RDP # 49 – WELCOME

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welcome to our house
fence surrounded by roses
such a lovely day

(c) ladyleemanila

Home Thoughts
by Claude McKay

Oh something just now must be happening there!
That suddenly and quiveringly here,
Amid the city’s noises, I must think
Of mangoes leaning o’er the river’s brink,
And dexterous Davie climbing high above,
The gold fruits ebon-speckled to remove,
And toss them quickly in the tangled mass
Of wis-wis twisted round the guinea grass;
And Cyril coming through the bramble-track
A prize bunch of bananas on his back;
And Georgie–none could ever dive like him–
Throwing his scanty clothes off for a swim;
And schoolboys, from Bridge-tunnel going home,
Watching the waters downward dash and foam.
This is no daytime dream, there’s something in it,
Oh something’s happening there this very minute!

For: RDP # 49 – WELCOME

RDP # 46 – Open

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I am the queen of the jungle, hear me roar
I love nature, trees, animals and seashore
Wild at heart, exploring open spaces
I climb, jump, bounce like cheetahs
I made my house on top of the tree
I love talking to animals with glee
If I want to, I can jump off waterfalls
I run down the hill and do a cannonball
I learn a lot by observing animals
From birds, butterflies and beetles
I’m their friend, looking after them
I can even write them a prose or poem
I make jewellery out of shells and barks
Sing a song like a song of a meadowlark
I love my simple life, eat when I want
No worries, I’m quite nonchalant
Zip line from one jungle to another
Or go to the lake or river that’s bluer
I’m Ladylee – queen of the jungle!

For: RDP # 46 – Open

RDP # 42 – GROOVE

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I write, therefore I am
I’m as sweet as a lamb
Words of love, of friendship
Inspiration coming from a pen’s tip
Any pent up emotion being released
In any way, in any form, at least
And when the muse is here
Mind is clear, calls for a cheer
Ah! the wonder of words
Like singing with the birds
Characters, setting, scene
Rhymes and what we mean
The pen can make men move
Can even make us improve

Words are mightier than a sword
Things to be poured
That can be moved
Enjoyed and grooved

Writing is such a good release
Like a timepiece
To show something
That makes us zing

Such a humble gadget this pen
Good for our ken
Could be our friend
Please apprehend

For: RDP # 42 – GROOVE

RDP #41 – VINTAGE

Photographs and memories
Of many moons ago
When ancestors were still here
Telling us stories of what they had
Of histories and struggles
Of freedom and hope
My parents when they were 18
Young love, of faiths and dreams
Our family on our grandparents’ day
Celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
With all the children and grandchildren
A photo with my siblings and our Mom
The youngest not even born yet
And me when I was five, as a queen
One dancing the Hawaiian dance
And one with my Dad pinning my medal

For: RDP #41 – VINTAGE

RDP #37 – EMBRACE

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As the new day began, it was clear that things would never be the same
She staggered to get up, her shadow visible on the sheet hanging on the line
Embraced by the fresh morning dew, greeted by the birds proclaiming their claim
Determined to make a difference and to put her pain away, firm that life is fine
Dance if she has to, so as to show the world that there’s really no one to blame
Ending the black and white of existence and replacing it with a fine wine and dine*

(c) ladyleemanila

* Harrisham Rhyme

For: RDP #37 – EMBRACE

RDP #36: HOSPITABLE

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Vis-à-vis our last visit to India, we noticed that the women who worked in the fields were wearing their high-visibility saris. What a vison! It was a pleasant view, the orange, blue, yellow, pink and neon green saris in their landscape vistas. It was a very successful way to convert an ordinary shot into one with a lot of visual appeal. The visit to this country changed my visceral view of the world. The people have endeavour to create a community that is not only accessible, but is also a model of visitability. They were friendly and hospitable. We’d visit again.

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