a to z challenge · art · Poetry

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

 

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A to Z and Back Again #atozchallenge

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As so many, I am writing a succinct reflection on the 2015 A to Z Challenge.

Each year I have a different focus: this year’s primary focus was to high- light several friends who (I think) are gifted writers. I also wanted to share about a poetry book (A Song for Liberia) that will be published this summer with all the proceeds going to children orphaned by Ebola.

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Each year,  I want to  support Arlee Bird who had the vision for the A to Z Challenge and is a fantastic human being.

I like meeting fantastic writers and this year was no exception.

My final observation is that those who gained from the A to Z Challenge were those who took the time to make not only thoughtful posts but took the time to visit and COMMENT on fellow A to Zer’s blogs. Afterall the Blogging community of writers thrives because people support each other.

I have met many fantastic people over the years and this year I am grateful again for some friendships (or is that blogships) that will continue.

2015 A to Z Challenge is a wrap!

a to z challenge · Poetry

“U” Unique #AutismUniquelyYou #atozchallenge

child sculpture

You always were so clever

so out of the box

and I was always so grateful

for the things I was taught

people are different

in so many ways

you study volcanoes

I think of sun’s rays

your mind is a wonder

as I see the gears turn

and I love to watch them

and in that way I learn

Autism’s a label

for some it seems bad

but look at the child

and all that he has

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I’ve spent much of my life with children with special needs. I have been enlightened by a precious light and love that I have been showered with. Brian is one boy that was so enthusiastic and loved life. He spoke with his feet and his smile radiated something like the sun. When he passed away as a young adult, I felt the world had lost a sunbeam.

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Many thanks to the team at A to Z Challenge (especially Arlee Bird) for hosting this challenge and for encouraging other writers like these:

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a to z · Photography · Poetry

The Bottom of the A to Z rung #poetry #photography #atozchallenge

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So many people

from different worlds

all in the same place

A to Z was a whirl

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stories and history

and puzzles and string

pictures and fantasy

they all had a ring

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so many choices

you just have to know

if it weren’t for Arlee

it wouldn’t have been a “go”

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when you think of  challenge

will you think A to Z???

most writers will surely

especially when stuck at Q or Z

Thank you to Arlee Bird who conceived this idea of a challenge that not only includes the letters A to Z but genres A to Z. There are so many talented writers out there with amazing ideas. Spin off challenges could be endless – could they not??

Hats off to the crew who kept things running smoothly.

Personally this year was more of a challenge than last. Though I had all my posts pre-posted (I started in late Jan), I didn’t achieve my goal which was to read and comment on each entrant. I guess for me it’s more realistic to visit/comment on a few and get to know those writers. I am grateful to each person who visited my site and hope to get to know some of you better between now and next April.

For more reflections on a to z

 

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Photograph: “Empty Museum” L. Moon copyright 2012

a to z · Photography · Poetry

Bridging Beginnings – #atozchallenge #photography #napowrimo

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In the beginning

there was a strong oak

his arms held many families

birds, squirrels liked him the most

he had a woodsy voice

that caught on the breeze

carried far

over fields and streams

a young  sapling

grew alongside

she was strong, willowy

and lithe

her voice was like springtime

all the year long

and the big oak

he loved her

sang her many a song

 they grew near together

were entwined arm and arm

he was her strength

she possessedwhatever 259 many charms

an ax came and struck him

hard on that day

his wood began to shudder

her arms began to sway

the ax man shook his head

he decided to cut the two

they had so grown together

nothing else

was he able to do

now he bears up a handrail

to a very important bridge

she holds his hands

as they in the forest did

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Also “B” is in thanks to the founder/ idea originator of the A to Z challenge Arlee Bird. Arlee is not only an excellent writer but an encourager of other writers. I know he delights in meeting people during the challenge and during the year. Check him out over at Tossing it Out.

a-to-z-letters-bPhotography L. Moon copyright 2013

Nautilus

Another chamber as the Nautilus fills….