Better on the inside

First in this week from Chris Hall. A fantastic poem and a wonderful way of thinking. Enjoy

luna's on line

~You’ll never be beautiful
(my mother said to me)

~Don’t take it to heart
(I said to myself)


choose your viewpoint shrewdly
it’s what’s inside that counts
discriminate accordingly
a kind heart trumps a pretty face

it’s what’s inside that counts
true beauty’s from within
a kind heart trumps a pretty face
seek out a splendid soul

true beauty’s from within
look for what’s beneath the skin
seek out a splendid soul
marvel at a brilliant mind

look for what’s beneath the skin
discriminate accordingly
marvel at a brilliant mind
choose your viewpoint shrewdly

Written in response to Sadje‘s What do You See #66 photo prompt.

Teslariu Mehai @ Unsplash
The image shows a person wearing a paper bag over their head. The words  “Photo shop” are written by hand on the bag.

View original post

What do you see # 66 – January 25 2021

Today is Monday. Welcome back to another 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.

Please tag your responses with #Whatdoyousee



Does this picture inspire you to write something?

Image credit; Teslariu Mehai @ Unsplash

( For the visually challenged reader, this image shows a person wearing a paper-bag over their head. Words ” Photo shop” are written by hand on the bag)

Waiting eagerly for your responses.

Thanking you all for joining this prompt.




What do you see # 65 – A Roundup


Here it hangs

The words and the message inside

Unknown and still a mystery

I think of opening it several times a day

But then I will know, and there will be no mystery

So I let it hang here, tantalizing me


Thank you to all these wonderful people who participated in this weeks prompt. Please click on their links to read their posts.

Reena; Enveloped thoughts

Chris Hall; Purple prose

Michnavs; Vessels of love

Susi; With love at stake

Sara; The final gift

Jules; So close yet so far

Eugenia; The aura of love

Radhika; Scarlet love

Jude; Red shades of emotions

Books and Bonsai; What do you see # 65

Kittysverses; Unspoken words

Samita; A token of gratitude

Di; What do you see # 65

Pallavi; Stockholm syndrome

Sangeetha; Unsung

Pratibha; Stories

Happy Soul; As memories unfold

Jeff; A letter

Sammi ; Fight and flight

Punam; Frangible feelings

Suzette; The wax seal

Goutam; My words

Nelkumi; Dear me

I will be posting next week’s challenge on next Monday at 12:00 am PST.

Thank you all once again for all your support.




Thursday Inspo # 92 – Flowers

Paula is the host of Thursday Inspo

Alligator flowers

Welcome to Thursday Inspiration!

This week’s theme is flowers and the image is above. Here’s a snippet of song from Neil Diamond’s “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.”

You don’t bring me flowers
You don’t sing me love songs
You hardly talk to me anymore
When I come through the door at the end of the day


There was a bunch of wildflowers by the door

Tied with a blue ribbon, no card or name attached

She picked them and held them close to her heart

Every day, without fail these flowers appeared by her door

She could guess it was some who admired her secretly

And though she often tried to find out who it was

All her effort yielded no results, till one day

She caught sight of a man leaving the flowers

It was the homeless guy in the park she often helped

He wanted to show his gratitude or perhaps something more

But she never showed him that she knew it was him

This strange courtship continued for many months

One day he knocked and gave her the flowers himself

He was dressed well and now had a job as well

Now he could tell her how much he admired her




JusJoJan January 24- Trigger

Linda is the host JusJoJan

Circumstances trigger fear and depression

Broken dreams or abandoned hopes all contribute

Giving in seems easy and the natural thing to do

But resisting the pull of dark waters need resolution

Just stand under the cool arch of the majestic sky

And just look up to see how vast is this universe

We are so insignificant here but we all have a role

Like tiny cogs in a huge machine, we all do our job

Let not this wormhole swallow you alive

Listen to the appealing song of life and hold tight





Three Line Tales 260


Welcome to Week 260 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales, week 260: illuminated Fernsehturm top of the Berlin photo by Jonny Caspari via Unsplash

beaconsignal transmission




Crimson Creative Challenge # 115

Crispina is the host of Crimson Creative Challenge



The day was getting on but I stood on the bridge and waited

Even the birds had flown home but I stood here and waited

I was alone and lonely, but I stood by myself and waited

I waited till there was no point in waiting anymore

It because apparent that you weren’t going to keep your promise

Yet I gave you the full benefit of the doubt and waited till I could




JusJoJan and Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday- January 23 2021 – Point the finger

Linda is the host of JusJoJan and Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “close eyes and point.” When you’re ready to write your post, open a book, a newspaper, or whatever is handy and close your eyes and point. Whatever word or picture your finger lands on, make that the basis of your SoCS/JusJoJan post. Enjoy!

I had this book at hand. It belongs to my granddaughter who is 21 months old. The word I got was “Downstairs” ( from the poem; Wee willie winkie)


Upstairs, downstairs all day long

Burning so many calories I can’t count

Then the knees started creaking, the back protesting

No more running up and down the stairs for old me

I moved my headquarter downstairs permanently

Now I only go upstairs if I want to look at the view

Admittedly, the terrace affords a lovely panorama

Beautiful enough to move my old bone to climb the stairs





Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – Dawning – January 21, 2021 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge # 169

Reena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge

Welcome to the next normal, as the stories around us change! 


Create a post on your blog, and copy-paste the link in Comments. In case you are using a pingback, do check back to see if it has worked.


I look at it with anticipation and dejection

The answer to humanity’s problems

It will cure all illnesses, all sickness

One of the greatest discovery of all times

A lot of hope and fear rides on this one injection

If I call it an elixir of life, I won’t be wrong

The only trouble is that it has never been tested

Not on any living being, animal, or human

And till I am given permission to use it on live subjects

How can this greatest discovery be of any use

So I wait with hope and fear