Day 36: Frame It

So today I’m supposed to write a poem or phrases that would make for good wall art in my home. Personally, I’m not a fan of wall art, the only things I like on my walls are family photos and book shelves, but here goes.

Welcome to Family

A place where food is taken far too seriously

Board games are a topic of contention

A place filled with laughter and pranks

Where love is overflowing

With fathers playing loud music till dawn

Mothers pre-packing 2 months in advance

Brothers who Netflix through midnight

And sisters who write blog posts each evening

Welcome Home.

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Day 35: War and Peace

For a long time I believed that war was always wrong and that peace was always right, and to an extent I still believe this. I think that war should always be a last resort, when all other options have been exhausted and failed, then and only then do we resort to war. And even then, there has to be a very good reason for war. The reason should bring more good than harm and the war should be short term.

Nowadays we go to war for every Tom, Dick and Harry, however small the reason, we are quick to raise arms. We never try peace as our first option, we don’t negotiate and mediate, we just fight. The phrase ‘we don’t negotiate with terrorist’ comes to mind but then so those ‘one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter’. We’ve stopped trying to understand other people’s perspective and have this idea that we are right and therefore everyone else is wrong. Instead we should be open to seeing someone else’s truth.

This lack of understanding not only plays a part in war but in everyday politics. In most countries there is a right wing and a left wing, and nowadays people are either extremely right or extremely left to a point where they are both forcing you to agree to their views. Look at Brexit for example. Many people accuse Leave voters of being anti-immigration and racist and not fully understanding the purpose of the EU. That might be true for some, but there are those who knowingly voted to leave the EU because they felt that EU law was overtaking the UK’s legal system. This is not to diminish the racists and xenophobic acts of some Leave voters after the Brexit vote was announced, but we can’t paint them all with the same brush. In the same way right wingers call lefties snowflakes for believing in equality and fighting for other people’s rights, for believing in a more open and free world. This too is not to excuse some of the over sensitivity of political correctness, e.g. the people who believe that we need to ask babies for their consent before changing their diapers. Consent is a very important that I’m more than ready to fight for it, just not in diaper changing.

In conclusion to my rant, we all need to communicate more with each other before the world becomes worse than it already is. We need to be willingly to see the other person’s perspective, we don’t have to agree with it, but we should try to understand it. And hopefully this will lead to less wars and more peace.

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Day 34: Sounds

I love the sound you make when we’re in agreement, satisfied with the conclusions we both came to. I love the sound of your keys rattling through the door as you unlock it after a long day at work, you enter the room and greet me with a smile.  I love the sound of you breathing as we read together on a Sunday afternoon. I love the sound of celebration that you make whenever your team wins a game. I love the sound of us praying together each night, before bed.

I hate the sound of your snoring during the night, especially when you fall asleep before me and I have to endure the noise. I hate the sound of us arguing, slamming doors, and the inevitable silence that follows. I hate the sound of you leaving in the morning, because I know that it will be another nine hours before I see you again. I hate the sound of dismissal you make, when you are distracted by your phone as I try to speak to you. I hate the sound of your phone ringing when we’re in the middle of dinner and I know that you have to pick it up.

But most of all, I love the sound of you telling me that you love me.

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Day 33: Jewellery

It had been in the family for a very long time, for centuries my ancestors had worn it and now it’s between me and him. As the eldest child, it should go to me, but due to the medieval and sexist laws that still exists, it might go to him. My whole life, I have been trained for this, trained to inherit it. I don’t blame him for the creation of these laws, I blame father for not changing them whilst he had the chance. He knew what the law was and he made no effort to rectify it. Regardless of what either of us want, it was his duty to uphold the law.

There it stands, surrounded by glass. I dreamt of having it sit on my head for so long, and now I may have to forgo the dream. The magnificent diamonds almost over power the gold frame, with the rubies adding a hint of elegance. What a thing of beauty it is, its calling me to it.

My poor brother, he would not know how to carry the weight of it. He was never interested in ruling, all he wanted was to live his life on his terms. And now that might all change, depending on the decision of parliament. We made a pact that no matter what, we will still support each other. That a piece of jewellery would not come between us or the family. It’s a pact we both stand by and will continue to stand by.

Parliament has spoken, it is mine.

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Day 32: Rewrite a Poem

When I was in High School, I used to love rewriting poems. So today I am very excited that my task is to do just that. I will be rewriting the poem ‘I am Nobody’ by Emily Dickinson.

I’m somebody! Who are you?

Are you – Somebody – Too?

Then it’s unfair to us!

Don’t speak! They’d hear us – you know!

How deadly – to be – Somebody!

How risky – like a hare –

To know one’s name – the winter Afternoon –

To an entrapping Snare!

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