patawad, Pilipinas (forgive me, Philippines)

my sentiments, too 🙂

A Reading Writer

Patawad, Pilipinas
Hindi ako makakaboto bukas.
Ang mga paa ko’y nakaapak
sa isang malayong landas.
Kumakayod para sa pamilyang
hugutan ng lakas.

Subalit, Pilipinas,
dinig ko ang iyong hikbi.
Umiiyak din ang aking puso,
na para bang ako’y sawi
sa nakikitang mga pangalang
sa malamang ay magwawagi.

Oo, Pilipinas,
mahina ako sa Filipino.
Sa simpleng ng at nang
ako nga ay litong-lito,
subalit hinding hindi
sa mga taong dapat iboto.

Oo, Pilipinas,
nagtatanong din ako
kung bakit nga ba mas marami
ang boboto sa mga manloloko.
Marahil mas mainam ang kilala
kesa sa mga bago.

Oo, Pilipinas,
nakakatakot nga ang bukas.
Marahil may himala,
baka matalo ang likong pantas.
Baka ang nag-iisip,
sa wakas ay magsilabas.

Patawad pa rin, Pilipinas
hindi ako makakaboto bukas.
Baunin mo ang aking dasal
mula sa malayong landas.
Kainin ka man ng dilim bukas,
Pilipinas, hindi ito ang wakas.


Translation:

Forgive me, Philippines,
I cannot…

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #84

Reena’s challenge 🙂

Reena Saxena

Well… we have crossed the pleasant ambience of spring and walked into a sultry summer in this part of the world. So guys, warm up to new ideas in Week 84. I see this space as one for collective evolution.

PROMPT

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #84

FOR THE NEW ENTRANTS

There is no restriction on the length or format of the piece. It can be a poem, story, anecdote, memory, picture, diary, thoughts, essay — as long as it reflects your innermost thoughts on the subject. Write a long post, or be succinct in a short one.

Write a post on your blog, and link it up here with a pingback, or copy-paste the blog link in Comments.

I eagerly await your responses.

LAST WEEK’S ROUNDUP

Lady Lee at

https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2019/04/18/reenas-exploration-challenge-83-keep-everything-in-perspective/

hecblogger at

Deborah at

https://awisewomansjourney.wordpress.com/2019/04/18/the-death-of-not-letting-go/

Jen Goldie at

https://jengoldie493473930.wordpress.com/2019/04/18/i-might-in-response-to-reenas-exploration-challenge-83-april-18-2019-photo-prompt-perspective/

Jade Li at

Eugenia at

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Twittering Tales #130 – 2 April 2019

Kat’s challenge 🙂

like mercury colliding...

About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.

A final note: if you need help tracking the number of characters in your story, there is a nifty online tool that will count for you at charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally…

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Photo prompt round-up: Rift #writephoto

rift round-up 🙂

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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Fear widens the rift
Twixt judgement and empathy
Kinship counts for naught
Shared humanity falters
Where love would open the door

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The photo for this week’s prompt was taken at Alderley Edge when the woods, like the mysterious stone in Alan Garner’s books, were golden. It is a place of magic and legend at any season and, wandering its footpaths, you can feel why Garner made the Edge the central ‘character’ in the Weirdstone of Brisingamen and its sequels.

The rift is a part of an old mine working. One part of it is crudely labelled the Devil’s Grave, for if you run three times around it, widdershins, the devil himself will come for you… or so the tale goes.

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My thanks, as always, to all those who took part. All the posts inspired by this image are listed below, so please click on the links to…

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What do you See? Roundup March 19/2019

wall round-up 🙂

Willow Poetry

Monday, March 25 Roundup

wall

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“It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are … than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.”

HENRY DAVID THOREAU, letter to Mr. B., April 10, 1853

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 Thank you everyone for a great prompt week.  Your stories and poems are a delightful treasured collection.  Wherever you ended, up or down at the ladder, stay tuned for tomorrow’s prompt.

This week’s participants

Reena Saxena at Reena Saxena

Von Smith at Above the Noise 

Jules at Jules in Flashy Fiction

1 – reblog at Words Less Spoken

2 – Mbrazfieldm at Words Less Spoken

Paul Vincent Cannon at Parallax

Hélène Vaillant at Willow Poetry

Netizen at The Dark Netizen 

1 – Tom at Beyond the Sphere

2 – Tom at Beyond the Sphere

Michael at Morpethroad

Willow at Willowdot21

Susan Zutautas at…

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Photo prompt round-up: Sign #writephoto

sign round-up 🙂

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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Judged by appearance

Popular misconception

Defines perception

Too many stereotypes

Inciting blind prejudice

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The photo for this week’s prompt was taken in Chalfont St Giles, on the village green, outside Merlin’s Cave… which is not a historic site, but simply a pub. The photo had a little help from editing software to make it more prompt-worthy, as it was taken on a sunny day, but it was the sign that caught my attention. The village does a nice line in signs.

We were in Chalfont St Giles because of the church and it was definitely one of our most self-conscious ‘raids’. Having unsuccessfully attempted to get in on a number of occasions, we had arrived to finally find the church open… and just a few minutes before a wedding was about to begin. About to beat a retreat, the bride’s brother invited us in… and the vicar interrupted…

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Twittering Tale #128 – 19 March 2019

Kat’s round-up 🙂

like mercury colliding...

  • About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.


    A final note: if you need help tracking the number of characters in your story, there is a nifty online tool that will count for you at charactercountonline.com.


    I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally…

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    What do you See? Roundup March/12/2019

    Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 151

    Round-up 🙂

    Dutch goes the Photo!

    Welcome to the 151st round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

    Thank you for a truly amazing set of Sunrise posts this week! With each new dawn, there were more gorgeous photos and great posts to enjoy. The variety of approaches showed off your creative touch, and I really enjoyed reading each and every one of them!

    A big thanks for your effort and I hope you enjoy each other’s posts!

    Here’s a sunrise from a number of years ago…

    Sunrise over Warfield Ridge

    As my wife and I were in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, I decided to take the opportunity to get some early morning photography of the battlefields, before tourists would descend upon the locale. The power of these locations around dawn is palpable and left a deep impression on me.

    The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

    1. We start with another wonderul…

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    Reena’s Exploration Challenge #78

    Reena’s challenge 🙂

    Reena Saxena

    Welcome back!

    Today, we have a paragraph as a prompt. Do whatever you can
    with it. Reflect on it, twist it, break it into pieces and use a phrase or just
    write if you agree/disagree or whatever you think about it. As usual, there are
    no restrictions on length or format. Suit yourself.

    PROMPT

    “That proves you are unusual,” returned the Scarecrow; “and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.” 
    ― L. Frank Baum, The Land of Oz

    FOR THE NEW ENTRANTS

    Write a post on your blog, and link it up with here with a
    pingback, or copy-pasting the blog link in Comments.

    I eagerly await your responses.

    LAST WEEK’S ROUND UP

    Eugenia at

    MSJADELI at

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