Photo by Josh Applegate on Unsplash, for the Day 8 prompt, revisited.
my body as I pray;
with clasped hands,
bowed head, kneeling
here, before this altar
for the broken bread,
shredded body. And wine
in urn, become blood,
spilt forty times
beneath the surface
of this body, this flesh
from earth descended,
unravelling like a thread
roughly yanked from
Verbum caro, panem verum
I seek the redemption
in your flayed flesh.
Sanctify this body
As I pray.
Image from Great Inspire, for the Day 5 prompt, only partially fulfilled.
Come let us dance
our discordant thoughts
to calmness, joined by the rhythm
of our joyful hearts,
and a song welling up
from deep within.
Like a bird
loosed from the tenuous
grasp of gravity’s hold,
let us float away.
With the spring of defiant
Freedom in our steps.
For the Day 4 Prompt, a challenge to describe an abstraction with concrete nouns. Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash
What it is is something smouldering
A tiny reed, slowly taking flame
That perchance with time might
Burst into a raging flame
What it is is a call and response
A place remembered and returned to
In a season of despair
In its light one sees
the self in all its glory
warts and all,
and learns the painful truth
that one is human too
A throwback of sorts to Lagos in 2015 and catching up with D at Hans & Rene. For the prompt, Sweet.
St Alban’s Cathedral, December 2016…. For the Word Press photo prompt, Beloved, for which there can really only be one response.
Silence, Solitude and some beach-side scholasticism
For the prompt, Silence.
Aberdeen’s City Centre is a panoply of old, weathered buildings, seasoned – as Yusef Komunyakaa so eloquently puts it in his poem, Ode To The Drum – by wind, dusk and sunlight. To that trio of elements, one would have to add snow and rain, given they are hardly ever in short supply in this corner of the world.
Before oil – and some would add, the EU – there was fishing and an entire industry of fish processing in and around the harbour area. These days, gleaming buildings – and car parks – share the skyline, a curious juxtaposition of old and new, brick and glass and perhaps the reinvention of a city.
The wee hours of the day and the first dusting of proper snow of the year here. For the WordPress photo challenge, serene.
The view that meets my eye on day 1 of 10 in Paphos, Cyprus. Truly looking forward to chilling and bonding with S, and catching my breath after what has been two weeks lived on the very edge of sanity (A Nigerian Wedding will do that to you).
For the WordPress photo challenge, Peek.
More shimmer than glow but I suppose the view of the sea from the Beach Esplanade as I headed out to last Saturday’s Aberdeen Park Run counts. I am only five official runs in but it is very quickly becoming a key part of my Saturday mornings, when life allows me spend the weekend in the ‘Deen.
Next step the Baker Hughes 10k next year.
For the WordPress Photo Challenge Prompt: Glow