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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thankful Thursday 4/23/2015

At every instance there is sun behind every cloud--
at every instance and from clouds, resounds the call of Love:
despite the tears and frustrations of the day,
with gratitude I look towards the skies and praise
and thanks for an opportunity and for you;
for you whom He bestowed upon me -
a wonderful friendship and a beautiful token
that sits upon the marble, waiting to be opened.
As I rip open the white envelope, carefully addressed,
watercolours of the beach and sea greet me;
along with a note that paints a smile on my pale face.

Norb sent me a beautiful card and letter today. The card, as you can see above, is beautiful. I love these kind of cards. His letter was also very nice and put a smile on my face. Thanks, Norb! I'm thankful you're my friend.


What God said to the Alstroemeria,
caused it to giggle pollen
and laugh in modest beauty;
He said it to my heart and soul,
and made it a thousand times more beautiful.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NaPoWriMo Day #22

Prompt: And now for (as always, optional) prompt! Today is Earth Day, so I would like to challenge you to write a “pastoral” poem. Traditionally, pastoral poems involved various shepherdesses and shepherds talking about love and fields, but yours can really just be a poem that engages with nature. One great way of going about this is simply to take a look outside your window, or take a walk around a local park. What’s happening in the yard and the trees? What’s blooming and what’s taking flight?

Happy writing!

Spring Is In the Air

As the cherry trees begin to bloom,
and bees flit about, in skies they zoom--
clear skies quickly turn to gray;
hurricane force winds cause delays
with uprooting of willows and trees.
Yet, in April's winds and showers
comes Lily of the Valleys and May's bridal flowers,
with monarchs, swallowtails, and bees--
I look up to the sky and in the sea
of blue and white clouds that flee,
in gratitude and prayer, I fall to my knees.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NaPoWriMo Day #21

To see the prompt: NaPoWriMo.

I used Rappiccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - I whited out most of the words and created this poem:

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NaPoWriMo Day #19 | Life's Journey | النحل (The Bee)

And for today’s prompt (optional, as always!), I’d like to challenge you to write a landay. Landays are 22-syllable couplets, generally rhyming. The form comes from Afghanistan, where women often use it in verses that range from the sly and humorous to the deeply sardonic and melancholy. Check out this long investigative article on landays for a fascinating look into a form of poetry often composed in secret, and rarely written down. You could try to write a single landay – a hard-hitting couplet that shares some secret (or unspoken) truth, or you could try to write a poem that strings multiple landays together like stanzas (maybe something akin to a syllabic ghazal?)
Happy Writing!

Life's Journey

Life's not a journey to be absolved;
but to experience and not be solved.

Follow your own desires and heart,
making mistakes along the way is how it starts--

but these lessons are here to guide:
one door closes, another opens; until we die.


The next landay is in Arabic. Although the languages in Afghanistan are Pashto and Dari, I figured I don't know those two languages and it would be fun to write a short landay in Arabic. Arab speakers who read my blog, please let me know if it sounds okay. :)

I love honey bees and I think they are very important creatures. They help sustain life on Earth and honey is very good for people. I know when I was growing up, whenever I was sick I was always given honey. Honey always helped make me feel better; this is what my Arabic poem refers to.


انت حياتي - أنا لست مريضة! ت

(The bee is my friend, what?
You are my life - I'm never sick!)

NaPoWriMo Day #18

Since I didn't get a chance to post this last night. Here is the prompt from yesterday:

And now for our (as always, optional) prompt, which takes us from 2015 back to the 1700s. After all, it’s the eighteenth of April, which means that today is the 240th anniversary of the midnight ride of Paul Revere! Today, in keeping with the theme of rush and warning, I challenge you to write a poem that involves an urgent journey and an important message. It could historical, mythical, entirely fictional, or memoir-ical.
Happy Writing (oh, and by the way, “THE BRITISH ARE COMING”)!


As I sit on the couch and watch the snow fall,
I look forward to when the flowers stand tall
and the trees begin to bloom tiny green sprouts,
when the temperatures reach 60 and we go out
swinging on the swings, or walking on walls.

It's been such a long winter; cold and icy:
slipping and falling walking to work, pricey
with sore behinds and scrapes of the knee;
I miss when the butterflies break free
and dance on the clouds and plants so spicy.

So, Mother Nature, please give us a sign;
if Spring and warmth are coming down line--
one inch of snow by land, four inches by sea
if Winter will stay longer and hold back bees
or delay your beautiful green designs!

As the snow falls out my window
and covers the grass below,
I hope this is Winter's encore
and the bees and the birds can soon soar,
while I sit under the weeping willow.

Heading to bed in the snowy pale moonlight,
I expect to awake to a victory from the white.
Yet. as I wipe the slumber away from my eye,
I am surprised that only an inch stands nigh!
Spring is coming and the days will soon be bright!

Three weeks later, the day reaches sixty-five,
daffodils and cherry blooms burst alive;
the streets hustle and bustle during longer days
where we can all skip, run, and in the sun play--
welcome Spring and the endless night drives!

