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Stormy Weather at Wild Boar Wood.

Five Photos. Five Stories. Day 4

Thank you Calen at Impromptu Promptlings for nominating me for this fun challenge. For anyone who hasn’t seen Calen’s lovely inspiring site, I recommend that you check it out now.

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the 
   night 
      w h e n 
         with o u t 
            w a r n i n g, 
               t h e  s t o r m 
        crackled and
thundered all 
   around,  lighting 
       the sky with its white
          fury,  my  niece  and  I were 
             in different areas of the campsite. 
                We  ran  to  the  meadow  
                   and danced in the
             rain caking our legs
       with  mud,   laughing 
           because we had both 
               had the same idea. the  
                   next day the sun gave us
                       its usual golden 
                 smile as if nothing 
           had   happened, 
               and it set to 
                   work drying 
                       the  d a m p 
                          ground ready
                       to c h e e r
                    e v e r y  
                 d a m p-
              ene d 
           spir-
        it

© Jane Paterson Basil

The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you.

Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge.

Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command. Today, I’m inviting Alien Aura to join the challenge.

New Beginnings – Wild Boar Wood.

Five Photos. Five Stories. Day 2

Thank you Calen at Impromptu Promptlings for nominating me for this fun challenge. For anyone who hasn’t seen Calen’s lovely inspiring site, I recommend that you check it out now.

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.
            the first 
           rays of dawn
             seeping 
        through cream canvas
            caressing 
          my eyelids open
            gave a smile 
             to my lips
       I lay still and gazed
   at the dappled golden shadows
   painted onto the thin ceiling
  artwork supplied by kindly trees

  I listened to the tweeting birds
     singing of new beginnings

© Jane Paterson Basil

The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you.

Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge.

Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command. Today, I’m inviting Lynn Love at Word Shamble to join the challenge.

VAPOUR

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If I turn my head quickly enough
I may see her;
lithe body rotating in graceful ballet.
seeing me, she will smile

If I turn my head quickly enough
she will be there,
arms open, beckoning me into her warmth,
welcoming me with her love

I dare not turn in her direction
I may be too slow,
her phantom dissolving into vapour
leaving me desolate

© Jane Paterson Basil

Remember. By Christina Georgina Rossetti

This is one of my favourite poems, which I recited at my mother’s funeral. She was also a poet, albeit a very private one. Her words have all been lost, but her thoughts and ideas remain with me. When I read this poem, I remember her gentleness and beauty, and I see her turning towards me in a graceful ballet.

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Remember me when I am gone away,

Gone far away into the silent land;

When you can no more hold me by the hand,

Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.

Remember me when no more day by day

You tell me of our future that you plann’d:

Only remember me; you understand

It will be late to counsel then or pray.

Yet if you should forget me for a while

And afterwards remember, do not grieve:

For if the darkness and corruption leave

A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,

Better by far you should forget and smile

Than that you should remember and be sad.

SHARE THE LOVE

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I am so pleased to have found Lisa’s One Word Challenge, because it has given me a platform to talk about my main goal for this year, which is to send out more love.

Yes, LOVE is my word for the year. It is also the word which Lisa herself had chosen, so we have agreed to share the love!

So often we judge others because we don’t like their lifestyle, or their religion, or perhaps even the clothes they wear. Intolerance is easy, but it causes anger, hatred and violence. Instead of looking at what we see as the negative side of another person, we should realise that we cannot imagine how it feels to be him, and we cannot know how firmly his demons may grip him, and yet he may have had many successes of which we are unaware.

None of us are perfect, and yet we all wish to be loved for our strengths, rather than dispised for our weaknesses.

A year ago I was in an appalling situation. It was the love and kindness that others so freely laid at my feet which pulled me through. When I asked myself whether I deserved such generosity, the answer I came up with was “No more or less than others”.

I want to learn to give that love to all who deserve it no more or less than me, and then I want to go beyond that, and learn to love those who knowingly hurt others through greed or sadism.

I am not alone. Many people are trying to redress the balance in this way, and the more the movement grows, the closer we will come to achieving World Peace. It may sound naive, but what other way is there?

I have chosen a few quotes which eloquently describe the way I feel about love.

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Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
Oscar Wilde

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
George Eliot

Being loved deeply by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Martin Luther King Jnr.