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No, not What Would God Do. It’s all on you.

Much of our lives is undoing the damage we brought forth from our childhood into the adult version of us. For years we reacted from an uncomfortable emotional space, unconsciously inhabited, but seemingly normal. Angry, sad, desperate children trapped in a much taller and larger body. But is it possible we could picture how an adult would respond instead of opting for a knee jerk pitch from our past? Might the outcome be different? Even if we can’t always do the best thing in every situation, isn’t it worthy of a try? It would seem to be a good enough reason to make that conscious effort of saying to oneself, “What would a grown-up do?” precisely because continuing to repeat old patterns of behavior gets us nowhere.

Just a thought.

 

I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #46

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Mari Malcolm

It’s time to get your creative juices on again!
So tell me, how would you interpret this image above?

Rules

PLEASE follow them! I’d hate to not see your piece(s) represented in the recap the following week! Confused? Any questions – email me at sushibocks@gmail.com   

For more detailed information, read about this challenge here.

  • Create a standard three-line 5/7/5 syllable count haiku/senryu
  • Deadline to submit for this week’s challenge will be 11:59pm 12/14/19
  • Up to 3 pieces permitted
  • Link your piece to this “IWH Haiku/Senryu Challenge” on your post
  • Always give photo credit if there is one
  • Complete entry form below

Above all else, have fun and be creative with this! 🙂

Happy to be back and see all the creative juices flowing! Please go visit these talented writers and their interpretations for this past week’s challenge.
You’ll be glad you did! 🙂

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Klon Blog

Beauty before me
Lilac spills onto white lace
Exquisite display

Beauty adorned grace
Carefully crafted that way
Her pieces portrayed

Discovering peace
Colliding serenity
Tranquil beginnings

Deborah – Swathed in Love – AWISEWOMANSJOURNEY

Lisa Tomey – Lovers Wait, Life Forces Move, Cycling Forever – The Prolific Pulse

Mother Earth – The Bag Lady

Eugenia – Nature Goddess – BrewNSpew

Von Smith – Blessed – ABOVE THE NOISE

Ruth – Water Birth – Ruth Scribbles

 

Solitary World

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dreams of isolation
a cerebral pull
to a secluded island
a craving for solitude

choosing peace
and nature
escaping to freedom
and bliss

white smooth perfection
envelopes my feet
as i walk
to the horizon

pristine water
saturates my pores
cleans my soul
i’m weightless, so calm

carried away
on the whim of the ocean
the loud silence of the waves
pushing me further to tranquility

I own the perfect island.

SMITTEN authors share their favorite poems in SMITTEN / Susi Bocks

I want to again thank Candice for her work and hard efforts to produce this wonderful anthology. It’s an important book in this day to counteract the hate and bigotry we see around us. If you haven’t gotten a copy of SMITTEN yet, please consider doing so now. It’s a wonderful book. ❤

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susie bocks clementineAlthough there were so many great poems in SMITTEN to choose from, “Please like girls” by Clementine, took me back to the early years of discovering my sexuality. Each time I met girls who got my attention, there was this feeling of mystery surrounding our interactions, and it was hard to talk openly about desires.

Same-sex attraction just wasn’t spoken about in those years. This poem highlighted the trepidation and angst I experienced during the teenage years but also my interest in the same sex which remained unspoken until I became a woman.

Remembering those feelings that I dared not speak about is a powerful reminder how important SMITTEN is to the next generation. I’m so glad to be a part of the energy of this sex-positive culture. #LOVEISLOVE

We were very honored to have Susi’s poem in SMITTEN she’s an extremely talented writer. Susi Bocks writes a wonderful blog…

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Wordle #433

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The Sunday Whirl

The story begins with me filling the thermos with hot coffee. Watching the meme on Facebook made me choke after the first sip I’d swallowed. How did the boy jump into that open window? I try to believe this was not real. “Magic’s a sin, right?” hastily putting down the phone. It immediately caught on fire! Whoa! Now I have grounds to believe in supernatural things. What’s next – me being able to fly

Laughing, I went off fishing. Hooking a line with a worm to put an end to this hunger seemed a much more reasonable thing to do.

Sunshine Blogger Award #4

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This nomination came from Kritika of Undressed Thoughts. Thank you so much for the nomination, Kritika! This was so kind of you to think of me. I appreciate it! Readers of IWH, please go visit her lovely blog.

These nominations are thrilling to get but sometimes very difficult to put into my schedule. This is one of those times so I won’t participate fully but I will answer all of Kritika’s questions. I’ve said it before on many occasions that this is a great way for us to all get to know each other a little better. 🙂

Kritika’s Questions for me

1. Do you search for difficult words in your writing? like I do. I have to search for meaning.

Search, no. They actually find me! I have an app that sends me a Word of the Day. If it’s one I don’t know and it’s interesting, I will try to use it in my writing.

2. What do you prefer tea or coffee? any specific flavor, please mention the same.

Both! But usually more tea and that’s daily. I prefer White Tea.

3. Most of the time, I am found writing while walking to and fro in my room, on my phones notepad. Do you like writing on phones or tablets or laptops?

I prefer writing on my desktop or laptop but I will use my phone if I’m out and about when a thought strikes me for a potential post. Then when I get home I elaborate more and evaluate if it would be a good piece to post.

4. Where would you like to live, if not the current country?

Any country which has a beautiful white sand beach with palm trees and crystal clear blue water.

5. How many books do you have in your own library?

Currently, 127 but my guess is there have probably been close to 500 at one time. These are just the absolute favorites. I’ve probably read into the thousands! LOL

6. Have you participated in any protests for any social cause? Which one and why?

Demonstrated in protests – Women’s rights & LGBT equality – but I support a variety of other causes. Whatever is unjust must be called out, and I do that frequently. 🙂

7. A motivating line of your own, if this was an award given to you on stage.

Sometimes life is just putting one foot in front of the other and going in the direction of a good day. 🙂

8. What genre do you prefer in movies?

Comedies are my favorite but I can get into a good drama with raw emotions.

9. Are you a bathroom singer?

Nope, more like a car singer.

10. How do you spend your Sunday?

First, it’s completely necessary to languish in bed for a bit, then usually writing and reading. And laundry.

11. Do you like watching TV? What do you prefer watching?

Yes, but usually just as side noise. I frequently read blogs when I have the TV on. I adore Survivor, Mom and Madame Secretary. Found another one recently called The Masked Singer. Very entertaining.

Thanks, Kritika! 🙂