#SundayWalks ‘Even in Winter’ #Haiku #HappyNewYear

Even in winter,

Yellow daisies shine like gold,

Smiling at frail sun.

Even in winter,

Tired leaves fall from dry branches,

Shining on pavement.

Even in winter,

Vibrant green-leaved bushes hide

Red flowers gleaming.

Even in winter,

Bare trees stretch, because they know

Spring’s not far away.

Photos taken this weekend walking around Fuengirola, Malaga.

Happy winter walking!

#FridayFeeling #haiku ‘A Christmas Wish’ #poem

Shades of gold and red,

Memories of Christmas past,

Hearts both smile and weep.

I’m feeling happy and excited, planning meals and family reunions, yet nostalgic as Christmas approaches.

There’s so much to look forward to, but also so many people to remember and miss.

Here’s a poem for the person I miss most ❤ every day.

A Christmas Wish

If you were here with me,

Right now,

I’d be twice as happy.

If you could hold my hand,

Once again,

I’d be twice as brave.

If I could phone you now,

One more time,

I’d hear your wise advice.

If I could hear your voice,

Once more,

I’d laugh and jump and cry.

If we could talk and plan,

Like we would,

We’d find a way ahead.

If we could sit and chat,

Today,

You’d help me see the light.

If only I could have

One Christmas wish,

I’d wish to be with you again,

Just once.

For Elsa❤

#PhotoOfMyLife Day6 #Tanka #WordlessWednesday

Taken today during my morning walk.


Stunning pink petals
Cuddle up to bare branches,
Beauty and the beast,
Agony and ecstasy,
Two sides of life’s golden coin.
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The rules for this Twitter Challenge: no people, no explanations and challenge one new person every day. I was challenged by @GeorgiaRoseBook check out her blog.

Today I challenge @OlgaNM7 check out her book blog.

As I already told you, I’m terrible at following rules, so I’ve written a Tanka and told you where I took the photo!

Take a walk!

Take a photo!

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Carrot Ranch #FlashFiction Challenge #99Words #SixSentenceStory ‘Sorrowful Interlude’

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Sorrowful Interlude

Ruby welcomed her unfailing, weekly customer, handing him his usual two dozen daisies. Ralf nodded, smiled and limped towards the cemetery, carrying a cane and their favourite flowers.

He shook his head, reading the familiar inscriptions; Jane, beloved daughter of Ralf and Ada Grimmer, 10th August 1980 – 23rd September, 1999, and Ada, beloved wife and mother, 5th May 1950 – 23rd September, 1999.

He arranged the flowers, knelt and told them about his week, before saying his usual farewell, “Goodbye for today.”

Ralf refused to believe their separation was definite. “We’ll meet again soon, after this sorrowful interlude,” he whispered.

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Sorry it’s a little sad, but that’s where the two prompts took me.

Ralf refuses to believe that death is anything but a brief, albeit sorrowful interlude, between this world and the next.

We’re all certainly going in the same direction. Nobody leaves this Earth without dying first, whether we meet again is an option which some refuse to believe and others refuse to deny…

I’m taking part in the Carrot Ranch weekly challenge with ‘Interlude’. I’m afraid it’s been a while since I took part in this challenge, so this post is the end of that interlude!

I’m also taking part in the weekly ‘Six sentence story‘, with this week’s word prompt, ‘regret’. It’s my first time taking part, I think.

The two words merged as Ralf’s story popped into my mind. My mind’s elusive and impulsive creativity will never cease to amaze me!

Hope you’re having a creative Monday!

#SundayWalks ‘Flowers and Patios’ #Tanka #Poems

 

In ancient gardens

Dismembered, Roman statues

Watch pruned, potted plants

Bursting with fragrance, glowing

In lush, flourishing patios.

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I went for a walk to visit the World Heritage Patios Festival in Cordoba, Spain, this morning with my friend Gabriela. What a stunning place to stimulate all my senses!

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I hope you were able to take an inspiring walk this Sunday❤

 

#AtoZChallenge ‘X is for Cross’ #Haiku #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

 

May Cross

Unexpected gift

Multicoloured life fills street

Magnificent Earth 

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Carnival of spring

Honouring blossoms of May

Feast on the flowers

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I saw these beautiful May crosses on my way to work this morning and they reminded me how lucky I am to be alive.

