“Budget Airline Tales” – Short Poem

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Time is 3am, my alarm starts ringing,

Abruptness of it cuts my dream, and leaves my head spinning,

My body screams “NOOOOO!” as it curls up in a whimper,

Early morning starts, even worse in the winter.

I trudge through the routine of getting up and ready,

Walk to catch the bus, half asleep, dazed but steady.

Urban city streets fast asleep and deserted,

A big yellow “M” and my attentions diverted.

Much needed diversion, though quite unhealthy start,

“A big mac with fries, please?” to help me break-the-fast,

20 past 4, the bus finally leaves the station,

And slowly fills up as we approach our destination.

Check-in feels too easy, like I hopped into a taxi,

A queue jumper the highlight, as she muscles her way past me,

Peoples politeness tested, as many start to mutter,

An angry woman shouts “Oi! You must be a nutter!!”

“Queue jumping like that, mate, its really quite rude!”,

“Over here in Britain, yeah, we love a good queue.”

I people-watch in departure lounge to gauge the crowd at hand,

A young couple on honeymoon, 3 lads part of a band,

A new-born baby’s cry can be heard through the roof,

A stag party for “Ricky”, lads on tour to Magaluf.

The gate number announced, a mad rush to be the first,

With hand luggage maxed-out, my arms about to burst,

Crowded shuttle bus ride, with no words ever uttered,

We walk up steps to board the flight, I’m absolutely shattered!

Crammed between a window seat and man with arms like boulders,

My legs are stiff, my back just clicked, the sun burns my right shoulder,

The cabin crew politely check to see we’re all intact,

Pilot speaks through muffled speakers, then we leave at last.

The sheer noise and vicious speed shakes me up inside,

As underbelly of plane and land gradually divide.

No music player or screens on board to keep us entertained,

But views outside spectacular, I really can’t complain.

We burst up through the clouds and slowly level out,

A selfie-takers dream, raised eyebrows and cheeky pout.

The toddler sat in front lifts his head over the seat,

A momentary pause as his eyes and mine meet.

Unsure if he should smile back or simply wail away,

I pull funny faces, before he cries and turns away.

“What kind of parent would I be?” is all that I could think,

He’d gazed at me so fervently and hardly even blinked.

I try to get a little sleep before the flight is over,

But two rows back, annoying chat just keeps my eyes wide open.

I ease drop with little choice, the thoughts of two loud males,

And reflect and write a little poem, of “budget airline tales.”

©2015, by Gome

Visiting Belfast, Northern Ireland

Visited this beautiful city last week and took these pics.

Early morning view over Belfast, Northern Ireland

Early morning view over Belfast, Northern Ireland

Airport Terminal - Arrivals @ Belfast International Airport

Airport Terminal – Arrivals @ Belfast International Airport

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First look at the Belfast streets

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Don't know what building this is, but thought it looked incredible

Don’t know what building this is, but thought it looked pretty awesome

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Belfast Town Hall – Casually walked into this building thinking it was a museum. Only realised my mistake when I got to some pretty heavy duty security inside. Oops!

Victoria Square - Main City Centre Mall

Victoria Square – Main City Centre Mall

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City centre – pedestrian shopping quarter

Old and New - A city rebuilding from its past. Belfast has such a rich blend of architectural styles sitting comfortably in juxtaposition with each other. Here's one such example.

Old and New – A city rebuilding from its past. Belfast has such a rich blend of architectural styles that sitting comfortably in juxtaposition with each other. Here’s one such example.

Dramatic cloud and river shot - no photo filter used

Dramatic cloud and river shot – no photo filter used

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'Big Fish' - Public art installation

‘Big Fish’ – Public art installation

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Riverside walk

Dock Panoramic

Dock Panoramic

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Dockside apartments

Dockside apartments

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Titanic Quarter... Walked past a group of seasoned pro's filming what must be part of a TV series. Hopefully I'll appear as an extra? #touchmeimfamous lol

Titanic Quarter… Walked past a group of seasoned pro’s filming what must be part of a TV series. Hopefully I’ll appear as an extra? #touchmeimfamous lol

Dockside Apartments

Dockside Apartments

S.S. Nomadic, Belfast Docks

S.S. Nomadic, Belfast Docks – sits in front of Titanic Museum building

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Stunning Titanic Museum, Belfast

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“A precipitous, four-storey sheer wall of artificially oxidised and randomly profiled steel panels dramatically recalling the fractured terrain of the exterior cladding” (building.co.uk)

Museum Panoramic

Museum Panoramic

Interesting little passage close to docks

Interesting little passage close to docks

Nicknamed

Nicknamed “Samson and Goliath Cranes”… They are huge!!!

