English #frapalymo Day 24 – Deep Cuts

Isolation within
Creates a cocoon of
Hopelessness
Thoughts distort
Feelings warp
Until there’s nothing left
Anxious
Despondent
Begging for sensation
The deep cuts start
Rivers of blood flow
Feeling returns
For a split second
Of bliss
But the spring runs dry
And all that remains
Is lonely
Disturbed
Silence


#frapalymo is hosted by @FrauPaulchen and is translated by Bee on her blog Just Fooling Around with Bee.  Today’s prompt is “cut off”.  I realized after I wrote it that I went in a slightly different direction than the actual prompt.

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Feel free to play along.  Here are Bee’s suggestions:

  1. read the translation of @FrauPaulchen’s prompt
  2.  write your English (German if you can/want to) poem on your blog and tag it with “English #frapalymo.”
  3. use the “English #frapalymo” picture if you want to
  4. set a link to the translated prompt here on Bee’s blog
  5. visit other links posted here and if you want to/can those posted with the hashtag #fapalymo on Twitter
  6. The Bee will post your link to the German #frapalymo and translate for you if you want to. Now go, create and have lots of fun!
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English #frapalymo Day 23 – Turquoise

Nature blends colors
The perfect happiness hue
Shimmering oceans


#frapalymo is hosted by @FrauPaulchen and is translated by Bee on her blog Just Fooling Around with Bee.  Today’s prompt is a common colour: turquoise”.

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Feel free to play along.  Here are Bee’s suggestions:

  1. read the translation of @FrauPaulchen’s prompt
  2.  write your English (German if you can/want to) poem on your blog and tag it with “English #frapalymo.”
  3. use the “English #frapalymo” picture if you want to
  4. set a link to the translated prompt here on Bee’s blog
  5. visit other links posted here and if you want to/can those posted with the hashtag #fapalymo on Twitter
  6. The Bee will post your link to the German #frapalymo and translate for you if you want to. Now go, create and have lots of fun!

English #frapalymo Day 22 – The Warrior

Breath intertwines with
Swift, fluid motion
Centered amidst chaos
The battle presses on
Movement defies nature
I, warrior
Cross dimensional divides
To be named the victor
Bowing, I breathe out
My respect
Now at peace with my foe


#frapalymo is hosted by @FrauPaulchen and is translated by Bee on her blog Just Fooling Around with Bee.  Today’s prompt is “media transfer video: kung fu motion visualization”.  Write a poem to this post which explains how motion is caught in photography and art and how the unseen can be rendered seen.   It is about the fact that an artist managed to make the movements of kung fu masters seen even though it is not possible to see them with the human eye.

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Feel free to play along.  Here are Bee’s suggestions:

  1. read the translation of @FrauPaulchen’s prompt
  2.  write your English (German if you can/want to) poem on your blog and tag it with “English #frapalymo.”
  3. use the “English #frapalymo” picture if you want to
  4. set a link to the translated prompt here on Bee’s blog
  5. visit other links posted here and if you want to/can those posted with the hashtag #fapalymo on Twitter
  6. The Bee will post your link to the German #frapalymo and translate for you if you want to. Now go, create and have lots of fun!

Song Lyric Sunday – The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals

This has to be one of my all time favorite songs.  There is so much story in, not just the lyrics, but the music itself.  I’m not sure the song would be the same without the blues-y organ and the guitar.  I’ve always loved this song.

It’s been covered quite a bit, but it’s no wonder; it’s such a classic song.  I decided to go with the more well known version recorded in the 60’s by The Animals.  I also found some interesting information here when I was trying to found out who wrote it.

I also heard this version by Five Finger Death Punch when I pulled up the “original” on Apple music, which you rockers out there might like.  I actually enjoyed it quite a lot.  I also heard this version by Hannah Houston on the current season of the Voice.  I thought she killed it!

Since I was looking at classics today and decided on this one, I will say let’s have you post one of your favorite classics (whatever that might mean for you).  But as always, feel free to post the music you love and do your own thing.  We all love music here.

 

The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals
Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics

There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, I know I’m one

My mother was a tailor
She sewed my new blue jeans
My father was a gamblin’ man
Down in New Orleans

Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and trunk
And the only time he’s satisfied
Is when he’s on a drunk

Oh mother, tell your children
Not to do what I have done
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the House of the Rising Sun

Well, I got one foot on the platform
The other foot on the train
I’m goin’ back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain

Well, there is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, I know I’m one


Please feel free to join Song Lyric Sunday with one of your own.  We love sharing music!

