Abuse #children #atozchallenge

Scars lie deep beneath the heart

eyes have seen

ears have burned

little hands grasping for hope

beauty in rosebud lips

character comes from the ash heap

rise despite  the pain

Hope lies deep within the heart

 

 

Hello to all of you A to Zers.  I made the last minute decision to do the 2018 A to Z Challenge. Can I be an A to Z addict??? I’ll blame our dedicated founder Arlee Bird at Tossing it Out.

I have been an active blogger, but recently I have been living between two continents so Internet is not always available. Since I presently have internet,  I decided to share a favorite topic – children.

Children are a joy to teach. They teach me so much more than I teach them. In an Acholi classroom of 5-7 year olds, I was astounded at how quickly the children were learning English words. My Acholi was hit and miss. They love teaching me words and songs in their language.

Today’s topic  is a shameful and sobering way to start the challenge, but (no joke) it is a real aspect of many children’s lives. No matter how advanced our societies have become, children are the quiet sufferers of any generation.

To all of you joining A to Z challenge for the first year please enjoy the delightful people in the blogsphere!!!

art © Moondust designs 2014

 

Acholi #Uganda #atozchallenge #poetry

Kind-hearted people

displaced by war

twenty five years of waiting

 return to ancestral land

centuries of farming

the earth welcomes

dance steps echo

stars harmonize

our adopted family

Acholi – filled with Grace

Today is the beginning of the A to Z Challenge. It is no challenge to share the beauty of Uganda in particular the Acholi people (Northern Uganda). I dedicate this month of  poetry to my dear “family” in Gulu!

Everyone is welcome to join the month long A to Z blogging challenge. It’s a great way to meet fellow bloggers.

Thank you A to Z team for hosting another year!!!

April #atozchallenge

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No fooling

spring calls cherry blossoms to fly

nature in full bloom

cherry for haiku

Welcome to April and the A to Z challenge. This is my fifth year and every year has different challenges. I hope you can be refreshed by a moment of poetry.

Happy April (“A”)

What does April mean to you?

Visiting these folks today over at the Challenge:

Alive with Poetry and the letter “A” #atozchallenge #poetry #photography

letter a

a light a stir

little could we manage to muster

winds pink, breezy and blustered

being under spring’s spell

we flurried and fell

into a whirling white well

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 ” Poetry’s task is to reconcile us to the world — not to accept it at face value or to assent to things that are wrong, but to reconcile one in a larger sense, to return us in love, the province of the imagination, to the scope of our mortal lives.” Meena Alexander

alliteration: th is a poetic device using repetition of an initial consonant sound, as in “a peck of pickled peppers.” (Poets.Org)

Do you agree that poetry has the power to reconcile, albeit restore us to life?????

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Today starts day #1 with the April A to Z Challenge. It looks like this year promises to have opportunities like a twitter chat on Thursdays. Looking for inspiration, new followers??? Check out A to Z

My focus this year is pretty relaxed as I have been disabled in both wrists. I enjoyed looking to nature (primarily) and photography (secondary) for letters for each day accompanied by a simple poem, a famous quote and a tidbit about poetic form, device etc.

Some A to Zers that I am enjoying following:

http://lilypadheart.wordpress.com/

http://alex-hurst.com/

http://knightoftheheart.wordpress.com

AJ’s Hooligans @AtoZChallenge
Back Porchervations

A2Z-BADGE-000 [2014]

Alpha “Nautilus” #atoz #poetry #napowrimo

Nautilus

I am alpha…

the tiny inception point

where dreams start

a small chamber

a world

begins wrapping

itself

around

an idea

spinning

growing

forming

imagining

itself

a beautiful shell

I am alpha

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Today is the Alpha of the A to Z Challenge. Each day bloggers will take the letter for the day and write, construct, display something for that letter. I am ALPHA

This year for  A to Z challenge, I am using the Nautilus as my inspiration all month. The shell has many chambers at least enough to fit all the letters.  You will find poetry,  You will find some dark stuff (as I am attempting to branch in to the horror genre), You will also see a smattering of short stories or prose (some with children in mind) others as lessons that we can all learn from. I look forward to  meeting you and getting to know some talented folks over this month long writing journey. Please check over at the A to Z challenge and see what they are up to; they are a fine bunch of folks.