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Weekly Writing Challenge: Revelation and Change…

“Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.” Ambrose Bierce

Weekly Writing Challenge: Revelation and Change…

Is there a sudden event that changed your life forever? When I look back on my life, I can recall events; some small and some large, that shifted my thinking or helped me decide that I had to stick to a plan or perish. We’ve all had them; remember those corners we chose not to turn, the stop light we waited a bit longer at, the places we decided not to visit, or the people who appeared and then vanished? All of them added something to our lives and then we worked hard to justify our role in it and how we chose to remember the details. When I decided to move to the US from the UK, my dad was set against it. “You’re a young female with no one to supervise or guide you. Why America?” He asked.  “Why not America? I’ve never been there and it offers all sorts of educational opportunities…” I muttered. Of course, I “forgot” to mention that love was in the air, but let me not get ahead of myself.

“People need revelation, and then they need resolution.” Damian Lewis

Weekly Writing Challenge: Revelation and Change…

Months later, I arrived at JFK Airport on my way to a new life and the possibility of everlasting love. I had the requisite paperwork for my new school and I was excited about the prospects of starting a new life of love and learning; with great emphasis on the love part. I was young, naive, and probably too excited about my move to another country that I missed the usual cues that come with a relationship built on fantasy and empty promises. My boyfriend was effusive about my relocation; even sharing information on all the wonderful places we’d visit. If I recall, Hollywood was heavily favored on his list… Yeah, that should have been symbolic… the land of dreams. Once I settled into my new place and registered for classes, I went looking for lover-boy. You see, just before I left London, he told me he had some pressing graduate school papers  to write and would be AWOL on my arrival. “Not to worry! Lets connect over the weekend!” He said. Yeah… and Bob’s my uncle. More below!

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Haiku: Child Bride…

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.” Henry Ward Beecher

Haiku: Child Bride…

Child Bride by fiat
Clothes stained red from fear and pain.
Womb, unripe, unready…

May, December wed…
Scarlet tears won’t protect you.
Gnarled fingers groping…

The United Nations declared October 11 “International Day Of The Girl Child,” in recognition of the power and particular challenges facing girls globally. Some of the challenges facing girls include: gender stereotyping, discrimination, violence, negative media images, sex trafficking, denial of education and economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls. In some fashion, directly or indirectly, we are all touched by these issues.

“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” Nelson Mandela

Haiku: Child Bride…

Child Bride by dictate
cloaked in white, virginal togs
Soon, a crimson sea…

Innocence ignored…
Child at dusk, shredded by dawn
Covered in maroon…

In this haiku, I take a look at the unpleasant side of being a child bride. Babies with underdeveloped wombs having babies, enduring abuse, fistulas, illiteracy and even death. The child bride has no rights and can soon lose value and even her life if she doesn’t live up to the expectations of the family that married her. While not all child bride marriages are consummated early, the numbers that are make it a global concern. We can add our voices in multiple ways and Dayofthegirl.org has more information to share. More below!

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Haiku: Revelation & Creation…

“The highest revelation is that God is in every man.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Haiku: Revelation & Creation… On the Path

“Two are better than one…if either of them falls down, one can help the other up…” Ecclesiastes 4:9–10

Hands joined together
lifting men to mountain tops
A revelation…

How often do we applaud or lend a hand or caring shoulder to a friend? Every day, I receive Today’s Word from Joel Osteen‘s site. It is an inspirational and uplifting way to start the day. Joel offers a thought about some aspect of life, and then a closing prayer. This week, he is focused on encouraging us to lift each other up; to see the greatness in others and say it; and to encourage others to follow their dreams. “We all need somebody to believe in us more than we believe in ourselves. We all need people who will push us up, so to speak.”  Joel Osteen Who have you encouraged today?  More below!

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