Image1: Baby Naqip the subject of this drama held by Daddy Hafidz. Taken Jul 31,2011 at one year old
Image2: Elder brother Nabil and sister Sarah Aishah taken on the same day
...at its Best!
Process Notes: This is a real life situation posted earlier in a prose form in my other blog. I had it truncated and revamped to meet Claudia’s guide in d’Verse. It is not a conversation exchange though but a texting drama. Does that count?
Friday July 02, 2010 had been expected
to be just an ordinary day. It all started
in the morning when Norman and Kimie
(read: grandchildren) had their ‘Report Card’ day
Adura, my eldest daughter
had dutifully accompanied her 2 boys
to confer with their respective teachers .
Parents were required to present themselves
for a one to one with the teachers
to gauge and discuss on
how they ( the 2 boys) had fared during the term.
It was all well and good
I was supposed to pick them up later
in mid-morning as there would not
be any more classes for the rest of the day.
Then it happened!
My loving wife, Shadah
received a text message from Hafidz, my elder son
'Qhaty’s in labour! '
What?.. Now? …Gosh!
We knew Qhaty was in the family way
and it was ‘anytime now’ and it was expected.
But not now! ....
It was still a surprise though
that it should be that morning.
Ok, ok, Shadah decided.
( in this sort of situations, I would let her decide)
We’ll pick up Norman and Kimie and then we'll go.
Hopefully we'll be in time.
From PJ, to Ampang Puteri Hospital ,
taking the DUKE highway would be a breeze.
Then another text, ‘ 7cm now. Baby otw’
To tell you the truth,I was not at all knowledgeable
nor familiar nor accustomed to such technicalities.
But I could guess. It must be pretty soon.
Sure enough, before we could recover,
another text came,
'Baby boy safely arrivd naturally 2.96kg, 52cm. Mommy is doin fine. Happy and grateful!. Alhmdlh.’
We were relieved!. We were just relieved.
With a tinge of regret though
as we were not there when it happened.
Then another message . ‘It’s a boy! ‘
Maybe Hafidz was just as relieved as us
that he just couldn’t resist
sending the confirmation again
or maybe he was just overwhelmed with joy ‘
Come to think of it.
If there's none of the ubiquitous hand phones
and the corresponding sms texting culture ,
as what we are having now,
life would have been pretty much mundane and uninteresting!
A Limerick fascinates me. I like it for 2 reasons. Firstly we have to maintain the form. Only then it is effective. The 1st, 2nd and 5thlines should rhyme together and these are longer sentences. The 3rd and 4thshould rhyme together and these are shorter. That’s the basics that I understand without regard to meters which gets me stumped.
Secondly, the 5th line provides a ‘punch-line’ sort of. When we are done with reading the 5th line we get ‘tickled’ and we laugh together.
I always go to Mad Kane’s Limerick blog (here) to get the inspiration. Madeleine Begun Kane is the guru in this community. I would try to contribute a limerick with her as often as I can.
The limericks below were my contributions to Mad Kane’s. Mad Kane provided the first line 'A girl was telling a tale' and A gal was attempting to write. We are to continue. Hope can get some smiles!
A girl was telling a tale
Of how she ensnared a silly male
Do they expect
A story of sex?
No, just that of a provider during a sale
A gal was attempting to write Something she thought that would fright Was a tame affair Just lots of hot air But friends tolerated her, claimed her as ‘bright’
Image1: Picture taken at the entrance of Disneyland. We had just parked the rented car and were proceeding excitedly to purchase the necessary tickets. From left: Daughter Azlin, son Hafidz and my loving wife Shadah.
Process note: Since the prompt calls for an Other voice, I had it made out from my daughter's voice of her reminiscences of those wonderful sojourn in Anaheim many years ago. Both Azlin and Hafidz were just kids then. Now they have kids of their own.
Happiest Place on Earth
It is a dream that I had dreamt
We are here and I just couldn’t believe it
Barely a few weeks ago on a TV program
With Mum, Dad and Hafidz we were then watching
Tagged the Happiest Place on Earth
Apparently Dad had long before decided and saved
Now is the time to make it happen
A flurry of events followed we later realized
Dad had made preparations but cooking up a surprise
Everything were ready, passports, luggage, light attire
And now we are here
Disneyland here we come
Wow, this is going to be fun!
Main Street USA we give it a pass
We go to Fantasyland just as fast
What a Small World and Peter Pan
Space Mountain in Tomorowland
It is alive! The Haunted House
The Adventureland and Jungle Cruise
Frontierland and Thunder Mountain Railroad
Hafidz and I we are in the ‘Thrill’ mode
Taking snapshots Dad keeps himself busy
Showing them in class they’ll be green with envy
The 3-day Passport is not quite enough
But being here itself is heavenly, thank our lucky stars
Since we are in the vicinity, we get a peek at Las Vegas
Free meals in the casinos is widely advertised
Into the Nevada desert in the morning a leisurely ride
Image1: This triggered it off, an Adbuster's campaign on Sept 17 showing a provocative poster of a ballerina dancing atop the famous bronze bull in NY's financial district as a group of protesters wearing gas masks approach behind her.
