The Marks of June

June you mark the middle
Of a year
That has everyone
In quiet the pickle.

The unpredictable,
The unprecedented,
The insurmountable,
The game changers.

All in one
They are happening,
The noise deafening
The footprints indelible.

Biological or social
Emotional or political,
The fight for survival
The core of the struggle.

With debates and protests
Even the riots,
How can we possibly
Claim any rest.

Feeling the injustice
The denial, the inequality
With deep woven roots,
Perpetuating the atrocities.

Even with fight
Guided by knowledge,
Changes still need
Clarity and quietness

To allow the most powerful
To rise,
To be felt
To be seen.

So how to find
In these dark times
The magic of love?
The peace of love?

It must be the only way
The ancient way.
So go within to the core
Ground and center.

Move with that one
Rhythmic flow
Never to judge
Only to bestow.

Life, opportunity
Abundance of choice.
Breath is this anchor
Breath is the answer.

What seems so insignificant
Holds all that is magnificent,
Delve deep, delve often
Keep company

Of the one companion.
So her treasures
Maybe realized
And your peace will unfold.

April’s Resurrection

With the unexpected
Mandatory isolations,
Arrives a resurrection
Of lifestyles of old.

Families gather
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The elderly are watched over
With keenness and compassion.

The poor and homeless
Fed and sheltered.
Communities work
With united forces.

With efforts big and small
True mindfulness and consciousness
Regain strength and center stage.

Within the self
Something deep is touched,
Stirred and begs to rise
As another resurrection.

Stripped of the usual noise
Busy-ness and distractions,
There is an exposure
Of the decluttered self.

The self that knows consciousness
That feels the depth of gratitude
That recognizes the greatest love
Of the One who always cares.

With no concepts to cloud
And only a few and basic
Needs to be addressed,
The obvious is made clear.

The preciousness
Of the ultimate gift
Yet non-permanence
And fragility of life.

The question begged to be asked.
What is it that you resurrect?
Your goals and ambitions?
Your achievements and certificates?

Neither past nor future matter.
The unexpendable commodity
Is this moment now.
The frame of existence.

Resurrect your being
The qualities that enliven you
Not by what surrounds
But by what lays within.

Allow in this quiet time
Listening to the voice
Lost in the usual noise.
And resurrect what you know
You’ve always been.

Shelter In Home


Comes natural to the hermit
Enforced on the convicted.
A sort of imprisonment
Intended to safe guard.

And today,
The likes of me and you
With access to the essentials
Water, food and light.
But little preparation
With unheeded forewarning,
The mind is unconditioned
The body unable to relax.

As sources of entertainment fade
The confines close in,
And the loss of freedoms
Begin to set in.

What is most amiss?
The face to face
To see and feel
To interact, to feel of significance.

At heart we are social.
Beings in need of beings.
So here lies opportunity
To reach out in solidarity.

Break free of the concepts,
Traits of greed and fear.
Evolve to enable
Humanity at its best.

Perhaps the greatest outcome
Is yet to be seen,
As from our strife and grief
We learn the truest meaning

Of the real ‘Shelter in Home’.
For you are the home
Where the grandest one
Chooses to reside.

So take the time now given,
To acquaint and befriend.
Meditate in your solace
On the place most neglected.

Uncover your buried gifts
Your allies, your strengths
Your inner peace and joys.

The key to this realm
Is to deflect and rebuke
The noise, the distractions
Of the exterior, the illusions.

With these layers
Of shelter in home,
Be kind
Be gracious
Be in gratitude.
For you are ‘home’
And in home
Of the greatest of arms.

Topofthewater

IMG_6113One of my favorite bloggers, deserving of a re-post…checkout any one of his most 20 visited posts. You’ll surely be warmed or touched to the core!

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And be sure to see today’s post, ‘The Mature Rose’.. inspired by Annie Lennox.

The Mature Rose

 

All Born Kings

 

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Attire of regales
Naturally adorned

Yet what mighty weight
Held on sturdy shoulders

Looking ahead
With so much to protect

Head held high
Yet still humbled

With virtue of heart
Comes the clearest glory

Daily battles
Some won, some lost

Need no army
Wage no war

Crowned by birth
Dispute unworthy

Mother Nature’s King
Know you reign supreme!

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Audio-Human Time

Todays post is a reading of Human Time, written by Atul Ranchod… Amazing piece that captured my attention and won a semifinalist position in a national poetry contest.

Thank you, Atul, for granting me the privilege of making this recording…

Enjoy Atul’s writings at https://topofthewater.me/

The backing music credit goes to John Adorney. http://www.johnadorney.com/

Audio-Night’s Eloquence

Enjoy the audio recording of poetry by Amitav Chowdhury. Thank you for indulging me in the reading, Amitav.

https://amitavchowdhury.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/nights-eloquence/

Double-Oh-Seven

Thank you Emily for a great write on my favorite hero.. Had to repost and share with my friends….. If you don’t know Emily check out her blog she can writes about, well everything, you will be sure to find something to blow your socks off!!

