2020- A year, a gift that kept on giving

This weeks prompt is;

2020

Started quite innocently

No one ever dreamt of what it’ll bring

The pandemic caught us in its snare completely

The struggle was tough for so many families

Death and sickness very hard to deal with specially as we were ill-prepared

But the saga continues in ‘21 and ‘22 ………..

The disease waxing and waning sometimes we won, sometimes Covid won

Not content with disease, fate added a war to the mix

Unemployment, rising inflation have us by our throats

Now we are reaching the end of 2022 and a small hope is kindled

May be the new year will bring some tidings of joy, something to celebrate

This hope need lots of prayers and faith to make it a reality

Wishing you all the best in the new year

2023

Written for; RXC PROMPT #260, hosted by Reena

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July 5th, 1985

This week prompt by Britta Benson

July is hot and humid in Lahore

I was a bundle of nerves, apprehensive

Arranged marriages were the norm

But I hadn’t exchanged more than a few words

With the person with whom I was planning to spend my life

The ceremony went without a hitch

I made a pretty bride according to my family

I was given into the protection of my husband

Blessings of my father and brothers accompanied me

It was a new start, induction into a new family

How lucky I turned out to be on that day

Not only a kind, loving husband but I hit the bumper prize

A mother in law who was kinder than anyone I knew

A father in law who was a remarkable teacher to me

On that hot day in July

I started a journey that would be the rest of my life

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Written for; W3 Prompt #32: Wea’ve Written Weekly, hosted by David

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December poetry challenge- Dodoitsu!

This month we’ll try a Japanese poetry form; dodoitsu. It is non-rhyming, with a humorous twist.Dodoitsu has four lines: 7 syllables, 7 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. Please write about harvest or nature.

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Waiting for the cold season

Woolen woolies all ready

Stash of crunchy nuts ready

The temp is still warm 😜

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Written for December Poetry Challenge, hosted by Rebecca

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The delicate shades of pink 💖

“Pink isn’t just a colour. It’s an attitude too.” ~ Miley Cyrus

December is here and with it our final monthly colour challenge for 2022 – Pinkish.

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Delicate pink blush

Tinting the dawn sky

Spellbound I watch it

Till the sun sucks the pink

Spreads it all over the sky

And then the golden sun rises

The pink returns in the evening

The process reversed in sequence

The orange and pink vying for dominance

Till all is swallowed by indigo sky

And then the stars start to sparkle

Another day is done and sun will rise tomorrow!

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Written for ; Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge – Pinkish, hosted by Sue W and GC

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WDYS # 162 -A Roundup post

He found himself in a dark room

The only source of light, a flashing sign

You have been warned, it stated threateningly

A warning, he trembled at the ominous warning

He failed in his mission, he realized with dread

The responsibilities entrusted to him remain unfulfilled

Their home, the earth was still in a battle of division

The environment polluted, temperatures raising

He fell to his knees, asked for another chance

At that moment he woke up soaked in sweat

Today he will start working on his election promises

Today he will start to heed the warning

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A lot of varied entries again this week in response to this image. Please click on the links to read the contributions of our lovely participants.

David; Trendsetter or reject

Punam; Don’t tell me I never told you

Reena; Warning

Maria; Fair warning

Mason; A neon warning

Kittysverses; Written in red

Bewilded; Alert

Keith; A lot of letters

Sangeetha; You- Free verse

Eugenia; Endurance

Jim; Don’t come here again

Angela; What do you see

Susi; Making amends

Diana; you have been warned

Grace; Refrain

Michnavs; On rape culture

Shashi; you have been warned

Suzette; More real

Lakshmi; Everyday moments

Tessa; What do you see # 162

Jules; A haphazard finish to the checkered flag

Chaya; You have been warned

Ken; Warning sign

Audrine; Nonsensical

Fandango; Ignore at your own peril

Sandy; I told you so

Lady Lee Manila; You have been warned

Jane; Difference in color

Yinglan; What do you see # 162

Usha; Trick and Treat

Indira; What do you see # 162

O’Nika; I done told you

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.

