A BIRTHDAY POEM FOR MY SON

kids.jpgA BIRTHDAY POEM FOR MY SON  (Johanan Anton Pranesh Immanuel )

You came into our compact lives,
Like a bowling ball skittering the stolid pins.
You were rolled by the Hand of God into our midst,
Disturbing and rearranging our well-laid plans!

You came as a refreshing new wind of change,
Carrying with you the cool breath of heaven.
You wafted like spritely ariel into our lives,
Soothing us all with the abundance of your love!

Not for all riches in this world would we ever forgo,
The ever increasing joy of having you,
None can fathom the wisdom of our God,
Nor understand the vastness of His plot!

May the years ahead be filled with peace,
Of knowing Him who holds you in His hand.
He, not us, is worthy of your trust in life’s lease,
Yet we rejoice, thanking Him for the years we have in remand!
By Sabina Tagore Immanuel

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HIDDEN STRENGTH

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"Where shall we go for our vacation this year?"
"Singapore & Malaysia - Sentosa Island, Petronas Towers, Batu Caves, 
cable car ride to Genting Highlands..." 
"Let's do Disney World, USA. 
Better still, let's visit the Middle Kingdom in New Zealand!"
"Mom has that look on her face!"
"Cappadocia in Turkey".
"So weird!"
"Cappadocia is famous for underground cities in natural volcanic formations. 
Early Christians formed them to hide from their Roman invaders. 
It's a beautiful historical place."
"What else?"
"Song from Rajini movie Chandramukhi was shot there!"
"Then let's go there!" (Clamorous clapping)
"That explains your secret smile!"
"I know my kids!"

*This week’s photo prompt reminded me of three things:

1. Proverbs 30: 24-28

24“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: 25 Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer; 26 Hyraxes are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags; 27 locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks; 28 a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces.

2.  Cappadocia 

Here the Romans tortured the first Christians. Religious cave paintings display evidence of early Christianity. These caves were also used as hiding places. This is the most unique natural environment in Turkey with its magical, fairy like landscape. Mount Erciyes, previously known as Argaeus, is only 50 km away to the south of Cappadocia is a former volcano. The previously violent eruptions of the volcano caused sedimentation of large quantities of ash layers in whole area. The ash layers were solidified during the following centuries, at the same time rivers and brooks gouged grooves and wind and rains eroded the top level in different shapes and depth. The result was the cone structures here and there and sometimes a large group of them concentrated in one area. Some of them hide below a harder stone hat, under which they can better resist erosion.
At the bottom of these stone formations and cones, churches, cathedrals, homes and storage facilities were hewn out. During the early ages of Christianity, this place was a refuge for first Christians of Asia Minor. More recently, the area was a safe-haven for the Christians, under the threat of Muslim Arabs, between 7th and 13th centuries. There are hundreds of churches carved on rock formations in the area. Urgup, Goreme, Zelve, Avanos, Soganli, Derinkuyu, Kaymakli, Ihlara Valley, Cavusin, Pasabag, Ortahisar, Uchisar are among the famous places with large numbers of early Christian settlements and churches in Cappadocia region. It is also known that St. Paul established one of the first Christian colonies in this region with his followers.

3. FILM SHOOTING LOCALE

Ah the magical Cotton Castle hot springs of Turkey is truly a romantic place to bask into. The movie that ran for more than a 1000 days made it’s mark on Pamukkale and Cappadocia to shoot a song for Chandramukhi. https://blog.pickyourtrail.com/5-locations-every-rajini-fan-must-visit/
Cappadocia hosts world-renowned movies: http://www.hotel-in-cappadocia.com/en/cappadocia/important-facts/filmset-cappadocia.html
A total of 265 state and private TV stations from 45 countries have shot either documentaries of films in Cappadocia in the last 15 years. The Cappadocia region in central Anatolia, famous for natural wonders such fairy chimneys and caves, has become the focus of attraction for both international and Turkish TV producers (Statement issued by the Nevşehir Museum Directorate).
Cappadocia has hosted several famous movies over the last 15 years, its attraction aided by its magnificent natural beauty, historic and religious sites and underground cities. Among them were “Medea,” in which the leading role was played by world-famous soprano Maria Callas, ”Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs Du Coran,” with famous actor Omar Sharif and “L’Empire des Loups / Empire of the Wolves” which included famous French actor Jean Reno.

I combined these in to my account! If you know Indians (and Asians) you will understand the film craze and especially the craze for one particular actor!

*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc.,  expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © CEAyr

FRIENDS & FRIENDSHIPS

FRIENDS & FRIENDSHIP

​True friends are like diamonds, 

Precious and rare. 

False friends are like leaves, 

Found everywhere!
One holds fast through seasons of pain,

Evolving true under duress and distress.

Black coal needs the press and stress

To transform from the common to the precious
The other falls down when the wind blows wild

Unable to stand the shaking and quaking.

Sticking not to the 

True friends are like diamonds, 

Precious and rare. 

False friends are like leaves, 

Found everywhere!
One holds fast through seasons of pain,

Evolving true under duress and distress.

Black coal needs the press and stress

To transform from the common to the precious
The other falls down when the wind blows wild

Unable to stand the shaking and quaking.

Sticking not to the 

FRIENDS & FRIENDSHIP

True friends are like diamonds, 

Precious and rare. 

False friends are like leaves, 

Found everywhere!
One holds fast through seasons of pain,

Evolving true under duress and distress.

Black coal needs the press and stress of life

To transform from the common to the rare.
The other falls down when the wind blows wild

Not understanding the shaking, they just slide.

Sticking not to the place where they once grew mild ,

They wither and fade away, not worth even a slight.

Mourn not the one who seeks to turn and run, 

Que Sera Sera, whatever will be needs to be.

Hold fast the one who doesn’t jump the gun, 

They stand closer through the thick and thin!

By SABINA TAGORE IMMANUEL

HOME AGAIN

Ananya hated moving, leaving the familiar for the strange, the old for new. Wanted things to be as they were. Hated leaving her flowers.

Her husband loved it all. Couldn’t think of staying more than three years in a place. Loved the newness of it all, even the packing and unpacking!

His parents’ job entitled a move every three years. Hers had stayed rooted and grounded in one place all the time.

The movers had already unloaded their stuff and gone. Fumbling with the unfamiliar knob, she pushed the door open.

She stopped breathing. They were breathtaking. It would be alright. She was home.

*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc.,  expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © Dale Rogerson

 

Mani Mini Money

Mani made the last deposit for his Mini.  He had patiently painstakingly saved for a long time.

The salesman, smilingly rang up the deal and handed him the keys. He climbed in, turned the ignition, put it in gear and drove off.

Entering his village, in a cloud of dust, with children ran alongside crying, “Its Mani Anna, its Mani Anna!”, he drove home.

His Mom peered out amazed, wiping her hands in her seelai. His sister, her pavadai tucked up thoodapam in hand, stood open-mouthed. His father, in muddied dhothi and sweaty bare-chest, smiled proudly.

For Mani, it was worth the money.

#There is a play on the word MANI, sound and meaning. In Indian languages, it can denote bell or its sound, a jewel or beauty, a name meaning ‘a sound guy/girl’ or ‘gem of a person’, or time and Mani sounds like money. I have used all of these meanings and sounds in my writing!
#In Tamil language, Anna, seelai, pavadai & thodapam mean big/elder brother, saree, long skirt & broom respectively and I have tried to portray a village scene!
*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc.,  expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © Kent Bonham