VJ’s Weekly Challenge # 56: Language

“We need language to tell us who we are, how we feel, what we’re capable of – to explain the pains and glory of our existence.”      – Maya Angelou

He talked
to me
I knew at once
our language
was different
I gave him
what he wanted
he thanked me
He talked
to me
I understood
such a different
Many times I
gave him
what he wanted
this pleased
I tired though
he asked again
I couldn’t
the language
it was in
his eyes
Would you?

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Looking into the past

Debbie from Travel With Intent’s quotation inspired image challenge

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”   Diane Arbus

I had a few photographs in mind contemplating this challenge. While trying to find the photo I had in mind I came across this one. Do you think it fits the quote to be the inspired image?

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What is taste?

Debbies quotation-inspired image challenge

“Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.”
Pablo Picasso

Taste is a matter for the individual. Have the following images been subjected to being the enemy of creativeness?

Not to my taste but someone loved this lamp base once

Not too sure I want to hear this record – available on Spotify if you are game
From The Stacks: ‘Anna Russell In Darkest Africa’

The kids just love this
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Awaken the Sleeper

The Inspiration Quotation from Debbie at Travel With Intent

“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” Frank Herbert (1920-1986), author of Dune, and much more

The back story
Benny the cat was a ferocious cat. A feral parentage was found alone at a friends place and was bought home as a tiny kitten. He was hand fed by my daughter. Benny used to chase the girls as they played, but could be sweet. He was a real killer. Nothing in the garden was safe. A neighbour used to visit with his dog until one day Benny clawed him in a surprise attack. From that day on Callum the dog never came with Geoff. He would walk as far as the front gate and then turn back home. Benny has been gone for a few years now and the birds have returned to the garden, the skinks have tails and the neighbourhood dogs still are scared to come down the drive.

One day I came home to find Benny with his “dog” which he had a as kitten. This dog used to be dragged all over the house turning up in unexpected places. I don’t think Benny wanted his photo taken with him cuddling his dog.
“The sleeper must awaken”

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The quotation-inspired image from Debbie at Travel With Intent


“I’m leaving because the weather is too good. I hate London when it’s not raining.”     Groucho Marx (American comedian, writer, stage, film, radio, and television star)

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Trying to think about Debbies quotation-inspired image photo challenge. What can you conjure up from the quotation below

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.   Stephen Hunt (British author)

Perhaps a clock image?

or a clock that may not work

Or something broken

or a broken shell

perhaps some street art
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Still thinking? So am I


World in a Sphere

The inspirational quotation from Debbie at Travel With Intent

“My favourite thing is to go where I’ve never been.”   Diane Arbus

Travel the world
in a sphere
slowly spin
dropping down
again ascend
terrifyingly tall
startlingly small
wondrous world
playful planet
seeing sights
hearing harmony
holding tight
travel the world
in a sphere

Two of us

The inspired quote from Debbie at Travel With Intent

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”

— Ansel Adams

Not only has the quote inspired, but Debbies post was about a sculpture so I went to my folders of the Sculptures By The Sea exhibition to find the photo I wanted inspired by the quote.


Green is the Prime Colour of the World

The inspired quote from Debbie at Travel With Intent

“Green is the prime colour of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”  –  Pedro Calderon de la Barca

I am having difficulty in finding the right image from nature. So much of my world is green. Maybe I should just jump in and pick a few that show the loveliness of nature.
The green on green that hides a Grasshoppergrasshopper_basil_garden_named_caniaba_dec 2018
The subtle green of a Small Green-banded Blue Butterflysmall green-banded blue_home_named_april 2013
The green loveliness of the countryside180405_blog challenge_verdant_green view
A Hawk Moth Caterpillar from which loveliness ariseshawk moth caterpillar_named_home_march 2013
Bringing it’s own special loveliness, a Green Catbird wondersgreen catbird_named_binna burra_aug 2016

The special loveliness of Green Tree Frogs spreading smiles