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love poems Poetry rhyme war

After the War — May Wedderburn Cannan

After the war perhaps I’ll sit againOut on the terrace where I sat with you,And see the changeless sky and hills beat blueAnd live an afternoon of summer through.

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folklore Myths and Legend

Folklore: The Goats and The Tortoise

Two goats fought over a loaf of bread. The tortoise saw them and offers to resolve the issue. He tore the bread unevenly and because it’s uneven he takes a bite from one half. But the bread remained uneven. So he took another bite and continued until there was no more bread left. The goats […]

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happiness

Quote on Happiness

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else. – Chinese Proverb

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Africa Poetry

Rainmaker’s Tale

When the green neighbourhood dance to the call of the wild one. Dark are the skies; darker even are the clouds that stalk the rain. The wind came swift and slow; rushing at times as petals of flowers dance. To the music of the coming rain; to lullabies that made heads bounce. And to the […]

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Igbo culture Poetry

Nne – Mother

Nnem oma, my sweet motherMy best friend!Onyem, m ji eme onuDaada! Thinking of youGives me great joy!My first love, my creator!Ina enyem obi anuri,Ina akasim obi,I can not quantify this joyYou are my blessingNkechinyerem! *** Commentary: This was first published in 2019. think everyone should appreciate their mothers. I grew up amid lovely women. I […]

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love love poems Poetry

Silhouette

It is the sunsetSmiling up those hillsNothing left behindBut silhouettes of loveI stand before you, you before meSharing, staring into those blue eyes, While the sunsetQuietly before us

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Africa lullaby Poetry

Night Poem: Feelings

Starry nightWishes mutualLove feelings

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Africa Poetry rhyme

Sounds of Rain

Rooftops flyCurtains sailSounds of rain

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Foreign Poems Poetry

In This Moment | Arunav Barua

There’s a war raging, so we understand, or made toHere, there’s a child who goes to school without a shoeSaw a boy trying to collect garbage, no school for himDid you have your sumptuous breakfast? So, it’d seem That old lady who can’t walk straight, goes around aloneShe has never held a gadget, oh! Recharged […]

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nature poems Poetry

Hope

I heard the wind:‘Cry no more, child‘

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folklore

The Poet & The Peasant | O’ Henry

THE OTHER DAY a poet friend of mine, who has lived in close communication with nature all his life, wrote a poem and took it to an editor. It was a living pastoral, full of the genuine breath of the fields, the song of birds, and the pleasant chatter of trickling streams. When the poet […]

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love love poems quotes

Quote on Affection

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you are the world.” — Unknown

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Africa Poetry

Tale Of A Moonless Night

there’s no moon tonight,just littering galaxies,there’s pitch darknesson the path leading homeshadows grip the passerbywe are told night is no friend this night of unusual aura,thoroughly cold and dreamy,of hills surrounded by mists,and a village amidst a relic,dreams are not far awaythe night sounds are lullaby flickering lights come aliveunnatural solar lamps glintgreen forest and […]

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Africa Africa, Poetry and Love

Africa No Filter & African Women in the Media Graduate Trainee

Africa No Filter Here’s an opportunity for female African storytellers! Please if you know anyone, share this with them. The latest media grant by Africa No Filter will only fund women storytellers Women’s voices are still underrepresented in the media. To help close this gap, the latest Media Grants by Africa No Filter are aimed […]

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Africa Nature nature poems night poems Poetry

Night Poem: Bald Moon

Misty tasteBald moonshineLonely silhouettes

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proverbs quotes

Like Vs Love

When you like a flower you pluck it, but when you love a flower, you water it – Japanese quote

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human rights

Peace Not War

It’s time all youth let older men (those clueless leaders) fight their wars themselves Maybe we wouldn’t have arrived at wars if enormous powers were not vested in one man. When older men declare war, it’s the youth that must fight and die. My heart goes out to every Ukrainian and Russian family, to everyone […]

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Australia Foreign Poems

Mud | Robin Bliss

There was black mud.Dirty, slimy, smelly mud. Some seeds landed in the mire.Brown ordinary looking seeds.Nothing special to look at. But! They germinated sending,Down roots into the slime.Soon shoots appeared,And leaves grew. Bright flowers appeared.Pink, lovely blooms.The mud was covered,With verdant leaves and,Beautiful colourful flowers. Without the mud there,Would have no flowers.May the beautiful blossoms,Of […]