Poet Girl Em

Man of mystery, steal my heart away in movie dreams
you lurk in the secret rooms with open windows wide
under rooftops you scale giving chase, or escape
maybe a train top through tunnels with gun in hand

Taking clandestine orders from M, weapons from Q,
you follow your own rules and pursue them to the T,
flying jets, airplanes, boats, luxury race cars of speed
no one can catch you, and if they do,

they’ll be sorry they did…

You are a force of nature, a man of serious stature
a super trained human, with a wicked sense of humor
you like it shaken not stirred, and a Girl on the side
a late night casino, Russians see you and hide

Villains will tempt you, trap you and torment
but every time you outsmart them with your brilliant
brain, one that always sees a way out, a way in

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Liebster Blog Award

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Many thanks to Imperfection is Beauty at https://yeye2188.wordpress.com a great blog and blogger.

This award is another way of introducing new comers to the wordpress blog community. The following are the rules, breakable if needed; and also my answers to questions posed by my nominator, eleven facts about me and my eleven questions to my nominees…enjoy the read!

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Be sure to send link to your nominees..

Your participation is completely optional..

Facts about me:

1. I love the aroma and sound of food as I cook

2. I love trees even more than flowers

3. I protected my daughter from a raging German Shepard

4. I like having pajama days

5. I like dusty old bookstores

6.  I love to feel the sun and hear the lapping of waves

7. I like to share a beer and sandwiches …..

8. I cant ride a bike and would like to

9. I like the thrill of heights even though it scares me

10. I was a premature baby

11. I am in awe of true living wisdom how ever it comes to light

 

My answers!!

  1. The point is to figure out the point! Why are you here!
  2. I find happiness in the little things that make me smile, perhaps its a memory, perhaps how someone made me feel, perhaps its what I have learnt…
  3. Inspiration comes from hope. Hope is the seed of all beginnings and a nurturer for me.
  4. When lost I return to that which makes me feel found, today this is meditation and yoga, experiences that connect me to me..
  5. I live with my regrets by forgiving myself for lack of understanding and clarity and weaknesses in self esteem and self image.. these are the things that make us susceptible to doing things or not doing them that create regrets in life..
  6. Sadness like any feeling has to be worked through, so I cry,  I feel the sadness and then I look beyond the sadness and realize that I had the opportunity to feel good about that which now makes me sad.
  7. If money was no object I would like to travel, meet more people see more beautiful things in this world and also give freely of the skills of have acquired to help feed the ailing and dying.
  8. What must I experience before my time is up? Pleasures of the senses beyond my current exposure, I hope that travel opportunities will bring this.. And to know that I have understood universal laws and nature to fulfill my time the way my creator envisaged I could.
  9. Today’s projected accomplishment-to better accept the things I cannot change.
  10. Who is the most interesting person I have met? His name is Bill Hubert, he is the founding creator of a brain/body integration program, Bal-A-Vis-X, applicable for use with people of all ages of most all kinds for functioning and disability. I choose him as he is a man who has shown incredible dedication to helping children as he began his quest to overcome the issue of kids falling through the educational cracks and getting lost in the system when they were neither bad enough or good enough to get the right help.
  11. My latest great idea is for a ‘phone check-in’ at my next dinner party this Saturday in an attempt to get everyone to be ‘present’ !! Wish me luck.

 

My Nominees

https://penumbrahaiku.wordpress.com

https://itsaloveuntold.wordpress.com

https://tdanceoflife.wordpress.com

https://gazingatmoons.wordpress.com

https://iambloggertoo.wordpress.com

http://bobbyyadav.wordpress.com

https://pragalbhadoshi.wordpress.com

 

My questions:

1. If you could live back in time when and where would you choose and why..

2.  What do you think will be the greatest invention in the future

3.  What is the best t.v. show in your opinion

4. What book have you enjoyed the most

5. Who was your favorite teacher and why

6. Which parent influenced you the most and how

7.  How do you think we can contribute to peace

8. What do you think is man’s greatest achievement

9.  What do you think is man’s worst behavior

10.  What do you like to do for fun

11.  If you could travel into space would you go

Have fun with my questions and don’t forget to let me know if you accept the award!!

 

 

 

 

 

3 Day Quote Challenge-Day 2

Here’s big thank you to David, my challenger, who by nominating me for this challenge has helped me be a better blogger. His blog is all about being a better physical you so check it out at https://chapeblog.wordpress.com

Day 2 Quote

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Today’s challenge goes to:

  1. https://melekvadisi.wordpress.com
  2. https://itsaloveuntold.wordpress.com
  3. https://deanjbaker.wordpress.com

Challenge rules:

  1. Thank your challenging blogger and post their site
  2. Post three consecutive days
  3. Post one to three quotes per day
  4. Challenge three different bloggers per day

Hope you enjoy the challenge, know that you were hand picked!