AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Manifesto for 2011

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ I love the Desiderata.
This is my version hanging in my hallway.
The light in the left top corner is from my mini chandelier.
The following 2011 Manifesto was inspired by the Desiderata.
Sunday Scribblings #257 ~ Manifesto
Carry on Tuesday #85 ~ With the New Year fast approaching, our prompt this week is the opening line from Helen Hunt-Jackson’s poem New Year’s Morning:
Only a night from old to new!
One Single Impression #148 ~ Comb
Haiku Heights #23 ~ Charity

Only a night from old to new!
Let this be our manifesto!

Comb out the tangled hours of days

Cream the aged lines of tensions into
New innocence

Let the auras of nutritional powders
Highlight the cheeks
And the tones of natural mascara
Liven the shapes of eyes

Moisten the lips of
Dry conversation

Spring clean the mind
Do good
Feel good
Welcome the opportunity for charity

Charity means love
Bask in the glow of giving

See new sails
Hear a new drummer
Taste new soul foods

Bless the mirror that looks beyond the face

And bless the feet that
Breathe the freedom of
New moccasins

Only a night from old to new!
And that is the difference!

Let this be
Our manifesto

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Nanka said...

WOW!! That is a combination of so many prompts!! Like the way you have incorporated the words without losing the theme of the poem :)

Great work Gemma and well done too!!


Understanding Alice said...

the thing that coaught my eye the most was "spring clean the mind" i could do with a de-clutter :)

Ramesh Sood said...

Well done.. liked each of of these gems!

gs batty said...

this is a beautiful manisfesto I would be proud to hang it on my wall and read every day. excellent...excellent...excellent

Lilibeth said...

Spring cleaning of the mind--I need to do that. Also could use a little spring cleaning of the body--hit the gym and all. You've inspired me with this great weaving of ideas.

Sweetest in the Gale said...

If ever there was a year when I need to spring clean my mind, this is it! I enjoyed your prompts so much...thank you for sharing your words!

Teresa said...

Great poems! I think 2011 has snuck up on me. It is time to ponder what I want it to look like. Very nice job.

Cheryl said...

Very nicely done!

Pagan Sphinx said...

I have always valued the simplicity of this piece of writing - it could sound very good spoken. I'd like to check it the recording from 1971 I just googled.

Nice post, Jemma. I hope you had a holiday.


Sumit Sarkar said...

Brilliant work all of them...
I super-like :)

ρομπερτ said...

A promise in the making.

Please have a good new week.

daily athens

The Write Girl said...

What inspiring poems...I like your manifesto. Beautifully written.

sharplittlepencil said...

Gemma, what lovely thoughts. I love the Desiderata, too. Your phrasing and the feeling behind it ring like a bronze bell. Mine was more cynical, but then, that sarcastic streak is as hard to tame as a cowlick!

Namaste! Amy

Wendy said...

I like the trope of the body. So much of this could be about aesthetics...the idea almost of getting ready for the, etc. and yet this runs so very deep

Rumya said...

"Comb out the tangled hours of days"

That was a wonderful line to start your poem on. Loved it Gemma!!

David said...

I also liked the way that you combined different prompts into the same post. Well done!

Mary said...

Very well done - gems, every one.

Jingle Poetry said...

smart combination of prompts.
well done,
Happy New Year.

Flying Monkey said...

Wow. This is amazing stuff. I especially loved the Haiku on charity (as someone who doesn't really get Haikus!).
I came across the Desiderata as a teenager and you just reminded me again of it. I'll have to dig it out now.
Happy New Year!



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