Happy Father’s Day

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”
― Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum

Moment by moment, day by day, they are the ones who help us build our lives. They are the heroes every little heart wants to be like when they grow up. Nothing can beat the love of a dad.

Father holding the hand of a child
Happy Father’s Day

In today world with families growing smaller, a dad is the one who holds everything together, who at times becomes a mom too, and a friend, and an older brother when need be… We can never ever repay our parents for all the love and care they give us.

While moms are often applauded for their sacrifices, dads sometimes remain unsung for their quiet support. I can still hear the voice of my dad telling me all about the planets and the stars, they used to be my favourite stories. Now they are just memories, but they are precious ones, and this father’s day, I would like to tell every dad, “You are the stars in the skies of the little hearts who love you so much, and will remain so forever, even when the hearts grow older”.

Happy Father’s Day to every dad on earth and heaven. We love you so much!

 

Photo by Julie Johnson on Unsplash

 

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CANDID CONVERSATIONS – Behind The Scenes

Hello lovely people!

Before I say anything else… a huge “thank-you” to all of you for being my wonderful support system, for reading my work even when I am absent, which keeps happening more often than I would like! However, freelance work does tend to make my schedule very irregular. And that is how it is, and it can’t be helped, but it is definitely very comforting to always come back to all the lovely comments. It feels like home.

Whatever I may be doing, or not doing, one thing never changes and that is the capacity of my brain to always be working overtime! And this time, my newest effort comes in the form of another Special Feature– Writer Interviews.

Titled CANDID CONVERSATIONS, they are rather informal chat sessions with poets and writers to get to know them better as people, to peek behind their words and see what makes them flow.

A woman interviewing a man
CANDID CONVERSATIONS – Heart-to-heart chats with writers and poets

The catch? (How can there not be one!) They were supposed to be regular written interviews until I got the great idea of taking a poll on Twitter and Instagram. The result- an overwhelming majority voted in favour of video interviews. That threw me in at the deep end. Well, I do swim, but it just takes longer than to run on the dry surface…and now I am babbling! Whatever. I decided to go with the poll and convert at least some of the interviews into video conversations.

And here is where there were more than a few potholes. It became a lot easier for the writers to just speak instead of writing out their answers, but I have to worry about the fact that I am in no way an adequate interviewer, about the way less than studio-level voice quality, and the creation of a good-looking final effort. So I had to pack my reticence in a bag and record the chat, which I finally did and fretted and fumed over the echoes and screeches and unstable images that I had.

In the end, I finally accepted that I am no Jimmy Kimmel and I don’t own Disney Studios and I am here only to share my conversation you and hope you will enjoy getting to know more about these beautiful creative people and their life and work. So here I am, trying to put together my first couple of conversations and hope my imperfection would be just that tiny bit perfect enough to get by!

Hoping to post my first episode of CANDID CONVERSATIONS sometime next week, and crossing my fingers… Stay tuned.

 

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay 

To Mom With Love

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.”

-Barbara Kingsolver

Mother- She is the first interaction of a child with the world. She is the nurturing force of this universe. Yet, in our race to find ourselves, we often forget the one who gave us birth.

Being a mom is the toughest job in the world. And bringing up the child is perhaps the easy part. The joy of watching her now grown-up child go out into the world is mixed with the sadness of loss, a void that nothing can ever fill. Still, she always supports her child in every way she can. I belong to that tribe…I know!

a mother's love

But do we make an effort to understand how she feels? This is a question we need to address. Put yourselves in her shoes and see…

There’s no love greater than the love of a mother. She deserves to be made to feel special every day of her life for all her silent sacrifices and tireless caring. At times, we walk so far away from our loved ones that we don’t know how to reach out to them anymore. Perhaps, that is why these days were created… the perfect opening to bridge that gap…

Let us begin today, show her that we care… all it takes is a moment to call her, or at least send a message, buy her something that she would treasure… it takes just a moment to let her know she is special!

The best tribute we can give our moms is to give back all that love to the world by being a loving mother to our own children. Keep the ball rolling…

And to all the uncelebrated supermoms, all I want to say is this…

Don’t wait for someone else to make you feel special.

YOU ARE SPECIAL.

Celebrate yourself lovely ladies,

for you are the driving force of this world.

Happy Mother’s Day!

From me to all of you, a beautiful song to celebrate moms…

Let’s have an ‘AHA MOMENT’- Build A New Word

brain cartoon
‘Aha Moment!”

Sometimes, inspiration strikes. Sometimes, we poke and prod at our brains to produce that spark. Whatever. The result is gratifying, though.

Often, as writers, or even otherwise in the course of our daily living, we do find ourselves wishing for words to aptly explain what we are feeling. I personally do keep groping for enough words to put my thoughts on paper, or rather, shall I say, on my word document! It has been a long while since I wrote anything much on paper. It is beginning to seem like a lost art to me, but writing on digital machines is what I prefer now.

However, that is not the point here at all. Let me get back to my original train of thought…the lack of enough words. I got to thinking about it when I was reading the comments of my friends scottfw and Shantanu Baruah on my Word Of The Day~Eucatastrophe post this Wednesday. If Tolkien can build words, why can’t we! After all, the language lives and flourishes because of its users who continually adapt it to the times.

So let’s get going! I invite every one of you to join in with a word you have created to speak your heart out, or many if you so desire! Build from scratch, mix words, borrow a little from another language… the possibilities are endless.

woman working on a computer
Building New Words… Oh! What fun!

Let’s write our own CREATIONARY, well, here is one word we already have to begin with (create+dictionary for anyone who might have missed it). Post your ideas in the comments and we can list them all up here as they come in. How many words can we gather… infinite, I hope! I would certainly love to use some crazy, funny, expressive words in my writing. This new resource could be a lot of fun! Just remember to credit the person whose words you use, I’m sure they would love the appreciation.

