For ‘Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #81: Find Something Red ~ Shades of Red ~

 The Red in White
Oh the snow so soft and light
Murree Hills 35 kms from Capital Islamabad
A prize shot during one of the  trips 


Red is a primary color so it is visible in common and odd places, in varied seasons and at different times.Red is attractive charming and mystifying. Blood is red and called ‘cold’ though in reality it is quite warm.

These  images, captured a couple of years ago are part of a ‘chinaar’ tree in early Winter in Bani Gala, Islamabad. We had to leave the house where this beautiful tree was planted because it was sold by the owners and we tenants had no choice. I miss the ever changing colorful beauty of nature. Our present residence has no such trees, though harvest fields are close by.chinaar3

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Over the years I found that red is children’s favorite color


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One of the  most memorable photos with grandson puts a stop to further sharing

Hope my readers and viewers will enjoy the joyful red from a slice of life.

Announcing our three new Zine team members and other news …

Respected Jamie Ji The Bardo Group Beguines All Honorable Members Thank you

The BeZine

The Bardo Group Beguines, publisher of The BeZine, is pleased to welcome Mbizo Chirasha, Anjum Wasim Dar, and Kella Hanna-Wayne to our team.

MBIZO CHIRASHA (Mbizo, The Black Poet) is a recipient of PEN Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant (2017), Literary Arts Projects Curator, Writer in Residence, Blogs Publisher, Arts for Human Rights/Peace Activism Catalyst, Social Media Publicist and Internationally Anthologized Writer, 2017 African Partner of the International Human Rights Arts Festival Exiled in Africa Program in New York. 2017 Grantee of the EU- Horn of Africa Defend Human Rights Defenders Protection Fund. Resident Curator of 100 Thousand Poets for Peace-Zimbabwe, Originator of Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Movement. He has published a collection of poetry, Good Morning President, and co-created another one Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zembezi with Indian poet Sweta Vikram.

ANJUM WASIM DAR (Poetic Oceans) was born in Srinagar (Indian occupied Kashmir)…

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2020 ~ History Moving Under the Shadow


A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.                          Marcus Garvey

Time is moving,life is changing and the climate is taking various strong surprising and damaging forms.

2019 slipped away, but left deep scars entrenched on the hearts and souls of many.
Crushing of humans and human rights continues.

2019 was a year of creative writing. For the first time I was able to write 30 poems in thirty days in April and throughout the year wrote 12 special poems and 12 short stories. The biggest count was for The Poet by Day with more than 40 and some translated in Urdu, another first.

‘Shadows fall and I try to drive you from my mind’
I feel I grieve for my place of birth as my native land remains locked blocked and occupied. I may never be able to set foot there.

Climate Change people say, the sun is strangely red, a whole continent is engulfed in deadly fire, millions of birds and animals have breathed their last, many are suffocating dying. Humanity is restless,out on the streets by hundreds and thousands, protesting, asking for their rights,asking for what belongs to them, in vain.

‘Dark smoke’ rises, overshadows the light, eclipses the sun and the moon…is the light of peace fading away?

‘Hope is there. Come under the shadow of hope- Come under the shadow of the red rock’.
How many understand? How many change, how many move towards the best practices of care and kindness?
The very first month brings death and destruction.Coffins crowds curfews all continue and people talk of Climate Change…

    Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.           Percy Bysshe Shelley

Why we laughed, why we sang, then why we cried,
silently in pain we suffered, in the remains,
and the stories continued, told, retold, as lands
were sold-
and rivers ran dry, who will care? who cares?
walking failing drifting falling
Look Beware’
The crown on the statue looks fixed
studded freedom-
and we were so innocent playing games,jumping ropes
and reading white and blue, and all that was red

And we should have known, blacking,
slavery is not dead,
come under the shadow of the rock, you will find
flowers, silently growing, receiving showers,
touch not the forbidden
but seek the Unseen, The Hidden

Come to success, come to salvation.

2020 © Anjum Wasim Dar

2019 ~ Glorious Sunset ~2020~ Mourning Morning ~ In a Parrots World ~

IMG-20191124-WA0003With profound joy filled with sadness,wishing farewell to time, not old not new but more glorious, hopeful colorful and peaceful. December glad tidings festive days and nights of celebration, gratitude and greetings.

The world talks of peace togetherness love and brotherhood, but no sooner than the fireworks spreading stars sparks and embroidering the night sky with multicolored shiny streaks and bursts are over, then out come the other firearms.The warm blood filled with love care and closeness, bleeds like rivers on the roads…shouts of joy and jubilation turn to screams of mourning. Oh Humanity wither dost thou wish to head ?

