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Money has that power

It’s poetry day in the Netherlands today – a good day I hope to raise money for a friend. To keep it simple: pay what you want, and ask what you want.

For example:
– choose an existing poem from https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/, for example my most read one or my least read one.
– ask for a personalised poem
– commission a poem-de-luxe: handwritten, signed, beautiful paper, etc. (if you live far away I might need a contribution for stamps)

I’ll also be putting up paintings or drawings and coaching hours (coaching by me) for this fundraiser, but I haven’t organised all of that yet. But poetry day just asked for action NOW, not later 🙂

I’m raising money for a Greek friend to contribute to her education. She’s hard working, she is caring, she works with mothers and children, and she lives in Greece – a country, which you might know, has had quite a financial crisis for years now. She started the education, then life happened, and now I want to support her in being able to continue her education. Money has that power.

Today’s title is inspired by (one again 😉 this song by Patti Smith: I was present when this was filmed, and incredibly happy to witness it:

Zagreb

Here I am
At Preradoviceva Ulica
Laughing at Dutch jokes
Open to learning

Hvala
Dutch Croatian
who taught us
two beer
black wine
and
things are different here

Hot air plane
Views of mountains
All is well
Love to discover
A new city

#OctPoWriMo 4, travelling and off prompt. But acrostic and cinquain attempts going on. Croatian acrostics, a first for me 🙂

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Fixed

I know
I don’t know
What I won’t
I know
Not what I don’t
I know
Won’t I?
I know
Don’t I?
I know

I want to know
What I will
I want to know
What I do
I want to know
Will I?
I want to know
Do I?
I want to know

I will know
What I can’t
I will know
What I haven’t
I will know
Can’t I?
I will know
Haven’t I?
I will know

It’s #OctPoWriMo day 3, and the prompt on octpowrimo.com was insecurity.

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You are needed now

You
did your
best that is
all that is needed
love

You
fight for
what you believe
in that is needed
love

You
see the
best in people
and make them even
better

You
think before
you speak that
is needed now my
love

You
jest in
honour of learning
that is needed now
love

Day 2 of #OctPoWriMo asked for note(s) to (a) you and suggested a cinquain as form. These are my five cinquains, accompanied by one of my favorite word wizzards.

Eccentricity 0

She was sick of all her degrees
She had so many
She felt shallow
She really wanted to be more square
More like the others
Stop shaping herself to perfection
A never ending story
360 was just too much
The constant distance to her centre bothered her
She longed to be more square
Euclid had given her a straight jacket
No way to be straight
Regular she was
But square she couldn’t be
So she started scratching herself
Little by little
Piece by piece
Until one day
She managed to round a corner

Here’s one (of many) that I really liked from yesterday’s prompt: A Mirrors Reflection by Soulstructuredlines.

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Silly Illustrations Of Animals And Their Little Adventures By Shanghai Tango

I need to reblog this simply so I’ll always know where to find it.Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. I totally agree with the description this blog gives: “Gao Youjun, aka Tango, is a popular Shanghai cartoonist on the Chinese social network Weibo. The artist draws brilliantly witty cartoons that are made all the more clever because of their incredible simplicity. By looking at the world in a different way, Tango’s work also encourages us, the audience, to look at things with a fresh perspective.”

Flow Art Station

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Silly Illustrations Of Animals And Their Little Adventures By Shanghai Tango

Artist on Tumblr

Gao Youjun, aka Tango, is a popular Shanghai cartoonist on the Chinese social network Weibo. The artist draws brilliantly witty cartoons that are made all the more clever because of their incredible simplicity. By looking at the world in a different way, Tango’s work also encourages us, the audience, to look at things with a fresh perspective.

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Born out

I have tried
being bored to death
so many times
I can assure you
it doesn’t work

Refutably

I gave up
being fully engaged
every now and then
I suspect
it might work

The #NaPoWriMo prompt for day 13 invited us to write a poem in which the words or meaning of a familiar phrase get up-ended. I’m totally looking forward to where that led the other participants, I think it’s a fun prompt.

Since I wrote an elevenie instead of a haibun yesterday, I offer you two beautiful examples from fellow participants. I love Benita Kapes poem because she managed to keep it short and still totally fit the brief: Haibun clay birds. The second one is Cherry Tree by Nastasa’s summerblues. Her poem makes time stand still for a moment

Born out by Angela van Son

By Angela van Son