Stay

blossomPhotograph © Yuhu Tama

I coiled within,
my very skin,
With every breath so hard,
my heart did char.

I swam in the night’s chill,
in the waters standing still.
“With my branches turning dry,
Would I ever touch the sky?”

“Yes”, you said,
kissing my forehead.
In that moment, your word set me free,
once again, I dared to believe.

I let my doubts sink,
as you made me think.
Questions danced within your tutee,
creating ripples of chaotic beauty.

With every insight,
I was strengthened inside.
In your touch, the dryness melted,
petals of hope bloomed, as my fears wilted.

Your love has made me see,
What I can truly be.
Promise that you’ll stay,
hold me tight and never let me sway.

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Yuhu’s Corner:

This poem is for those who have helped you change, see yourself better and have pulled you from the depths of your own lifeless coils of thoughts.

The last minute change of mind

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WORD COUNT:100

“Come back!”, he shouted, as she whisked away in her car.

Anne’s swollen eyes bled a few more tears.

He dialed her number.

Her fingers  trembled as she lifted her singing phone.

“Baby, please! Sorry!”, he begged. Her vision blurred further. “I just wanna get away from you, from everything”, she said.

He heard a loud explosion on the other end. “ANNE!”.

A speeding truck had let her world spiral out of control. “Death”, she thought as her car headed towards a tree.

Anne lay there, limp, holding her phone. “I still love you“, she whispered. And all went blank.

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Yuhu’s Corner:

This story is a part of the Friday Fictioneers Photo Prompt Flash fiction challenge. Every Friday, a photo prompt is provided by the organizer Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The participants have to come up with a 100 word story. You can check out the other entries here.

Here are a couple of my favorite stories from last week. I’m sure you’ll love them. Check them out:

  1. A lovely story about unhealed memories by Liz young- GHOSTS OF WAR
  2. A gripping tale by Barbed Words- Another One Bites the Dust…Worst Honeymoon Ever

Dangerously Spiky!

I saw this amazing tree, covered with conical thorns, looking certainly uninviting. I believe this tree belongs to the genus Ceiba.

Me: “Oooh! Such a scary tree!

Tree: “Don’t judge me by my looks, lady. I’m kind, let me gift you a mirror.”

spiky_tree3Photograph © Yuhu Tama

 

Every branch, even the smallest one, is ornamented with such sharp spikes. The leaves look innocent though, as if they’ve got nothing to do with the scary branches.

Leaf : “At least, I’m pretty!”

Branch: Sharpening its spikes in the wind, “You said something, leaf?”

Leaf: Now scared, “I said, I’m pitied!”

spiky_tree2Photograph © Yuhu Tama

 

I guess it looked uninviting only for me. I saw a few ants coolly climbing this tree. I couldn’t help but wonder what they felt, as they treaded along this dangerous looking trail. May be its just a fun trek for these guys!

Ants: “Lets see who gets to the top, first. The one who reaches first, gets to sleep with the Queen! C’mon!”

spiky_tree1Photograph © Yuhu Tama

This reminds me of the widely opened mouth of a crocodile or an alligator, with sharp teeth. Yikes!

Dinosaur: “Hey! It kinda looks like my teeth too!”.

spiky_tree4Photograph © Yuhu Tama

Well, if this tree doesn’t spell Danger!, then what does?

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Yuhu’s Corner:

This is my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is Danger!

Priorities

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WORD COUNT :100

A honeymoon suite’s mirror, reflected the love emanating from the couple. “Love you”, she whispered. Her husband looked deep into her eyes and kissed her passionately.

The couple celebrated their 10th anniversary in the very same suite. The mirror now showed a worried looking plump lady, sitting on the bed and her balding husband working at the desk, with his laptop. “Think Anne is OK?”, she asked. Without looking at her he replied, ‘Just a cold! She’ll be fine”.

With work and worry towering between them, the bed in that honeymoon suite failed its purpose for the very first time.

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Yuhu’s Corner:
This story is a part of the Friday Fictioneers Photo Prompt Flash fiction challenge. Every Friday, a photo prompt is provided by the organizer Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The participants have to come up with a 100 word story. You can read the other entries here.

Check out a couple of my favorite stories for the last week’s FF prompt. I’m sure you’ll love these brilliant pieces.

Awards and Tags!

This is a post where I accept a few tags and blogger recognition awards by answering the nominators’ interesting questions. First of all, I apologize for my late response. Anyway, here goes.

The Blue Sky Tag:

My wonderful friends, Varun (My Art & Me) and Poetrylover (poetry2473) are the ones who tagged me. Thank you both  so much. You should certainly check out the poems written by these two. They are absolutely delightful.

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer their questions.
  3. Tag people.
  4. Give them questions to answer.

Alright! Time to answer some questions.

