Haiku: Stone Cold Heart

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in the game of love
she fails at deciphering
ancient pick-up lines

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Inspired by CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: #788 Rosetta’s Stone.

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Awakening

photo source: Ligo Haibun

This old flat never gets above seventy degrees. My living space – an icebox, but not a freezer, thankfully. Nature’s valium – winter. I seek only a quiet warm refuge when temperatures hover at nine degrees steady. My solace betwixt blue and white snowflake flannel sheets and white downy comforter.

marimba alarms
hit snooze button before dawn
late for work again

I crawl out; make coffee and slowly shake off the goose bumps with a quick enclosure into another warm cave, fur-lined hooded jacket, boots, and gloves. Winter’s sedation wearing off. The frigid view outside jostles my acute pain over my relationship with mother.  I call and hear her surprise hello greet me.

at day break
fragile icicles melting
infusing new life

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Inspired by Ligo Haibun Challenge – Image Week – Managua Gunn’s Cabin Fever. Photograph comes from Managua’s first pen pal, Marina – her view from her flat in Kazan, Tatarstan.

In closing, I leave this wonderful quote by Christy Turlington that also reminds me to value each moment…each relationship…

“It is possible to experience an awakening in this life through realizing just how precious each moment, each mental process, and each breath truly is.” 

Enjoy a few more on this week’s photo prompt challenge:

♥ Ligo Haibun Challenge – Image Week (humantriumphant.wordpress.com)

♥ Ligo Haibun Challenge~Picture Prompt (paulscribbles.wordpress.com)

What Does Love Look Like?

 

Saint Augustine once wrote, “What does love look like?”

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~Love must look like the freshness and beauty found in the surprise gift of a vase full of flowers. Pretty, but more realistically, love probably looks less showy and ever bit more practical.

Augustine continued, “What does love look like…?

It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see misery and want.
It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men…”

~In our silence you can hear the agonizing cries from those deeply hurt by life’s burdens–you listen with sadness and wonder what you can do with so many broken-hearted souls humiliated especially when their wound comes from love not felt or love torn away.

In love…
~We cry with them
~We spend time with them
~We listen and hold them close in our thoughts
~We love unconditionally…

“That is what love looks like.” ~St. Augustine

In order to see love, occasionally we need our silence to hear love calling out to us and a plea to heaven: God, give me your eyes…for just a second.

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What does love look like to you?

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Single Working Moms (and Dads): You’re Solid!

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Working on a ‘solid‘ prayer…
–photo source: Wikimedia common

On a prayer their morning starts,
Seeking wisdom, guidance and Divine light
dedicated single working moms (and dads)
Silently and solidly running their households far from the rich and famous,
No nannies, chauffeurs or personal assistants,
just children, and a few of the neighborhood ones too, fishes in a bowl and the family dog whose name gets mixed in the lot when a frantic parent names out every child’s (and dog’s) name simply because they momentarily forgot the one child they were trying to address
dedicated single working moms (and dads)
For the sacrifices in both time and effort, here is an appreciation ‘hug’

Found in a few simple words, given to honor you and to let you know how valuable you are:

“Single working moms (and dads) are teaching their kids a solid work ethic;
You’re teaching them that we don’t just have things handed to us, and we have to work for the things we want.” –Unknown

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Everyday find something new to pray for…
… All single parents living a life of sacrifice and with the intention to raise their children with a solid work ethic by being the role model for their children.

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Has your community been affected with many ‘solid’ single working parents and how are they reaching out to support these parents?

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If you are new to WordPress and are looking for ‘solid’ inspiration, Jakesprinter offers a weekly theme for you to participate. It’s easy, fun and a great way to kick off your week so do it with the SUNDAY POST : (this week) Solid.

