Latvia – Art Nouveau


It’s April of 2021 and Day 12 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 12 Country: Latvia

Latvia with high-income advanced economy, ranks high in Human Development Index. Riga is capital of Latvia and is known for Art Nouveau architecture. The name “Art Nouveau” is French for “new art.” Approximately, one third of Art Nouveau architecture buildings of the world are in Riga and constructions date 1904 to 1914. The art is characterized by flowing lines and patterns of flowers and leaves. Artists drew inspiration from both organic and geometric forms. The Art Nouveau architecture is further classified as: Eclectic, Perpendicular, National Romantic; and Neo-Classical. Below is a picture of a building on Alberta iela.

Credits: by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France – Immeuble art nouveau (Riga), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24666321

Poem:

The old,
Will inspire new,
Ideologies,
Bend, break, heal,
The art and the artist,
Will leave and live,
Keep your eyes,
Open or shut.

Be open to see the beauty. Else, you will neither see the beauty, nor the beast.

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?

tête-à-tête


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Its April of 2019 and Day 20 of A to Z Challenge. I am doing Foreign word/phrase a day and 8 line poem for it.

Word/Phrase: tête-à-tête
Language: French
Meaning: a private conversation, a face-to-face meeting

Poem:
the night is dark,
the blanket is brown,
talking me to dreams,
tucking me in sheets,
diving into characters,
defining new roles,
tête-à-tête,
me and my soul.

Interpretation:
A calm and composed talk to within self is the best listener around!

On dit


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Its April of 2019 and Day 15 of A to Z Challenge. I am doing Foreign word/phrase a day and 8 line poem for it.

Word/Phrase: on dit
Language: French
Meaning: a piece of gossip

Poem:
wind told the leaves,
leaves to mud,
mud crafted a symbol,
a fool read it.
nobody’s friend,
blah blah blah,
smelly pockets,
on dit, on it.

Interpretation:
This poem is self explanatory. One should be wise enough not to spread a gossip, specially on/via social media.

Je ne sais quoi


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Its April of 2019 and Day 10 of A to Z Challenge. I am doing Foreign word/phrase a day and 8 line poem for it.

Word/Phrase: je ne sais quoi
Language: French
Meaning: an indefinable quality that makes something distinctive or attractive, a quality that is hard to describe

Poem:
do you have that?
that,
je ne sais quoi,
which turns people on!
the same,
also turns a few off.
and on,
always comes with an off.

Interpretation:
We all got to build that ‘je ne sais quoi’. It’s love! That is what sticks around. That is what keeps a morning bright. Most importantly, not everything attracts everyone.

Haute cuisine


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Its April of 2019 and Day 08 of A to Z Challenge. I am doing Foreign word/phrase a day and 8 line poem for it.

Word/Phrase: haute cuisine
Language: French
Meaning: high-quality cooking (You might have also noticed ‘haute’ being used as  a prefix in quite a few phrases)

Poem:
a team,
cooked up menu,
mashed vegetables,
secret ingredients,
little more salt,
additional spice,
that haute cuisine,
spoilt an innocent.

Interpretation:
An unwanted gossip, can kill a dream. So with an hideous action.

Faux pas


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Its April of 2019 and Day 06 of A to Z Challenge. I am doing Foreign word/phrase a day and 8 line poem for it.

Word/Phrase: faux pas
Language: French
Meaning: an embarrassing blunder or indiscretion, an embarrassing or tactless act or remark in a social situation.

Poem:
a job of displeasure,
meaningless etiquettes,
an animal hurt,
an unmerited title,
an illicit communication,
an alien service,
a falsified hope,
a natural faux pas.

Interpretation:
To place a natural order into the system, God has made a faux pas look like an appreciation/ambition. The concern is that most don’t realize it. Happiness gets quoted in several fonts and colors and life, naturally a faux pas. The petty issues, are, well, petty (When would we realize that?).

Déjà vu


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Its April of 2019 and Day 04 of A to Z Challenge. I am doing Foreign word/phrase a day and 8 line poem for it.

Word/Phrase: déjà vu
Language: French
Meaning: a feeling of having already experienced the present situation

Poem:
in a parallel universe,
is another you,
the unstoppable you,
the youthful you,
the unexplored you,
sending the high tides,
waiting to make you feel,
déjà vu.

Interpretation: 
The parallel universe here is our ambition and life goal that we dream of. If we work towards it diligently, that possibly is the best form of déjà vu. You aspire, you dream and one fine day, you stand to witness it with utmost satisfaction.