Rhythm and Rhymes: The Look

I dare you, try saying this word – sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.

I know, I know! It’s a mouthful, isn’t it? It is already hurting my brains.

But anyway, that word, (I dare not say) is the scientific name for Brain Freeze.

We get this from eating or drinking something very, very cold.

I don’t want to go very scientific with this one, but personally, I associate brain freeze when my brain is telling me to stop, take a break or take it easy.

Writing can sometimes take away our energy. We hit a roadblock. We stop thinking, and we get distracted very easily.

We feel tired, very sleepy, and unproductive.

It is okay to rest and re-invigorate our body because our imaginations are dried up. No matter what we do, nothing comes out of our head.

So, have you tried poetry yet?

Poetry is another form of literature that we use to express our imagination.

Some people find poetry boring.

But here’s a thing: It doesn’t take long to read a poem.

Reading short passages of poetry is relaxing. It teaches us to be imaginative, most especially when interpreting the significance of every word the author was trying to convey to his readers.

When the writing becomes tight and the days seems too long, I have with me my constant companion to help me relax and help me think of new ideas for my writing.

Here are my two favourite little books of poetry.

I have these books for so many years and never parted with them. They are both versatile books and easy to read. A perfect companion when you want to relax.

Let me show you one of my favourite poems from the Little Book of Love Poems.

The Look was written by Sara Teasdale. From the information I gathered, here’s a bit of who she was:

Sara Trevor Teasdale was born on August 8, 1884, to a wealthy family at St Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

She was an American poet. Her work was characterised for its simplicity and clarity. Her poems are classical in style, passionate and romantic.

At a young age, she grew acquainted with Harriet Monroe and became part of Harriet Monroe’s literary circle Poetry.

In 1918, she won the first Columbia Poetry Prize, which is now known as the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Her marriage to Ernst Filsinger in 1914 ended in divorce in 1929, and after that, she lived a life of a semi-invalid. After a painful bout of pneumonia, she took her own life with an overdose of barbiturates in 1933.

Sara Teasdale wrote seven books in her lifetime. Her collections of poetry include:

  • Her first volume published in 1907: Sonnets to Duse, and Other Poems
  • Her second collection published in 1911: Helen of Troy, and Other Poems
  • Her third collection published in 1915: Rivers to the Sea

Her last collection of poems in Strange Victory was later published after her death in 1933.

The Look is a very short poem, easy to read and full of passion from the author’s perspective.

In here, I can only visualise the author’s emotion, passion, and her strong desire and longing for that kiss.  Also, this poem could trigger some old feelings and sentiments to the readers that somebody has felt the same way before.

So, come on. Try reading one or two short poems every now and then. It will jazz up your mood, helps you think, and improve your creative expression.

Just remember rhythm and rhymes, and rhythm and beats. If you can easily get lost in music and songs, poetry will immerse you deep into the meaning of each word, because poetry is intoxicating, delirious, and captivating.

It is just simply lovely.

Till next time, feel free to share your favourite poem.




The Little Book of Love Poems. (2002 ed.) The Look: Sara Teasdale (1884-1933


If we can only choose our birthday, many of us would select Valentine’s Day as the day of our birthday.

Lucky for those who are celebrating their birthdays today because it will always be remembered by friends and families.

When your sister is celebrating her birthday, it is always a challenge to find the right way to express how much she means to you.

So, your sister could be skinny but gentle, loving and affectionate, still unmarried, sassy but a cranky old lady, impossibly stubborn, sometimes moody but caring and fun-loving…

Oops! I just described my sister.

So, sister, we’re here to tell you Happy Birthday and Happy Valentines Day to you.

Here’s our gift to you.




Get Creative With Me: Christmas Thoughts

We all get reminded that Christmas is just around the corner. There are galore of colourful Christmas decorations in the shopping centres. We hear carols on the radio, which prompt us to sing along occasionally with those old favourite Christmas songs. The television has non-stop advertisements of gifts for the young and the old, and there are countless recipes for the coming festivity. Let us not forget too, that there are numerous requests for a charitable donation.

As soon as December slides in, we feel the change in the air, somewhat cooler in some countries, and warmer in other countries. Just like the weather, people change too when Christmas is near. We feel obligated, or nevertheless, encouraged to be good and kind to others, and most of all, to give to those who are in need. In other words, be generous.

So, why wait for December to be good and kind to other people. It looks like that this is the only time of the year where we can fit kindness and generosity into that small gap in our lives for those who need help the most. What about the other eleven months of the year? What do we do with those?

A few days ago, I invited everyone on my Facebook page to join me and celebrate Christmas by sending in Christmas poetry or letters.  Dedicate your original creation and extend good wishes and that special feeling to family and friends, or to someone you love.

So, let me start this first. I wrote my poem many years ago, and I want to share this with you.

To all the victims of the bush fire across Australia, let’s give each other a gift of hope.

Christmas Thoughts

Christmas brings
a special feeling
that bonds friends and family
to a heartstrings.

Our good wishes
that is warm and true
bring days of happiness
and take away the blues.

Together we’ll make a wish
for the coming year
in the hope that God
would bless us all.

We’ll be friends
and truthful to ourselves
and give each other
the time we deserve.


A Gift of Poetry Blissful Wishes


We give each other a gift of hope when times are tough, and it’s a comfort to know that you would always be there to bring happiness into our lives.
To a beautiful, kind and loving sister, we cherish everything about you. Your beautiful smile always saves the day. You filled all the empty spaces in our lives, and on this special day in your life, wear that great big smile on your face, because we’re here to tell you, HAPPY BIRTHDAY sister!