Inappropriately Dressed & Other Poetry by Lynn White

Carpe Diem Series

Lynn White’s elegant poetry today reminds us to boldly be ourselves! Her work inspires that while the world challenges us, we can challenge the world right back.

My Favorite Line: ” Sometimes
you just
have to don
your dark glasses
and stride out to the sun,
regardless of snow, or clouds, or clothes. “


Inappropriately Dressed

I wasn’t dressed for snow,
or clouds,
or wind,
or for walking at all,
if I were honest.
But sometimes
you just have to give it a go
and trudge through the clouds,
kick up the snow in passing,
challenge the wind
with the size
of your hat.
It wouldn’t dare to blow
it away, would it?
Sometimes
you just
have to don
your dark glasses
and stride out to the sun,
regardless of snow, or clouds, or clothes.
Sometimes
you just have to go.

First published in Visual Verse, February 2018


Leaving Home

The van departed
fully loaded,
I stood there
empty handed
and took a last look round
the house
where I’d once been happy.
I felt empty now,
like the house,
empty rooms
and faded dreams.
I was on my own now,
going solo.
I walked briskly away.
I didn’t look back.


I Was Not Like Her

I was not like her,
the girl in the picture
looking out
scowling
defiant
rebellious.
No I was not like her
not me
not then.

I wore the gloves in summer
that my mother bought me
the classic cut clothes
that she had always
wanted to wear
even allowed my hair to curl
as it wanted to
as she wanted it to.
No I was not like her,
the one in the picture
not then.

But when I broke free
made myself up
wore minis
or long skirts
controlled my curls
with an iron in hand
yes
I think
I became her
then.

First published in Visual Verse, January 2020


Artist:

Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Rhysling Award. Her poetry has appeared in many publications including: Apogee, Firewords, Capsule Stories, Light Journal and So It Goes.

Follow:

Find Lynn at: 

https://lynnwhitepoetry.blogspot.com 

and 

https://www.facebook.com/Lynn-White-Poetry-1603675983213077/

Carpe Diem: Days are Flowers by Amrita Valan

Carpe Diem Series

Enjoy the sweet and soothing sensation of reading the work of Amrita Valan! Her poetry sinks in to fill the heart with absolute loveliness.

My Favorite Line:

“A day is a sweet flower on the tree of life
‘Live like a flower’ the day replies.”


Carpe Diem:

Days are Flowers

My heart beats are numbered
And so is, each day of my life
Flow of progress ordained,
In the act of living the moment,
Promises of fruition, speculations rife.

Actionable thoughts, questionable intentions
Prophetic wishes, visionary dreams
But the ends determined only through action.

Each bud births one single day,
Aglow at sunrise, clouds sail away.

A day waves like sweet rose in sunny caress
Revel soft petals! In youth’s redolence.
A day won’t last a week, a month, or year
It fades at sunset, a shredded petal,
A forgotten tear.

A day is lifetime of a single flower.

‘Carpe diem’ whispered the flower
‘Live for this day, this moment, this hour.’
A day is a sweet flower on the tree of life
‘Live like a flower’ the day replies.

Bless this day, this sacred day
It is all we can have and hold
In its loving folds, we grow to know
Vineyards of verdant green and gold.

A day unsheathes, a prayer to find our way
The holiest prayer is to Seize the Day.

©Amrita Valan 2021


Artist:

Amrita Valan is a mother of two boys and a writer based in Bangalore India. She has a
master’s degree in English literature. She has worked in the hospitality industry, BPOs and as
content creator for deductive logic and reasoning in English. Her poems and stories have
been published in several anthologies, online journals and zines such as Café Dissensus, Café
Lit, Spillwords, ImpSpired, Potato Soup Journal, Portland Metro zine, Poetry and Places and Glomag.

The hills that grow with years – by Okpeta, Gideon Iching & Hassan Usman

Carpe Diem Series

Read today the riveting poem by Okpeta, Gideon Iching & Hassan Usman! They weave a tapestry of time, addressing the sorrows and hopes with the days we have and days to come.

My Favorite Line: “But how often do you say to yourself
‘I’m a failure’;how long do you chase
tomorrow’s dreams?― “


The hills that grow with years.

Hills stand tall before your very eyes,
some hills
stare marvelously at your weakness:
They console you with this sympathy;
‘’life isn’t a bed of roses, neither a daffodil‘’,
take heed lest you work like an elephant
but live on like an ant.

Trees whisper to your very ears,
Some trees are
Mute to your weariness:
They silently engulf you with hopes;
“Life is full of ups, and also downs”,
Never leave war for home
When the enemies still breathe on the battlefield.

Miracle hardly happens in Warri,
Life is like this city when hope is drawn
and labor refuses to bear riped fruits for consumption.

