The April 2017 A to Z Challenge begins in a few days on April 1st. All bloggers are welcome to share words, photography, you.
We just returned from Uganda so I am inspired to share about this place and these people who were so welcoming and loving (so much so that we are hoping to return soon!)
Our journey took us to the northern part of Uganda the main city being Gulu. This part of Uganda has suffered greatly under the hand of The Lord’s Resistance Army.
The Acholi one of the displaced tribes are slowly moving back to ancestral land but many of the young people are staying in the cities. One man, James, told some memories as a young child of losing his home and having to hide. He is one of the stalwart who has returned to the land he loves. He is dreaming of planting a church and building a school for the people who have returned.
Under 2 sprawling trees, hope has been rekindled for a piece of Northern Uganda.
the lack of a smile in her eyes told me
she too young to hide that radiant glow
too much tarnish to buff away
butterflies and girls should fly free
you are worthy this you should know
go with nature dance, sing, Play!
Too often young people are made to feel they aren’t good enough.
What a shame when someone with so much potential is robbed before even given the chance to try.
What do you do to stay young?
Highlighting some writers who make a difference in my blogging world:
Linda has a heart for the nature around her (and she’s a great storyteller) – Rangewriter
Charlie writes poetry that hits the marrow – Read Between the Minds
Mabel writes keenly about the mix of her Australian and Asian culture Mabel Kwong
Magyar lives somewhere between the sea and the world of haiku Magyar Haiku
Honore writes, shoots amazing photography and shares his travels – This Corner of the Woods
Ranu her pen is embraced in beauty –Sabethville
And some A to Z folks to enjoy today:
beauty comes in many colors
she was wrapped in wisteria and silk
sand grains wouldnt dare cake her feet
she passed by like a breeze
enveloped in a rainbow
A month of letters as prompts will finish at the end of the week. There are still many bloggers to enjoy in this challenge:
Sky tears fall like buckets
observing from a glass tower
lightening tests the glass
while thunder reverberates
trembling people look for assurance
there is none as the walls tumble
What do you when it’s raining buckets?
A to Z bloggers to enjoy:
shoeless I emerge from the deep
sand clings to every crease
a giant among men
my story they don’t believe
Gulliver I am not
but I understand his plight
casting me in bronze
will eliminate all flight
The Awakening is a fantastic sculpture by artist Seward Johnson at the National Harbor in Maryland.
Have you ever been buried under the sand?
Take a moment to stop by and say “hji” to these A to Z bloggers:
spring soil welcomes new life
sun smiles knowingly
discarded tiger lilies
old life removed
nature taunts failure
can’t dig away pain
This set of haiku shared with A to Z Challenge for the letter R as well as Poets United Mid week Motif – this week’s prompt Poets United
What can be more organic than haiku written while I was standing in the soil. As I was digging yesterday, I grabbed my phone, took pictures of the roots I have dug up for 4 years and I wrote about my struggle on my (now grimy) notepad.