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Monday’s Poetry Stretch challenge at Miss Rumphius Effect this week is to write a tritina which is a:

10-line poem made of three, 3-line stanzas and a 1-line envoi. There is no rhyme scheme but rather an end word scheme.

Mine ended up as a haiku-tritina, I hope they are happy bedfellows.

A Tentative Tritina

Where is the great love?
upon which I lean my faith
I loose hope at times.

A sign of the times
people scrambling for new love
rather then their faith

All I need is faith
I forget this many times
despite His great love

Love many times helps fuel faith!

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Feeding Fish Eagles, off Bird Island, Lake Malawi, photo by Richard

Feeding Fish Eagles, off Bird Island, Lake Malawi, photo by Richard

Wordless Wednessday

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“How do you spell teacher?” she asked.

T-E-A-C-H-E-R

She’s dropped devil

I notice.

“I called her devil teacher”  she’d said.

The teacher that taped their mouths

for talking and required a kiss

to get to the bathroom.

I’m glad I’ve helped redeem

such an important word.

For the past two weeks I have included the daughter of a friend in our homeschooling endeavour,  after things got really bad at the school she was attending.  She  decided to call me  ‘teacher’ despite the fact that we were  on familiar first name terms.  I’ve noticed my own children choose to call me ‘teacher’ at times.  A lot of meaning packed into a word.

For more poetry  and writings for  the prompt – word, and a vibrant on-line community, go along to One Single Impression.

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The Baobab Tree , Lake Malawi, photo by Richard Dove

The Baobab Tree , Lake Malawi, photo by Richard Dove

These photo’s taken on a recent trip to Malawi inspired a hunt for a poem about the Baobab Tree which I found here

Come with me, to the Baobab tree,

To the Baobab tree, where eyes

will shine,

And hearts will leap

And feet will dance

And hands will touch

In one-two time.

Come with me, to the Baobab tree,

To the Baobab tree, where tears will dry,

And lips will sing

And hearts will breathe

And feet will dance

In one-two time.

– Julie Redstone

The Baobab Tree, photo by Richard Dove

The Baobab Tree, photo by Richard
Dove

The round up is being hosted by Lisa Chellman at under the covers. Do stop by and take in all the great poetry being shared this week.

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I have had very limited internet access this week, both because I’m homeschooling on full throttle again with the presence of a friends child, and because my broadband connection’s slogan of the week has been, ‘limited connectivity’. However I quickly popped in to check out this week’s challenge for Monday Poetry Stretch. And it’s to write about something you can find or see outside your window! My heart did a double skip as one of my favourite things about my life here, is what I get to see outside the windows of my slither of an office. Because our house is raised, my office which is more window then wall, feels a bit like a tree house, guarded as it is by four friendly Mango trees. So I went haiku crazy. Thanks Tricia, at The Miss Rumphius Effect.

Outside my window
four Mango trees sit waiting
to show juicy fruit

Outside my window
happy, yellow marigolds
shout and wave at me

Outside my window
fish arrive upon men’s heads
in leaf covered bowls

Outside my window
spunky, groups of school children
make their own new way

Outside my window
a towering Cathedral
sings with bells and drums.

Outside my window
a candlelit procession
enchants us watching

Outside my window
beautiful variety
walks by and is seen.

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Skywatch Friday

The sun sets over Lake Malawi, photo by Jacqueline

The sun sets over Lake Malawi, photo by Jacqueline

Skywatch Friday

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The prompt at One Single Impression this week, thanks to Jess, is One Word.

Omnipresent
Neverending
Embracing

Wonderful
Obedient
Redeeming
Deity

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

Easter play in Quelimane

Easter play in Quelimane

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