Greece – Philosophy


It’s April of 2021 and Day 07 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 07 Country: Greece

Around the 6th century BC, in Greece, Philosophy was used to make sense of worldly happenings. Beyond mythology and religion, they sought to answer life’s big and small questions to explain the world through science and logic. Great thinkers like Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato emerged from the same period. Observations, reasoning, empirical evidence, and others were used as a tool to study the world.  Seen below in the picture is the school of Athens.

Credits: by Raphael – Stitched together from vatican.va, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4406048

Poem:

While some sit,
In front of a machine,
While it works,
Others work,
Like a machine.
While the philosophy
Is work, is it all,
The same?

For one, laundry is a machine washing clothes, and for another, laundry is washing clothes on own with hands. At the end of the day, everyone needs clean clothes.  

France – Louvre


It’s April of 2021 and Day 06 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 06 Country: France

Be it the Eiffel Tower, Cheese, Cuisines, etc. it was a tough choice to make, for France is well known for many things. Louvre Museum is the World’s largest art museum and who does not know about the painting Mona Lisa. The museum opened on 10 August 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings and now it is said to house approximately 38000 objects from pre-history to 21st century. As per sources, the museum gets around 10 million visitors every year.

Credits: by Benh LIEU SONG (Flickr) – Louvre Courtyard, Looking West, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=88151512

Poem:

I am an artefact,
Passing by antiquities,
The arts of my mind,
The decorative I live with,
The stories I dwell,
My soul paintings,
Me, a museum.
Worthy a ticket?

Look back. Would you pay to visit your own life museum? It is interesting enough to cherish and explore?

Egypt – Suez Canal


It’s April of 2021 and Day 05 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 05 Country: Egypt

The Suez Canal, the artificial sea-level waterway from Egypt was officially opened in 1869. The construction of canal took 10 years under Ottoman Empire. The canal connects from the Mediterranean sea to Red sea. New channels, reconstructions, subways, etc have timely happened since then. The opening of the canal has created the first salt-water passage between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.

Credits – By Baycrest – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=102304265

Poem:

For the hard,
For the tough,
For the path you vision,
For the reality,
That waits ahead,
If you want to see,
Build yourself,
A canal.

Wonders take time. But they don’t take forever. Have you heard about the recent news of Suez Canal blockage and the loss it is causing? If not, you must browse and read that.

Denmark – Lego


It’s April of 2021 and Day 04 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 04 Country: Denmark

The words ‘play well’ translate to Danish words ‘leg godt’ from where the Lego gets derived. Yes, Lego’s come from Denmark. We all know of lego and have played with them. The Lego Group from Denmark has also built Legolands – several amusement parks around the world. The company was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Christiansen. The groups motto is thoughtful -“only the best is good enough.” Lego’s popularity is demonstrated by its wide representation and usage in many forms and not just as games. Their cultural works, including books, films, art work and also as teaching aid is loved by people world wide.

Credits: Alan Chia – Lego Color Bricks, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6068229

Poem:

All life,
Strive to fit in,
Fix it, like a puzzle,
Like a hunt,
For the meaning,
Without even bothered,
If we are,
At the right place.

The tools might be wrong, or maybe the place, or maybe us. Is it too late already?

China – Kung Fu


It’s April of 2021 and Day 03 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 03 Country: China

If you did not know, just like I didn’t, originally, kung fu did not just stand for martial arts but for any learning or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete – meaning any discipline achieved through hard work. However, yes, kung fu refers to Chinese martial arts, also called wushu and quanfa. There are many forms of kung fu and each has its own principles and techniques. Kung fu is derived from the words to mean trickery and quickness.

Poem:

All those tiring days,
Late night ups,
Skipped meals,
Ignored chores,
Messed up commitments,
Not acknowledged,
Stupidity,
Your kung fu.

Be alert on what you work for. Who you work for and if that makes any sense.

Bahamas – Islands and Pink Sand


It’s April of 2021 and Day 02 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 02 Country: Bahamas

Over 700 islands await to be explored in The Bahamas. Ample of them are uninhabited. The popular islands, to name a few, are Harbour Island, New Providence Island, Paradise Island, The Abacos, Andros, Bimini, The Berry Islands, the Southern Bahamian Islands, etc. It is the only place in the world where we can find beaches with pink sand. Harbour Island is known for its pink-sand beaches.

Credits: BlueOrange Studio/Shutterstock.com

Poem:

The color of the sand,
Tells its history,
The activities,
The living and the creatures,
The mineralogy.
The color of the sand,
With dust and waste,
Unique and ideal.

You will always be surrounded with goods and bad’s. But, stay yourself and unique.

Australia – Aboriginal Art


It’s April of 2021 and Day 01 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 01 Country: Australia

Aboriginal Australians, the world’s oldest living culture, offer to explore art, spirituality, culture, history, dance, etc. I am selecting their art forms for my post. Australia’s aboriginal art is one of the oldest unbroken traditions of art in the world. The aboriginal art includes several kinds like rock painting, rock carving, dot painting, engravings, paintings from bark, painting on leaves, sand painting, carvings, art via sculptures, weaving, string art, etc.  

As I browse through several arts, I could see that they all have a story to tell. A lesson to learn. An experience to capture for a lifetime. Presented below is one of such paintings on a rock.

Credits: By TimJN1 – Bradshaw Art, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22779917

Poem:

Stories of mud,
Stories of blood,
The intricate relationships,
From earth to sky,
The way you connect,
To you and world,
One, different, many,
Many, same, one.

It’s the journey of realizing that all the many stories we live are all the one; we, attempting to understand nature.

A to Z Challenge 2021 – Theme Reveal


I can’t believe its already April of 2021! Last time I seriously blogged was in April of 2020. It’s been a year of lessons – good or whatever. But, Hey, It’s time for A to Z Challenge! This is my FIFTH year of A to Z challenge and looks like 8 line poem is definitely my thing! A to Z by far has helped me to learn and grow and this is one of the assignments that I take up seriously every single year. I have managed to compete the challenge successfully in the past 4 years. Here is my year wise theme from 2017:

2017: An idiom for an alphabet and 8 line poem to it.

2018: Emotions and expressions for life and 8 line poem to it.

2019: Words and phrases from foreign languages and 8 line poem to it.

2020: Metaphors from movies, idioms, celebrities, paintings, songs, etc and 8 line poem to it.

Here is my Theme for 2021

Around the World and 8 line poem for it

Well, I am excited! See you all from April 1.

A to Z 2020 Reflections


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This was my fourth year of A to Z challenge and that very much is the reason why April excites me. April has been the only month since my blogging journey where I post at-least 26 posts. I am happy for what April does to me. It kind of seamlessly fits into my schedule like a must-do routine. I feel the month has that vibe and zeal to keep it going, no matter what.

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I have always had 8 lines poems for the challenge with different themes over the years. I continued to do so this year too. Like every year, I must say, I loved doing this year’s challenge. My 2020 theme was Metaphors and a 8 line poem for each. Looking for metaphors was definitely a challenge. I did not restrict my domain to a specific kind of metaphors. I have used them from literature, history, songs, movies, paintings etc. On few days, I had to struggle on which one to pick and other days had to pick the only available. Some days was ease and some days I kept staring at my screen.

I did fill up the end survey and collected my winner batch. Here it goes:

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I have compiled all of my challenges into a short ebook and is available for free download. Save a copy for yourself too! Yay!

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A to Z: A Metaphor for an Alphabet Ebook Download Link 

I would like to thank all of you for being supportive through April. Every blogger needs a supportive community to sustain, survive and thrive. Thank you all for all the love.  Thanks to A to Z team for making it happen every year with growing enthusiasm.

Note:
This year I also did A to Z 6 word lockdown stories on Instagram. My Instagram id: prakash.hegade.

Zanata Stone


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Its April of 2020 and Day 26 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem.


 

Metaphor: Zanata Stone

I am ending with the most cryptic metaphors of all. Zanata Stone, also known as Zenata Stone is a Guanche origin stone with engravings. It is known to be found in 1992 at Mountain of the Flowers in Canary Islands. The engravings on the stone are said to be in Tifinagh scripts. The Zanata Stone seems to have been related to the magical-religious traditional faith of the Guanches (aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands).

zanata-stone

Some Guanches of Tenerife (island in Canary Islands) were also known as Zanata or Zenete, or “those with a cut tongue”. That puts together on why the stone is named so. The Zanata Stone is currently in the Archaeological Museum of Tenerife.

Poem:
Your worries, concerns,
Are rats at the mountains.
You opt for the rat?
Or the mountain hat?
While you collect the berries,
Your haters collect the worries,
Are you leaving behind?
Your Zanata stone?

For life is a metaphor and what we seek from it. It’s an quest into enigma and jigsaw puzzle with multiple answers. It’s upon us on how beautiful we fit in the pieces.