Snow has fallen…

Happy Holidays!

As we wind down the year, I want to take a moment and thank all readers and followers of my blog for taking time to read my writings, and for your kind and encouraging comments. And you my fellow writers for the inspiration and support…THANK YOU!

I wish everyone love, peace and joy.

With love from Finland! ♥♥♥

note: I’m taking a short break from blogging. See you in 2018!

p.s. I’m also linking to Midweek Motif at Poetry United, where Sumana asks us to write about “Celebration”. I’ve already covered some of the things I’m celebrating this month on my previous post but to add, a snowfall is always something to celebrate as we look forward to White Christmas.

On Independence

This year marks the centenary of Finland’s independence. So, in keeping with the celebratory mood, I’ve compiled a list of top 10 things I love about my second home.

And so here they are, in no particular order:

  • Silence is fun
  • Education is a right, not a privilege
  • Sauna
  • Safe and peaceful
  • Finnish cuisine; a gift from nature
  • Friendships are genuine
  • Finns live outdoors, there’s no such thing as bad weather here
  • Gender equality
  • Winter is a fairy tale
  • Nature; a poem

    Finland

    This list doesn’t even begin to express how I love my life here. But, but…I’ve been putting together more thoughts, observations and gratitude in a language I know how – poetry.

    A chapbook containing 10 pieces will hopefully be available (in limited edition) early next year. I wanted it to coincide with the celebrations but I unfortunately missed the deadline.

    I hear you ask, “How can you miss a deadline? What kind of a writer are you?” Well, because I receive a “bribe” every month so that I can forget my dream of becoming a full-time writer. 🙂

    Last but not least, Happy Independence Day to my Finnish family and friends!

  • Ravishing Rose

    She struts draped in crimson velvet;
    fragrance she wears imbued with
    a sense of awe entices with promises.
    Symphonic femininity, though prickly
    by nature, turns heads; envy obvious
    as suitors and bards compete in verse
    for she takes only one lover at a time.
    Ravishing Rose herself, declares love.

    note: Rose is out of town at present as she can’t stand the cold and dark autumn. And the piece is in response to Midweek Motif, “The Flower – Rose” at Poets United.