Writers of the Lost Art – Guest Post by, Annette Rochelle Aben … — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

When was the last time you received a letter in the mail? No, I don’t mean the ones like I receive, informing me of the great opportunity to settle my final arrangements before my family is burdened with the responsibility. Life can begin at any age but it gets fun once you turn 60. But […]

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The Beat – Twittering Tales #59 – 21 November 2017


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Another inspirational challenge from Kat Myrman at Twittering Tales.  This is my take on the feelings engendered by the image:

The beat flows through fingers, embraces black and white. Kisses keys, demands submission, whispers the heat of love.

The beat drums it’s rhythm, keeping pace with Cosmic breath. It’s the song of life, the song of begetting. Feel it’s kiss, surrender, feel it’s bite, surrender.

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Frozen Life – Mundane Monday Challenge #124: Learn Photography

Image: Glass tumbler, Jan Malique

My entry for this week’s Mundane Monday Challenge. In previous challenges I may not have adhered to the guidelines strictly; hence a change of tactic on this occasion by looking at perspective.

I don’t usually go round peering (short sightedly) at household wares but this item is particularly intriguing. My interest lies in the technique used in its manufacture. The shot taken was of its base. Close up you can see many unusual shapes, almost like crystalline life-forms frozen in ice. I’ve used a phone camera to take the photo as my camera is out of action at the moment.

The subject of my attentions is a textured glass tumbler (see below), but the mat it’s on could well be a suitable subject as well. Both have a sinuous feel.

Image: Glass tumbler, Jan Malique

The tumbler is quite nice to hold as well. It’s textured surface gives better purchase and a sense of interest. Quite tactile.

Heart and Soul: The Power of Dance

Dance was, is a passion of mine. It’s been many years since I gave myself up to the beauty of the rhythm and passion of the emotion associated with this art. Flamenco in particular stirs something visceral and potent within me. Its spirit brings indefinable memories and associations, rather like a haunting perfume carried on the breeze it tantalizes and initiates yearnings. It is infused with sadness, beauty, passion and truth.

You may think me too effusive where Flamenco is concerned but once it has caught you in its embrace there is no going back. Music and dance speak to the Soul on a deep level, and why not? Should our lives not have meaning, not be stirred by things of loveliness and depth? To feel the kiss of each note and gesture is to be enriched, to be made whole and feel loved by powers immense and wondrous.

For your delectation I present Sara Baras, a wonderful example of the art. Enjoy.





Image: Frantisek Kupka, Wikiart

All proceeds from the divine Lotus,

Light issued from the First Womb.

Enfolded within is Child transcendent,

divine blueprint, whisper of dreams

unfolding. Risen Sun.

Night falls, Sun is setting. Light

descends into Darkness, Wisdom

withdraws into Silence.

Passion and Pathos: Spirit of the Dance

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Image: Pixabay

The dancers moved intuitively to the sound of their hearts as the music swelled and sobbed. It finally paused, waiting for the lovers to catch their breath. This was more than an interlude in a cafe that had seen glory and laughter in a bygone age. Few tourists ventured into the old quarter of the city, much less enter through the portal of this place. The ones that did manage to find this near mythical establishment were fated to come. Their souls were infused with the elixir of passion and pathos. Forever rising on the swell of the rhythm and then slumbering in the arms of the silence that followed.


Image: Pixabay

A woman sitting at a table in the corner of the room stared intently at the dancers. They presented a magnificent picture; gentleness, poetic beauty in the lines of their faces and a certain melancholy in the embrace. Her dark eyes glittered, mirroring the luminosity of the stars and moon. They mirrored hope in a world that appeared to have embraced shadow and pain. The spirit and soul of humanity were being sorely tested, falling prey to the excesses of materialism and naked cynicism. Was she being naive now? A laugh escaped her blood red lips. She was present in this space set apart from time, present during day and night.

The dance rose from rather less salubrious origins, in the bars and brothels of the old quarter. It was a magnet for travellers from across the globe and some had hinted, from across hidden worlds. This is not to tarnish its reputation but to explain the soil its soul had taken root in. Its root went deep, deep into the fabric of stone and brick. Deep, deep into hearts and minds of the people moving through the city. The woman closed her eyes and travelled down streets clothed in shade and dappled sunlight. Her ears took in the chatter of thousands of voices, each reflecting sorrow and bittersweet regret, each reflecting joy and exuberance, each reflecting darkness and light, each reflecting boredom and inertia. All found solace in the heartfelt tune that rang out of doorways and windows, a memory of something thought lost but only lying hidden within mystery. This was the spirit of the dance, she was the spirit of the dance.


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A voice interrupted this reverie. She opened her eyes and spied a green-eyed god staring down solemnly. He respectfully held out a strong, elegant hand. She grasped it and was gathered gently in his arms. They moved as if one being. Sinuous limbs gave expression to their hearts’ yearning, entered into each nuance and tone of the music washing over the couples gathered in the room. His silence spoke to her of things lain hidden for generations, of perceived shame, of deep regret. She listened and did not judge. She never judged. For that she earned his eternal gratitude. Even gods are inclined to give in to vulnerability now and again. The music soon ended and the radiant god kissed her hand and disappeared into the shadows of the bar. He did not leave empty handed but carried a pearl of the dreams she freely gave to all who were in need. The spirit of the dance returned to her table and carried on gazing at the magical ritual she had created, something filled with awe, passion and pathos.