This weekend there will be eating, drinking, dancing and singing around the beautiful crosses made of flowers and placed in squares, often by churches, on the first weekend of May in Cordoba. A feast for our eyes!

I plan to visit and take lots of photos this weekend!

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This year is my fourth AtoZ Challenge. My theme this year is poetry once again. I’ll be writing a haiku a day, but I’m also adding a new hobby to the posts, photography. I will post one of my photos, or a donated photo, every day to accompany my haiku.

This April, I’ll also be sharing my poems and joining another group of poets at National Poetry Writing Month, organised since 2003 by Maureen Thorson. Write 30 poems in 30 days. I’m in! What about you?

#AtoZChallenge ‘V is for Vault’ #Tanka #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

Gothic Vaults
Double arches hold
Gothic vaults pointing to sky.
Carved stone capitals
On proud marble columns guard
Centuries of synergy.

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The Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, was originally a Visigothic Catholic Church, shared with Muslim invaders for religious rites until 784, when it was solely used as a Muslim place of worship, until 1236, when it was again used as a Catholic church.

In 1523, Emperor Charles I, approved a project to refurbish the now fragile Mosque-Church and integrate a Christian Cathedral within its walls.

The architect, Hernán Ruiz (believed to have been born in Cordoba in 1514), integrated existing elements of the original Mosque with late Gothic architecture.

The Cathedral was inserted with great architectural precision and artistry. Both Muslim and Christian spaces merge beautifully in two seemingly opposing places.

In the first picture you can see the lateral nave. New Gothic vaults are supported by double arches, and below marble columns, many of which are of Roman origin.

A magnificent building which houses the synergy of well over a thousand years of history, art, culture and religions.

If any of you ever visit Cordoba, let me know. I’d love to show you around the Old Town!

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This year is my fourth AtoZ Challenge. My theme this year is poetry once again. I’ll be writing a haiku a day, but I’m also adding a new hobby to the posts, photography. I will post one of my photos, or a donated photo, every day to accompany my haiku (today I’ve posted a Tanka instead of a Haiku).

This April, I’ll also be sharing my poems and joining another group of poets at National Poetry Writing Month, organised since 2003 by Maureen Thorson. Write 30 poems in 30 days. I’m in! What about you?

#AtoZChallenge ‘U is for Umbrella’ #Haiku #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

This photo was lent by my friend and colleague Mari Carmen Rios. 
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Umbrella

Cracked wall, weathered door

Multicoloured umbrella

Both sides of our coins

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This year is my fourth AtoZ Challenge. My theme this year is poetry once again. I’ll be writing a haiku a day, but I’m also adding a new hobby to the posts, photography. I will post one of my photos, or a donated photo, every day to accompany my haiku.

 

This April, I’ll also be sharing my poems and joining another group of poets at National Poetry Writing Month, organised since 2003 by Maureen Thorson. Write 30 poems in 30 days. I’m in! What about you?

#AtoZChallenge ‘R is for Rainbow’ #Haiku #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

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Rainbow

Under the rainbow 

Somewhere a wish is granted

Bluebird sings love song

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This year is my fourth AtoZ Challenge. My theme this year is poetry once again. I’ll be writing a haiku a day, but I’m also adding a new hobby to the posts, photography. I will post one of my photos, or a donated photo, every day to accompany my haiku.

This April, I’ll also be sharing my poems and joining another grou of poets at National Poetry Writing Month, organised since 2003 by Maureen Thorson. Write 30 poems in 30 days. I’m in! What about you?

#AtoZChallenge ‘P is for Pure White’ #Haiku #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

Today I’d like to thank Paul Militaru for this beautiful photo which he recently posted on his blog,  Check out his blog, where you can see all his fabulous photographs.

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Pure White

Pure white daisies smile

Like bridesmaids at a wedding

Dancing while groom waits

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This year is my fourth AtoZ Challenge. My theme this year is poetry once again. I’ll be writing a haiku a day, but I’m also adding a new hobby to the posts, photography. I will post one of my photos, or a donated photo, every day to accompany my haiku.

This April, I’ll also be sharing my poems and joining another group of poets at National Poetry Writing Month, organised since 2003 by Maureen Thorson. Write 30 poems in 30 days. I’m in! What about you?