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APRIL WRITE 2013 – Day 12 – BLESSINGS

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Welcome to Day 12 of the April Write 2013: a new era begins

It’s Vent Friday 

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The Topic for today is “Blessings”

Whilst reading the piece by today’s Guest Host, I was reminded that not all Vents need to be loud or in your face – some are about the quiet reality that we meet each day. So I give thanks to you for this write, on a number of different levels .  I am honoured to be in the position to share the work of today’s Guest Host: Justice Clarke aka Flowetic Justice  

~ Marina

Flowetic Justice has been working with his imagination since he was a teen. He began writing and illustrating his own original comic book stories at the age of thirteen. He dabbled in poetry a bit at fourteen but those few scripts evolved into rap. He began exploring the world of hip hop at fifteen. He has opened for legendary rap acts such as Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Dougie Fresh and Slick Rick, and L.L. Cool J.

He took a break from this while he majored in Psychology at New York University where he earned his degree . It was there that he learned that he had a knack for writing. He then spent several years working in the mental health field as a drug and alcohol counsellor and a clinical therapist. Due to a near fatal car accident, personal hardships, and emotional struggles he begin to write what he was feeling as a coping mechanism.

In 2010 Justice won the Blood Sweat and Tears poetry slam and began to concentrate on writing his first poetry book. Since then he has published six books all of which are available https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Flowetic

So as his webpage says “Become lost in the endless rivers that flow from Justice Clarke also known as the Thoughts of a Single Man”

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“A Blessed Day” by Flowetic Justice

How often do we hear people tell us
to have a blessed day
what do those words mean to you
what is your definition of a blessing
and how often do we stop and think
just how blessed we really are
there are so many hypocrites out there
who do not see the blessings around them
so many who take for granted
all that they have in their lives
and have the nerve to complain about it
I have been around so many people
who have survived so much in their lives
and are grateful
just to be able to see the conclusion of another day
I have also heard people complain endlessly
about the mundane rituals of their existence
people who have been graced by their accomplishments
who have seen their dreams begin to come true
who have put their artistic gifts to good use
and still they complain
while at the same time speaking of the blessings
they wish daily on others
you see I come from a past of abuse
physically from my older sibling
and psychological from those I grew up with
always being told I was the ugly one
the weak one
the meek one
the undeserving one
like to a spouse whose sole objective
was to make me feel that was less than a man
and child who turned from me
after I committed over half my life on this earth to her
that is no said for pity or applause
fro I am far from perfect and have my many flaws
but I have also been in a burning automobile
that should have taken my life and I am still here
and I still know that there are so many
who are much much worse off than I am
yes I have severe pain when I walk
but there are those who cannot walk
yes at sometimes I cannot breath
but there are those who will never breathe again
yes there are problems with my spine
but there are those who shall never bend or ever stand
there are those who can count their blessings on one hand
that’s is why I am grateful each day I rise
blessed that I can open my eyes
I hear those complain about their children
when so many of us wish we had ours with us
people who complain about their jobs
when there are those who wish that had somewhere to work
what is a blessing to you
do you now realize some people cannot read these words
some believe love the saying have a blessed day
is wishing others well
and that they make through another day
not for their possessions or gifts
but that they just exist for some live in a personal hell
and some have stories
they are still too afraid to share and tell
I know I am blessed to able to write sees to write
and pray my word touch at least one other being
for I know there are those who cannot write this way
and find what I write freeing
and any time I complete a poem
a song
a thought
that has been bestowed upon me to share by His grace
I can honestly say
than to me that is and always will be
a blessed day
Thoughts of a Single Man © 2013 tm

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APRIL WRITE 2013 – Day 10 – FACES IN THE CROWD

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Welcome to Day 10 of the April Write 2013; a new era begins

I sit here this morning deciding which prompt to post for today.  Which will stop you for that one brief second and make you stop and think, feel, and stimulate your mind.  None of the ones that I have jumped out of me from the pages or files.  So I have sat here for the last 20 minutes and asked myself what makes me stop and think, what forces the word to run around and play in my head.

Then I remembered what I do each morning on the journey into work, just as the boredom of sitting still on the bus sets in, or whilst at a conference my mind drifts away. I people watch and create lives for the faces in the crowd I see.

As I think this, my mind begins to wander to the old man I saw on the bus yesterday with the 2 big bags, the young boy who looked like he was crying and the pregnant women whose bump didn’t look real.  I recall their stories of their lives of which roam around in my head.  So I have based the topic of the day on this simple idea.  I hope you take pleasure in it too.

 The Topic for Day 10: Faces In The Crowd   

~ Marina 

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APRIL WRITE 2013 – Day 9 – WHERE DID I PUT IT?

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Welcome to Day 9 of the April Write 2013: a new era begins

I spent the best part of my earlier waking hours, in a confused.com state.
At around 07:25 I was just about to leave to go to work.
Last minute check nearly done; passkey √ phone √ book √ bus pass √ coat on. Decided on a route which passes a bank machine. Reality hits… where is my purse? Ooops! Only have enough cash for one bus ride. Emailed work to say that I will be extending my leave by a day. Ended up spending the best part of 3 hours turning the place upside down… then…


Have you ever been unable to find an item, when you need it most?
Strange how the absence of an item can change the course of your day or maybe even a life? 

