It’s the first of the month and you know what that means! Poets, choose your own syllabic poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. It’s up to you!
So the news intervened in my choice today. The explosion in Lebanon’s capital Beirut yesterday prompted me to write the chain of Haiku below. As if the Lebanon has not got enough issues. As of writing this it’s not known if this incident was an horrific accident or act of war/ terror. I am praying for the dead and injured, numbered in the thousands.
Female, wife, full time mother and Grandmother. I am not as happy go lucky as I used to be but I am still bubbling along on simmer! I have three handsome sons all grown and flown.The youngest married with a beautiful wife and two sons of his own. Eleven years ago I was working, running a home, driving and socializing then bang in a split second all that was gone. I had an accident at home. I broke my back, not for the first time, I had broken it 10 years previously as well. Unfortunately this time I had broken it really badly and it was truly messed up so I had to have two operations. I was told before each operation that the outcome could mean I spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. Still as some guy once wrote "I am still standing " yes "better than I ever was " not quite but with the help of a walking stick and as long as I do not stand or sit in one position for too long, I am still standing! Update I no longer use the walking stick . I had lots of friends before the accident but when things like this happen, you loose most of them. Their lives move on and mine stood still and so they left me behind ...I know that is just the way life is but it hurt and always will. Then I looked around and saw those who were still there for me, these friends are the roses in my garden they need to be tended well. They are the diamonds in the dust, I will of been married 50yrs plus this year . Pain and boredom are my enemies now, I have to find different ways to approach life, use my pain befriend it almost...yer right , well that is what they tell me at the pain clinic ROFLMAO ...... if only I could! I have found an outlet for my fears, frustrations and night terrors . I have started writing poetry if that name can be applied to my writing. I hope I do not come over as a moaning winger. I hope I am past all that. I also hope that you might see how the poetry is moving from very dark through the grey and
hopefully in to light ??
I need to update this a little here. I have worked very hard over the years since my accident, I go to the gym regularly, I have a Pilates class and a core class once a week . The guys at the gym and my Pilates teacher cajoled, teased, bullied and encouraged me to abandon my walking stick! :) My back is no longer straight it is C shaped because of the injury and I have lost two and a half inches in height but my Pilates and Core teachers have helped me to stand up as straight and as strongly as possible. Pain and depression are still hanging on my arm but I have weapons to use against them and if I say so myself I cope well.
I have made lots of new friends, real diamonds. I am also very grateful for all the support and help I have encountered here on Wordpress. Hugs and welcome to everyone who visits.
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34 thoughts on “COLLEEN’S 2020 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 189, #POET’SCHOICE”
Absolutely wonderful Sis 💜
Thank you Sis, it’s the situation just awful all those poor people 💜
So awful 😢
The images on the news were difficult to see. Excellent poetic response, made me tear up.
It really is terrible so many dead and wounded!
Well written Willow.
Thank you 😊
Ronovanwrite’s new disapline is not simple but fits in with Colleen’s challenge too, but the subject was chosen for me by the news. So very sad 💜
Very much going to the heart and speaking to the heart, Colleen!
It’s breaking my heart 💜
I have noticed in some uses of the new style, it does cut deep and pull out feelings, emotions. When I try it, it sometimes takes hours because I’m wanting it to go in one direction, such as love, and it wants to take me down the path of what’s all over the news from one moment to the next. Not cure if that’s a good thing or bad, but rahter put in type than in terror.
Well said Ron verse can be a great vent! 💜
A beautiful message
About a very sad event 💜
And there in lies its beauty
Thank you 💜
My pleasure 🌼
Aah! You tried the Shi Rensa too😊. Wasn’t that fun!
Such an awful situation in Beiruit… On top of this pandemic.
Yes I know I feel so sorry for them all ❤️
A lovely form Willow and a heartfelt response to this awful tragedy…♥
Thank you Colleen 💜
Ooh, the progress in this poem is great. The way you did the lines was fantastic!
Thank you I really tried to get the message across 💜
These are good thoughts, and the repetition works well for the message. (K)
Thank you , it was a new form to try and I think it expressed how I feel about the situation.💜
I have extended family in Lebanon. I loved this! Thank you.
I hope they are all okay, I really do 💜💜
No major injuries thank God, but they are scared.
It must be so scary for them , sending love 💜