Varun’s Questions:

1. What’s your opinion on the existence of other dimensional travels and parallel multiverse?

I would like to believe that they are possible. May be our dreams are one mode for parallel dimension travel. Probably, there is no proof for this. But I would like to believe in them.

2.  If you could travel back in time, where would you go? (you get only three chances for the time travel)

I have no intension of going back in time. I certainly don’t want to live those years again. Let’s go into the future, into something new!

3.  What supernatural power would you like to have?

I would love to fly. Soar high above, above the trees and the clouds. That would be wonderful.

4. What’s your favorite season of the year?

The holiday season, of course!

5. What would you rather be? A werewolf or a vampire? (you have to choose between them. No ‘neither’ option)

I do love Lupin (from Harry Potter), so a werewolf.

6.  What are the top three wishes from your bucket list?

It keeps changing. For now, I will have to say, 1) I want to find my passion, 2) Travel, 3) Write consistently.

7.  What is or was your new year’s resolution for 2017?

I don’t make any New year’s resolution. My post, New Year Resolutions, should tell you why.

8. If you had a choice, would you rather relive your teenage years or your 20s years? Why?

I wouldn’t want to live those years, both my teenage years and my early twenties. I went through a lot during that period. I’m extremely glad to be right here, right now.

9. What’s the one thing about you that people notice instantly? (your unique trait or trademark)

I’m not very sure. But I guess, my glasses. I wear HUGE glasses. I’ve got very powerful eyes. Ha Ha!

10.  (last and simple one) What’s your most favorite dish?

Anything my mom cooks. She’s the best!


PoetryLover’s Questions

1. What’s your favorite song?

Ha! This is so difficult. I’m currently hooked to Coldplay’s ‘Hymn for the weekend’. But my all time favorite songs are composed by A.R.Rahman. I have no words to express how much his music means to me.

2.  One food you can’t live without?

I love rice. I don’t think I can go on without it.

3.  What inspires you? and 8. What motivates you? 

Many things, the people around me, their conversations, relationships, nature, documentaries, other people’s writings, movie scripts, art…. This can go on forever!

4. Do you prefer summer or winter?

In the summer, I prefer winter and in the winter, summer! Typical.

5. What are your hobbies?

I love doing a variety of things. But I’m not an expert in anything. I love to write (Duh!), paint, sing, listening to music, dreaming, walking, watching anime…. Another limitless list.

6.  Do you participate in any sports?

Not at all. I’m terrible at sports.

7.  Do you regret anything you’ve done?

A lot of things. But I don’t let them get to me, too much.

8.  Who’s your favourite celebrity?

No one really, but I do love A.R.Rahman’s music. So probably him.

9. What makes you happy?

Being myself.

10. What makes you sad?

When I realize that being myself could hurt someone.



My dear friend, Varun (a.k.a Uchiha) has nominated me for a couple of blogger’s recognition award.

The Real Neat Blog award

Created by  Dear Kitty. Some blog

Rules:

1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Here are my answers to his questions:

1. If you had to choose between super strength or super speed, which would you choose? And why?

Super speed, I guess. This sounds more fun. Even if I were super strong, I would still have to work in front of my computer each day. With super speed, I could at least get some work done, sooner.


2. Have you ever been caught by your teacher in a very bad situation? How did you deal with it?

I once corrected my English teacher during class. She blasted me left, right and center. I silently stood and heard what she had to say. She was in a bad mood. She must have had a fight back home. Poor thing.


3. Are you scared of darkness and ghost stories? How much?

I used to be terrified of darkness. I never used to enter a room without the lights on. I remember how my brother used to turn of the bathroom lights, once I enter it. Ha Ha! I guess I’m better now.


4. Would you stay the night in a graveyard alone by yourself as a bet after watching a severe horror film at night?

I don’t watch horror movies. I can’t even bear the thought of this situation. Ha Ha! Ghosts may or may not exist, but I’m not staying in a graveyard at night.


5. If you were given 10 million dollars as a gift by a big mafia boss for doing something very good for him, like saving his or his child’s life, how would you spend it?

My first reaction would be, ‘No thanks’. But if he does insist, I would probably open some health care facilities or some schools.

6. If you had an opportunity to 100 percent change yourself or your surroundings and happenings, what would you change? What would you choose?

I think a natural change happens with time, if you are an open minded person. I would like time and my choices to reflect the changes in me.


The Blog-aholic Award

Created by The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy)

Rules:

1. Put the above logo/image on your blog.
2. List the rules.
3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog (it can be to the post in which they nominated you or any other post or you can even link to their ‘About’ page).
4. Mention the creator of the award and please provide a link to The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy).
5. Write a post to show your award.
6. Share a link to your best post(s).
7. Share 3 interesting and different facts about yourself. (I think you have heard enough about me! Phew! )
8. Nominate 5-10 bloggers or more of you wish.
9. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

I’m not sure what my ‘best’ posts are. That’s for the readers to decide. But the ones that are close to heart are my first two posts on my blog.

