POETRY: Paralysation

Paralysation

I drifted freely through the air,

Content with never quite being caught,

Then I eased into your love and care,

My untrained heart began to be taught.

 

No label slammed upon my head,

And with a brave smile you agreed to it all,

Cadged like a bird was what I had dread,

But, your strength began to fall.

 

As we went on with the same routines,

You yearned to hold and to have me,

So, you burnt and stamped down your feelings,

‘Cause I was content with leaving it be.

 

We acted like lovers, some called us cute,

At times you believed my actions,

They weren’t a lie but I hid the truth,

My thoughts became personal captions.

 

Eventually it came, we both feel the same!

As my heart became unhidden,

I poured out my soul and offered you tame,

The lion into a kitten.

 

Then came the shock, the heartbreak, the rock,

That caused the realisation,

That you had stamped, burnt, and had got,

Into a state of paralysation.

 

It took me too long, to open my heart,

You can’t make yourself trust this action,

Now we’re back to just friends, with time apart,

Feelings undergoing retraction.

 

The lesson learnt here, is that the fear,

Can halt you in your path,

So hurdle and jump when you’re so near,

To find true happiness at last.

 

By Jody Dontje

EDUCATION EDITION: Want more followers?

WANT MORE FOLLOWERS? Here’s some hints that may help! 

 

Firstly, let me say a MASSIVE HELLO to you all (my fellow writing and education enthusiasts),

If you are new, welcome to the World of Blogging, and what an exciting journey you have embarked on! If you have been apart of this online world for awhile, then congratulations on your progress so far, and may your journey continue to grow more and more successful.

If you are reading this with a fiery passion in your belly, that sizzles and sparks with every new idea that comes about in your mind, then I say you are already on your way to becoming a successful online writer! These passions start off as desires, and then grow until they are what truly makes us happy in this forever changing world. Never, and I don’t usually throw this word around, but NEVER let anyone convince you to completely throw away these passions. They are what makes you great, they are what makes you alive, and what makes you unique as a human being.

If you don’t feel this such passion, then hopefully after reading this Education Edition, and after giving the blogging world a far chance, you might find it.

 

Now, without further ado, let me share some of my hints to help you grow your blogs success:

1) Write with Desire and to Inspire:

This may seem obvious, but as we begin to drown under the growing level of work and commitments that life flows towards us, we sometimes can write for the sake of writing, without enough thought. When we read an online blogging piece, we don’t necessarily know much about the author. Therefore, ensure that when you write, you let your passion drive the right words from your mind and into worldly view. If you are in a particular mindset, and lingering in a certain mood, then write to accommodate. What truly inspires a reader, is reading a piece that you can tell was written carefully, and with true emotion behind it. Success starts with us.

2) Write Regularly:

It may be difficult, and trust me, I know. Life has a tendency to steal our mind away from the pure enjoyment of lingering in imagination. Sometimes all we want is to write, but we never have the time. Well, my fellow writer, here’s a cliché for you, never say never. There is ALWAYS time, even if it just before bed, or first thing in the morning. If it is on a break that for the life of us should be longer, in between classes, in the doctors waiting area, at the playground with the children, on a bus, at the beach, or even in the shower! You would be surprised of when the best ideas may come to mind. To this I say, therefore, keep a pen and paper at the ready! Or even a phone or another electronic device, just always have something there to capture your creativity, and then edit and share with the online world!

3) Scroll and Support:

The blogging world is somewhat, to an extent, a give and get environment. Make yourself scroll down the newsfeed; read, like, comment and support other passionate beings! This is, after all, a collaborative world. Life is hard enough without the support of other growing beings and you’d be surprised how much support you receive if you give out your time to others, and not just expect others to give theirs.

4) Follow:

If you want supporters (followers), do you really believe they don’t want the same? I’m not saying press follow for every single being who you discover online, but I am saying that if you find a piece you like, if you are inspired by someone, then FOLLOW THEM! Why hide away like a silent stalker? Let yourself be known, follow others! This will truly work in your favour, as well, when your name becomes more familiar to more readers.

5) Special Space:

Your blog page and avatar is your own. Make it yours! As readers we like to know the people who we are truly inspired by.

– Personal Description:  Write a captivating and thought provoking description of yourself. Add in some interesting facts about yourself to make readers interested, or better yet, inspire them to ask questions. You want them to want to contact you!

– Avatar Photo: Choose an appropriate picture to represent you, avoid embarrassing selfies! Keep a level of professionalism. If you have done something truly inspiring and have a picture to show it, then why not share this with the blogging world! Don’t be a stranger!

– Widgets: Add more widgets to help you gain followers. For example, enable the email subscription widget, to allow non-blogging members to still support you through email. Personalise your space with widgets that aid your online writing goals.