Here’s my word for today-

FLUTTERHUG: When someone’s words caress you like a hug that causes flutters in your being.

And of course,
CREATIONARY:  Our very own dictionary of newly created words.

What’s yours?

HOPELICIOUS: Hope which is delicious ( From Shantanu Baruah)

QUART: Quickly Start (From Ridhima)

 

Thank you very much for your contribution. Keep sending in your words…

 

Images by André Santana and GraphicMama-team from Pixabay 

TO ALL LIFE’S CREATION on Earth Day

eyes untamed

yet full of love

each step

sheer poetry in motion

we walk the same sand

you and I

share the same sky

then why should one be

lesser than the other?

© Mona Soorma

~to all life’s creation on

There are so many ways in which we can help reduce our negative impact on the earth. Little things like reducing wastage of resources, to plantation drives, to helping animals in distress…every action counts. No contribution is too small. And if we can do nothing else, we can at least use our pen to increase awareness. Let’s do our bit for this awesome planet.

Celebrating Poets – I SEE THE STARS IN YOU (a tribute to poets of Google Plus)

A very Happy Easter to you all! May the Risen Lord bring many blessings, peace and joy in your life.

Are enjoying your egg hunt? Hey! I’m a good egg too… and poetic as well… I hope someone is looking for me 😜

Easter eggs decorated as people
Happy Easter Day!

This day is blessed and very special, so I decided to dedicate today to all the poets who were my friends, and inspiration when I first came online with a blog called A Gypsy At Heart. It was not a poetry blog but more of inspirational and motivational write-ups with a couple of poems thrown in at times. Slowly, I began to build up a following on Google plus, and came into contact with some wonderful poets… it was perhaps destiny that I eventually began to write poetry as the chosen way of spilling my soul. That blog is still online to read though I do not add to it anymore.

I have come a long way from that day in the last week of April 2014 when I became Manic Sylph to send my first words out into the online world, and I am grateful and indebted to all those wonderful people who taught me so much, who stood by me in good times and bad, and many became lifelong friends.

Alas, with the end of Google Plus on 2nd April, as one of my favourite people on G+ put it, an era came to an end. Many of those poets have gone on to various other social networks, but the beautiful circle has been broken and there are many who have chosen to bow out without a trace. I dedicate today’s post on Celebrating Poets to all those awesome dream weavers and rhyme makers who make the world a better place just by being in it.

For today… a poem that I wrote for my best friend on G+ that I now dedicate to all the poets of Google Plus. I hope you enjoy this old one. This is not my best effort but has a lot of beautiful memories attached to it. I send all my best wishes to them, wherever they are…

Poem by Mona Soorma aka Manic Sylph written on backround of night sky
I See The Stars In You

 

#NationalPoetryMonth

#Google Plus

 

Image of Easter Eggs by Iva Balk from Pixabay 

 

Celebrating Poets – Ink

I love April.

Yeah, it’s springtime, almost summer for me, and I love it. But April is special… it is the national poetry month! And what better way to celebrate it than to celebrate poets, those mystical creatures who wrap their wispy rhymes around your hearts and bewitch your senses with a splash of their ink…

In my series celebrating poets, I am going to bring to you some of my favourite gorgeous poetry… 30 days, 30 poets, and a love affair with words…

Woman with floating hearts tied to threads like balloons

The poet for today has a special place in my heart. A fabulous writer and a wonderful person, his poetry always brings me smiles. Every time I need to find myself, I head to his blog, and it never fails to nurture me.

Meet Ink Stitution, and fall in love with his beautiful misty thoughts and poet trees

Finding one poem out of so many is always difficult, and this one is also, perhaps, not representative of his work, but Skipping Boots has been one of my all-time favourites.

Enjoy this, and do read some of his other poems as well and decide on your own favourites.

Skipping boots

Carefully avoiding
the cracks between the tiles
Beautiful and sad go hand in hand…
As if they fool life smiling
#NationalPoetryMonth

Happy Women’s Day

What can a poet do but write more poetry for anything and everything under the sun!

It is Women’s Day today, and I decided to open the doors to the heart of a woman. Take a peek… I’m sure you will enjoy it.

We Are Human And We Are Enough

a woman in a red coat holding a black umbrella

“A woman is human.
She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man.
Likewise, she is never less.
Equality is a given.
A woman is human.” 
― Vera Nazarian

Cheers to women!!

Yes, we are human. We are equals, no less or more than anyone else.

It is sad that women in large parts of the world are still made to feel inferior because they are born women. God did not intend to make either sex inferior, or superior. He just made us different. It is we, who have created these divides. On the other hand, I do not agree with the superiority complex that some people have, either, whether they are men or women.

Don’t use your gender as a crutch to prove your excellence. Make the effort to go that extra mile. Do not pull down someone else to make yourself look taller. That victory is transient, at best.

I wish to see a world where we do not need the words ‘better’ or ‘worse’, where we are all happy to have our own place under the sun, and happy to let other’s have theirs. It is up to us to create that world.

We can’t wait for change to arrive. We can’t wait for someone else to change the world. We don’t have enough time in our lives for that. We have to be that someone, that agent of change, that beginning. We have to take the first step, however tiny and chart a new course. We have to create a world where no Women’s Day will be needed to celebrate our own selves.

What better day to begin, than today!

As women, let us be not better, or worse, but ourselves, beautiful in our own convictions, confident in our own capabilities and at peace with who we are. As women, let us not be silent at injustice but learn to stand up for our rights, and stand beside others in their hour of need. As women, let us smile, and shine, without apology. As women, let us always remember that we are enough.

 

 

Image by ractapopulous on Pixabay 

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