Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting
April showers bring May flowers

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Sunday, 8 September 2019

⌗FMF, Friday 6th September 2019, TESTIMONY

Welcome to another Five Minute Friday.
Write Five Minutes Flat on a word prompt.

If you would like to know more or join up start-here

This week  TESTIMONY

Thanks to Kate for hosting Five Minute Friday and Kristie for her post today to read her take on testimony

My reflections.

The testimony of faith. I am not a practicing christian and don't believe in God. I believe in the forces of the Universe. But I have faith in Mankind. That he will continue to learn from the testimony of History. The words written down by ordinary men and women who maybe have acquired a bit more wisdom than most of us. The wisdom to ask questions even if it takes them a lifetime to find answers. if answers are to be had.
Sometimes the wisest realisation is to accept that we know nothing of the mysteries surrounding our being alive. All great philosophers from Buddha to Al-Kindi, from Moses to Socrates, from Plato to Montaigne, from Kierkegaard to Sartre started to write and leave a testimony behind in order to attempt to answer the questions that obssessed them.

Who am I ? Where do I come from ? Why am I here.

They poured all their energy, the power of their wonderfully developed human brain to bring answers to the table. Their written testimonies thus helping those who came after them to continue searching for answers.

Our job is to listen to these testimonies, learn from them and endeavour to bear witness to further discoveries, interpretations, reflections and thus lead Humankind forward into its full potential, carrying greater compassion, peace, freedom and love.

Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica. Tribute to Nelson Mandela and South Africa. go here

Mari Boine, Idjagiedas, In the Hand of the Night.  Finnish Saami Native. here

The Creation of the World, 
Hieronymus Bosch 1495-1505

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The sophisticated weather service Meteo France which is based here in Toulouse forecast cloudy today. Well they got it wrong, as happens frequently ... Beautiful sunshine with a few bouncy, fluffy immaculate clouds. Sometimes instead of looking at their satellite images, they should look out of their window ....
The same goes for SatNav. Use a map and look at the countryside. You'll be sure to find the road and you'll save yourself the stress of having to listen to that annoying voice telling you what to do.

Friday, 6 September 2019

⌗IWSG, Wednesday 4th September, monthly post.

Welcome to another month of the Insecure Writers' Support Group post.

If you would like to know more about this very helpful, supportive blog hopper go here

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments.

The awesome co-hosts for the September 4 posting of the IWSG are Gwen Gardner, Doreen McGettigan,Tyrean Martinson, Chemist Ken, and Cathrina Constantine!

September question (optional) : If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?  
Would it be some faraway, exotic location?

Or maybe a location that would be the actual story setting?

Or is your sweet spot the local coffee shop, where you spend many hours bringing your story to life? 

Thank you to Michelle Wallace for her article this month on the favourite writing locations of famous authors. Check it out on the home page of the IWSG. (see above) Personally I learnt a lot and it gave me inspirations to reflect upon.

My answer.

My favourite place to write is at Elie du Bois, Dordogne. Outside looking over the meadow with the dawn caressing the trees. The 250 year-old farmhouse sends vibes and its ghosts whisper tales to my soul. In the winter, I drag the wooden table from the dining room in front of the fire and lose my mind in the flames.

I also like to write in the location where my story is set. My Caged Bird I wrote mostly in Sitges, in the morning, on the terrace of the Hotel Capri looking over  the Garraf mountains tumbling into the sea. The sun cresting the rock.
My Red Wheelbarrow is set in Staten Island, New York. I couldn't go there in July or August but my memory, pictures, Super 8s and the red scooter I handled in my mother's garage in Paris this summer, all helped re-create the setting across the Pond.

My novel in progress is set in Cameroon and New York. So I'd love to be able to live and write between the two locations. However this will not be feasible in the foreseable future. Photos, music, travel notebooks take me back there. But tha't not good enough. That's maybe why I'm stalling ... I need to be immersed in the air I breathe, the air my characters breathe, hear the birdsongs they hear, see the waves break on their shores, the bush antelope dart between the trunks, the honking of yellow cabs, the rattling of the train taking us both to New Orleans ...

Kanda Bongo Man, Kwasa Kwasahere
                                Muchanago here
                                 LIVE, here
Golden Sounds, Zangalewago here
                          Waka Waka, the original, here

Maele, Madjing Mawocgo here
            Abom Ngonghere

Eyongo, You must calculer, go here
               Tu n'as pas comprishere

Ray Charles, I got a Break Babyhere

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, just little while to Stay Hereclick

Elie du Bois, August 2019


Mount Cameroon

Thank you for stopping by. Please feel free to comment, discuss. And I will be sure to reply.
Have an inspiring September.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

⌗FMF Friday 30th August, BACK

Thank you for visiting.
Time for another Five Minute Friday post.

Join Kate Motaung and her gang to write five minutes flat on a word prompt.

If yo would like to know more and enjoy the fun start-here

This week BACK.

Thanks to Kate for her post. Back to school.
Out of three, we only have one left at home, going back to work at school. She is a child-carer in primary and kindergarten (which lasts three years in France). The eldest daughter lives and works in London and left 6 years ago already. Our son is leaving this year to study in Nice, journalism ...

For BACK, I wrote this poem.

Looking Forward

We have to get back
to the place we were
before. The garden
gorging with tulips,
butterflies and bamboo.

Back to the meadow
carpeted with wild
daisies, the drone of bees,
the chirping of crickets.

The sweet air breezing
on the wind. The pure
light of unhindered suns.
Back to picnics on the rug.
Cucumber and egg&cress.

Back in time to those glorious
days lazing in the grass;
building castles in the sky;
moats and towers in the sand.
Back to the water's edge.

Toes malaxing mud awaiting
the waves. They lap our feet
and hurl frothy foam
on our upturned faces.

Turn back the clock.
Rediscover the pages
of wisdom.  Al-Kindi,
Galileo, Socrates. Etchings
on Anatomy by Leonardo.

The monsters are back.
They encroach on freedom;
steal our souls; pollute our
minds with lies.

Back to the bench.
One step forward,
a horde drives us back
to obscurity once more.

Gather round the hearth.
Pour your guts out. Weave
the blanket anew
and march towards
the sublime.

Jacques Brel, Le Plat Paysgo here

Veronique Samson, On m'attends lΓ -bashere
Eagles, Hotel Californiahere
Alain Souchon, Rame and Belle-Ile en Mer, here

Back in Time, Steven Spielberg's film, Back to the Future, go here

HG Wells, The Time Machine, 1960, extract , the Future, here
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakirhere and here

The Meadow, Elie du Bois
May 2019

Sissi's Riding Clothes
Opatja, Croatia
July 2019

Sunset, Mougins, Cannes
July 2019

Russian toddler paddling

Paul in waves, Alum Chine
August 2002

Thank you for reading. Hope you enjoyed this post. Please feel free to comment, discuss , like or dislike, and I will be sure to reply. Sunny and still hot here in Toulouse. Dew morning and evening. Autumn nip in the air at night.