Being 58

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58 is a good year!

And what is a good year?

A year when creativity thrives

A year when growth occurs

A year of joyful times and challenging times

A year of time spent with family and friends

A year of writing and bringing writing projects to fruition

A year of seeing my children living their lives as young adults

Finding their places in society

And serving their community

A year of travel

And seeing old friends from Iran

Another year of filling my journals

Writing poetry

And sharing them with my friends

The years go by one by one

And 58 will be a great year!

May 18th, 2022

Covid and I

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The worst part of Covid after the symptoms 

Which were actually tolerable

Was being stuck at home

I’m not a home body

I need to go out and be among people

I could not even go grocery shopping

We ordered groceries on line

I didn’t feel strong enough to go for walks as I usually do

Days were monotonous

Ibuprofen 

Oil of oregano

Cold FX

Teas

Oranges

Anything that would boost my immune system

Became my best friend

And yet, the virus has its own schedule

It can’t be rushed out

So, today I have come to the coffee shop

For some semblance of normalcy

To see people

Chit chat about the weather 

Write

And go into my bubble of solitude and contemplation

So that a change of scenery 

Can make me forget the fatigue I experienced

And the long hours I slept

Et voila!

I do feel better now!

April 25th, 2022

Dichotomies

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People are dying in Ukraine 

And we worry about our retirement fund balance decreasing

Buildings and cities are being destroyed

And we plan our summer vacations

Refugees arrive from a ravaged land

And we buy our spring wardrobe

There is no electricity or water in some homes

And we complain about our cold springs

The pain of one should be the pain of all

We should not get numb to the images on our TV’s

There is a lot of misery in our world

The least we can do is be the cause of peace of harmony 

April 18th, 2022

Wrinkles

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It’s cluttered in my head
My thoughts are wrinkled
And not the cool kind of wrinkles that are in fashion
No, they are the kind I want to iron away to feel the smooth fabric of my thoughts
Writing usually does that for me
Sometimes by ironing the wrinkles 
And sometimes by putting them away to be looked at another time 

April 15th, 2022

How is this possible?

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How can we lower ourselves to such lows?

Human beings can be gracious, magnanimous

Self sacrificing, generous and the well-wishers of their neighbour

We build skyscrapers, invest things beyond our imagination

We create art that moves us and mesmerizes

And yet we degrade ourselves to the level of animals

We have potential to be of service to others

Give each other a helping hand

Worry and care for our fellow man

And yet we still wage war to conquer a piece of land

Thousands die

As the generals give their order 

Which come from above

How are we so cold-hearted and ignorant 

And power hungry sometimes?

It all starts in our homes

Depending on what we teach our children

And what society promotes

We can rise to the highest highs

Or abase ourselves to the lowest lows

We need to teach our children 

Compassion and desire to serve 

We have to teach them that we are brothers and sisters

A line on the land should not divide us

And pit us against one another

We have to teach our children

That there is one human family

The pain of one is the pain of all

And if we do

In the times to come

We will not witness 

The atrocities we are witnessing today

April 4th, 2022

Bird song

It is still dark outside

But the robins are chirping 

And telling us about the imminent arrival of the dawn

Why do birds sing in the dark?

What are they so enthusiastic about?

Do they know a new day is coming? 

Is that their message to us?

Our world is approaching another dawn

But it may not seem like that now

It’s cold and there is no evidence 

Of the garden that is blooming

But if we listen we can hear the sparrows singing 

And the blackbirds assuring us of the coming of the dawn

April 1st, 2022

Ashen faces

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Death and destruction

Ashen faces

Bombed out buildings

Fear and consternation

Tanks and ammunition

Civilians and soldiers

Fighting, resisting

Dying and getting injured

And why?

To conquer a free country

To show one’s power

To extend one’s territory

The world has arisen against this atrocity

Countries have imposed sanctions

Are sending armaments

Condemn the violence

Watch in horror 

As their fellow men suffer and die

The near future is dark

The sky is darkened by billowing smoke

The land is scorched

People are victims of aggression

But the world is united 

Countries are doing what they can

To end this war

To let people live freely in their own country

To punish the aggressor

The distant future is bright

Those who want to start a war

Will know the world will be united against them

Wars won’t start so easily 

We will be one step closer to peace

But in the meantime

Death and destruction

Ashen faces

Bombed out buildings

What we see 

And people suffer

March 3rd, 2022

Still standing tall

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Something terrible and painful must have happened

Something to shake her to her core

She must have been blindsided

It happened so suddenly, when least expected

After all, it was spring and the birds were singing

There was nothing menacing in the air

Life went on as usual

And then tragedy struck like a slap in the face 

Like a hit from behind

Where was this calamity coming from?

Why now?

But it was too late

The damage was done

She aged thirty years in one

She lost her verdant robe

She dried up

But even in this state

After that fateful day

After experiencing pain and suffering

And so much loss

She is still beautiful 

She is still standing tall

February 28th, 2022

Champions of light

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Darkness is always conquered by light

Because the cause of light has many champions

Champions who fight with the sword of their words

Who light up their surroundings with their love

Champions who having suffered know what suffering is

Who are strong and don’t give up

Champions for the cause of justice and equality

Champions who fight for women everywhere

Champions who protect the rights of girl children

Champions who help elect a women president

Darkness may seem all consuming

But because of these champions, it will be defeated in time

February 18, 2022

Inspired by Amineh Kakabaveh

Iranian Swedish member of parliament

At the hairdresser’s

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The hubbub at the hairdresser’s 

Multiple conversations going on at once 

Laughter

The sound of the blow dryer 

Ladies getting dolled up

We all yearn for connection 

And isn’t this a great place for creating that?

Hairdressers are natural conversationalists after all

It’s part of the trade

It’s a must 

When I go to my hairdresser’s 

I feel pampered

Looked after

And I look forward to the end result

The color is fresh

The blow dry better than mine

And I feel like a hundred bucks

My hairdresser has another plus too 

And that’s his sense of humor 

I always laugh a lot in his chair 

I enjoy our conversations 

Laughter therapy

Relaxation

Connection

A polished look 

All provided by my hairdresser

What more could I ask for? 

February 4th, 2022