2020 is number 4 ~ a number denoting ‘change,life to start all over again and again’ but are we so weakened with hate and so strengthened with revenge that nothing but Death is in sight?

Let us not call the days that are the same, The New Year’ I feel we are like the parrot who learns words and repeats them without any reason or understanding. Kill or be killed ‘ prayers become ineffective and untrue. Do we really wish for peace?

No, maybe the parrot is more peaceful in the cage, feeding on sunflower seeds and peanuts and some water… our guest for a few more days as owners travel abroad-
his soft whistles bird sounds and mimicry of many other household sounds including the ‘hello’ bring joy ~     Thank you Birdie you are so innocent and yet we keep you caged ~ did you annoy anyone ever ?
But rightly you have been named Captain -you do remind me of Long John Silver’ maybe we shall find a treasure chest soon’
So let’s close our story here,to be continued God willing Insha allah- I will ponder on Shakespeare’s quote meanwhile…The Lord is Most Gracious Most Merciful    and loves to Forgive…








“My words fly up, my

thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”





Pity the Nation: Voices of the Poet Prophets, Gibran and Ferlinghetti

Must Read by Respected G Jamie Dedes

The BeZine

Photograph © Jamie Dedes

All day yesterday visitors were flying to the original 2017 posting of these poems at The Poet by Day. It’s not hard to guess what is driving interest in them. Here the poems are again for all to read and ponder along with a word from Bernie:  “Trump promised to end endless wars, but this action puts us on the path to another one,” Sanders declared Thursday . . . He . . . framed it as a moment of moral gravity akin to the run-up to the Iraq War, not least because so much of the present conflict with Iran stems from the fateful intervention that began in 2003.” MOREHuffington Post

Lebanese-American poet, Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) public domain illustration

Pity The Nation
Khalil Gibran, 1933, “The Garden of the Prophet”

Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.

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2020 ~ Time, Temperature and Turmoil ~Writing Leads to Survival ~


Last sunset or the first sunrise, every day seems the same.This day too shall pass.
Schools will open, traffic will move on the road children will go to their  class.

T.S.Eliot wrote
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.” ―

2019 proved to be a year of poetry stories and lots of successful creative writing opportunities, but at the same time climate changes surprised humanity, turmoil prevailed in many lands, refugees were forced to flee and human rights were crushed mutilated and trampled depriving millions of human beings of the right to live an honorable safe life. Those in power showed madness in manner which unfortunately had a brutal method in it’.
I lost my place of birth -Srinagar in Kashmir.I have no hope now of ever returning to set foot on native soil.
Freedom Freedom we want freedom’ the cry in free countries sounds extremely strange and scary. Turmoil fear and unrest overtakes young people as the existence itself is at stake.
who owns the land? the Creator’ where do we go after we breathe our last? in the soil, mixing with it till the time to rise again will be…

Looking back writing’ helped to stay calm, to remain occupied in meaningful activity, to make friends and build a virtual friendly joyful community ~
Thank you All-

Wishing you All a Peaceful Joyful successful Happy New Year 2020

For Lens – Artists Photo Challenge # 77 ~ Favorite Photos of 2019 ~ A Tribute to The Talented ~

2019 has been ‘ A Year of Poetry, Stories and Challenges’ 

Honoring the Gifted and the Gracious  POETS & WRITERS  Who  inspired motivated supported  and promoted powerful  ‘Poetry, Writing and  Short Stories

For  Freedom  Human Rights  Equality  Justice  Peace   &  Environment

Respected   G. Jamie Dedes
The Poet By DayJAMIE2The
Bezine  Online
California USA




Respected Mr Paul Brookes    Wombwell  Rainbow Interviews
 Yorkshire      UK


Respected All at Poets United  USA  Canada

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Respected Mia Joubert Botha
12 Stories in 12 Months   12 Poems in 12 Months
Pretoria   South  Africa


Lens – Artists   Photo   Challengers      USA  Sweden

Respected :  Amy    P.A.Moed     Ann Christine Leya        Tina R Schell

Respected Sue  Vincent     Daily Echo, Write Photo  Prompt   UK


napofeature4    30 Poems in 30 Days

NAPOWRIMO    National Poetry Writing Month   April    2019     USA

Ger O Neill   Group                For Mindful Writing                Ireland


NANOWRIMO        National  Novel Writing Month          November   2019        USA

December  Special   2019

Mbizo  Chirasha


Founder  Curator  Poet /Writer, for Freedom Peace  &  Justice
Miombo  Publishing    Arica

                                                      THANK  YOU   ALL

                                                    Happy  New  year     2020

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