– Navigation: Indeed this is a very important one! Do not have loud music or distracting images rushing around. Have an easy to navigate site that doesn’t leave the reader in a state of utter confusion, or shock when music blares suddenly out of their speakers. You want the reader to have a positive experience with your site, not feel the quick need to exit completely and never return. Yes, personalise your space, but do not forget a level of professionalism, and don’t lose your common-sense with it’s layout.

Safety Consideration: This is still an online environment where you don’t know the people on the other side of the screen, and, therefore, still be cautious of the information you do share. This includes pictures, and information about your exact location. Bank details and important passwords, of course, are completely off the sharing option list. Also, do not private email someone who do not have a very well supported blog. Even then, be cautious. Finally, NEVER meet up in person without careful precaution and consideration (such as taking a friend to a very public place).

 

Thank-you all for taking the time to read the FIRST Education Edition from The Nature of Writing and Education. I hope I have helped, and feel free to contact me if you have further inquiries or difficulty. Finally, feel free to SUPPORT MY SITE too, and I will look forward to seeing your growth as a writer.

 

Sincerely Jody Dontje

PERSONAL POST: The Appreciation of a Writer

Hi fellow Writing and Education Enthusiasts!

It has been quite awhile, I must say, since I have published a post that is not a Poetry or Prose piece. With this realisation in mind, I decided to make this post as another warm THANK-YOU to all those who have chosen to follow my journey as a writer.

One of the commonly occurring phrases is ‘Thank-you for caring about what others have to say’. To this I respond with, are we not all common human beings? Do we not all have some form of heartache, struggle, passion, strength and love? In a world forever changing, with each having a life of decisions and obstacles, why not band together and aid each others growth as successful beings? Indeed, I hope you all feel that my site is a space for sharing ideas and respecting opinions.

Do any of you have a theme request for a poem, prose or different written form? Perhaps you even request advice or aid? Feel free to express your thoughts.

Sincerely Jody

~ If you desire to write, do not refer to yourself as a to be Author, proudly call yourself a passionate Author now! Even if you are yet to be published, do not lose hope.

PROSE: Unseen

Unseen

The surface glistens as the vibrant rays caress the shimmering water. She looks out and feels the warmth of the sun and the coolness of the heat’s cure that her feet swishes lightly in.

She can hear the trickling of the water manoeuvring amongst the smooth rocks, and the rustling of the leaves, as chirping creatures glide with wings catching the tangy air waves.

She smiles a sad smile, a longing smile, as she repeats her wish quietly to herself. She thinks back to her fifth birthday, when she blew out all the candles. The cheers from her loved ones was confirmation that she was successful at this.

In that moment she had made a wish, and this was the very wish that she now repeats to herself; just like she has on every birthday since that first instance. She closes her eyes and breathes deeply in, listening, always listening, to the world around her.

She opens her eyes and lets out a slow breath of private sorrow as the world remains the same. She will never see the water glisten, or the lush green of the leaves, nor the softness of the birds’ feathers as they play freely in the sky.

She will never see the sparkle of the sun, or the beauty that she has now become. She will always have her enhanced hearing and imagination, though, and through a life of blindness, this will have to do.

This will have to do.

 

By Jody Dontje

~ My first published attempt at a prose form. Thoughts?

PERSONAL POST & POETRY: Thank-you!

This post is dedicated to all the supporters I have already gained. It means so much to have other passionate beings sharing their passions with me, and encouraging me to pursue my dreams. So I now say to you all,

Thank-you

I always desired to start a site,

But it was constantly an ‘I might’;

Life is so busy, it’s hard to make time,

To sit down and create a much loved rhyme.

 

Passion flowing deep inside,

It seemed to only deeply reside,

No time to let the ideas out,

Let my growing desire shout.

 

But now, finally, here we are,

The amount of support surprises me by far,

I appreciate each and every one of you,

And I truly seek to support you too.

 

Lets grow together as passionate beings,

Support each other as we keep achieving,

Like posts, comment, and seek to inspire,

Show the world our voice as one big choir!

 

Sincerely Jody

Take on the world, let your passions drive you to success!

Take on the world, let your passions drive you to success!

Do you have a desire to write, to learn or to educate other growing beings? Do you look over the vast ocean of rocky waves that is life and think, ‘I want to make a difference’? Good. Never let that passion go. Let it be your fuel as you take on any challenge life sets you.

I believe that we are all born with a natural desire to succeed in this forever changing world. As we grow this desire transforms into passions, and these passions are what drive us to succeed. Lets nurture these passions, and let the nature of writing, learning and sharing our knowledge through teaching take over.

We are social creatures of the world, so lets grow together and share our passion of writing and education!