Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 340 RELEASE and Simple.

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I have chosen to do a simple Haiku. One about exercise, which during these lockdown days we need more than ever.

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Simple Release.

Endorphins release
Simple pleasures to our brains
Exercise brings life.

Part of Ronovanwrite’s Weekly Haiku Challenge.

#JusJoJan prompt the 11th – “Letter” (Fact)

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Dear Mum  and Dad

I don’t think I ever made  it clear enough  how I appreciated exactly  what  you did  for me. It is only  now  as a parent and grandparent that I see  what  you must of  gone  through.

Nine   children  you had, nine, you lost  three  but  that was never  your  fault. How  did  you cope  Mum it must of been hard, and Dad  worse  for you because in those days  grieving  was not  the done thing. I lost  three babies too, but early, in pregnancy. I could not openly  grieve  either  but  you knew  you silently  gave me strength.

How  did  you cope  Mum and Dad  how  did  you balance  help  and interference , how  come  you never  ended not  talking  to each other or to any of us.

Now  look see,  you have both  been gone so long  and I miss  you  both so. I need  you here  to give  me  the strength , kindness  and love. See  even now I am asking for  your  help. I am  so selfish, I was  so angry  when you died  Mum  because  you were not there  to talk to  me and  help  me, do you know  it took me 7yrs  to accept  that  you had really  gone.

Who  helped you, did  anyone  or did  you have to struggle  through learning haphazardly! You  no  doubt  had  to and  that is  why  you were  both such  helpful parents. I am amazed  at  the sacrifices  you  must  of  made  to  keep us in  clothes, shoes  and food.

Dad worked as a  body maker  for London Transport upholstering seats on the Tubes and buses! Off to work at  5am and home at  5pm for dinner 6pm the BBC News … silence  reined!

Mum you loved Wimbledon, when we finally got a TV you watched the tennis for the entire fortnight….the only change from tennis was the news for dad…..and it was salade for tea for the entire fortnight.

I miss you both very much even though you have been so long, I still feel your presence and I will always be grateful for all that you did for me.

Well I shall close  now  and  tell you  that  you gave  me lots of  love and  good advice and  support. I really  hope  that  you were both as proud of  me as you were the others.

I miss  you  and I love  you !

willow xxxxxxxx

This is part of LindaGHill’s Jusjojan.

Reveal Travel Challenge: Day 5

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Day five’s photo comes from our Florida Holiday some years back. We flew into Miami stayed the night at an airport hotel and then picked up our car and set off . Our first couple of days stop was at Fort Lauderdale. While we were there we took a paddle steamer trip around the local section of the intercastal waterway.

Long disparaged as Miami’s lesser northern neighbour, Fort Lauderdale has recently come into its own with a renovated waterfront, a burgeoning culinary scene, and beaches worthy of palm-swept daydreams bringing rightful attention to the Venice of America. Stretching 3,000 miles (4,800 km) between the United States’ Atlantic and Gulf coasts, the city’s Intracoastal Waterway provides easy access to maritime activities and on-shore attractions along the 300 miles of inland canals that wind through south Florida’s unmistakable sky-high resorts and Everglades ecosystem. The Basics Aside from serving as a means of transportation, the Intracoastal Waterway offers countless opportunities for recreation, especially in Fort Lauderdale’s year-round sunshine. From classy dinner and sightseeing cruises to riverfront gondola tours, visitors can enjoy the water in whatever fashion floats their boat as they travel past forested coasts at Port Everglades.

May I say that was just the start of a wonderful holiday. With visits to Cocoa beach, Kennedy Space Center, St. Augustine, Jacksonville and Miami .

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