Rhythm and Rhymes: The Earth on its Knees

The Earth on its Knees

I hear so much anger all about me
  When a scarlet glow burns me to a crisp
A strong cyclone crushes my glorious land
              Then a severe drought shed leaves in stress.

When a fierce earthquake shakes my restless core
The avenging floods purge out the debris
To the half-conscious, guilt is deep-seated
But to a hungry child, nothing matters.

It’s hard to imagine when hope is lost
When the justice system is colour-blind
Your abstract knowledge could destroy my home
Like a roaring landslide of earth and stones.

A once green meadow now dried and barren
I ask the nimbus clouds to block the sun
Then the mighty ocean yells in despair
Those toxic wastes are poison to my gut!

My quest for love, peace, and equality
It is like a river, sluggish and stagnant
I call the storms to clean the air and skies
But the wild tsunami engulfs the land.

The breadth of the sea under the ocean
Is a paradise with a velvet view
Don’t use me as a weapon for your gain
My home is Xanadu, where dreams are real.

It is your home yearning for unity
To reach its zenith is a distant dream.


Till next time. Stay safe and take care of each other.


Prompts and Cues: Whose Pair of Jeans is this?

A few, many days at home and no place to go. Regardless of whether our mood to write has been pretty good or not, let us rev up our writing activities to lift our spirits once more.

These pictures may bring about stories in our minds or stir up memories of an event or emotion. The drawings are cheery, sweet, and somewhat silly, but funny. Along with this is a poem that may help us energise our writing activities. The quirky humour in the poetry may tickle our funny bones and spark our creative writing. You know, it’s like that sudden flash of light.

So here we go. Let’s all get started.

Caroline lives in a beautiful house

in a lovely street close to the doghouse.

She is too stingy to buy a clothesline

she’d rather dine with wine than pay a dime.

She hangs her washing every single day

at the backyard fence for the entire day.

Come hail and storm, or a drizzle of rain,

she whined and wailed, but she never refrained.


One stormy day, her jeans got blown away

flying, floating, trying to get away.

A dog chased the jeans to the nearby park

up high on the tree, he aimed for his mark.


Caroline cried, and she screamed at the dog

“Leave my jeans alone,” she ordered the dog.

“The cops are coming; you’ll be thrown in jail

for stealing my jeans; they’ll cut your toenail.”

A good Sergeant Woof promised Caroline.

“Let me take care of this, Miss Caroline.

I will handle your case with utmost care

I’ll make the dog pay, or I’ll shave his hair.”

“Why did you put me in jail, Sergeant Woof?

I didn’t steal the jeans; it’s mine, Sergeant Woof.

I paid for it, but I lost my receipt

I bought it at the shop on Kanine Street.

It’s true, it’s true; my name is Caroline.

And once again, my name is Caroline,

That pair of jeans is mine and truly mine.

I did not steal the jeans from Calvin Klein.”


Have fun writing. Till next time. Stay safe and take care of each other.


Illustrations by: NF May

Let’s Celebrate


The year 2020 rolled out so many challenges beyond our grip. It put us through severe tests, and we faced a series of trials. It stripped us of our privileges to enjoy life, to earn a living, and to be with the company of our friends and families.

The year froze to a stand-still. Our mental and emotional strengths were put into the spotlight – how courageous we are and how strong we are.

There are so many of us who might find no reason to celebrate Christmas because deep in our hearts, we carry so much pain and hurt. We think there is nothing to be thankful for.

Let us not look what is in front of us but look at a greater distance farther away. It will make things visible to us and illuminate the dark year that crippled our hopes and dreams.

There is always something to be thankful for, no matter how big or small it is.

Hopefully, if we could all look back, the new year that is just on its way here would be easy to welcome.

Let us all think of the true meaning of Christmas.

These quotations I collected might bring new hope for the new year and give us heaps of reasons to celebrate with our friends loved ones.

Don’t forget too that no one should never be alone on Christmas.

“Good news from heaven the angels bring,
Glad tidings to the earth they sing:
To us this day a child is given,
To crown us with the joy of heaven.”

– Martin Luther

“I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.”
– Taylor Caldwell

“Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries.”
– George W Truett

“All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.”
– David Jeremiah

Source: https://www.azquotes.com/quotes/topics/meaning-of-christmas.html

“At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.”
-Mother Teresa

“You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.”
– John R. Rice

“Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again.”
– George Whitefield


“Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.”
– Ronald Reagan

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
  – Hamilton Wright Mabie   

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”                                                         

– Charles M. Schulz


“Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind; Teach us to be patient and always to be kind.”
– Helen Steiner Rice

“Christmas gift suggestions:

To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”

– Oren Arnold

A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, but softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small.
– Eva K. Logue 

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”
– Burton Hillis

“There is no name so sweet on earth, no name so sweet in heaven, The name, before His wondrous birth, to Christ the Savior given.”
– George W. Bethune

“Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.”
  – G.K. Chesterton, Brave New Family

Source: https://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/quotations.htm

“There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.”
– Bill Mckibben, Hundred Dollar Holiday

“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.”
– Eric Sevareid, attributed, Opening the Gifts of Christmas

“Much of the beauty of Christmas lies in its challenge to look further, deeper, until we find its secret in the heart of God. But we never find that unless we look beyond the presents under the tree.”  
– Dale Evans, A Happy Trails Christmas

“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”
-Janice Maeditere    

Source: http://www.notable-quotes.com/c/christmas_quotes_vi.html

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.”
– by Andy Rooney

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.”
  – Marjorie Holmes

“Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace.”
– Pope Francis 

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”
– Peg Bracken 

Source: https://pixelsquote.net/christmas-quotes/

Till next time, Merry Christmas.

See the good in people and enjoy the pleasures of life.


Images by: https://www.nicepng.com/