The topic for Day 9 is: “Where did I put it?”

I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
I will let you know a bit later how I spent my day and where I found my purse.

Marina

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APRIL WRITE 2013 – Day 8 – QUOTES

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Welcome to Day 8 of the April Write 2013: a new era begins

Today is centred on a quote from Jean-Paul Sartre’s ‘Nausea’.  So, read the quote below and bring forth whatever it inspires in you.

The Topic for today is: “And now it has started blossoming.”

 “Something has happened to me:  I can’t doubt that any more. It came as an illness does, not like an ordinary certainty, not like anything obvious. It installed itself cunningly, little by little; I felt a little strange, a little awkward, and that was all. Once it was established, it didn’t move any more, it lay low and I was able to persuade myself that there was nothing wrong with me, that it was a false alarm. And now it has started blossoming.”  ~ from Jean-Paul Sartre’s ‘Nausea’

You have a choice in how you tackle this, either use the Topic as your title or follow the general feel of the piece and what it brings forth.  Whatever you choose, please enjoy the process. 

Much Love to you ALL and many thanks to Adam Rowland for finding this quote.  ~ Marina.

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APRIL WRITE 2013 – Day 7 – FREE VERSE

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freeverse sunday

Welcome to Day 7 of the April Write 2013: a new era begins

Today is: Free Verse Sunday
It means you can write a poem on whatever topic you want to except erotica.
Once again, today is a VERY special day. It’s the First of our Free Verse Sundays and it means you are allowed to write a poem on whatever topic you feel you need to explore. Or, you may choose to stick with the same theme that another person has shared for today.
If you have not yet been able to share a poem in our last 6 days, then today is your perfect opportunity. But remember, no erotic poetry today please.

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APRIL WRITE 2013 – Day 6 – WORD POWER

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Welcome to Day 6 of the 2013 April Write – a new era begins
There is no set title or topic as such for today. Your challenge is to use ALL the RANDOM WORDS I have chosen, in any order and only ONCE in your poem.
word power
Please watch the video to collect the words you will need to write your poem!!!

http://youtu.be/PimJUhw-dLE

To show that you have used those words, please CAPITALISE them in your piece.

 

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APRIL WRITE 2013 – Day 5 – Freaky Friday Erotica

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Welcome to Day 5 – April Write 2013: a new era begins
So, it’s time to get your ‘groove thing on’, as today is the first of our Freaky Fridays.

It gives me such honour and delight to introduce our Day 5 Guest Host – 
Slaine Montmont aka Sistarmama.

Slaine is a creative healer in the pure sense of the word and has been sharing her love for self and others for many years in a number of different but interrelated forms. Her body of work is about healing, connecting, expression and learning and tasting new experiences with real human beings. Honouring her gift and being inspired by others over the years, she strives to share her overstanding, to heal, to connect, to be playful and to just have fun. 

Today’s Topic is based on one of Slaine’s pages: Black Erotic Lovers Not Fighters

http://youtu.be/fn4i8bAfnMY (Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing)

So sit back and listen to what Slaine aptly describes as baby making music and be inspired while you read the first of her two posts for today.

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APRIL WRITE 2013 – DAY 4 – KINSHIP, UNITY, STRENGTH, FRIENDSHIP

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Welcome to Day 4 of the 2013 April Write – a new era begins

Today you will experience the first one of our visual prompts
so with little more to say as the selection of images you are about to see speak loudly for themselves.

I have the pleasure of introducing you to our Guest Host for Day 4 – Zita Holbourne.

http://youtu.be/ZWpMsyCd9_k

Sit back, relax and be inspired.

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APRIL WRITE 2013 – DAY 3 – BONDS THAT BIND

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Welcome to Day 3
6th Annual April Write 2013

I am known as Lana Joseph,
aka “LJ”
Lana is a character…
A name that I created for my short stories
She is Me
She’s born to create a variety of Art.
My real name is Queen A. Smith

I am a Woman, a Wife, a Mother, a Retired Classroom Teacher, a Theatre Director, a Playwright, a Short Story Writer, a Poetess, a Freelance Editor and a bit more.

I have been writing Poetry for approximately 6 years (publicly). Writing is a gift from God, and my passion. I am always grateful when someone is able to connect with my work; it is truly a humbling experience for me. Although my focus in writing is free verse poetry, short stories and play-writing, I am always challenging myself to write in many different formats. I am currently working on two books, which I hope to have published by the end of Winter 2013.

Additionally, I am Directing a new play that I’ve adapted for the stage. It is called “The Bonds That Binds.” This play have touched me deeply, due to the fact that it’s about a family that was separated for many years; and they are finally reunited by the end of the production. It touched me so, because personally, I have connected with newly found family members. I believe that it is very important to know my roots. I have a much better understanding now of where I come from.

My Topic for today is “Bonds That Bind.” Please feel free to explore this topic in any way that is suitable for you.

I will post my scribe based on this theme and posting it a little later today. I’m looking forward to reading and absorbing all of your offerings. Much Respect, Love & Peace To You All. ♥ LJ

Lana Josephguest

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