Worthy #atozchallenge #writers

girl at coffee

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!

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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:

Vino #atozchallenge

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Uncork your essence

harvest radiates red

 cabernet and brie

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a to z wine

 

Couldn’t pass up posting a picture of this wine.

Do you have a favorite wine?

Please enjoy these A to Z bloggers with me:

 

Umbrella #atozchallenge #poetry

umbrella

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

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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 #atozchallenge “T”

bucket of tears

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

observation tower

What do you when it’s raining buckets?

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A to Z bloggers to enjoy:

Sand’s Prisoner #art #atozchallenge

sand sculpture

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

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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:

Roots #atozchallenge #poetry

roots

Deeply rooted

spring soil welcomes new life

sodden past

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sun smiles knowingly

discarded tiger lilies

age-old struggle

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old life removed

nature taunts failure

can’t dig away pain

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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.

Mind your Ps and Qs #atozchallenge #poetry

 

When you were little might have been told

‘with a wagging finger and eyes that scold

“little child be on your best

never your teacher put to the test

mind your manners

be good each day

the letters P and Q a guiding ray”

girl reading

Fragonard

 

 

When I was little I remember my aunt (who was a teacher)  telling me to mind my Ps and Qs. The understanding was to mind your manners. So when I looked up the origin to that statement I found an inconclusive but interesting findings from  The Phrase Finder.

1. “Mind your pints and quarts.”  A common practice in an alehouse was to chalk a tally of drinks for each patron. It is also suggested that a bartender might yell “mind your ps and qs” if patrons were getting out of hand.

2. “Advice to printers’ apprentices to avoid confusing the backward-facing metal type lowercase Ps and Qs, or the same advice to children who were learning to write.”

3. Mind your pea (jacket) and queue (wig). Instructions to sailors in the 18th century.

4. “Mind your pieds (feet) and queues (wigs).” This instruction given by French dancing instructors to their students.

5.  ‘advice to children’ origin has it that ‘Ps and Qs’ refers to ‘mind your pleases and thank-yous”.

 

Do you have the inside track on what this saying means?

Some fantastic A to Z bloggers to enjoy this week: