Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls


It’s April of 2021 and Day 26 (Finale) 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 26 Country: Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is shared by two countries: Zambia (to the north) and Zimbabwe (to the south). It’s approximately twice the height and width of Niagara Falls. It is said that the noise of the falls can be heard from 40 kilometers and the spray and mist of falling water rises over 400 meters above and hence can be seen from a distance of about 50 kilometers. For the same reasons the local tribes called it as Mosi-o-Tunya, meaning “the smoke that thunders”. The water makes a roaring noise as it falls over the cliff and down into the Zambezi River below. The waterfalls has a width of 1,708 m. The falls is at its peak during April and lowest in October and early November.

Credits: by Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7375063

Poem:

How can one,
Honor the limits,
Give them medals,
When you know,
The more you know,
The less you become,
The more remains,
In the more of unknowns.

One fine day, nothing will makes sense. Then another day, nothing still will make no sense. One fine yet another day, we will find the true meaning of what it all was.

Yemen – Dracaena Cinnabari


It’s April of 2021 and Day 25 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 25 Country: Yemen

Dracaena Cinnabari or dragon blood tree, is a dragon tree native to the Socotra archipelago, part of Yemen. The tree has a unique and strange appearance. It is so called due to the red sap that the tree produces. Its fruits are small fleshy berries which turn from green to black as they grow, and then become orange when ripe. The trunk and the branches of the tree are thick and stout and display two-way branching, where each of the branches repeatedly divides into two sections. This is a species selected for making conservation related decisions, because protecting these species indirectly protects many other species that make up the ecological community of its habitat.

Credits: by Boris Khvostichenko(User:Boriskhv) – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7175533

Poem:

And that gem,
You loved,
You missed,
For no one’s mistake,
Is what,
You secretly look for,
When you say,
Nothing.

You let go because that is the way. You let go because of the pointless rules. You depart because you know why and no one else. Then, that, secretly defines you a ‘nothing’.

Mexico – Mayan Temples


It’s April of 2021 and Day 24 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 24 Country: Mexico (X)

Mayan temples are one of the reasons why people visit Mexico. There are over 4,400 Maya sites throughout Latin America, of which many of them are located in Mexico. Palenque, Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza etc. are among the most renowned temples in the world identified by their grandeur.  The ancient stone temples of the Maya are ought to be around 2000 years old. Many Mayan temples were hidden among jungle surrounds for centuries until archaeologists have discovered and uncovered them. The Pyramid of the Magician, located in the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal, Mexico, is the tallest and most recognizable structure in Uxmal. Chichen Itza is one of the most spectacular Mayan temples and can be seen in figure below:

Credits: by Daniel Schwen – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7647000

Poem:

Then,
You just need a step,
A place to stand,
And own it.
The step,
Defines another, more,
Giving you destiny,
Never imagined.

It all starts with a step. Single step. It might be absolutely absurd on how the future looks like but it’s beautiful to let time define the ultimatum.

Wallis and Futuna – Islands


It’s April of 2021 and Day 23 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 23 Country: Wallis and Futuna

Wallis and Futuna is a small country, islands, with around 15k population. It is a territory made up of three main volcanic tropical islands and a number of tiny islets. The original inhabitants built forts and other identifiable structures on the islands, many of which are in ruins, but some of which are still partially intact. Only 5% of the islands’ land area consists of arable land. There are some villages in the islands which do not have telephone and internet connection yet (I personally feel that must be a bliss).

Credits: by Anna Vinet – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71524224

Poem:

In the land of waters,
Sits a monk,
Defining new seasons,
Guarding aspirations.
Let it go,
Let it grow,
Wait and watch,
The monk and his fable.

We think we can do a better job. We think we can handle it well. But some thrive and grow, only when let free.

Ukraine – Chernobyl


It’s April of 2021 and Day 21 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 21 Country: Ukraine

Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred in April of 1986, near the city of Pripyat in the north of the Ukrainian. It is considered the worst nuclear disaster in history both in terms of cost and casualties. The incident had several major consequences. Four square kilometres of pine forest directly downwind of the reactor is known to have turned reddish-brown and dead. The forest, named “Red Forest” then is known to have recovered soon. Even after around 34 years of the incident as of 2021, the radiation levels in the area is known to remain dangerously high. Chernobyl is one of the popular Ghost towns of the world. There is a 5 episode mini-series produced by HBO and Sky Atlantic on the incident if one is interested to watch.

Credits: by IAEA Imagebank – 02790015, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63251598

Poem:

In the diary,
Are the dots,
Dots that connected,
And blew up.
The diary,
Beyond repair,
Awaits for the light,
Welcoming none.

Sometimes, the recovery is slow. As slow as a lifetime and more. The very aspect of life is to appreciate the whole kit and caboodle and offer the tributes that one deserves.

Switzerland – CERN


It’s April of 2021 and Day 19 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 19 Country: Switzerland

CERN, The European Organization with currently membership from 23 countries is a Nuclear Research center established in 1954. It is a research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. Numerous experiments have been constructed at CERN through international collaborations as CERN’s main function is to provide the particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high-energy physics research. CERN is the birthplace of World Wide Web. The lab has bagged several noble prizes. Many activities at CERN currently involve operating the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the experiments for it. In one of my favorite soap, The Big Bang Theory there was an episode titled “The Large Hadron Collision” where Leonard and Raj travel to CERN to attend a conference and see the LHC.

Credits: by Brücke-Osteuropa – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2254432

Poem:

Is it the electricity?
Is it the wheel, fire?
Is it the internet?
Or the writing?
The best of Inventions,
Is definitely,
Well, like I do,
You all know too.

We all, necessarily, must make sure that we don’t invent and spread gossips, filth and crap.

Kenya – The Mara


It’s April of 2021 and Day 11 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 11 Country: Kenya

Kenya has around 60 national parks and game reserves with dramatic extremes and contrasting landscapes. Trekking, ballooning, snorkelling etc. are popular tourist attractions in Kenya. Maasai Mara, also sometimes spelled Masai Mara is one of the most famous and important wildlife conservation and wilderness areas in Africa. It is named in honor of the Maasai people, the ancestral inhabitants of the area, who migrated to the area from the Nile Basin. The Maasai Mara national park’s Wildebeest (also called as gnu) migration is considered to be the seventh wonder of the world. The “Great Migration” takes place every year from around July to October when millions of wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania. A picture can be seen below.

Credits: by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen – Own work by uploader, http://bjornfree.com/galleries.html, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22856968

Poem:

The ancestral instincts,
The natural vibes,
The untold miracles,
The unsaid secrets,
Do you wonder?
How they do that all?
We claim to be smart,
On smart devices.

What are we doing? Really!? While we do not understand the most of the nature smartness yet, we behave to lead the social ladder.

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?