Goodbye 2017

Dear poetryandproze family,

In a few hours, poetryandproze.com shall turn 5 years old! Wow! It feels like just yesterday when I started the blog.

I would like to give a big thank you to the followers who have joined since the beginning, and have continued to be great supporters. Equally, I am very appreciative of those who have recently joined the family 🙂

I shall continue to be creative, and challenge my writing. I hope that my work so far, especially this past year has allowed you to experience the beauty and power of stories. Likewise, I hope that I have opened you to Spoken Word Poetry, and its ability to teach and inspire.

This year, I started the ‘Little Sparks’ section where I upload book reviews. I haven’t been very satisfied with the progress, and it shall be an area I improve in the coming year.

2018 shall be a very busy year for me, with my final IB exams approaching. I cannot say say for sure, how active I shall be on the blog. However, in the later half of the year, do stay tuned, for many more exciting book reviews, different types of poetry, and maybe even poetry in various forms.

I hope that 2018 becomes your best year yet! I wish you great health, and much joy in everything you do! The best is yet to be 🙂

With much love,
Temidayo

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I wish

I wish
cries were heard,
blood wasn’t shed,
and sweat was cleared.
I wish
air was fresh,
lands were vast,
and smiles weren’t green.
I wish
betrayal wasn’t norm,
windows weren’t fragile
and happiness was free.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! 🙂

Book Review: Wonder

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Title: Wonder
Author: Raquel J. Palacio
Genre: Children
Recommended Reading Age: Everyone
Pages: 315
Level of difficulty: 2/5 Dictionaries

 
Brief Introduction

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things – eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren’t stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Favourite Quote

“Doctors have come from distant cities
Just to see me
Stand over my bed
Disbelieving what they’re seeing

They say I must be one of the wonders of god’s own creation
And as far as they can see they can offer no explanation”

~ Natalie Merchant, “Wonder”

Reasons for Recommendation

With the recent craze of social media, youngsters are highly focused on their facial features and have become more and more materialistic. The book gives insight to what truly is important in this fast-developing World – to be grateful and accept ourselves as who we are. Hence, the book is a great lesson for all.

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The book teaches us that the we should never judge a book by its cover, a person by his or her face. There is always more to meets the eye. The book shall make you more appreciative of the things you have, and resilient when hard times come. Wonder is one of the many books that has left a great impression on me, while changing my attitude towards society. I strongly recommend you read it!

Movie Trailer

The book has its own movie! Here’s its trailer!

 

photocredit: Google images

I am Rosa Parks

There’ve been many before myself.
Brave women who decided they would not allow themselves
To be pushed around.
However, it is me
They call me a heroine.
A term I do not deserve more the others.

‘That’s the lady who dared’

I hear my name in whispers around corners,
As people squeeze themselves in small cars,
And take long walks to workplaces and schools.

I have never felt more overwhelmed.
To see a community stand tall, strong and proud as one
regardless of colour?
Breathtaking.

There should not be glory in standing up for oneself.
However, if it is what shall move the nation,
I shall gladly allow it.

For the right to speak one’s mind, should be a right for all.

The fire has been lit and it shall keep burning.
We shan’t stop
Until we can all walk hand in hand, as one
And sit side by side, as one.

In remembrance of the Montgomery Bus Boycott that began on 1st December 1955 (-1956) after the arrest of Rosa Parks that very day.