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  • I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

Check out the new badge for Song Lyric Sunday!  Feel free to start using it in your posts or add it to your site to show you are participating.

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English #frapalymo Day 21 – The River

Rushing water follows a path
Injecting life across the land
Veering around curves
Ever changing, ever growing
Racing into beyond


#frapalymo is hosted by @FrauPaulchen and is translated by Bee on her blog Just Fooling Around with Bee.  Today’s prompt is ” a river poem” .

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Feel free to play along.  Here are Bee’s suggestions:

  1. read the translation of @FrauPaulchen’s prompt
  2.  write your English (German if you can/want to) poem on your blog and tag it with “English #frapalymo.”
  3. use the “English #frapalymo” picture if you want to
  4. set a link to the translated prompt here on Bee’s blog
  5. visit other links posted here and if you want to/can those posted with the hashtag #fapalymo on Twitter
  6. The Bee will post your link to the German #frapalymo and translate for you if you want to. Now go, create and have lots of fun!

SoCS – A required, albeit enjoyable, break from life

It think we all need a break every once in a while.  A vacation would be nice… Staying home to read for a few days sounds amazing… But sometimes, the break comes in a different form – one some people would call a nuisance.

I received a notice a few months ago that I had been randomly selected for jury duty and I had to provide my most recent information.  Another month or so went by, and I received a notice that I’d been picked to serve on a Friday in May.  I did what I’ve heard many people do – I grumbled and bitched, but after a few weeks, I started to forget about it.

I received the call on Wednesday that I had to show up at the courthouse on Friday.  I’m not going to lie, I was actually pretty excited about it.  I love my job, but there has been some drama and some stress the last month or so, so I was looking forward to the break.  But I honestly couldn’t foresee how much I would actually love it.

When I was in high school, my dream was to be a lawyer.  Life didn’t turn out that way for me, and I’m pretty grateful about it.  Seeing what lawyers do, I’m not sure I would have been the right fit for it, but sitting in that courtroom, I was intrigued by the whole process.

They went through a selection process – there were fifteen of us, but only four were chosen.  I was sitting there hoping I would be chosen just so I could see the real process and not what we see glimpses of in movies and on TV.

I was picked and had a thoroughly enjoyable day.  There were, of course, some boring parts – like when the prosecutor and the defense attorney couldn’t figure out how to make the video play in real time rather than in fast-forward (technology, am I right?).  It made me chuckle just watching them.  You’d think they would have been slightly more prepared for court?  I don’t know… maybe it’s just something you can’t prepare for.

The funniest part of the whole thing was that all four jury members (myself included) didn’t care for the defense attorney.  He was arrogant and his delivery was just off.  None of us wanted to look at him while he was present his closing arguments.  The prosecutor, on the other hand, was polished and smooth and I was drawn to him; so much so, that I felt guilty when we had to give a “Not Guilty” verdict.  Is that weird? I honestly wanted to talk to the defendant afterwards and let him know his lawyer didn’t help him much.

I spoke to my sister afterwards and I was even surprised how giddy I was.  She was laughing at me because I had so much fun.

Maybe other jury experiences aren’t as good as mine was.  I’m not sure I would have felt the same way if I’d had to be there more than one day, but the way it happened was perfect for me.  It provided a much needed break from work and let me get a glimpse into something that has always intrigued me.

How about you?  Have you ever had Jury Duty?


This post is part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday hosted by Linda G. Hill.  Today’s prompt was “brake/break.” Use one, use them both, but whatever you do, enjoy! Please feel free to click the link and join in the fun.

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English #frapalymo Day 20 – The Coming Storm

Wind howls through the trees
As clouds slowly fill the sky
White turns to gray
The air hangs heavy
Promising rain
Lightning strikes
Thunder cracks
Rage echoes across the horizon
Gray clouds turn to black
Wet drops spew from the heavens


#frapalymo is hosted by @FrauPaulchen and is translated by Bee on her blog Just Fooling Around with Bee.  Today’s prompt is ” a ten line text”.  There’s a storm brewing outside and I couldn’t help but verse about it.  I hope you enjoy!

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Feel free to play along.  Here are Bee’s suggestions:

  1. read the translation of @FrauPaulchen’s prompt
  2.  write your English (German if you can/want to) poem on your blog and tag it with “English #frapalymo.”
  3. use the “English #frapalymo” picture if you want to
  4. set a link to the translated prompt here on Bee’s blog
  5. visit other links posted here and if you want to/can those posted with the hashtag #fapalymo on Twitter
  6. The Bee will post your link to the German #frapalymo and translate for you if you want to. Now go, create and have lots of fun!