Celebrate International Kissing Day

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photo credit: Wikipedia

Today on July 6, celebrate life’s sweet moments…stolen kisses and memorable Kiss quotes like these:

  • In trying to get our own way, we should remember that kisses are sweeter than Whine. ~Unknown
  • A Kiss can be a comma,  a question mark, or an exclamation point. That’s basic spelling that every woman ought to know. ~Mistinguett
  • Life, the gift of nature, Love, the gift of life, a Kiss, the gift of love. ~Unknown

Have lots of fUn…kissing!!

xoxo Sun

Miss Juanetta, the Housekeeper: On Nadine’s Predicament

It has come to my attention that Miss Juanetta has something important to talk with y’all about and she asked me to please, please,  have her on today. I told her you wouldn’t mind, so here she is.

Oh, hello my Lovelies!! I’ve been so busy picking up all the candy wrappers and droopy balloons leftover from Valentine’s Day.

Whew!

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Listen my Lovelies, a sweet lady that I house clean for, apparently is having a little problem with her Facebook friend list. Well,  not a big problem, more like she needs reassurance she’s handling a situation properly. You see, she’s been contacted by not one, but two different “boy,” er, (now) man friends whom she knew from high school. The first boy, or should I say, man friend problem, resolved itself, but now,  Nadine, (that’s her name) tells me–while I’m cleaning around her place– that she needs my advice.

I tell her,Ma’am, you knows I’ma just the housekeeper with only cleaning on my mind. I don’t think I’m the best person you should be asking. I usually ask my Lovelies, because they are much wiser than me when I’m faced with a difficult decision. 

Nadine grabbed my arm and begged, “Oh! Please ask your Lovelies what I should do, Miss Juanetta! You are the best housekeeper, so efficient and trustworthy. I know you, and they, can help me!!

Please??”

Of course, you know how Miss Juanetta has to help anybody who asks and once again my Lovelies, here’s Nadine’s predicament in her own words:

Thank you sooo much for helping me  . . . you see, the latest Facebook message came in from a boy I went out with only a few times way back in high school. Nothing really came about it and life went on with both of us, but now,  he’s messaged me with the first typical lines of insincere gibberish like, “Oh, haven’t seen you in years and wow, you still look great . . . blah, blah, blah.

Of course, I’ve been raised to be polite, so I returned the message with the same blah, blah, blah, except not the part about still looking great. We women are lucky, in that we have a whole make-up industry to put us into debt and it can also make some magic with looking real pretty–even after a million years has passed. Hehe 

Anyway, I wrote a short note back to him and not expecting any problems, since I kept things general and very short on any personal details of my life. Basically, nothing to show anything romantic or I’m-in-the-market-for-love kinda thing. Because I’m not. 

(You understand Miss Juanetta?)

Well, next message comes back with the ulterior reason for his message. At least I feel it’s kinda fishy. See what you think . . .

“I’m so glad you replied back to me! Blah, blah, been married for too many years now, you know, ups and downs of marriage. Right now, going through a rough patch, and don’t know if we can get through this one, blah, blah, but I’m going to try. Blah, blah, what about you? Married? Children? I still remember us in high school, blah, blah, I wonder if I did things differently how it may have turned up for us now.  Well, I don’t have an abundant amount of years left, blah, blah . . . not going to live the remaining years in a difficult, blah, blah, almost loveless marriage!”

That’s my story Miss Juanetta.  How do you think I should handle this?

Well, Nadine, it don’t seem too much a problem. I think.

You Lovelies see it as a problem? Should Nadine write a short note back to this friend letting him know how time has changed both of them. They both have their own families. Miss Juanetta is not quite sure if Nadine’s man-friend is just reaching out for support to help him get his marriage in better shape or looking for another person to escape the “love-less” marriage. 

I told Nadine not to worry because Miss Juanetta has some wonderful friends who always give great advice. So, let me know. In the meantime, Miss Juanetta is on duty! Clean, clean, clean is the new motto! 

Happy Mopping my Lovelies! And thanks Sunshine for letting me speak for Nadine! I owe you one!

Love, Miss Juanetta, the housekeeper.