Gentleman at leisure?

“Portrait of Halvor John Schou” also painted in 1911: by Thorvald Hellesen (1888 – 1937).

Here’s what to do:

Write a poem using ONE of the portraits above painted by Thorvald Hellesen, as your inspiration. There is no required form for the poem. Be sure to give credit to Hellesen by listing his name, the name of the portrait chosen and date it was painted.


A gentleman sitting at leisure

Expressions pensive, reflective

Perhaps thorny problems irking

Or trouble with home and love life

A person may appear at ease, relaxed

But there may be storms raging inside

Judging a book by its cover, we may fall short

Look into his heart or mind, we cannot


In response to dVerse, hosted by Lillian this week



Being good natured is a bonus?

The gift of being kind, good-natured

Pays endless dividends all through life

People like you because you’re easy to get along with

But they can also use you, and exploit you

Perhaps because they take you for granted

Being good-natured should never become a weakness

It should be your strength, a wall that protects you

Build it for yourself, and let it be an invisible shield


In response to Moonwashed Musings Weekly Prompt – Good-natured– May 23, 2023, hosted by Eugenia



What do you see # 187- May 22, 2023

Welcome back to another WDYS prompt


  • You can write a post on your blog and create a pingback to link to the original post.
  • Write an original story, poem or a caption.
  • There is no limit to words or format but keep it family-friendly.
  • If you post a response before next Sunday, I will be able to add it to my roundup post.
  • I will do a round-up next Sunday before the next Prompt is posted.
  • It is always helpful if you can give your post/story/poem a title.
  • There are issues with pingbacks in WordPress these days. So please paste a link of your post in the comments section so that I don’t miss anyone in the roundup post.

Please tag your responses with




Does this picture inspire you to write something?

Image credit; Grin @ Unsplash

For the visually challenged reader, this image shows a Frenchie dog sitting and poses while wearing a fanny pack.

Waiting eagerly for your responses.

Thanking you all for joining this prompt.




WDYS # 186 -A Roundup post

Connecting with my child

Bending down to his level

Making him feel understood

I do all that I have to as a mom

And pray that he understands

When I fail as a parent, as we all do

That I’ve always tried to be my best

And that my love for my child has

No other parallel except the love of God


Beautiful, and moving entries this week in response to this image. Please click on the links to read the contributions of our lovely participants.

Carol Anne; Mama

David; Mine, or; you are your own

Michnavs; Mama

Reena; Don’t go

Maria; That’s true love

Keith; Sweet

Destiny; # Comfort #

Angela; I got you- WDYS

Aboli; Mama and child

Ganga; The joys of life

Ubiquitous Sense; Loving eyes

Jim; Her little man

Ken; Little man with a big heart

Punam; Dear mom

Eugenia; Remember

Ami; Just try?

Regina; Amazing love, forever love, a mother’s love

Rochelle; A picture from a friend

Fandango; Mother and child reunion

Sangeetha; You won’t

Suzette; Bridging

Sweeter than nothing; Jeremy

Melissa; Stairs

Phil; Covenant

Chaya; Role reversal

Jules; Mums the word

Grace; Forever bond

Indira; Heaven

O’Nika; Have I told you lately

My tales within; It ain’t big but it’s everything

Sandy; It’s enduring

Lesley; A mum’s lot

Jane, Trail of poems

Usha; What do you see- Mothers Day

Dawn; Chosen for a reason

Tanya; What do you see- Mother’s Day

I am grateful to all those who have read, shared and commented on these posts.

I will be posting next week’s challenge on Monday at 12:00 pm, PKT.

Thanks for reading.




Heritage and museums, Pakistan, Türkiye and Washington state

Logo by Donna @ Retirement Reflections

Don’t go to a museum with a destination. Museums are wormholes to other worlds. They are ecstasy machines. Follow your eyes to wherever they lead you…and the world should begin to change for you.”
– Jerry Saltz

As a kid I thought museums were boring. As an adult I find them mesmerizing. History preserved through objects, art and other mementos is just fascinating to explore.



When we own our culture and heritage, we admit to having roots that reach deep into the portals of time and connect us to several centuries of what we were, where we came from and in a way it shows us where we will go from here.

Lahore fort and Badshahi mosque. You can see a miniature model of Taj Mahal handcrafted by a local artist.

Relics of Buddhist culture in Taxila Museum near Rawalpindi.

AyaSofia in Istanbul, the famous blue mosque, and the topkapi palace museum in Türkiye. ( Previously known as Turkey)

A few pictures of historic places visited in the USA. A few shots of art in Port Angeles, Washington state, Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC, and Lady Liberty, New York.

In response to; WQ #20: May 17: HERITAGE/INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY, hosted by Marsha



Sunday Poser # 133- Embracing new ways?

Welcome back to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is;

Do you prefer old ways or new technology in your day to day life?

By old ways I mean using a wristwatch, using a diary to keep appointments, or a calendar hanging on the wall to note events that you’d like to remember.

All this can be easily done by your smartphone. But some people prefer to do it with a paper and pen.

I do wear a watch! Always have. Though recently a fitness tracker has taken its place. But I’ll still flick my wrist to check the time. On my bedroom wall a calendar is hanging on it I’ve circled important appointments and events. For taking notes I do use the phone but for my A to Z challenge, I noted down all the topics in a small notebook.

What do you prefer in your daily life? High tech gadgets keeping a record of your routine or you like to do it manually?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find it.

As usual, thanks of visiting and reading.



Sticking up for yourself

Who would advocate for you, if not you?

Who will take a stand for you, if not you?

Who will stick up for you, if not you?

Stop expecting others to stand up for you

Desist and abandon hope that they’ll be there for you

In this world, we all need to be our own champions

Today, tomorrow, we have to take a a stand for ourselves!



Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “stick.” Use it as a noun or a verb; use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

In response to Linda’s SoCS- Stick



Showing some enthusiasm- W3 # 55

Punam’s prompt guidelines
  • Write an acrostic poem on any one of the following words:
    1. Discipline; 
    2. Enthusiasm;
    3. Meditation; 
    4. Tumult; 
    5. Trouble.


Enter into the fray eagerly

Never give up in any situation

Try and try again if success eludes you

Hold on with both hands, don’t let it slip

Understand the importance of perseverance

Stand tall, stand firm with élan and vigor

Indeed, you have to show them your spirit

Although you may fail many times, don’t give up

Slowly but surely you will attain your goal

Medals won’t adorn your chest but you’ll have that sense of satisfaction


In response to W3 # 55, hosted by David



Beetroot red cheeks

Now very gently put the color on your cheeks while smiling, don’t overdo it, as you want a look that’s natural, not that of a girl blushing furiously due to embarrassment”!

Maria paused the tutorial and attempted the slightly flushed look the expert had achieved, but in her zeal to get a professional look, she used too much of the blush and her cheeks looked as if she was acting in a Victorian-era drama with vivid beetroot circles on both cheeks.

Her friend broke into peals of laughter when she saw the result, but Maria was a tough girl, she dabbed a bit of makeup remover on a sponge and wiped off the failed experiment.

Now I know how not to do it”, she said with a twinkle in her eyes.

Maria persisted in her efforts to learn the fine art of makeup and in a few months she was offering her services to friends and family.

The next step was to start her own makeup studio, and she never looked back after that!


In response to; Six Sentence Story- Flush, hosted by Denise