I will post the prompt for day #19 later.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Secret Life of Blogger's Blog Party 4/6/2015-4/18/2015

Hi everyone,

I'm going to be combining two weeks for this week's Secret Life. I'm sorry I missed last week - on Sunday I went to the Academy of Natural Sciences's Of Dire Wolves and Dragons: Game of Thrones Day, then had a busy week. Between life and NaPoWriMo, April has been busy... I enjoy being busy though. And it's even better now because my iPod finally updates again and I've updated 150 new songs so far. Lately I've been listening to:

Anyway, enjoy the double edition of Secret Life!


Tuesday, April 7

A really cool artist I follow on Instagram and Twitter was selling these bandannas. 
I thought it looked cool and would be good for the next Twiztid concert.

Here is Wesley modeling the bandanna. 
Sketchy does amazing work, especially artwork!

Wednesday, April 8

Thursday, April 9

Went shopping and bought two new dresses. One for work, and one for fun.

Friday, April 10

Sunday, April 12

Prompt (NaPoWriMo Day #12): And now for our prompt! Yesterday’s was a doozy, so today’s is much more laid-back (and optional, as always). It comes to us from Dr. Cynthia A. Cochran of Illinois College:
Here is a great prompt for anyone who likes to write descriptive prose but shudders at writing poetry–and it really works:
Describe in great detail your favorite room, place, meal, day, or person. You can do this in paragraph form.
Now cut unnecessary words like articles and determiners (a, the, that) and anything that isn’t really necessary for content; leave mainly nouns, verbs, a few adjectives.
Cut the lines where you see fit and, VOILA! A poem!

The Academy of Natural Sciences is located on the Ben Franklin Parkway and it faces an ornate fountain that comes to life in the Spring and Summer. This is the perfect place for those who are curious and love to learn. When you step inside of the Academy of Natural Sciences, you are greeted by two friendly staff members sitting at the desk and then to the right of the desk, a huge bronze T-rex greets visitors with a toothy welcome. You can get lost for hours just looking at the dinosaur displays. However, the butterfly room is amazing. Always steamy and tropical - it's best on cold, winter days. If you wear the right colours, a butterfly or two will land on you. Whenever I wear my Clay Matthews t-shirt, I always have butterfly visitors. Scattered throughout the Academy are live animals that the volunteers show off. Chinchillas, owls, snakes, and hedgehogs. You can also see their dioramas and learn about the animals the Academy can't house.

Located on the Ben Franklin Parkway,
The Academy of Natural Sciences feeds the soul
for curious misfits and scholarly types.
Step inside and bony bronze dinosaurs
greet visitors with  toothy welcomes. 
Fly away and visit tropical paradises 
with butterflies and croaking bullfrogs
in steamy, tropical butterfly house - 
best on cold, winter days; 
Butterflies always visit those most colourful! 
Scattered throughout, other live animals creep--
Chinchillas, owls, snakes, and hedgehogs;
definitely a welcoming paradise for everyone!

Pink blossoms poke through
reaching in the crystal sky
welcome warm April!

Wednesday, April 15

I went to a fashion show that Talbots' was holding. 
I think I might order this outfit next month.

I ended up buying this because I loved it - I love black and floral. 
Talbot's gave me a grab bag - scarf, makeup, Starbucks cup and perfume.

Yeah, I love this dress.

Thursday, April 16

Had a nice day visiting at the Senior Center.

Didn't take any pictures - but here is one from 2011 (with Nan; in brown) at their yearly tea party.

Friday, April 17

Hot Topic gave me $30 to spend. I bought a bikini. I'm happy with it.

It was also a beautiful day.

Saturday, April 18

Still adding to my iTunes library. Yeah, I listen to everything.


I posted some new clothes. I'm mostly getting dress clothes, but I'm also getting a few "weekend clothes." I'm waiting for my package from Acrassicauda, an Iraqi heavy metal band I follow. I pre-ordered their new CD (they're signing it!) and a t-shirt:

Don't worry... the package is coming from New York. They're American citizens and I used to talk to some of the members. I still sort of keep in touch with the drummer. They're really nice. I'm looking forward to the CD and my shirt. :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Rainbow Bridge - NaPoWriMo Day 17

Today is the 3rd anniversary since Olivia died. For new readers of my blog, Olivia was my tuxedo cat that we adopted when she was 14. She was 18 when she died.

The poem today is simple - it's an ABCD... rhyme scheme. I'm keeping it simple.

Rainbow Bridge

It's amazing what changes in three years--
when you departed this Earth and left us in tears,
Nan was still with us too.
I remember the night that left us blue,
April 17, 2012, will never be forgotten,
the night rainy, the humidity thick and rotten:
Oh, my Olivia, my beautiful tuxedo girl!
You began to pace the basement and twirl--
I yelled at you for peeing on the basement floor,
but then you ran quite fast and into the door,
and then you passed out
and became unconscious, we shout
to the emergency vets and dad carries
you to his 2000 Honda Civic, breathing varies,
dad cried and said goodbye and last breath.
Speeding along 202; 9:30 PM, West--
the vets tried to revive you,
but at 9:45 you were declared dead, limp, no hue.
We all cry in the exam room
and I call Nan- the bad news zoom.
It's amazing that in three years;
both your death and Nan's death leaves tears.