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Poetry rhyme

A Shepherd’s Grin

Dear friends, this little piece below is an invitation to smile. No matter what you are passing through, smile. I have won angry or unhappy hearts with a smile; we can win anything with it! A cold twilight of sortLost in quick thoughtsWhen black clouds sailAway with the day’s memoriesThe crickets and owls,Galaxies and moonshine,All […]

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Africa folklore

Another Tale of The Wild Woods

When beautiful summer came… Upon the glades and vales of the wild woods The Mountain took her position and stood quietly by the forest side, Sniffing the sweet smell come from fresh growing flower shrubs Happy birds came flying home Followed by pretty insects and the boar herd The skies tinted with blue skirmish Sometimes […]

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quotes reflection

Quote on Dreams

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly – Langston Hughes

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Africa Nature night poems

When Night Is No Man’s Friend

The dark know many a fury When from the back of hills Shadows, fog play on paths When the moon is weary And the cold grip of rebuff, Of howling, unholy laughter Frighten the quiet evening, Sending chills down spines The path is hidden in smog Throwing over the hamlet A blanket of fear and […]

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Africa lullaby night poems

First Drop

The first drop of moisture upon earthThe ground rejoice in tumbling lotsUltimate love, overwhelming sootheAs tiny drips, numerous puddles createAnd smell of wet clay wake with the dirt

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Australia Foreign Poems

Ukraine| Robin Bliss

Rockets whizzing through the air.Filling people with despair.Bombs explode, and tanks roar.In this one, one sided war.Forcing people to submit.Is no victory, I’ll admit.Forced submission is no winner.Like a bully taking someone’s dinner.It’s time for peace, no more hate.War its self is out of date.

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inspiration Inspiration/Motivation

International Women’s Day

If you can dance and be free and be embarrassed, you can rule the world – Amy Poehler We celebrate women all over the world for their extraordinary contribution to society. Happy International Women’s Day!!!

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Australia Nature nature poems Poetry

Flower| Robin Bliss

Wandering slowly down the streetMoving dead beat weary feetWanted to go out,get some airSo exhausted, as I can bearSeeing flattened wooden benchSitting on it makes some senseResting now my tired bonesWith a sigh and quiet groans Thinking I’ve had enough of lifeWith this illness so much strifeThen I saw a flower growingHow it got there […]

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proverbs quotes

Quote on Happiness

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves – Victor Hugo

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Africa folklore Poetry

Muse: Granny’s Clay Pot

Memories Most traditional pots in Igboland are made from moulded clay dried in kilns. In times past, the Igbo society is well known for pottery. Water collected from streams and springs is fed into the big pot. So through the night, the clay pot makes the water chill. In the morning, a cup of water […]

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Africa art Poetry

My Dive | Eriata Oribhabor

I met your mystery…And dream steam burningBefore my muse-ful call…My turn and ease-ful freedom…Your cursery look, my thirst… I saw your power…Clean sparkling watersTucked from our quartersReveling in towering calmOf surrounding greens. I smiled at a dive…Challenged to striveFor same…not one to standAnd watch from the stands.I took a dive. Commentary: Mr Eriata is a […]

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inspiration Inspiration/Motivation lifestyle opinion quotes

Held by Ropes!

Limits like fears are often just an illusion – Michael Jordan Limitations In my last post on African proverbs, we discussed how the eyes become useless when the mind is blind. In this short story below we will understand more about mental limitations. Held by Ropes! A gentleman was walking through an elephant camp and […]

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Africa proverbs quotes

African Proverb: Closed Mind

Proverb: Eyes are useless if the mind is blind The eyes see tangible things, but the mind sees much more than that. Ideas are shaped in the mind. After ideas are formed they can now be manifested into real things. Therefore, while eyes are physical, the mind is mental. A mentally blind person can walk […]

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compassion love

Quotes on Compassion

Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength – Dalai Lama The highest form of knowledge is empathy – Bill Bullard

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Africa Africa, Poetry and Love Muse Poetry

Tweets

Lovely tweets From treelines Hot midday

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quotes reflection

Fresh Start

Every new day is a chance to make amends for the wrong turns we’ve made. It is a chance to get things right. It is a chance to live our best life – Ricardo G. Williams

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