Council of Elders

old-shoe

Really powerful words by a great writer. Read and enjoy!

Source of Inspiration

The Elders of the tribe

hold council for the young

offering the wisdom gleaned

through time. Wrinkled faces

bowed backs, they listen patiently

then, in brevity of words, offer

possibilities to consider, leaving

final decisions to wait until

all have been heard and a

vote taken; justice, fairness

compassion guide the process.

Now our Elders are abandoned

in hallways of loneliness

institutions where they sit

drugged into silence

to wait without honor

until death steals them away

and another forgotten

mother or father finds

their place of lost dreams.

Oh, you ungrateful children

your time will come when

you, too, are cast away

left on the roadside

like a forgotten shoe

unless

you change a culture

that no longer respects

their elders to one

that cherishes all ages

from womb to tomb

and into the Great Beyond.

Source: Council of Elders

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A tribute to Haggis

Tonight is The Bard of Ayrshire’s night

(Robert Burns 25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796)

 

‘Tis Burns night lest you didnae ken

and all around the isles

folk are eating Haggis

and most of them have piles!

 

It hardly is surprising

for what they stuff within

then serve with neeps and tatties

and share with all their kin

 

It’s “tak a dram afore ye go”

and blether all night long

then pipes and drums and dance with swords

inevitably a song

 

Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it

Haggis aint so bad

It’s just I look so awful

when fully dressed in plaid!

 

©petermatthews2016

 

For those who are totally mystified here are a couple of links which may help to explain:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haggis

http://www.scotranslate.com/translate/scottish/a-really-didnae-ken/4/1808#.VqY7wDZ6qFI

 

Meet and Greet Weekend @ DBDO: 1/15/16

What a great idea this is to find interesting new blogs. Read all about it then let others know too!

Dream Big, Dream Often

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It’s the Meet and Greet weekend at Dream Big!!  I hope everyone’s January is off to a great start!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  So don’t be selfish, hit the reblog button.
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and Meet n Greet your butts off!

See ya on Monday!!

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The 1000 words a day challenge

write

Debbie, a blogging colleague, and friend, has set herself a 1,000 words a day challenge for the New Year, and yes, she does write with a pen! See what she says here:

The 1000 words a day challenge

Debbie is relatively new to the blogosphere but has already had success in writing a script for a small budget film, produced in Derby. You can read about this here:

https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/88188102/19

allotment

I particularly enjoyed her short story about making soup with produce from an allotment. See it here:

https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/88188102/17

I think Debbie is very talented. See what you think!