Sooo many old church buildings dating back centuries. Never quite took enough photos to do justice of just how many I saw.

Sooo many lush old church buildings dating back centuries. Never took quite enough photos to do justice for just how many I saw.

Leaving Belfast

Leaving Belfast

Leaving the city of a thousand hills (as I call it)

Leaving the city of a thousand hills (as I call it)

Belfast International

Belfast International

On cloud 9..

On cloud 9..

4 Month Review: April 2015

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Belfast, Northern Ireland

Four months and an award!

Thanks so much for stopping by and engaging with the material. It’s been a fun ride so far. There’s a lot more stuff currently in draft format, so stay tuned as it will soon be ready to post. In the mean time, here’s a review of the last months posts.

All Posts (April 12 – May 12)

Creative Blogger Award [BLOG AWARD] – My first ever blogging award. Woohoooo!!!! I was nominated for this because of my poetry’s said eloquence, thought-provoking nature and Christian themes. This came as a great surprise and encouragement for me at a time when my university deadlines were looming.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/creative-blogger-award/

– Kent in Spring [PHOTOGRAPHY] – Capturing the colourful, peaceful landscapes and plants that make the Kent countryside so beautiful. I loved spending a few days in the county better known as ‘The Garden of England’.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/kent-in-spring/

Robert Louis Stevenson Quote [FOOD FOR THOUGHT] – Words of wisdom from a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/robert-louis-stevenson-quote/

INSPIRATIONAL + UPLIFTING MUSIC WEEK

For one week last month, I shared a song-a-day that I found inspirational, uplifting or thought-provoking. Each song I found helpful while working on my final university assignment. Have a listen!

#1: “Always” – by Kirk Franklin [MUSIC] – Old but gold. This one always conjures up beautiful, nostalgic memories of years gone by. Almost all of Kirk’s music I find to be uplifting, musically outstanding, and lyrically on-point. This one is certainly no different.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/always-by-kirk-franklin/

#2: “Can’t give up now” – by Mary Mary [MUSIC] – Words so poignant, yet rich in depth and meaning, lifting up the wounded, depressed and broken heart. Written in 2001, the weight of the words have added significance following the sad and sudden events of 9/11. “Nobody told me the road would be easy and I don’t believe he’s brought me this far to leave me”

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/cant-give-up-now-by-mary-mary/

#3: “Beautifully Made” – by Leah Smith [MUSIC] – Appropriately named (after the way it was put together), this relaxing and reflective song challenges low self-esteem and a lack of self worth, while reminding us of the words from the Psalms which say: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/beautifully-made-by-leah-smith/

#4: “Did it again” – by Guvna B [MUSIC] – With lyrics like “I did it again!” “Where do I go?” “Don’t wanna be a slave to this”.. and “Feels like I’m trapped inside”, this song serves as a deep, honest, personal reflection for when we’ve done wrong – knowingly or not – but offers hope at the end.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/did-it-again-by-guvna-b/

#5: “My life is in your hands” – by Kirk Franklin [MUSIC] – Powerful, powerful song! One of my favourite especially when faced with tough life challenges. This song served as a personal comfort the past few years as close members of my wider family sadly passed away.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/my-life-is-in-your-hands-by-kirk-franklin/

#6: “Looking for love” – by Trip Lee [MUSIC] – “You’ve tried the pleasures of this world but still there’s something missing, ‘coz’ when you close your eyes at night you can feel your heart still searching..”

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/looking-for-love-by-trip-lee/

Looking for Love – by Trip Lee

Abstract:

Join me this week as I share a song each day that I find Inspirational, uplifting, thought-provoking or simply beautiful.

Day 6:

Looking for love – Trip Lee

“You’ve tried the pleasures of this world but still there’s something missing, coz when you close your eyes at nights you can feel your hearts still searching, I know you’re tired of being let down so you look for love in all the wrong places, so search no more coz its the life of Christ your souls been missing.”

Have a listen! 🙂

My life is in your hands – by Kirk Franklin

Abstract:

Join me this week as I share a song each day that I find Inspirational, uplifting, thought-provoking or simply beautiful.

Day 5:

My life is in your hands – Kirk Franklin

Powerful, powerful song! One of my favourite especially when faced with tough life challenges. This song served as a personal comfort the past few years as close members of my wider family sadly passed away.