Chaos devours the towns in maidugiri:
Life seizes breaths, heaven deafens to the ululations
And fatherland won’t even mother but rather murders.

Though hardship plays a vital role in lives:
You grow strong, strong enough to fight back
Your ordeals;
not with strength but bravery.

Though pangs hit a part of aging:
That you’re roughened, you get tough,
That you’re bruised; you brace up,
That you’re torn; you stitch up to a new dawn.

If you’re born with a silver spoon,
keep it safe; guide it jealously
Lest you lose it to beautiful shadows―
the wind you chase.

And a tale did tell of wind chasers
Encaged in the luxury of time,
Unmindful of a deadly tomorrow that came uninvited;
So if you’ve today, live it worthily.

But how often do you say to yourself
‘I’m a failure’;how long do you chase
tomorrow’s dreams?―
Yesterday has tricked you to believing she’s
blissful from nascence.

A new dawn falls on you as adults:
myriad of responsibilities beset with thorns,
beckon scornfully at your failures;
disgracefull, they demand your commitment.

Let yesterday’s glees alone
lest posterity finds you guilty;
have a taste of today’s bitterness,
‘the hills we climb’ today determine
how undulating tomorrow’s shall become.


Artists:

  • Okpeta, Gideon Iching is a poet, and Essayist.He is a contributing writer for Joshuastruth magazine(JT MAG), and crispng.comHis work has appeared at The lastleavesmagazine, Literary yard journal,Words  and Whispers, Academic of the Heartsand Minds, and else where.At his spare time, he  writes and plays the keyboard.

  • Hassan Usman is a poet, content creator, debater, psychologist and a student of the university of Ilorin, Kwara. He is based in Lagos. When he isn’t writing, he prefers debating and listening to music. He has participated in online poetry contests and has been awarded both local and international certificates.

Serenity – Artwork by Ci Barros

Carpe Diem Series

Starting us out on our Carpe Diem journey, we have Ci Barros! Her unique craft combines illustration, light, water and photography. This piece in particular holds a peaceful elegance. It is gorgeous to look at, and at the same time helps the viewer to focus on the beauty and grace from within.


“Serenity”
This work belongs to the “Elements” Collection (Atelier D’Arte Ci Barros)

Artist Statement:

This Artistic Creation expresses the conscious choice of the “now”, as an expression that contemplates the portion of life itself at a given moment. Contemplates the rational awareness that we have the “now”, as an absolute certainty, with the serenity of that same awareness in that very moment of fullness.


Artist:

Ci Barros 

My artistic journey includes Exhibitions in physical and virtual spaces, national and international participations, two Poetic and Illustrative Books (in my own name), as well as my participation in several Anthologies of poetry at national level, in addition to my participation, equally poetic and illustrative, in the local newspaper. My Artistic Context is based on Social Reflection and on topics connected to the notion of Sustainability, on the Protection of the Rights of Women and the Protection of Children. Likewise, my “Social Project – Ci Barros”, through art and culture, promotes mental health (individual and collective). 

Follow:


https://www.facebook.com/AtelierDArteCB/

https://barrosduarte6.wixsite.com/cibarros

Carpe Diem Series

Welcome, Ponderbots, to a new season and a new series!

I’ve been feeling lots of hopeful energy and vibrancy from the world recently. This itching to claim life and see the magic it holds for us. We are here. We are alive. There is a time to fight for survival, and then there is a time to fight for wonderment. Today feels like a good day to let the act of feeling emotion, any emotion, remind us of the beauty of our existence.

What better way to do this than to dig into some art! This series will be here throughout the next couple months to inspire life into your world and to honor some incredible artists who embrace the days with creativity.

Carpe Diem, Ponderbots!

-Mia Savant

Carpe Diem Series – Call For Submissions

Hello My Fellow Ponderbots!

Time for a new spring series, which means a new Call For Submissions! The topic is Carpe Diem, so anything that is motivating, exciting, or focuses on being present in the moment.

As always, all forms of art are invited to submit!


Submission Details

Free submission. Deadline March 31st, 2021.

Selected submissions will be displayed here on www.pondersavant.com.

Submit To:

Email Mia Savant at pondersavant@gmail.com using the subject line “Carpe Diem Series.”

Guidelines:

1. Send your artwork, every art form welcome (written art, performance art, visual art, etc.).

Written Word – Send as word document

Visual Art – Send as .jpg

Performance art – Send as link to Youtube or Vimeo

Disclaimer: Submissions that include hate, discrimination, or inappropriate content will not be accepted.

2. Include a bio, links to your websites & social media sites, as well as a picture of yourself (or any photo that you feel represents yourself as an artist).

3. Follow the blog & spread the word!

Deadline for submission is March 31st, 2021