Survivor of Stalin and Hitler

Unspoken horrors 

Buried behind intense eyes

Lucky to be alive


Ship of freedom

Called his name

Little education

Hard work his destiny


Man of few words

Man who rarely smiled 

Father who carried me through life

Father I barely knew


*(Yes, that’s me with my older brother and mother. There was only one other sibling to come after this photo. Don’t have a clue why everyone is dressed so fancy. )


V. J.’s Challenge: Things My Father Said


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“There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.”  

(George Carlin)


K’lee’s Challenge: In the Realm of the Otherworldly

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Neverending journey

Pondering unanswerable questions

Stitched in the fabric of time

Yet timeless


Seeking elusive answer

To the mystery of life

Encountering a ‘language

That you don’t hear with your ears’


In the quiet moments

When the senses are stilled

A deeper knowing unfolds

In the ocean within


As long as the sun still rises

The unknowable is the way it must be

‘Not a problem to be solved

But a reality to experience’


*(Thank-you to Frank Herbert’s words for inspiring my poetry.)


Patrick’s Challenge: Sunrise

V. J.’s Challenge: Unanswerable

Frank’s Challenge: Sunrise


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Reflection on Blog Name

V.J. has asked us to reflect on the meaning of our blog name.

“Stuff and what if…” came out of the blue. The word ‘stuff’ applies to all material things in our lives, as well as old thoughts…

“What if…” leads to exploration of curiosity, creativity and imagination that can be a changing force in our lives.

In a dream

Looking downriver

Presented with a choice

Stop to look back


All my stuff appears upriver

Material things left behind

Old memories that hinder

People who scarred happiness


Travelling lighter

Curiosity emboldened

What if’s…

Flow in front of me


Inner child laughs with glee

Dipping toes into the river

No fear

Just curiosity

Patrick’s Challenge: Upriver


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Entangled Story


Malleable memories

Smudged by negative entanglement

Veiled hindrance

Following seasons of aging


Dancing wish-bubbles

Vibrating in a string of hope

 Enlightening unfolding story

Destiny takes a turn


V.J.’s Challenge: Story

Patrick’s Challenge: Entangled


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Isolated Benches

“Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. We need hours of aimless wandering or spates of time sitting on park benches, observing the mysterious world of ants and the canopy of treetops.”

(Maya Angelou)



“Seated here in contemplations lost, my thoughts discover vaster spaces beyond, supernal silence and unfathomed peace” 

(Giacomo Leopardi)

Cee’s B&W Challenge: Isolated Objects

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Textured Surface

Weathered exterior

Textured life

Rough and wrinkled

Interior unfolding

Unseen transformation

Story always growing



Frank’s Challenge: Surface




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