Rain

For #MYWriters weekly poetry prompt last week (26 October 2016), the challenge was to write a haiku inspired by the word ‘tear’. I wrote a haiku about rain, which are the ‘tears from heaven’.

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Rain

Tears fall from the sky
Blessing the earth with rebirth
Life is thus renewed

Khor Hui Min
26 Oct 2016

 

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On the Back of a Motorbike

I’m excited to announce that a new Southeast Asian anthology entitled On the Back of a Motorbike will be out of the printing press soon. As you might have guessed already, all the stories and poems in the book are supposed to contain the phrase ‘on the back of a motorbike’.

My poem The Vendors is featured in the book.😀  The Vendors is about my fond childhood memories of vendors selling food, such as the bread man, ice cream man, etc. going from residential area to residential area. If you are wondering – yes, it certainly has that phrase in it.😉

The cover looks like this:

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You know, I’ve seen quite a number of people sporting T-shirts with the slogan ‘Same Same But Different’ over the years.😉

 

On the Back of a Motorbike is in the process of printing, and the electronic version will be uploaded in a few days’ time. I’ll share the link when it is available. So, keep an eye on this page for updates.  :-)

The book is published by Literary Concept, which is helmed by Kris Williamson. Click here to visit their Facebook page.

 

 

 

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Get up with the lark

For RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #117, the word prompts were ‘lark’ and ‘rush’. These words made me think about my new routine of going to sleep before midnight (10.30pm to 11.30pm to be exact), so that I could get up early in the morning to make tea or coffee, and a healthy breakfast. Today, I started the day with nice hot cinnamon tea to wake up the digestive system, followed by a bowl of natural unsweetened yogurt with banana, raw almonds, raw walnuts and chia seeds. All in time to go to work at 7.00am. So getting up early with the lark is good, indeed.

Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Get up with the lark

Get up with the lark
Enjoy the sunrise; brew tea
Take your time; don’t rush

Khor Hui Min
4 Oct 2016

 

 

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Dreams of home

It has been 2 weeks since I wrote some poems for my blog, I think. It’s about time to get back to my poetry writing every week.🙂  I took my parents and brother to Bali for a family holiday last weekend, and the beautiful Balinese landscape and greenery has inspired me to come back to write anew.😀

For RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #116, the word prompts are ‘home’ and ‘leaves’. I wrote a haiku about the little garden in my parents’ front yard that is overflowing with all kinds of plants.

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Dreams of Home

Dreams of home sweet home
Where leaves flutter in the wind
And flowers glitter

Khor Hui Min
27 September 2016

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Parched Land

Today’s poetry topic is about the dreaded environmental condition known as drought. It plagues many parts of the world, and leaves lands barren and cracked. I wrote a series of three haikus on it.

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Dry ground in the Sonoran Desert, Sonora, Mexico. Photo by Tomas Castelazo (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D, via Wikipedia Commons

Parched Land

I

Our thirsty cracked earth
Imploring the blue heavens
For drops of rebirth

II

Abundant river
From clear to brown; at last dust
Parched land in despair

III

Global climate change
Flood today; drought tomorrow
Future uncertain

Khor Hui Min
26 July 2016

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Fairy song

For RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #106, the word prompts are ‘sing’ and ‘flower’. I thought of forests, and streams, fairies and flower meadows – the enchanted world of our imagination.🙂

 

Fairy song

Flowers in my hair
Singing in the dew-drenched dawn
Summertime so fair

Khor Hui Min
19 July 2016

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Light and Dark

For July 2016 week 3 of #‎MYWritersPoetryPrompt‬, there were two word prompts, ‘light’ and ‘dark’. I wrote about the co-existence of light and dark, good and evil. This poem is not about the triumph of good over evil, but about how their co-existence makes each appear as they are perceived in the present day – light being the good, and dark being the evil.

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Light and Dark

What is light without dark?
What is dark without light?

The light makes the dark
Look dim and dastardly

The dark makes the light
Look bright and beautiful

One without the other
Will lose its power and influence

They are pitted against each other
But each needs the other to thrive

An odd co-existence through the ages
But persists still due to necessity

Khor Hui Min
23 June 2016

 

 

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#atozchallenge: Wonder of life

For RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #102 Birth&Cheer, the two word prompts are ‘birth’ and ‘cheer’. I wrote a haiku about a new addition to the family, the happiness that follows and how it brings family members closer together.

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#atozchallenge: Value of altruism

Did you know that doing good has health benefits?

According to James Doty, director of the Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, when we care for others and engage in activities that help, it results in lowering our blood pressure and heart rate. Research actually shows that in the long term, it can help us live longer. On top of that, the good deeds we do can inspire others to do the same.

“We’re adapted to recognise suffering and pain. For us to respond is hard-wired into our brain’s pleasure centres. After we lend a helping hand, we receive oxytocin or dopamine bursts that result in increased blood flow to our reward centres. In short, we feel good when we help,” added Doty.

For example, Peggy Callahan is a documentary producer covering social justice issues and a co-founder of two non-profit organisations that help people who are enslaved or caught in human trafficking. What she does is not easy, but it brings her happiness. Thanks to neuroscience research, she understands why.

“When you do an act of good, you get a neurotransmitter ‘drop’ in your brain that makes you happy,” Callahan said. Also, there is a multiplier effect. “Someone who witnesses that act also experiences the same thing, and remembering that act makes it happen all over again.”

She wanted to leverage on that. The result was Anonymous Good, a virtual community and website where people post stories or photos of acts of kindness they’ve carried out, observed, or received. For each act posted, website sponsors make a donation to feed the hungry, free people who are enslaved, plant a tree for cleaner air, or dig a well for clean water.

“One act of good is much more than just one act of good,” says Callahan. “It’s part of a much bigger force.” A force for good.

Sources:

This article was adapted from ‘Altruism: Individual Serving‘, which was written by Carol Hart Metzker and published in the June 2016 issue of The Rotarian. 

The source of the image featured in this article is ‘The Biology of Altruism‘, which was written by Christopher Bergland, and published in 2012 in Psychology Today. 

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New hope

Haiku Horizon’s prompt for this week #121 is ‘time’. I wrote about having hope with the passing of time. Sometimes, having hope is all the reason one needs to wake up and get up every morning.

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Attractive montane flowers

New hope

With each day new hope
Better than the day before
But time waits for none

Khor Hui Min
16 June 2016

 

 

 

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