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Cesspool

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PROMPT #258

CESSPOOL

One of my greatest fears is

What if 

The people get used to the stench 

the cesspool of all the vices

is spreading 

What if  

in their desperation

they start to follow

when you can’t fight them, join them

and start enjoying as much as

the inhabitants of the cesspool

What if

they lose 

their confidence

their ethics

and their will to

stand against injustice

and their fight


			

East India Company’s Plundering of Indian History (and why that matters today)

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East India Company’s Plundering of Indian History (and why that matters today)

The Untaught Historian

This is Benjamin West’s famous painting of the Mughal emperor Shah Alam handing over the rights to collect taxes in Bengal to Robert Clive and the East India Company (1765). A little over 100 years ago, Aurangzeb had nearly evicted the British, but in the 1760s the scrappy East India Company (EIC) was on the verge of drowning Aurangzeb’s precious empire and emerging as the new power in the subcontinent. If you look at the painting closely, you will see how the British and their allies are cast in the light, while most Indians are in the shadow.

West was a romantic and a patriot. He liked painting famous scenes from history like The Death of Nelson or Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky. The painting above was recording the birth of British India and the British Empire at large. India was to be the goose that…

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Age Has Her Own Quest

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Age Has Her Own Quest

One Woman's Quest

What is it that a woman of maturity quests for?

Autonomy: to feel that her decisions/wants/needs
are not overshadowed by the dictates of another,
or by a past that is forever looming.

Empowerment: to know, once and for all, that
the victim is laid to rest, so that she can embrace
her authentic self.

Inner peace: to live without guilt or the need for
permission. To be able to forgive and self and other
in order to be free. To trust, innately, her own
inner resources, releasing fear’s hold.

Sacredness: to stand firmly upon the Earth,
breathe freely, and engage with life. To make
a difference.

Celebration: to live with anticipation, surprise,
and ultimately joy.

Connection: to recognize in each living moment
that none of the above is obtained in a bubble.
I quest for true connection. The bravest quest of all.

(Reading through old posts I came across one…

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Moonwashed Musings Weekly Prompt – Transient – November 22, 2022

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Transient
Transient dewdrops
Transient gift of nature
Transient pleasure
Nothing is everlasting
Enjoy as long as it lasts

Hunger

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HUNGER

Once upon a time, there was a sad king

Always complained that his life lacked a zing

He was never short of food

Then why did he always brood

Perhaps he knew not what is hunger's sting



# Limerick
#Hunger
#Food
#Sting
#King

Across decades

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Across decades

Reena Saxena

1970’s

Every house does not have a phone. We get a new one
installed, and eagerly wait for it to ring. A sarcastic remark from a cousin, “Why
don’t you get phones installed in all your friends’ and relatives’ homes?”

1980s

Those anonymous calls are pesky, but our adolescent hearts
wonder if we have a secret admirer somewhere – too bashful to reveal identity.

There are calls which whisper sweet nothings.

Mom yells from the
kitchen “Whose call is it?”

Me: “Blank call, Mama. It
got disconnected.”

Mom: “Don’t entertain
these shady callers. Be quick to disconnect.”

Bonding with a male classmate:

“Dial this number, get
the girl on the line, and then pass on the phone to me.”

“Why can’t you do it?”

“She is not allowed to
receive calls from guys. A female voice is needed.”

1990s

Mobile phones have entered the market, and are a…

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Anjaan/Unknown

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Anita's Perspectives on Life.

Tum hamare dil me,

Hamesha shan se rahe!!

Hum tumhare shehar me,

Anjaan se rahe!!

Gairon ki chot se,

Hum naraz se rahe!

           Jab apnon ne jakhm die,

Pareshan se rahe!!

🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸

You always lived proudly,

In my heart!

I was just unknown,

In your city!!

I was ignorant of,

Injuries have given by others!

When close ones hurt,

I felt troubled!!

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Reena Saxena

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Reena Saxena

I Write Her

Evie S. – Unsplash

THE MIDAS TOUCH

I am no Midas
yet everything I touch now
acquires new meaning
Is it an artist’s vision
or a poet’s call and yearning?

LIAR MIRRORS

change seeps in
imperceptibly
entrenches
itself in
deep psyche layers
mirrors lie with the same face

PRESSED FLOWERS

memories unfold
-a pressed flower in the book
crushed before its time
I strive to read stories etched
on petals, not the pages

BEYOND THE RAINBOW

rainbows show
multiple layers,
complex truths
in seven
predefined colors
-I look for what lies beyond

~~~

Reena Saxena is a former banker, coach, and writer from Mumbai, India. Published works are available on Amazon – When Time Stopped (Fiction), Com Pen Di Um (Poetry Anthology), Life As It Happens (Poetry Anthology), Basic Banking for Debt Recovery Agents, and E-books on Money Psychology available on the MoneyGoalz website. This is Reena’s first feature on

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Reena’s Xploration Challenge #257

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RXC PROMPT#257

REACTION


Many break down with complication
Sensible look for the solution
Blaming and grieving
Praying and complaining
Sighing and winning
Never helps
But the majority believes in this notion

Moonwashed Musings Weekly Prompt – Dappled – November 15, 2022

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Dappled Cat

With appealing eyes
Dappled cat caught attention
How can you ignore
Ongoing Whimsy

be all you can be

The Reticulum

Ruminations on networks

Light Motifs II

Paula Light's Writing Site | The Classic Edition

NobbinBlog

A place for the writings of Nobbinmaug, the man with the beard and magic cane.

Writer Ravenclaw

Books by author Diana Coombes

Moonwashed Musings

bemused razzle-dazzle

Reena Saxena

Experiments in Creative Writing, and more ....

lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

Reflections on Life through poetry, essays and photos

Cee's Photo Challenges

Teaching the art of composition for photography.

Mindfills

Getting lost is not a waste of time

Only 100 Words

a 100-word story every day

Keep it alive

A look at life, achieving good physical and mental health and happiness

Quaint Revival

quirks, quips & photo clicks

Poetry and Prose of Ken Hume

Engaging in some lyrical athletics whilst painting pictures with words and pounding the pavement. I run; blog; write poetry; chase after my kids & drink coffee.

Half earth, half sky

Sui generis👸

Cognac Project

Healing CPTSD with Poetry and Photography

michnavs

Poetry by Mich

Ongoing Whimsy

be all you can be

The Reticulum

Ruminations on networks

Light Motifs II

Paula Light's Writing Site | The Classic Edition

NobbinBlog

A place for the writings of Nobbinmaug, the man with the beard and magic cane.

Writer Ravenclaw

Books by author Diana Coombes

Moonwashed Musings

bemused razzle-dazzle

Reena Saxena

Experiments in Creative Writing, and more ....

lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

Reflections on Life through poetry, essays and photos

Cee's Photo Challenges

Teaching the art of composition for photography.

Mindfills

Getting lost is not a waste of time

Only 100 Words

a 100-word story every day

Keep it alive

A look at life, achieving good physical and mental health and happiness

Quaint Revival

quirks, quips & photo clicks

Poetry and Prose of Ken Hume

Engaging in some lyrical athletics whilst painting pictures with words and pounding the pavement. I run; blog; write poetry; chase after my kids & drink coffee.

Half earth, half sky

Sui generis👸

Cognac Project

Healing CPTSD with Poetry and Photography

michnavs

Poetry by Mich