses,
one day make peace with them
no longer a foe

This poem follows the Double Ennead form of poetry. Ennead means 9, so Double Ennead here means double 9 or 99. Here’s an explanation below from Saddle Up Saloon: Colleen’s Double Ennead Challenge No.3 and while there, try the challenge too. The challenge is up for one month. For this month’s challenge, make the Double Ennead a rhymed poem. Mine above was an attempt of ababx, but still a bit choppy I think.

The Double Ennead comprises five lines with a syllable count of 6/5/11/6/5, (33 SYLLABLES per stanza) 3 STANZAS EACH = 99 SYLLABLES, NO MORE, NO LESS! Punctuation and rhyme schemes are optional and up to the poet.

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge April 20, 2021 from Go Dog Go Cafe: Write a poem on what Peace means to you

#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 25

The Dance Between Truth And Fantasy

Photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash

We come across many folk in life
each person has a soul and owner
but then these owners don't always converse
bunch of lonely souls trying hard to survive

These pitiful souls do lead a life
looking tough always on the face outside
but walk with knife stuck in their chest
and wear their pride like the batman's vest

I was once told a well-known dance
it moves between the truth and fantasy
when joining the dance please do it correctly
or be lost forever in that delusional land

A person’s mind is a precious thing
a massive layer of joy and agony
in time the mind will have to decide
to stay in dance or bid goodbye

#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 23

Eugi’s Weekly Prompt April 22, 2021 – Dance

Reena’s Xploration Challenge #182 – Layers

Hope After a Destruction

“Standing Strong”. Location: Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Image by Erlyn Olivia.

In celebration of the Thursday Tree Love, I picked this picture that I took 2 years ago during my trip to the city of Banda Aceh, located on the northern tip of the Sumatra Island in Indonesia. I don’t expect anyone to recognize the name Banda Aceh or the province of Aceh, but perhaps some people remember. This city became the attention of the whole world in December 2004 when the biggest tsunami that happened during this modern world hit Aceh. I underlined modern world because history has recorded bigger tsunamis previously but none had shocked the world the way tsunami 2004 did, thanks to the modern technology.

If you look at the vast openness beyond the tree, you can kind of see the open sea. It’s the Indian Ocean. It looked calm in this picture, even though it was a high tide due to the brewing storm. The tsunami came from that direction and the location where I took the picture was the first place hit.

No need to feel sorry for the tree because I know for sure this tree grew post tsunami. I know because half of Banda Aceh was gone, became flat. Thus, this tree probably got its chance to grow because of tsunami. Looking at it, it is a symbol of hope, a hope for a better future, a sign that life continues. Though I enjoyed taking pictures of the tree, the open ocean, the storm clouds, I also experienced mixed feelings of awe, sad, and a bit nervous. I imagined being there on that day and could feel the uneasiness even more. What came to the mind of people standing on this beach when seeing those big waves coming towards them?

Enough with the images of the past, I offer a haiku to remember December 2004 and the lives gone. May they continue to rest in peace.

a wrath in its path

water’s power came crushing

broke the day’s order

Never forget that live always goes on. Signs of life are around us, even when we are experiencing destruction or devastation in the form of tsunami, forest fires, earthquakes, or even pandemic, and let’s celebrate them too. To the tree of live, of hope, may you always grow stronger.


Thursday Tree Love April 23, 2011 with Parul Thakur. Please visit her blog to see more images of trees from all over the world.

#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 23

Night Owl

3nImage by Gerhard G. from Pixabay

pursue with instinct

dark silhouette framed by moon

precise and swift move


#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 21. I think I’m at the lowest of my energy and passion on this 21st day. I can tell that my mind is fighting this pull towards giving up, especially when the days get very heavy and busy this week.

MMA Storytime Haiku A Day Challenge – Pursue