I wish I could report that I have been prolific on account of poetry month, but unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on one’s perspective), I have spent far more time reacquainting myself with the riot of poetry and the maestros who beautify our landscape with their words.
Please enjoy my gleeful discoveries from the past few days:
- Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé’s Thirty Seven Reasons Red is Rad. Allegory 2 is from this work.
- Gwee Li Sui’s Haikuku, 120 Singaporean haikus.
- Tse Hao Guang’s Deeds of Light.
Feature Photo: Unabashedly verdant & prolific! Taken at Dairy Farm Nature Park, Singapore.
- I wrote this as part of the 30-Day Singapore Poetry Writing Month Challenge. I have never tried writing a Ghazal although one of my all time favourite poets, Omar Khayyam, wrote many in this style. It is originally an Arabic verse form used to convey loss & romantic longing.
- I was thinking of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sonnet “How do I love Thee”, and borrowed a few of her lines.
- This is my contribution to Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Awakenings
- Feature Photo: Black Swans awakening from slumber at the Eco-Lake, Singapore Botanic gardens.
My exploration of new poetry continues. Some of it is rather confuzzling (I love suggestion that I am in a state of confusion & puzzlement! Thank you y.prior for the introduction to this delicious word!). Some eye-opening & mindblowing (reading lots of poetry written by Singaporeans; yes! we do have a body of work to boast of). And some I simply love! love! love! (Jack Spicer, Amy Lowell, Tse Hao Guang).
I have experimented with some new forms: some I find easier to use than others. I am also consciously working on elevating the writing; I continue to struggle with what this means, and how to get it done effectively.
This lesson in Daily Post’s Developing Your Eye challenges us to think on the fleeting Moments we encounter each day. There are moments every day, big or small, that briefly touch our soul: exchanging a smile with a fellow-runner as we run towards each other, a cuddle with a child, a chewy oatmeal cookie oozing with chocolate chips. Can you recall a Moment you’ve experienced today? Continue reading “Moment: Lesson 5 Capture Motion”
It has been an educational 5 days:
- 5 days, 5 poems released into the Wild
- I’ve tried a Somonka & a Ghazal, both of which I’ve only become acquainted with this week.
- every day is a challenge not to faint from intimidation, being amongst much younger, hugely intellectual and as far as I can surmise, extremely talented poets
- going back to the basics & asking the question: Why do we write Poetry? (Thoughts, anyone?)
Continue reading “A-ha! SingPoWriMo Day 1-5 Update”
March has been a time of preparation, of waiting, a time of Lent. It has been a time of self-examination (not a pleasant endeavour) & a time of mindful charity (to give in ways which are often uncomfortable). It was a time of growing pains (sigh! even at 50!), of the realisation that one can have a great deal more patience & compassion (sobering). Continue reading “Changing Seasons March 2018: the Son is Risen!”
Imagine a place where you can breathe ….
… a place where the healing power of trees embrace you
… a place for your thoughts to speak, with the time & space to hear them
… a place to proffer thanks, pour out your soul’s cares, raise prayers
… a place to reflect, rejuvenate, recharge Continue reading “The Garden in my Backyard”
A good photographer is a constant observer. Out in nature, we have opportunities to watch and study a scene, from big, sweeping changes — like the sky at dusk — to the tiniest details, like the subtle bends in bare branches.
While shooting outdoors, look for natural lines that lead your eyes to different parts of the frame. Study the bend of a stream, or the curve of a petal. How can you use these lines in your composition? – Developing Your Eye II, Lesson 4: Leading Lines – Continue reading “Natural World: Lesson 4 Leading Lines”