Image2: The 99% poignantly depicted by a child in the face of corporate greed
Image3: Protesters on their knees affected by tear gas or pepper spray
(Picture Credit: Google images)
The 99% and the...
The rich are getting richer .While the average ...per cent
Americans suffer. Bank bailouts of toxic sub-prime
mortgages . Equaled to huge bank profits as a consequence
The manipulators ironically. Took these as their rightful bonus
Richest 1% of Americans are apparently.With
big fortunes but taxed at a lower rate than most.
Dissenting voices against the bailout.Contending
it as temporary life-support. Recapitalizing or
nationalization as suggested. Of the ‘big financial
culprits’ went unheeded. So who were behind
the protests anyway?.Adbusters an anti capitalist
Canadian grouping. That saw a violent Occupy Wall Street uprising. It should trigger off like the
vicious Arab Spring. It rallied through the financial
districts. Around the world like the recent Arab
violence. Still in the news even this morning we
received. Of the demise of Gaddafi the most elusive
Holed up in the ground who meekly surrendered
Unlike Saddam, Gaddafi was bashed and battered
Are we to see one also on Wall Street. Not phys-
ically but certainly with the vehemence.Of ordinary
folks like you and me in utter disappointment.The
pin-striped whiz kids accorded a likely similar fate.
President Obama certainly has a lot on his plate
Riding the re-election trail very gingerly. With imp
ending recession in the economy.Poverty and record
high repossessions.Unemployment sadly stood at 9%.
And that would also keep the Republicans busy.
In acrimonious debates vying against eachother.
Romney as yet to pull away but seen a front runner
likely.The race to challenge. the President is getting nastier
Note: The above is the figure #1 so as to complete the 99% and the 1... per cent.
Submitted ford'Verse Form ForAll
Had submitted this ‘naughty limerick’ to Madeleine Begun Kane's Humor Blog. Thought I’d just post it here for the fun of it. The prompt given was ‘A fellow who’d taken a shot’ and we are to complete the rest. Here goes!
205: Pak Se-ri (Kor) 72-68-65, Stacy Lewis (US) 68-65-72, Tseng Yani (Tpe) 69-67-69;
World's #4, Choi is leading the pack. Previous joint leaders Lang is 2nd and Lewis is 4th bunched together with Yani. The battle for the Final Day (today) is thrown open as any one of them stands an even chance.
4th and Final Round Oct 16th, 2011 Choi Na-yeon (Kor) won the title by one stroke from Taiwan's Tseng Yani. Choi carded rounds of 66-68-67-68 for a 15-under 269
Picture Credit: Google images ( for illustration purposes, not the one I saw)
(Apologies! Please disregard #118 as it did'nt register)
Chimes of Old
Likeness of Big Ben
An element so sublime
Faithfully on time
Sharp eyes eagle like
Surveying the ambience
Breaking the silence
A chime sounded loud
Regal like and standing tall
The grandfather’s clock
Note: I saw an 'ancient' grandfather's clock standing alone in an antique shop last weekend that inspired me. Since there's no prompt and Friday the 13th gets me stumped, I'll just settle for the 'ancient gentleman'
Image1 : Migratory birds in formation flying south
Image2: A mockingbird, one of the migratory kinds.
Image3: A heron with a fine pose, resting by the water
Picture Credit: Google Images
With the impending end of Autumn and approaching cold weather, the annual migration is slated to begin. In our part of the world we are privileged to see them frolicking in the lakes en route south. Colorful species of varied sizes and shapes just for a few days and off again.
Flying just above
Flair for the right direction
Led in formation
Instinct plays its part
Heading south with a purpose
Bright, cool warm colors
Tired bones rested
Vast waters in the tropics
To escape the cold
In an annual pilgrimage
Of varied plumage
Note: Going by the info, this is more of Haiku than Senryu.
One way to slow down or even reverse the possibility is to do cross-word puzzles, exercising the mind and enjoying it, besides clean living and stress avoidance. I have as yet to hear whether blogging feverishly can help, after all we exercise our minds too!... Argh.....
Withering away of ability
Glasses precariously balanced
On the bridge
Rugged landscape to fathom
On their own
Innocence in slow movements
Cane in hand
Memory had taken flight
Repeated questions asked
Visitors taken aback
None really cared
Not exposed to such encounters
Questioned the behavior
Refused to understand
The debilitating effects
Shared by a few, no escaping
Second childhood dubbed by the Bard
Afflicting the aged
Alzheimer a bane in the Golden Years slowly stealing away all human dignity of those unfortunates who suffer without friends