Music Prompt #51: “They don’t care about us” by Michael Jackson

 

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “After Annunciation” by Madeleine L’Engle: have, reason, filled, when, room, child, love, irrational, blooms, wild, season, bright

Lots of things happening in the world

Why can’t people be good or give it a burl?

Seasons come and go, goes bright and dark

Celebrate or just enjoy walking in the park

Flowers bloom, animals run free in the wild

Have an ice-cream that made us smiled

Children get killed just watching fireworks

Why can’t we not accept people with their quirks?

Some irrational person drove his lorry through

Life is not fair, people dying in our full view

It hurled people and left them lying on the promenade

That wasn’t right, a system so fatally flawed

Is there a reason for all this, is the world indifferent?

Are the people so selfish and have lost their fair judgment?

To our needs, sufferings, are we dissimilar from the rest?

Societies don’t care, which left a lot of people depressed

Can we not fill the world with love instead of hate?

And when we’ve achieved that, life would be great!

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Music Prompt #51: “They don’t care about us” by Michael Jackson and Whirligig 67 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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Send in The Clowns

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “To the Student Who Asked Why He Earned a ‘C’ on an Essay about Love” by Clint Margrave: grammar, sentences, fragments, tenses, redundant, repetition, style, voice, draft, conclusion, lingering, topic

Life is like a grammar class

Full of sentences and fragments

In every class, there’s a jackass

Therefore, we need our patience

Send in the clowns

 

Got to know our voice and style

Full of repetitions and practices

Don’t have tears like a crocodile

And we’ve got to take our chances

Send in the clowns

 

Committing a lot of mistakes

Mostly redundant, still a lesson

Got to know what’s on stake

Like a lottery, wish we’ve won

Send in the clowns

 

It’s never complete, always a draft

Lingering topics, all about endurance

Got to be tough, don’t be daft

Demonstrate a great valiance

Send in the clowns

 

For: Friday Music Prompt #50: Send in the Clowns and Whirligig 66 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Writing Prompt #165 “Collage 26” – Emptiness

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Once in a Meadow, Near Los Osos by Michael McClintock: single, empty, dandelion, spool, aflame, wanton, flaring, wildflowers, poppies, coastal, innocent, coat

Standing on an empty rail track

A southern breeze, put the coat on

World used to be bright, now black

There used to be two chairs on the lawn

 

With a single bag and nowhere to go

How did this happen? What’s next?

Is that a choice? Being incognito?

Of events she’s still perplexed

 

Feeling of emptiness and anxiety

A dandelion amongst the poppies

As she walks by the alley

She wants life to be back, please

 

If she could just spool back the events

Living a lively and wanton life

And everything was full of suspense

The pain was still rife

 

Where love and life still aflame

Like wildflowers, emotions flared

There’s no one to blame

Must have been faired and squared

 

© ladyleemanila 2016

For: Writing Prompt #165 “Collage 26” and Whirligig 65 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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Never Do Anything Halfway

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from Sonnet XXXV by William Shakespeare, and suggested by Cressida de Nova: roses, plea, mud, thorns, sins, sense, loathsome, love, canker, bud, thief, sweet

Never do anything halfway
Love someone with all your heart
Things you always have to weigh
You’ve got to be smart to impart

Like sweet roses in the garden
Be careful with their thorns
The sun’s out and life’s fun
Why don’t you plant an acorn?

Check buds for loathsome cankers
They come like thieves in the night
Along the riverbank some amblers
Each one fighting for their plight

Before you tread on muds
Or be tempted to commit sins
Use your judgment, I say with a plea
Don’t do things halfway, that’s the key

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER: WEEK #25 – 2016 by rogershipp and Whirligig 64 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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You’re Not Alone

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Face” by Jae Rose: apostle, gloss, buzz, hug, pies, blessing, pact, push, price, hard, care, broken

Don’t be so hard on yourself

Problem will take care of itself

Give yourself a break from time to time

I’ll give you a buzz in the meantime

Life is tough and we’ve got to pay the price

Listen to the apostle for his advice

Take care not to be broken

A pact that life could be fun

Here’s my hug and blessing

And here comes spring

I’ll even bake you a pie

All glossy and oh my

I’m with you, you’re not alone

Be happy and stop the moan

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Music Prompt #47: “Take Courage” by Andrew Bird and Whirligig 61 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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The Show Must Go On

