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The samurai

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A samurai

Proud and strong 

On a background of mustard and grey

The sweater I knitted for Albert, oh so many years ago

In those times

I had the patience to follow a knitting guide

Row by row, colour by colour

Sometimes only knitting one row or two

I don’t remember how long it took me

To finish this project

But it probably took months

And when it was ready

Albert wore it gratefully

It now sits in our closet

A relic of the past 

But when I think of all the time and effort

That went into making this gift of love

I feel proud

June 6th, 2022

Laughter is a balm

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In my Youtube feed

Comedy and tragedy reside side by side

In a world full of sorrow and struggle

Comedians try to make us laugh

And forget our worries for a while

Should I laugh?

Should I sigh?

Should I cry?

Can I be aware of the challenges and laugh at the same time?

Laughter and joy are necessary at all times

The reason we laugh is not because we are

Oblivious of the urgent problems around us

Laughter is a balm

June 5th, 2022

Focus on the light

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There is pain in the world

There is hurt in the world

There is injustice as plain as daylight to see

There is corruption in the world

There is thirst for power

There is dishonesty

And amid this darkness

What is one to do?

Focus on the light!

Focus on doing what is right

Bring a little joy into someone’s day

Be of service, be honest

Feeling overwhelmed with darkness has no result

Focus on the light

Focus on the light

Lend a hand to someone else

Assuage someone else’s pain

In our world, darkness and light co-exist

Focus on the light

Darkness will one day be gone

June 2nd, 2022

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

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

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