Song Lyric Sunday: Lynn Anderson – Rose Garden

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FFfAW: The Cost of Freedom

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A white picket fence and garden chairs, Natasha had her perfect backyard all planned out. She kept telling herself that one day, her land would be free for her to live a normal life.

Their valley had been under occupation for decades. Grandpa had joined the resistance, Grandma and other women in the neighbourhood would pelt the vicious army with as many stones as they could carry.

“Natasha,” Mother’s eyes filled with tears.

Natasha bent down near her Mother’s wheelchair.

“Mum, I have to do this, just like Grandma and you,” she said, softly.

“I don’t want you getting hurt, like me,” Mother held her daughter’s hand.

“I’ll still be back out there, fighting for my freedom.”

“Then I’m coming with you,” Mother wiped her face fiercely.

The crowd swelled as these citizens bravely faced off against the ruthless soldiers.

State run papers ran stories of “terrorists” being paid by outside forces to throw stones at soldiers.

“We’re not terrorists, we’re freedom fighters!” roared the resilient nation of men and women, refusing to submit.

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Bob Marley

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FFfAW: Earth’s Legacy

Credit: Loretta Notto


As the majestic bark came crashing down, its thunderous descent was met by the scampering of furry animals. Creatures of the sky squawked in anger as they flapped to yet another abode.

A galaxy away, Captain Toremia studied the humans as they willfully chipped away at their planet.

“Sir, do we intervene?”

“No, we intervene only when those who commit a folly, do so in ignorance,” Toremia paused.

“These humans know the consequences of their actions. They have some of the best scientists and researchers….and even if we were to show them what miserable future awaits…well…as they’ve proven time and time again, it’s all about ulterior motives and selfish self-interests to those in power.”

Toremia had observed many planets over the centuries, but the humans had always disappointed him. However, it wasn’t too late. He held on to the hope that the poisonous Earth of the future, wouldn’t be the legacy eventually left behind.

And so the humans were left to their own free will, their fate firmly in their own hands.

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Imagine if trees gave off WiFi signals, we would be planting so many trees and we’d probably save the planet, too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

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Tanka Challenge: Farcical Wars


The mighty make war

Under the guise of freedom

Oil, land and power

All ulterior motives

Peace now seems an illusion

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War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace – Thomas Mann
War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it – Desiderius Erasmus
We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools – Martin Luther King Jr.

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FFfAW: Memories Matter

Credit: Dawn Miller

Vaughn greeted his sister grimly, ready for another fight.

A week ago, Victoria too had been prepared to have it out with her brother, then Dr. McPherson had called with her results.

“So you ordered one for me too, uh?” Vaughn motioned to the hot-chocolate.

“It’s your favourite.”

“Whatever…look, like I said, I’m selling the house and I don’t give a damn about all the memories or……”

“That’s fine,” Victoria cut in hurriedly.

Vaughn raised his brows.

“Now what angle are you playing?”

Victoria shook her head. “No angle…I mean it…you can do what you want with the house. Here are the papers, all signed.”

Vaughn studied his sister.

“What’s wrong Vicky?” he asked, softly.

Moments later all the bitterness was forgotten and Victoria was weeping in her brother’s arms.

“We’re in this together, sis….Victoria and Vaughn, since the day they were born, …remember?”

“I can’t believe you still remember that cheesy line!” Victoria smiled between tears.

“I do…..and we’ve a lot more memories to make,” Vaughn paused, “in our house.”

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Tanka Challenge: Happy Easter!

Easter eggs

Credit: Phool Patti Pakistan’s Truck Art Team (Twitter:@PhoolPatti)

A joyous season

Praying for peace in the world

Let’s all share our smiles

Interfaith celebration

Happy Easter everyone!

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Song Lyric Sunday: Rhythm of the Rain -The Cascades


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