These Golden Years

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Written in response to the following challenges:

  1. Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Golden
  2. Amanda’s A and I Poetry Challenge: Oct 2018

Feature Photo: Taken at the Bandstand, Singapore Botanic Gardens, surrounded by a grove of Raintrees with yellow leaves, commonly called the Golden Rain Tree.


You make me Laugh!

There is something about the animal antics which inspire a smile, a chuckle, and sometimes, outright laughter. Take a look at humorous captures of captivating critters by Debbie at travelwithintent. Perusing and chuckling at these inspired me to post my own critter capture in response to her One Word Sunday Challenge: Humor. Continue reading “You make me Laugh!”

Night Reflection

I find night shots rather challenging. This one taken of Loving Husband while we were out on our run, in front of the Singapore Art Museum during the Singapore Night Festival in August is one of my more credible attempts. The light & sound display,  Odyssey by Arnaud Pottier & Timothy Mironneau was a spectacular illumination off this historic building. The amount of light coming from the buildings and the reflection from the glass and water feature provided better lighting than most night scenes. Continue reading “Night Reflection”

Twilight Blue

My days are often shaped by the ebb & flow of the needs & schedules of Loving Husband & Two Daughters. I was delighted when I was able snatch an evening walk through the Singapore Botanic Gardens yesterday. A magnificent, unusually blue twilight sky greeted me, along with the crepuscular insects singing their songs. I am awed & reminded of how breaking out of one’s routine can bear such astonishing surprises. Continue reading “Twilight Blue”

Go Big: Lily Pads

There are several water features around the Singapore Botanic Gardens which sport lily pads. Every time I run or walk past, I cannot help but look to see if there is a frog sitting on a pad. This all started when Loving Husband quipped some time back: “Have you actually seen a frog sitting on a lily pad?” Many cartoons later, I realised it was a phenomenon I’d never actually witnessed. Since then, it has become reflexive for us both to look when we pass by a pond. Continue reading “Go Big: Lily Pads”

Season of Travail: A and I Poetry Challenge

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Mulling over metre & rhyme (iambic pentametre, feminine endings, sprung rhythms), good & bad rhymes (is there such a thing?) & the humorous nuggets of wisdom found in Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled has kept me suitably occupied these past weeks. The exercises found here have brought me back to the basics of poetry creation which have been at the same time enlightening and exhausting. Continue reading “Season of Travail: A and I Poetry Challenge”

Refashioning Rules

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As I ran down Orchard Road this morning, I mulled over Debbie’s OneWordSunday prompt, Rules.  I have, at the behest of Older Daughter who is my consultant in all things poetic, started reading & working through Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within. Reacquainting myself with metre & rhyme will hopefully give me more control; if I want to play outside the box, it would be good to first get to know the box. Continue reading “Refashioning Rules”