Shoe Shopping

tattered by sand and mud,
kissed by shrapnels and bombs,
we are always ready
to fight, to shot, to combat.

shined until twinkling as stars,
worn to exude power and class,
we are as high as timeless sky,
ready to slay a gal or guy.

made as comfy as a cloud,
displayed as chic, never proud,
we sneak and squeak in right amount,
as we dance, run, twist, and squat.

i am but bare, no thread, no leather,
just muscles and skin,
such fragile matters,
yet i am but your steps’ master
moving forward or back.
soldiers, executives, hippies,
humans, oh, i know their tracks.

whatever cover they clothed me,
expensive, bare, or just an old sack,
as long as they are chasing
their life’s purpose and meaning,
instead of becoming zombies sleepwalking,
that will be more than, oh, more than enough.

Inspired by this favorite quote of mine:
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” 
― Mitch AlbomTuesdays with Morrie

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In response to Poetics: A Closet Full of Shoes by kim881.
The challenge is to write a poem, of any length or form, about footwear: stilettos, Wellington boots, hobnail boots, sandals, slippers, ballet shoes – it’s up to you, just as long as the poem is new.
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Ten Characters I Won’t Forget

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“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” ― Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon


They either left my heart broken
or their stories let my soul be taken
or they’re just handsome to be forgotten!

THE HANDSOME

1. Gale of The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

The Who: Katniss Everdeen’s best friend and hunting partner and the story’s third wheel! XD

2. Four of Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

The Who: Tobias Eaton, more prominently known as Four, is a Dauntless and the love interest of Tris Prior.

THE INSPIRING

3. Morrie Schwartz Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

The Who: Morrie Schwartz,  78-year-old sociology professor dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is Mitch Albom’s former teacher. The book has been Albom’s memoir for his inspiring professor.

4. Music/Narrator of The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Who: Music is the storyteller of the epic story of Frankie Presto—the greatest guitar player who ever lived—and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue strings.

THE QUIRKY yet HEARTFELT

5. Don Tillman of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Who: Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance.

6. Eleanor and Park of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The Who: Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

THE AMAZINGLY INSANE

7. Amy of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Who: Wife of Nick for five years and inspiration to Amazing Amy children’s book., Amy possess a creepily clever mind that can control everyone.

THE TEARJERKERS

8. Garret of Message in a Bottle Nicholas Sparks

The Who: He writes heartbreaking love letters to express his undying love for his deceased wife. Through his message in a bottle, he was discovered by Theresa. 

9. Mia of If I Stay  by Gayle Forman

The Who: Mia is a gifted cellist from Oregon, from a family of punkists. She is Adam Wilde’s girlfriend from highschool, where he was pretty popular and she was the geek.After the car crash which killed her family, she had to choose whether she wants to leave or to stay.

10. Violet and Finch of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Who: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

Photo credit: Tumblr, Pinterest, ThingLink
Character descriptions:  credit: Goodreads


In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

March 8: Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike

P.S.

Who are the characters you cannot forget?

Why?

Let’s talk!

🙂

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Mondays Musings: On life’s meaning

Monday Musings

Start the week with some wise words worth pondering. – rosemawrites

I have met a lot of awesome bloggers/writers in my Writing 101 class and one of them is, Bethany. She loves Mitch Albom as much as I do but I love her not just because of that.

Reading her blog made my faith stronger because her words are both inspiring and empowering. So, without further adieu, here is today’s wise words inspired by her. 🙂

From: 8-images.blogspot.com

From: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays with Morrie

My thoughts:

I remembered crying during and after I read this touching memoir and that quote is indeed one of my favorite. Why? Because it really moved me.

Sometimes we get tired because we want to do this and we want to do that but in the end we feel empty. Why? Because we chase things that isn’t worth chasing. We do things that is not worth doing. 

But you may ask, so how will we know if what we do is worth our effort?

Listen to your heart. And ask yourself, “Am I happy?” If yes, then continue. If not then you better pause and evaluate your life’s true meaning.

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WRITING 101: Things I’ve Learned from Mitch Albom

You will not be able to write unless you read. – rosemawrites

I am now on my second day of my journey as a student of Blogging University’s WRITING 101. I am really excited to do my assignment for today.  😀

Day 2: Write a list

Today, write your own list on one of these topics:

  • Things I Like
  • Things I’ve Learned
  • Things I Wish

Yesterday I posted ‘Why I write?’. For today’s task, I decided to feature one of those few authors who influenced me to read and write.

My followers know that Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom are my favorite authors. As I am so thrilled to read their upcoming new novels, I have written my Top Ten Novels of Nicholas Sparks last July.

It was a hit and my readers are also waiting for my list of Mitch Albom books. So I would like to grab this chance to feature him, but not through his book but through his moving words.

For those who haven’t heard of him, here’s a quick introduction:

Mitchell David Albom is an author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold over 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-one territories and in forty-two languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.

So here are the 10 Things I’ve Learned from Mitch Albom:

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

1. On anger

Holding anger is a poison…It eats you from inside…We think that by hating someone we hurt them…But hatred is a curved blade…and the harm we do to others…we also do to ourselves. ― Mitch AlbomThe Five People You Meet in Heaven

2. On sacrifice

Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else. ― Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Tuesdays with Morrie

3.  On death

Death ends a life, not a relationship. ― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

4. On life’s status

If you’re trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down on you anyhow. And if you’re trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone. ― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

The First Phone Call from Heaven

5. On fear

Fear is how you lose your life…a little bit at a time…What we give to fear, we take away from…faith. ― Mitch Albom, The First Phone Call from Heaven

For One More Day

6.  On motherhood

But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.” ― Mitch Albom, For One More Day

7. On making choices

“There is everything you know and there is everything that happens. When the two do not line up, you make a choice. ” ― Mitch Albom, For One More Day

The Time Keeper

8. On time

Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out. ― Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper

Have a Little Faith: a True Story

9. On contentment

Having more does not keep you from wanting more. And if you always want more – to be richer, more beautiful, more well known – you are missing the bigger picture, and I can tell you from experience, happiness will never come. ― Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: a True Story

10. On faith

Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe. ― Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: a True Story

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That’s it.

I hope you learned a thing or two from these words.

Please share your thoughts. 🙂

NOTE: Mitch Albom’s new book titled The Magic String of Frankie Presto will be out on November 15. 🙂

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