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Wonders of the wild

I’m always surrounded by a concrete jungle

Stepping out in the wild is indeed a treat

The beautiful wild vegetation and wildlife

Act as a boost to the morale and soothe the nerves

So once in a way I stop by the wayside and

Savor the natural beauty and relax

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Written for CCC # 212, hosted by Crispina Kemp

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Tiny Manipulators

Little minds are fast learners

The art of manipulation is easily picked

Parents expect them to behave well

But they need bribes to comply

Children are quick to judge the situation

But a clever parent makes a speedy recovery

By whisking them away from temptation

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Tuesday Writing prompt: Use “manipulation, “children, and “recoveryin a poem.

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Twin, twine, tween

Twins

Bound with a twine

Emotions, instincts attuned

They even throw the same tantrums

As they reach that dramatic age

The tweens, where every action has an extraordinary reaction

Shaking the foundation of parenthood to the core

And left them wondering how to manage these twin storms

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Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “twin/tween.” Use, “twin” or “tween” any way you’d like. Bonus points if you use both. Enjoy!

Written for Linda’s SoCS- Twin/ Tween

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My legacy

I have written on this topic before, more than twice. I’ve used two posts from my past and edited them to fit this prompt.

Prompt for RXC # 259;

Think about how your being, your thoughts multiply in the universe. Write about your children and how do they make you happy. Mull over what else can you acquire or create to leave a legacy.

Do you want to be remembered after you’re gone and how?”

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Cast adrift on a moonless night

The ship sails on sea that is calm

Seeking quiet and solitude I stand here

Thinking how my life is dependent

On those who are a constant in my world

If……

One day I was not here anymore

Would my obituary be read with sadness

Or with a feeling of relief

Would I like them to be sad, missing me

Or will I leave them relieved, secretly happy

I think the best legacy I can leave behind 

Would be a score of kind deeds

That will make them remember me with love

And be glad for the fact that they knew me

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We all are on a time lease. Our time on this earth is limited and is bound to come to an end sooner or later. Have you ever thought about how you would like to be remembered after you are gone?

Thinking of dying, leaving this world, or kicking the bucket, for some people, seems morbid. It may be true that some of us are not going to think about it at all. While there are people who give too much thought to their end. I like to have a pragmatic approach. We all will die one day and there is nothing dramatic or extraordinary about it.

What legacy do I want to leave behind?

In my view, leaving behind a good memory/ Legacy is possible if one practices the following;

1. Be kind;

It is a kind person who leaves an everlasting impression on the mind of others.

2. Be generous;

Generosity doesn’t mean spending or giving money to others, but being generous-hearted accepting others as they are, being forgiving and most of all open-minded. And not to be mean-spirited.

3. Be a friend;

What does being a friend entail? Listening to the problems of others, offering solutions, consoling them after a loss, and being there in hard times for them.

4. Don’t be a difficult person;

As we grow old, we become fixed in our ways, opinionated, and hard to please. And old age brings a lot of pain and aches, even if we are in good health. The people who I have seen, getting along well with their caregivers and family are those who maintain an attitude of ease. Taking things easy and treating others with ease of manner. One has to take one’s problems with a pinch of humor. This I think is the most difficult thing to accomplish. But I would try my best to be that sort of person who is not a burden on others but to be a blessing.

Written in response to RXC # 259, hosted by Reena

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Finding sense in nonsense

Not everything is clear at first

Sometimes we need to ponder deeply

To find the logic In something nonsensical

Everyone sees things through different eyes

We all see a different reality in the same image

Don’t disparage or disrespect what others feel

For their sense may be your nonsense and vice versa!

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Written for Moon-Washed Musings Weekly Prompt – Nonsensical, hosted by Eugenia

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