  1. Alone inside– My first poem ever (if you neglect some 4 liners etc).
  2. Sleeping child– My second poem, inspired by my close friend who gave birth to a still-born child.

 Alright! Time for me to nominate. It’s your call to accept it or not.

Blue sky tag:

Storyteller

authorchrisbrown

The Real neat blog award:

Nayana Nair

cwhiteweb

The blog-aholic award:

midnightmusings

Ali Qureshi

Here are my questions for the Blue sky tag and The Real neat blog award:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is the one change you see in yourself after you started your blog?
  3. When do you write the best? I mean, is it when you are sad and moody or cheerful and happy?
  4. Are your stories/poems happy ones or sad ones, predominantly? Do you think it tells something about the emotions you are going through?
  5. What is the best comment you’ve received on your blog so far?

All my questions are related to blogging. I hope while you answer them, you’ll be motivated further, to write better. That is always good for a reader, like me. Isn’t it?

Thanks a lot for reading, you guys!

-Yuhu!

With you

Singapore_night_lightPhotograph © Yuhu Tama

I’m not afraid to make this journey,

ripe with many a testing tourney,

along roads that lead me into utter darkness,

burning me with words of the heartless,

as long as you hold my hand,

and help me understand,

that there is nothing wrong and right,

as everything changes color with one’s sight.

I want you by my side,

together we’ll soar and glide.

With you I’ll certainly get through,

for you are me, and I am you.

-Yuhu!

Yuhu’s Corner:

This is my entry for the Weekly Photography Challenge. This week’s theme is ‘Wanderlust’. This photograph was taken during my trip to Singapore. I loved the lights and the ambiance of  this place.

Withered love

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WORD COUNT: 100

“You should’ve seen Anne up there, today! ‘Grandpa’s little girl’, they said”, jabbered the old lady, as she took her seat in her backyard. “Remember you waved at me from the stage during your graduation?”. She giggled in reminiscence.

“You don’t like the snow”, she said looking at the sky, worried.

Back home, Anne noticed her grandma brushing away the falling snow from her grandpa’s tombstone. She ran to fetch her. “Grandma! You’ll catch a cold. Let’s go!”

Ushered into the home, grandma threw a final glance towards her withered love and thought, “I won’t be too long, my dear.”

-Yuhu!

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Yuhu’s Corner:
This story is a part of the Friday Fictioneers Photo Prompt Flash fiction challenge. Every Friday, a photo prompt is provided by the organizer Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The participants have to come up with a 100 word story. You can check out the other entries here.

Last week, I read all the 76 amazing entries! Here are a couple of stories that I really loved.
Everything Happens for a Reason by Plaridel, who introduced me to the FF group. Thanks, Plaridel.
The Spendthrift by Michael Wynn. I, particularly, loved the conversation in his story.

Breaking the inner snare

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Painting © Yuhu Tama

Each night I set out,
to the world of my dream,
in search of that route,
where peace would gleam.

Yet, here I was back again,
to the thorny side of the river.
“Am I still sane?”
The thought made me shiver.

I looked and searched,
not another soul in sight.
I fell as I lurched,
crying at my own plight.

Submitting myself to this fake
reality of nightmare,
I sank into the silvery lake,
drowning in the fear of my own snare.

A distant call resounded,
pulling me out of this trance.
By glittering lights, I was surrounded.
Life offered me another chance.

Carried by the light,
my feet touched the ground.
Now on the other side,  I stood, shining bright.
“Myself”, I had finally found.

With words of ice,
I had stabbed my heart,
I now break this chain of lies,
to give myself a fresh start.

The scene is no longer eerie,
I’ve finally set myself free.
Every dream can now become a reality,
for light and warmth resides within me.

-Yuhu!

Yuhu’ Corner:

Sometimes we don’t give ourselves enough credit. When was the last time you truly appreciated yourself?

New Year Resolutions

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PHOTO PROMPT © Magaly Guerrero

WORD COUNT: 99

Entries titled, “New year resolution” from a young woman’s diary.

January 1 2015:

Create a collection of your own miniature art. Make one every month.

By May 2015, an empty box labeled, ‘My Art’, found its permanent residence on the floor beside her brown stool.

January 1 2016:

You’re an art student for crying out loud! It doesn’t matter if you hate history. Read ‘Art through the ages’.

Gardner’s book soon joined the dusty box.

January 1 2017:

Learn ballroom dancing. Lose weight.

On April 22nd 2017, a few dozen spiderlings emerged from the labyrinth inside the dancing shoes. They viewed their neighborhood built by broken resolutions.

-Yuhu!

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Yuhu’s Corner:
This story is a part of the Friday Fictioneers Photo Prompt Flash fiction challenge. Every Friday, a photo prompt is provided by the organizer Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The participants have to come up with a 100 word story. You can check out the other entries here.