Choices

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Citing fate and destiny is for the weak and the meek, the ones seeking absolution for their own actions.
“It was or wasn’t meant to be” only occurs in the rarest of cases – most of the time, life has nothing to do with fate but with the choices we decide to make.

“Whatever choice you make, makes you. Choose wisely.”
Roy Bennett

Secret Stars

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 Secret Stars

Ghastly humanity haunting gutters
snivelling snakes bearing sordid scars
fetid fangs seeking filthy sewers
so few see the sky-soaring secret stars

*Repost from a few months ago – inspired by one of my favourite quotes: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde*

Image credit: sophiaviolette.deviantart.com

Disencumbered Desire

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Unsatiated desire
unstilted attire 
flick of a finger,
lick and linger

Leaning in
lenient
languorously
fanning the flames

Stripping sodden briefs,
stroking, stiffening, swelling
simultaneously sighing and weeping
sour-sweet nacreous nectar

*Repost…there’s a bit of a theme going at the moment*

Image credit: d-liliane.deviantart.com

Secret Stars – A Quote and Bonus Poem – Challenge day 3

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For the last time, thanks a bunch to Jennifer for inviting me to do this. I had so much fun with this challenge…and this last day of it, with something written while shrouded in alcohol fumes was the funnest of the lot. What do you mean funnest isn’t a word?? It is now!
Today, I went with Oscar Wilde again – not imaginative I know – but this is my favourite quote of all time. In fact, this quote has been my Facebook cover on and off over the years. But I’m going to stop rambling and get on with it. So, without further ado…

The quote:
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The poem: Secret Stars

Ghastly humanity haunting gutters
snivelling snakes bearing sordid scars
fetid fangs seeking filthy sewers
so few see the sky-soaring secret stars

 

My nominees for Day 2 are:

https://hillsofherchastity.wordpress.com

http://amoafowaa.com

https://mouthymissmay.wordpress.com

As usual, I must reiterate that there are no obligations to do this – you guys can take it or leave it of course 🙂

The rules for this challenge are:

  1. Each day for three consecutive days post a quote (any quote – you can even come up with your own) and a poem to accompany it.
  2. On each day nominate 3 bloggers for the challenge.
  3. Don’t forget to thank the blogger who nominated you

Image credit: sophiaviolette.deviantart.com

Disencumbered Desire – A Quote and Bonus Poem – Challenge day 2

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Thanks again to Jennifer for nominating me to do this. I find that I really “let go” with these challenges, they are (in a way) drafts, just me scribbling, playing around with words, tasting the words I should say, because that’s what I feel I have been doing, with this one especially. Hence, none of it is to be taken seriously, I’m just having fun.  

The quote:

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The poem: Disencumbered Desire

Unsatiated desire
unstilted attire 
flick of a finger,
lick and linger

Leaning in
lenient
languorously
fanning the flames

Stripping sodden briefs,
stroking, stiffening, swelling
simultaneously sighing and weeping
sour-sweet nacreous nectar

My nominees for Day 2 are:

https://unbolt.wordpress.com

http://nursekellyknows.com

https://aheartafire.wordpress.com

As usual, I must reiterate that there are no obligations to do this – you guys can take it or leave it of course 🙂

The rules for this challenge are:

  1. Each day for three consecutive days post a quote (any quote – you can even come up with your own) and a poem to accompany it.
  2. On each day nominate 3 bloggers for the challenge.
  3. Don’t forget to thank the blogger who nominated you

Image credit: d-liliane.deviantart.com

Tongue-tied – A Quote and Bonus Poem – Challenge day 1

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I must thank the lovely Jennifer who challenged me yesterday to do this. I have been swamped by challenges in recent weeks and I must say, to my great shame, that I’ve hardly done any of them. To all the people who were good enough to think of me, please forgive me, I greatly appreciate all of you but there hasn’t been enough hours in the day. Shameful and shameless apologies done, now I must ask you to please check out Jennifer’s poetry if you haven’t done so already, it will be worth your while, I promise.

The Quote:

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The poem: Tongue-tied

Eyes glued to the road
fractured, febrile thoughts
bracing myself for the call

Claustrophobia threatening
mood darkening
cursing countless rings

Disembodied tone – voicemail
30 seconds to convey
a deluge, delusions, distance

Tantamount to Tantalus’ torture
hanging up – hanging head in distress
I give up, grimacing, reassess

Tongue-tied not ten minutes before
now my words come to the fore
conjured up by a simple plastic pen

My nominees for Day 1 are:

Matt

Karin

Paris

Obviously, there are no obligations to do this, none at all – you guys can cry off if you want. I know Matt won’t though as he just loves a challenge 😉

The rules for this challenge are:

  1. Each day for three consecutive days post a quote (any quote – you can even come up with your own) and a poem to accompany it.
  2. On each day nominate 3 bloggers for the challenge.
  3. Don’t forget to thank the blogger who nominated you

Image Credit:”Tongue Tied” by VisuallyPoetic at deviant art.com

Photo of the day

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The only way to tell that summer is truly on its way round my neck of the woods is to keep an eye out for the neighbour’s stone dogs. When the caps and sunglasses appear, you know you’ve truly made it through another winter.
As you can see, the dogs were not yet prepared for summer a few weeks ago.

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Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
Henry James

More British Museum

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I haven’t had time to write very much lately, (for the blog in any case) — so I thought I would post some more photographs taken last Friday at the British Museum.

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled”.

Plutarch

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“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift”.

Albert Einstein

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“Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.”
― Albert Camus

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“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”.
Marcus Garvey

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“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
Leonardo da Vinci

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“Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.”
Robert Motherwell

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French skies

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The City of Light, again.

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It’s funny (or prescient) that on Friday I was reminiscing about last year’s Paris trip  – because that very same night, Sweet Boy suggested a day trip there for my birthday. Well, not on my actual birthday but that same week. Providing he can get the time off work as well. But still, I may just be seeing the city of light again very soon.
A day wandering across this unique city soaking up the atmosphere is just what I need to replenish my French soul. A few more photographs out of the hundreds I took last year is in order. And a couple of quotes too.

“He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo.
Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic.
Nothing is more sublime.”
― Victor Hugo

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The Eiffel Tower has to be seen at night when it’s illuminated. It could be seen from the hotel, keeping an ever watchful guard in the background

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Because I’m classy (ha!) 100 Euro note next to a glass of wine and surrounded by French bread crumbs 🙂

“I guess it goes to show that you just never know where life will take you. You search for answers. You wonder what it all means. You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while.”
― Amy Thomas

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“The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older—intelligence and good manners.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald