Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.
And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
“Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked.
And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.
So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.
By- Edwin Arlington Robinson
April A-Z challenge is over even though I am three letters (x,y,z) behind which I will get back to. I’m back to my usual Unalphabetic blogging. The above poem by Edwin A. Robinson is my favorite ballad poem. The first day I read it, it struck a chord with me. I even copied it down and pasted the poem on my wall- that’s how much I love it.
It is sad how we keep extending our gaze to the possession of others and we think that they have everything going for them- all glitters and gold, but that’s not the reality. Some truths aren’t written on the collar of clothes and some battles aren’t matched with the wealth a person owns. Richard Cory shows the story of a man who was envied by all when in reality he was just a tormented being. Looks aren’t everything and wealth doesn’t guarantee peace.
This is one of those poems that “got to me”. If you know of another Ballad, please feel free to share. Have you read this poem before?
For what it’s worth… It’s never
too late, or in my case too early,
to be whoever you want to be.
There’s no time limit. Start whenever
You can change or stay the same,
There are no rules to this thing.
We can make the best or the worst
of it. I hope you make the best of it.
I hope you see things that
startle you. I hope you feel things
you never felt before.
I hope you meet people who have
a different point of view.
I hope you live a life you’re proud
of. And if you’re not,
I hope you have the courage to
start all over again.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
The above words by the late. F Scott Fitzgerald is one I’m glad I came upon. The awesome thing about life is that we have the ability to change and start all over again. And actually, it’s that easy- The first step is having the will, and we’ll go from there.
One of the best thing that ever happened to me is traveling out of the only country I knew to another, thousands of miles away. And actually, it’s not as bad as it seems. If I hadn’t left, I would have missed out on the most amazing opportunity of having the experience to see a whole different culture and people. To interact with people who do not care about past mistakes. To begin things on a clean and clear state. And most of all, to belong in community with a variety of citizens each from different nationalities and getting to learn and experience their way of life. Not to mention, the “amusing” characters you get to come across who make the perfect inspiration for writing.
They say the hardest part is moving on,
Walking away, letting go.
They were wrong.
Reality is so much more;
Nothing hurts more than
Feeling in every bone in your body,
The urge to look back-
Just one glance,
But resisting anyway.
Knowing somewhere deep down-
It isn’t worth it.
This week has been, well, it’s been been one heck of a week and so I haven’t been posting much, caught up with work and the (unreplied) comments and (unchecked) follows have piled up, my apologies. The weekend is coming and I will try to make up for it, will make time to write and reply on time.
Till next time and “bravo” to all those who found a way of pushing down thae urge to look back knowing it’s not worth it; it is not easy.
I was set a task by a wonderful fellow blogger, Prakash, to write ten sentences on “Beauty” and each consisting of six words. The moment I saw the task, I loved it because it is a beautiful gesture. It is about time for us to spread the word about what we sincerely believe beauty is (or isn’t). I was inspired by Prakash’s own ten sentences which was really beautiful, and here is mine.
Beauty’s the smile a child makes.
Beauty’s the sun as it awakens.
Beauty’s kindness written on a face.
Beauty’s the ocean making it’s waves.
Beauty is nature, beauty’s all about.
Beauty isn’t measured by a scale.
Beauty hasn’t class, make or race.
Beauty isn’t fixed to status quo.
Beauty is in every living soul.
Beauty is just a beautiful word.
And now, to share my favorite quote on beauty. To be honest, I don’t know a lot of beauty quotes and so I had to google it. But here is the quote I most connected with:
” Pretty can turn heads, but Beauty? Beauty can change the world.
Pretty is what you are, but beauty is what you do with it.
Pretty can lift spirits, beauty makes them soar.”
So here it is, TASK: write ten sentences on “Beauty” and each sentence is to have “six words” one of which must be “beauty” and end the post with a favorite quote on “beauty“. Also to nominate your friends to participate and spread the “virus“. As a medical student, the word “virus” is akin to “worry” but this challenge is one virus that is pleasing to me :). This time I nominate, every single one of my followers, spread the virus of what beauty REALLY means.
Here are some awesome replies to the challenge:
I am an avid fan of Enid Blyton and once again today, I decided to share a quote from one of her books, Malory Towers. A few days ago, I was reading “Second form at Malory towers” which is the second book in the series, and I came across this quote said by one of the characters (bonus point if you can guess who 😉 ). And how right the quote is! I always say that the mind is a powerful tool, what we believe is our capability, is what we can accomplish. In order to pursue something wholeheartedly, we have to believe with every bone in our body; and after that, the chances of succeeding we find are pretty high.
I think the problem arises when we let other people define and determine what we can and cannot do. We unintentionally leave the pen in the hands of others to write down our fate. Having the belief in capabilities despite what others say would help us go a long way, especially when it comes to writing. The odds that the first publisher we submit our writings to wouldn’t be the one to see the creative talent in them, is pretty high. And the chances of being rejected in an unholy manner are even higher – and that’s where belief comes in.
Once you know what you can do, and believe with all your might that you can and will accomplish it, then oh my dears- the sky is your limit.
This is my submission to Writers Quote Wednesday, hosted by SilverThreading. You are welcome to join us and Participate, just follow the link above :). And Ps- this time, I am right on time!
Till Next Time ❤
I was chosen by pricelessJoy to write a post on “What is Love in ten sentences”. And the twist- each sentence must be composed of four words. After a lot of thought and brain racking, all I could come up with was “love is being happy” (and some silly rhymes about pink and pancakes); I decided to go to my trusted friend, google search. Turns out, all I needed was a little inspiration and the words would start flowing. So here they are- my take on “What Is Love”.
Love knows no reasons
Love knows no lies
Love defies all logic
Love is not blind
Love isn’t always easy
Love is being patient
Respecting each other’s lives
Love defeats all ego
Love is not proud
Love’s the purest emotion.
And now, I have to share my favorite quote on Love. For someone who is single, I don’t know how I happen to have lots and lots of love quotes. But one of my favorites is a scene from “Grey’s Anatomy” where Meredith Gray says to Derek:
Nothing is more attractive in my opinion than a woman who knows what she wants, puts all pride and ego aside, and fights for what she wants- we can agree to disagree.
And I know February, the month of love is almost over, but who says we cants spread some love in march too?! especially considering it’s my birth month. So I nominate the following the following wonderful people to pass on the love this march. All you have to do is write in ten sentences, “what is love” and each should be composed of four words. Sum it up with your favorite love quote.
I’ve been through a lot of journeys, literally speaking. I’ve been “almost” left on a bus (thank you Khadijah), missed the same flight twice in a matter of a few days, had an unexpected 8-hour transit at an airport while fasting and a lot more I could choose from. But then, I came across this quote while scanning through my albums and I couldn’t help but share it, so here goes:
The best day of your life is the one
on which you decide your life is your own.
No apologies or excuses.
No one to rely on, lean on, blame on.
The gift is yours-
it is an amazing journey- and you alone are responsible
for the quality of it. This is the day
your life really begins. – bob Moawad
Life itself is an unexpected journey. We plan our weeks and days and more often than not, we come across something totally unexpected which displaces the balance of the plan we had already set up. But that’s life, it is an “unexpected Journey”. True happiness comes from realizing this fact and trying our best to the make the most of this journey despite the number of bumps that pop up.
As Bob Moawad says, we alone are responsible for the quality of our lives. The sooner we realise that thorns and all, we can still bloom, the more amazing the unexpected journey called Life would be.
This is my submission to the blogging event “Essence of Reminiscence” hosted by Yuvathi.
I try not to use the word “fan” when I like an artist’s work because chances are I’d find many of their other works unlikeable. With Harper Lee now, it’s different. I can wholeheartedly say I am a Fan of Harper Lee’s work mostly because she’s only published one Novel or rather one highly acclaimed novel which is still selling even after over fifty years of its original publication. I am talking about, “To kill a mockingbird”, the highly acclaimed southern gothic novel which has little to do with birds and everything to do with morals and conduct.
Although Harper Lee has been out of sight for the majority of her years post publishing, I happened to stumble upon a quote of hers which is in the image above. Being a picky reader myself, I couldn’t agree more with Ms Lee, the book to read is the one that makes you think.
I would love to share a news that brought me Joy upon hearing it. At the age of eighty-eight, Harper Lee is set to publish her second novel this coming July and what’s more, it is a sequel to her first Novel, mockingbird. This new novel is called Go set a watchman and it follows the main character of her first novel, Scout, twenty years later.
I am excited and cannot wait to read this new book, how about you?
The above quote is my submission to Writer’s quote Wednesday hosted by Silver Threading.
This quote by the wonderful Charlotte Bronte pretty much sums it up for me. Sometimes, writing is not about inspiring or being creative. For those few moments in reality, we write simply because we just can’t help it. And for the lucky ones, these moments come more often than sometimes. I know this might sound like a bit of an exaggeration, but to certain writers, writing is akin to breathing. Just as we need oxygen to survive, writers need writing in order to live- you wonder why people say writers are insane. I say if insanity means living a life worthwhile by creating a world unimaginable to the ‘sane’, then yes, writers are insane.
I’m going to keep this post short and say briefly, sometimes, we write because we just can’t help it. And you know, that is answer enough to anyone who questions. On a side note, Charlotte Bronte is a poet and novelist. She lived till the age of 38 when she passed away whilst pregnant. She is the author of the highly acclaimed novel Jane Eyre.
For more inspiring quotes, head over to Silver threading where this blogging event “Writers Quote Wednesday” is taking place. Till next time 🙂
How many times have we thought of stories to write and then let them slip away all because of the tiny voice in our head screaming ‘no, that’s too silly’? I personally can’t count the number of times I have let an idea go because I thought they wouldn’t work. But here’s the thing, how do we know they won’t work if we don’t even try it? How do we know they are indeed ‘silly’ if we don’t at least write it? We owe it to ourselves to give the ideas a chance, they aren’t going to write themselves. And even the most ridiculous thought written down is a million times better than the well-thought story left unwritten.
Just Imagine a world without Emily Dickinson or William Wordsworth’s poetry because they thought their wordings weren’t good enough; actually, I can’t even imagine. And How many worrible first drafts turned into best-selling finished products? Tens and hundreds. If you could take something after reading this post, I hope it is that, “even the silliest ideas and thoughts are worth being written” . Looking forward to reading your “out of this world” post and stories.
For more inspiring quotes, be sure to check out Silver Threading, where this event “Writers quote Wednesday” is being hosted.
Till next time… 🙂