ඉදිකටුපැන්චා – Little Green Bee-eater

Little Green Bee-eater – Merops orientalis ssp. ceylonicus

Merops orientalis ssp. ceylonicus

 

A Little Green Bee-eater captured at Kaudulla National Park, Sri Lanka.

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Butterfly

Butterfly

 

butterfly

“Butterflies are not insects,’ Captain John Sterling said soberly. ‘They are self-propelled flowers.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

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Nature

Nature

Nature

Full of rebellion, I would die, 
Or fight, or travel, or deny
That thou has aught to do with me.
O tame my heart; 
It is thy highest art
To captivate strong holds to thee.
If thou shalt let this venom lurk, 
And in suggestions fume and work, 
My soul will turn to bubbles straight, 
And thence by kind
Vanish into a wind, 
Making thy workmanship deceit.
O smooth my rugged heart, and there
Engrave thy rev'rend law and fear; 
Or make a new one, since the old
Is sapless grown, 
And a much fitter stone
To hide my dust, than thee to hold.

Nature by George Herbert

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Wilted

Wilted

wilted

Little blossom, thou and I
Both were born alike to die.
Less of time allowed to thee;
Haply, more Eternity.

Wilted by John Bannister Tabb

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Ruin

Ruin

Ruin

No light shines through curtains,
So thick with dust of time.
White lace and linen faded,
And cobwebs seen everywhere.

Ruin by Miss Havisham

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The Gap: Rich & Poor

Between the Rich and the Poor

 

poor

Who draws the gap between people? 
They call them rich, they call them poor
The rich squander in wealth and abundance
The poor wonder what to eat next time.
Who allows injustice as iron fists
Smashing down the humble dignity
Of the weak, elevating the powerful
To decide what for the poor is best?
Who wakes up in the middle of the night
Feeling the grumbling hungry tummy
Over an open roof and empty plates? 
Who orders trips to paradise during holidays
Hoarding bank shares and silver and gold? 

Between the Rich and the Poor by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

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Flame of Life

Fire and Ice

Fire Dancer

A Fire Dancer at The Kandy Esala Perahera, Sri Lanka.

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.........

Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

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The Courage of Women

The Courage of Women

women

I think of the courage of women,
 how they endure,
 how they walk miles to carry back water,
 silence their pain, apportion
 what's left behind of the rice.
 
Keepers of eggs without shells,
 they know how fragile the days are,
 hope can spill onto the ground.

The Courage of Women by Jane Glazer

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Brave Fishermen

Brave Fishermen

 

Sri Lankan Fishermen

 

How do I tell thee
as I stand freezing
watching waves on the sea
the wind squeezing
the breath from me.
How do I tell thee
I observe the fisherman
hauling his catch aside
getting all the fish he can
before the flow of the tide.
Well I am telling you
these fisherman young and old
watching the ebb and flow
and absolutely freezing cold.
So the next time we eat fish and chips
and that includes just me
The strength, determination and bravery
of these fisherman, they all deserve medals.
Risking life and limb so we can eat
Respect for the fisherman.

Brave Fishermen by Cheryl Love

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Ride the Waves

Ride the Waves

Ride the Waves

Life comes in waves,
Dualities, defined as;
Good and bad, happy and sad.
Blur the definitions,
Blur your perspective.
We learn through change,
We grow through pain.
Everything is as it should be,
Always, infinitely.

Ride the Waves by Sarah Jane

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