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What do you see # 77 – April 12, 2021

Image credit; Andrew Morris @ Unsplash

( For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a lantern sitting on the wet sand of a beach. There are fairy lights inside the lantern)

An age-old magic lantern, full of mystery
Stories long forgotten, of wishes made.
A land where people hide from evil genius.
Grown from mind in need of magic
Of miracles, of wonder, to be carried to a land
Where blue horses roam on desert sand
Where angels sit and chat with wings folded
Time to pray another day they say.
The Lord is patient
He will not mind your prayer delayed
It shall be answered in a time that is planned
By mind conceived before the pure light
Of our spinning world that shines through dark space
Out from old lanterns, remembering
The lady of the lamp, Nightingale
From patience made to soothe my savage mind
With light that sprang from before time began…

© Anita Dawes 2021

#Keepitalive #Whatdoyousee #Poetry

What do you see # 29 – 11 May 2020

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Image credit: Pixabay- Alexas Photos

( For visually challenged reader, the image shows for tiny snow men like figures in different poses. All looking very cute!)

 

No Snow

I do not know where these

four snow gnomes came from

They appeared overnight in my garden

Snow has been forecast,

yet not one flake has fallen

Did they drop fully formed from a cloud?

A cosmic April joke.

Cheeky, merry looking,

I half expect them to dance around my garden

Venturing out to touch them,

to confirm what my eyes see.

I could swear the first one laughed

As if my touch tickled

As I touched each in turn, I had a feeling

They were made of something alive

More than frozen water

Where could they have come from?

Will they melt, leaving a puddle on my lawn?

Somehow, I think not

There is magic in the air…

©anitadawes 2020

#Keepitalive #Whatdoyousee #Fiction

What do you see # 27 – 27 April 2020

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Image credit- Pixabay- Willgard

( For visually challenged reader, the picture shows a tree with human face, eyes open wide and an open mouth, either in smile or scream)

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Due to the shortage of hugs around here these days, it suddenly dawned on me that I didn’t even have a tree that I could hug.

There is an old crabapple tree at the bottom of the garden, but it has long been dead, although it is covered by a thick growth of ivy it doesn’t really encourage any hugging, as it has to be swarming with insect life.

Several gardens near me have large trees but I can hardly invite myself into their gardens, not with a lockdown in operation.

That was when I found myself looking at the rather large gum tree in the next-door garden and knew that the new people hadn’t moved in yet!

Desperate for a hug, I sneaked through the gap in the overgrown hedge and approached the tree. It sounds strange but I swear it was waiting for me!

My arms didn’t reach all the way around the dappled bark of the trunk and it felt strangely warm to the touch. I laid my face on the smooth surface of the tree and gave it the best hug.

I was smiling as I made my way back to my own garden, and I knew the smile had come from the tree…

©JayeMarie 2020

 

 

#Keepitalive #Whatdoyousee #Poetry

What do you see # 24. 6 April 2020

 

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Image credit: Pexels 

( For visually challenged readers, the image shown a neon sign lit in lime green color. In the background, you can see city lights. The sign read, ” you are here” )

 

Her Prince

Vampire dreams,

eating away my rainbow colours

Darkness bites the side of my neck

You are here.

Words I hear whispered from the shadows

A land I thought of only in films

Old castle, evil built in bricks and mortar

You are here now, 

your life to be lived in shadows

You are where you belong

Standing beside your prince of darkness…

©anitadawes 2020

#Keepitalive #Whatdoyousee #Poetry

What do you see # 23 – 30th March, 2020

 

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Another very topical prompt from Sadje this week…

 

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Photo credit: Leah Kelly on Pexels 

( For visually challenged reader, the picture shows a girl holding a book which is hiding her face. The title of the book is not clear.)

 

Run Free

You can run but you can’t hide

There are only a certain amount of words

Sooner or later, you will reach the end

How many books can you read?

Before you want to shred the pages

Open the window, let the pieces

Be caught by the wind

Watch them fly free

Counting down the days

Until you catch them, like a lost balloon

Free from the four walls

that held you in lockdown…

©anitadawes 2020

#Keepitalive #Whatdoyousee #Poetry

What do you see # 21- March 16, 2020

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Image credit; Kellepics- Pixabay

For the Visually challenged readers, the picture shows a woman dressed as a warrior standing on a rock and next to her is a giant mask. One of the eye socket of which is half broken.

 

    Broken Idols

Sunlit tears

Empty eye sockets

Fallen idols, broken

Billowing clouds remember

Change is coming

Stone mountain silent

She stands, proud

Her lean body

Ready to spring

When echoes call…

©anitadawes 2020

#Keepitalive #Whatdoyousee #Poetry

What do you see # 9- December 23, 2019

In the memory of our dear Hélène, Sadje from #Keep it Alive has decided to continue this challenge and we are more than happy to take part!

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Ebby, I am not sat here on a small boulder

In the middle of the lake for the benefit of my health

I am a small part of you, a dream spirit

Here to tell you to stop drinking

from your favourite drinking hole

You’re getting too big to hang from that cliff edge

Look at your reflection, your trunk hardly reaches the water

For the love of Ganesh, leave this place

Find a new watering hole before you plunge headlong

Into the water you love so much

To be carried away over the rapids, lost to your family

Heed my words, Ebby, for I cannot come again…

©anitadawes