So, here it is… That time again! Time to get your quote selected so you can come up with a creative story, poem, or whatever else you would like to share about your quote. Remember, we have a week, so there is no great hurry! Take your time and just have fun!
Ronovan is in charge this week and he chose the theme of:
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Please make sure to link to Ronovan’s post HERE. He also explains how to follow the challenge and gives us a link-back to last week’s post so you can see how creative everyone else was. In addition, Ronovan and I share your posts on social media for added exposure! Thanks for joining us.
I hope you will find the time to visit the blogs who participated last week for the theme of rebirth. This is a great way to meet some new bloggers and to read some amazing writing!
Here’s who joined us last week for our theme of “faith”
Here is my contribution for this week on the theme of beauty:
Yukio Mishima is the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka, who is a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor and film director. Mishima is considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century. Wikipedia
Mishima was a tortured soul who tried hard to come to grips with his own particular belief system. The CultureTrip.com shares this about the writer:
“On November 25, 1970, novelist, playwright, actor, and believer in ‘the samurai way’ Yukio Mishima stood on a balcony in front of some one thousand servicemen at the Tokyo command of the Eastern Headquarters of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Forces. Here, he exhorted them to rise up against Japan’s post-war Constitution, which prohibits the country from having an army and forbids war. He then turned back to the room where he and four followers had barricaded themselves and proceeded to perform hara-kiri – ritual Japanese suicide. This involved driving a razor-sharp Japanese sword into his stomach and then having his head sliced off by a waiting friend. On the day of his death, Mishima had delivered to his publishers the final pages of Tennin Gosui (The Sea of Fertility), the author’s account of the Japanese experience in the twentieth century.”
Have you ever heard the phrase, “You have to suffer to be beautiful?” I suppose this saying came from the idea of the tortured poet or writer, of which category, Mishima surely fits. The philosophy behind the phrase is that one must suffer in order to recognize the beauty around us. I think it has more to do with living and experiencing the ups and downs that life has to offer.
I am always amazed by what our gifts bring to us. Here is a man, Mishima, who possesses the skill to share the true beauty of words, who could not cope with the realities of his existence. Bound by the traditions of his upbringing in Japan, he struggled with the masculine and feminine side of his character, to his own detriment.
For Mishima, beauty was the ultimate yin and yang. He realized at an early age that you must have the worst in order to recognize the good. I just wish he had found the balance he sought.
I love the concept of seeing the miraculous – Mishima’s “beauty of the unattainable.” I feel true beauty is found everywhere in our daily lives. And, once in a while, we humans are allowed to glimpse some of that beauty. It is a privilege to recognize this rare sight. Not everyone can…
The gurgling laugh of a baby
Snuggled to his mother’s breast,
Gazing at her with adoration shining in his eyes
While high above vibrant hues-
Colors mirroring the heavens,
Form a rainbow bridge across a stormy sky
Into the stark blackness of night.
Colleen M. Chesebro
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Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre flash fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems.” She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com. In 2020, she won first place in the Carrot Ranch Folk Tale or Fable category, with her story called “Why Wolf Howls at the Moon.” Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.