#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?

#AtoZChallenge ‘O is for Ocean’ #Haiku #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

Ocean’s highest peak

Proud remains of Atlantis

Plane soars unimpressed

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The first photo was taken by my cousin Mirta, who lives on the island of Tenerife, where you can find El Teide, a volcano, known as the highest peak in the Atlantic Ocean. I took the second photo from a plane on my way there last year.
Some have identified The Canary Islands as the last visible remains of the mythical Island of Atlantis, an ideal state described by Plato, who reported it was submerged into the Atlantic Ocean by discontent deities.
However there’s a fine line between myth and reality. Many myths have been proved to be real, after all the city of Troy and the Trojan Wars were thought to have been mythical imaginations reported in Homer’s Illiad, until they were discovered by archaeologists in the 1870s. 
Who knows what will be found in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean when technology and finance are available?

My daughter took this picture, much closer to the volcano, a few months ago.

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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 ‘N is for New York’ #Haiku #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

This is another photo taken by Gabriela, one of my best friends and colleagues, from One World Trade Center Observatory, when she was visiting New York last summer.
Two Haiku today. I’d say New York deserves some special treatment!
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New York

Sleepless in New York
Sirens, movie scenes, bright lights
Where dreams are made of
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Find Lazarus’ muse
Hidden in concrete jungle
Promised land shines bright

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I found the inspiration for my haiku from Gabriela’s photograph and also from Alicia Keys song ‘Empire State of Mind’, below, and Emma Lazarus poem, ‘The New Colossus’, further down.

I’m devastated that the last time I visited New York was in 2009, and I didn’t have a smart phone, or a good camera, so none of my own photos are good enough to share, but the good news is, I really need to go back and take some photos!

Emma Lazarus (1849-1887) poem, ‘The New Colossus’, was cast onto a bronze plaque and mounted inside the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal’s lower level.

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I recently came across hundreds of Haiku about New York, written by ‘New Yorkers’. For National Poetry Month, 2014, The New York Times asked readers to write haiku about the city: three lines of five, seven and five syllables. The response was more than 2,800 submissions in 10 days of fabulous poems, check them out, there are plenty online.

You can also buy a selection in the following book:

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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 ‘M is for Missouri’ #Haiku #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

 

Today I’d like to thank Stephanie Finnell @Randallbychance for this beautiful photo which she took on the Katy Trail State Park in Sedalia, Missouri last autumn.

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Missouri

Bridge over highway

Silenced by footsteps on leaves

Shining in sunlight

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Stephanie told me the bridge in the photo is above US Hwy 65 and the trail is used for walkers as well as (some parts) equestrian. This particular part of the trail is adjacent to the Missouri State Fairgrounds. A beautiful place I hope to visit one day… 
Stephanie is also taking part in the AtoZChallenge this year, so check out her blog Katy Trail Creations. 

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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 ‘L is for Lights’ #Haiku #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

 
This photo was taken by Gabriela, one of my best friends and colleagues, who has no online presence, yet!
It is a picture of the Roman Bridge in Córdoba, which is illuminated by night. The building at the far end of the bridge is the Mosque, now a Cathedral, which is also lit up at night.

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Lights

Lights under stone bridge
Blinking on rippling river
A bright glitch in time

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Gabriela and Luccia at a school meeting last summer.

As well as working together as English teachers, Gabriela and I have lots of fun, because one of my grandchildren is the same age as one of her sons, so we often go out with them at weekends.

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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 Thorsonn. Write 30 poems in 30 days. I’m in! What about you?

 

#AtoZChallenge ‘K is for Keel’ #Haiku #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

 
This photo was taken by Andrés, @adpascuas, my daughter’s boyfriend, while he was visiting the island of San Andrés, part of an archipelago located in the Caribbean, which belongs to Colombia.

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Keel (after Martin Carter)
Grounded Keel once saw
Ocean stained with memory
Now tourists snap shots

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The boat in the picture reminded me of Martin Carter’s poem, Fragment of Memory, from The When Time (1977), so I borrowed part of one of his last lines for my haiku.

Martin Wylde Carter (1927–1997) considered the greatest Guyanese poet, and one of the most important Caribbean poets, is best known for his poems of protest, resistance and revolution.
I love his poems because they are full of emotion and often sorrow, and yet they are not bitter or resentful. His poems acknowledge the pain but they also transmit hope in a better future.
Like Carter, I believe we should move on, but not forget. On the contrary, we need to be reminded of where we came from and past injustice to avoid a repetition of historical crimes and pay tribute to those who suffered.

More of Martin Carter’s poems here.

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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 Thorsonn. Write 30 poems in 30 days. I’m in! What about you?

 

#AtoZChallenge ‘J is for Jane Eyre’ #Haiku #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

Photo by Author and Translator @OlgaNM

Olga, who blogs at Olga Author Translator, took this beautiful photo last year at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I don’t know if it is supposed to be Jane Eyre, but it certainly reminds me of her!
In fact, this sculpture is called Wilsis and belongs to a series of portrait heads by Jaume Plensa, depicting young girls from around the world, with their eyes closed in a dreamlike state of contemplation.

Photo by author @Annecdotist

Photo by author @Annecdotist

Anne Godwin, who blogs at Annecdotal, took these photos of North Lees Hall, which many believe was Charlotte Bronte’s inspiration for Thornfield Hall,  during one of her many walks which she finds conducive to the creative state of mind

In fact, On Sunday, 17th June 2018, she’ll be leading a guided walk called  In the footsteps of Jane Eyre, at the Peak District National Park, more information about the walk here.

An enormous thanks to both Olga and Anne, readers, writers, book bloggers, and supportive participants  of many online book blogging and writing communities, for allowing me to include their photos on today’s post, meant as a humble tribute to Jane Eyre, a novel I know both of them also love and admire.

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Jane Eyre
Plain, slight, poor orphan
Fulfilled all her childhood dreams
Beloved Jane Eyre
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Jane Eyre was an underpiviledged and underfed, Victorian orphan. She didn’t stand a chance of living her own life, and yet she fought for her place in the world, in spite of constant adversity. She was honest, tenacious, loyal, intelligent, hard-working and fiercely determined to be ‘an independent woman’.  

I would never have had the inspiration or courage to write The Eyre Hall Trilogy if I hadn’t read Jane Eyre when I was a teenager. I’ve regularly reread it since then.

It took me a long time, but I eventually followed my dreams, too.

Last year’s AtoZ Challenge was All About Jane Eyre, in case you’d like to check it out.

Have you read Jane Eyre? What are your thoughts?

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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?

 

My latest copy of Jane Eyre, the one I’ve been rereading since 1980! And my Jane Eyre cup, a present from my best friend, Anna, who is neither a blogger nor a writer, but who knows? I’m working on it and both are highly contagious!