When trying to make sense of life, it’s challenges, trials, hurts and pains, the words of this song remind me that no matter what life throws at me, if I’ve put my trust and hope in Jesus, he will help me through. But He is not just the ‘God of the storm’ or a crutch to hold me up in difficult times. He’s always there come rain or sun. Even when my trial seems like an incomprehensible wave about to swallow me in, I know my God is bigger than the storm. I feel that the words of the song speak more eloquently than I ever could, so here they are 🙂

Lyrics:

You don’t have to worry,
And don’t you be afraid,
Joy comes in the morning,
Troubles they don’t last always,
For there’s a friend in Jesus,
Who will wipe your tears away,
And if your heart is broken,
Just lift your hands and say.

Oh
I know that I can make it,
I know that I can stand,
No matter what may come my way,
My life is in your hands.

With Jesus I can take it,
With Him I know I can stand,
No matter what may come my way,
My life is in your hands.

So when your tests and trials,
They seem to get you down,
And all your friends and loved ones,
Are nowhere to be found,
Remember there’s a friend in Jesus,
Who will wipe your tears away,
And if you heart is broken,
Just lift your hands and say.

Oh
I know that I can make it,
I know that I can stand,
No matter what may come my way,
My life is in your hands.

With Jesus I can take it,
With Him I know I can stand,
No matter what may come my way,
My life is in your hands.

Lyrics courtesy of:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/kirkfranklin/mylifeisinyourhands.html

Did it again – by Guvna B

Abstract:

Join me this week as I share a song each day that I find Inspirational, uplifting, thought-provoking or simply beautiful.

Day 4:

Did it again – Guvna B

With lyrics like “I did it again!” “Where do I go?” “Don’t wanna be a slave to this”.. and “Feels like I’m trapped inside”, this song serves as a deep, honest, personal reflection for when we’ve done wrong – knowingly or not – but offers hope at the end. Guvna B writes about the knowledge that there’s always a way out of our struggles. Always! Don’t be led to believe the lie that you’re all alone in your struggles. We’ve all been there. The bible even says this:

“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain that holds us. Chains of addiction, malice, deceit, anger, greed, selfishness, hatred, impurity, etc, etc, etc..

Worth a listen… 😀

Beautifully Made – by Leah Smith

Abstract:

Join me this week as each day I share some inspirational, uplifting, thought-provoking and beautiful music. Enjoy 🙂

Day 3:

Beautifully Made – Leah Smith

Appropriately named (after the way it was put together), this relaxing and reflective song challenges low self-esteem and a lack of self worth, while reminding us of the words from the Psalms which say:

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14)

If, like me, you love the sound of soft piano played beautifully alongside an amazing, smooth voice, then this song is the booiiiiy!!!!!!! Check it out. Easy to pick up and sing along to.

Lyrics:

I’ve had those days where I wanted to be someone else,

Not good enough just being me,

And I’ve had those times when I’ve looked into the mirror,

Not happy at all at what I’d see.

‘Cause I don’t feel special,
And I don’t feel beautiful,
And I don’t feel smart enough, strong enough, good enough –
feel like nothing at all,
But in times like these I come back to the truth that I have found.

I am beautifully and wonderfully made,
I am beautifully and wonderfully made.

You know all about the way that I am feeling,
‘Cause you have felt the same way before,
You’ve been hurt by the things people have said,
You have cried many nights alone on your bed,
You have big dreams, but don’t know if they’ll ever come true.

And you don’t feel special,
No, you don’t feel beautiful,
You don’t feel smart enough, strong enough, good enough –
feel like nothing at all,
But in times like these you come back to the truth that you have found.

You are beautifully and wonderfully made,
Yes, you are beautifully, you’re wonderfully made

La La La La Laaaaaa
La La La La Laaaaaa
Sure you’re not famous (you may not be),
And you may not be a millionaire (may not be a millionaire),
May not be the smartest one, the strongest one, the cutest one –
Find your identity elsewhere (La La La La La La Laaaa La),
And you’ll walk with your head held high,
See, I’ll smile ’cause I know that I…..

(Beautifully) and wonderfully made
(I am beautifully made)
Beautifully and wonderfully made
(Gonna walk with my head held high… with a smile on my face)
Beautifully and wonderfully made
(‘Cause I know; Yes I know)
Beautifully and wonderfully made
(That I am beautiful)
Beautifully and wonderfully made
(I know, I am….)

Beautifully and wonderfully

Beautifully and wonderfully made
Ohhhhhh
Heeeeeeeeeee, I know it’s true
I know it’s true
I’m beautifully made

Lyrics courtesy of:

http://www.lyrster.com/lyrics/beautifully-made-lyrics-leah-smith.html