The Lovely Lady Who Loves Tea

there was once a lovely lady who loves tea,  as graceful as a willow tree
slender and lithe and pretty
lives in extravagance, in Spanish -Mediterranean luxury home

 

its red tile roofs create shady overhangs
with large windows, exposed beams
features tall interior ceilings,
cool tile floors, lots of windows
bringing in a fresh breeze
she likes to decorate both indoors
and out with a bountiful flower
garden arrangements where tiny little birds flapping their wings are seen
singing tunes of melody unknown
the lovely lady who loves tea, weeping
as she sits in the window,  overlooking
an array of squatter area of improvised buildings, as shanties or shacks,  made of plywood, corrugated metal
sheets of plastic, cardboard boxes are its walls, lacks adequate infrastructure,
including proper sanitation, safe water supply,  drainage, and other basic necessities of human settlement
so the lovely lady who loves tea
is not only as graceful as a willow tree
but with a heart for the poor in the shanties, and built a store where goods are sold within a poor man’s soul
will you be like the lovely lady
who loves tea
not only as graceful as a willow tree
but with a kind and generous heart for the poor in the shanties?

 

P. S
COVID 19 has greatly affected our world today. My home country is not only suffering healthwise but economically as well. We are considered a third world country and we were in fact the first third world country to mandate national lockdown.

People are honestly on the brink of hunger. And any help would be really appreciated by many of our less fortunate brothers and sisters, however, though with the lockdown its impossible to reach out and help.

And at this point, we see a clearer distinction between the rich and the poor. The rich were able to stock up goods for the lockdown and they have the luxury of having daily regular meals as they please or wish, while many of our poor brothers and sisters can only afford food per meal basis. And I can’t imagine how they are doing now.

And the depiction of a luxurious house overlooking a squatters area is really true. From where I am we have the richest of rich and the poorest of poor and the boundary is basically just a sight away.

P.S.S.

It’s true too that once there was a lovely lady who built a store for the poor.

Linking also to https://murisopsis.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/looking-for-a-challenge/  with this as NPM prompt 2, use the following in a poem – willow, bird,  tea

Day 2 of  NaPoWriMo

Our (optional) prompt for the day takes a leaf from Schuyler’s book, as it were, and asks you to write a poem about a specific place —  a particular house or store or school or office.

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54 Comments

  1. Sadje says:

    Lovely poem and lovely lady.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks Sadje😊

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  2. A lovely poem, indeed! 😊

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks Punam…the challenge and lockdown are perfect poetry pitch.
      Lol..

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      1. Haha for sure! You are welcome, dear.

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      2. michnavs says:

        😁😁😁

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  3. sandomina says:

    Nice one from a lovely lady.

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    1. michnavs says:

      😊😊😊thank you😊

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  4. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    LOVE THIS HEROINE—AND YOUR MESSAGE! ❤

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Jonathan.

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  5. markmkane says:

    Such a great poem to read amidst all this chaos. Thanks for sharing your lovely words!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Mark..keep safe 😊

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  6. calmkate says:

    autobiographical Mich … sadly many here also have no funds for food or rent. It’s going to knock many lives around … so glad you could help ❤

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    1. michnavs says:

      Inspired by your life story, so i thought i’d start this way kate 😉😉😉

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      1. calmkate says:

        great idea … hadn’t realised I’d revealed much 😎

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      2. michnavs says:

        Lol…you inspired me so much😉

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      3. calmkate says:

        glad of that, go for it Michc ❤

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  7. Rupali says:

    Wonderful poem and great initiative Mich.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks Rupali..keep safe

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  8. Gina says:

    you chose tea like a common denominator, a substance enjoyed regardless of station in life. and tea is often like a solution to a problem, put the kettle on and problems can be solved. like you my heart goes out to the needy and poor in this season of change and uncertainty. we do our part, small ways but effectively help. don’t worry my friend, help will reach them somehow, we must also have faith in the good works of unseen forces. your poem is exquisite, it tells a story so beautifully.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Gina and i am glad you see the metaphor behind tea. Indeed it calms our senses and warms our hearts. And i pray that God will give these people the courage to hold on and believe.

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      1. Gina says:

        there will be breakthrough, especially when there are light bearers like you in this world for them.

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      2. michnavs says:

        🤗😇😇😇 we all should be bearer of light and hope..

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      3. Gina says:

        especially when we have great examples to follow

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  9. Such a kindhearted lady she sounds though has so much money and riches, Mich. In this scenario this will surely happen where the rich will get everything and the poor will be struggling. Everywhere it is the same and there are many good people who are giving them food and shelter though there is a lot of vastness. I too go out of my way to help the needy.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you for finding your way to help dear…it would mean a lot to those in need

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      1. Welcome Mich and that is what we all need to do today with these needy people who want basic things and we who have everything can surely be selfless and help them. Stay safe and take care.

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      2. michnavs says:

        Stay safe too dear..

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      3. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻😊😊😊😊

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  10. murisopsis says:

    So true in many countries where there is a economic divide – seen in sharp contrast divided by a small strip of land. A former coworker went to Med school on St. Kitts and when looking out her window she could see the modern buildings of the school and out another the shacks of the local population. For her it was an awakening.

    Great work to incorporate two prompts into one!! Wish I could “love” this one instead of just “like” it!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much and i am having a blast with your prompt words and yeyyy really enjoying.
      😊😊😊

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  11. mrswrangler says:

    Have a good weekend.

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    1. michnavs says:

      You too..thank you

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      1. mrswrangler says:

        Your welcome.

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  12. Beautifully written Mich. I so hope that the divide lessens and generosity and kindness reign.

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    1. michnavs says:

      I have always been hoping for that too Bridgid

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  13. Sweet poem indeed!
    I’ve been donating to food banks.
    Stay safe, Michelle!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh how wonderful stay safe too

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  14. Wonderfully written, Mich! And such an important message! We should all be MORE like the lovely lady!
    I think about this often and all of my adult life I have participated in fundraisers for food to feed people in the world who need food.
    Also, always participated in local food banks, feeding families and children and the homeless, and serving food at food kitchens, etc.
    Lately I’ve been thinking daily of people all around the world who are suffering and don’t even have enough food to get through these “lockdowns” and isolations. 😦
    (((HUGS))) and ❤

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    1. michnavs says:

      I am so delighted to hear people like you tell their share of story about donating for foods and other fundraisers for food. I really believe that we should not deprive these people of the basic necessity of survival and that is food..the world needs more of you Carolyn..

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  15. definitely love the details of the poem and the generosity it has. the sad part about our mahal na Pilipinas. Sigh.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Di ba nakakalungkot ung tipon isang tanaw lng ang pagitan ng mayaman sa mahirap.

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      1. totoo. saka nakakaiyak lang na yung mahihirap hindi pa matulungan din talaga ng gobyerno. lalo sa panahon na to.

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      2. michnavs says:

        Ang lungkot Rose..sobrang nakakalungkot

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      3. siiiigh. this too shall pass. ❤

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  16. charlypriest says:

    I think I have become that tea lady in Spain. Very well written, loved the structure, just everything. Great message as well. And I might add that here in Spain we might become quite quickly considered and being a third world country, but my guess is that humans beings we are we will find some way to keep our self´s from drowning. Hopefully more people do good than bad, but that is a wild one.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you for dropping by. Keep safe in there..stay healthy😊😊

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  17. judeitakali says:

    This was so beautifully written, I really enjoyed reading this and also drew some inspiration

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Jude..stay safe..

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      1. judeitakali says:

        You too Michelle

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  18. Amazing poem👌🏾

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