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from the notes on the poem “Waterfalls and Memory” by Elizabeth Crawford: flashes, moments, uneasy, recall, week, writing, altered, distorted, three, sister, years, came

It has been said that time makes flashes of memories distorted. It’s how we recall them and tried to alter them. Years before, the three of us, my brother, sister and I used to perform on stage. My sister and I danced while my brother played the piano. People came to see our performance, but it was hard work. Our parents made us do it, travelling from one town to another, week after week, not having our normal childhood. While I’m writing this, I’m worried that I might repeat what our parents did to us to my own kids.

For: Friday Fictioneers by Rochelle Wisoff and Whirligig 63 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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Rattle That Lock

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Untitled” by James Baldwin: send, rain, think, sound, light, marvelous, beneath, force, blinds, falling, water, little

Rattle that lock and lose those chains

Don’t let them take over the reins

Force your way into the light

Don’t give up the fight

Beneath the waterfalls such force

And within us we’ve got resource

Marvellous sound the falling water

We won’t know until we’ve entered

Think a little and send us the rain

We’ve got the power to reign

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Music Prompt #42: “Rattle that Lock” by David Gilmour, Photo Challenge #112 and Whirligig 58 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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Jolly Fun

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Weather” by Linda Pastan: menace, father, black, childhood, blocking, light, speak, throwing, window, plain, dazzling, after

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Imagine something wonderful happening to you in this house.
What is it?

my childhood memories
dazzling, fun so to speak
us children making a mess
always a menace, plain to see
throwing and kicking ball
tackling, blocking, catching
one time hit the window
boy, my father was mad
after that we were grounded
we didn’t mind, things to do
played games, listened to music
dyed my hair black
that was my Goth era
my siblings bursting with light
full of beans before breakfast
friends came over, jolly fun

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: The Sandbox Writing Challenge 38 — Something Wonderful and Whirligig 57 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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Knock, Knock

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from the Prologue of The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel by Nikos Kazantzakis: cooling, ascend, flesh, wine, grapes, knock, burst, salt, nightingales, babes, prick, temples

Knock, knock, grapes from the vine
Shine a light, make a brine, that’s fine
Making wine as the grapes burst
One way to quench our thirst
Knock, knock, grapes from the vine
Shine a light, make a brine, that’s fine

The nightingales sing on the temple
On top of the apple tree as they circle
Babes in the woods, cooling by the shade
Laughing as they played and swayed
The nightingales sing on the temple
On top of the apple tree as they circle

Putting salt on the grapes, that’s a no
He’s got an afro hair, that’s a whoa
Prickly heat, well, definitely an ouch
Stand straight, don’t slouch
Putting salt on the grapes, that’s a no
He’s got an afro hair, that’s a whoa

Knock, knock are you there?
I’m here sitting on a chair
Ascend the clouds with the bird
What we said can’t be heard
Knock, knock are you there?
I’m here sitting on a chair

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: B&P Shadorma & Beyond – Nursery Rhymes – April 24, 2016 and Whirligig 56 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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Are You Sure? There’s a Lot of Mud.

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Shoe Jazz Blue Jazz” by Nikki Giovanni: green, blue, red, shoes, loose, pants, dining, ants, good, news, miles, whining

Are you sure? There’s a lot of mud. There’s still few more miles to go, don’t want my new red shoes to be muddy. My, my loose blue pants are already wet! complained his little sister.

Stop whining! A thick ghost of smoke over there and we can avoid it by going this way. That was Jack, determined in his way.

Ouch, ouch! The ants are dining on me!

Don’t be such a wimp! You’re bigger than them.

Take that, you greedy ants! As she stepped on them.

Good news! See that green fence over there, that’s Mary’s house. We’ve made it!

She’s better be worth it, or I tell Mum!

For: TBP’s On-line Writer’s Guild #9 and Whirligig 55 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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