Concubine Lane-Ipoh

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Splendid, beautiful and warm
That’s what you are, full of charm

But history was unkind
To the truth, some were blind

Your story was interestingly told
By many as they stroll, young and old

Tell tales has it, you were gifted
By a wealthy man indeed

Some whispered you were the haven
Of love untold and forbidden

You’re a silent witness
Of the truth there is that says

“I am but a memory
Of glorious past of history”.

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Inspired by my recent visit to The Concubine Lane, in Old Town Ipoh, Perak.

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The Concubine Lane has history that goes all the way back to 1892 when parts of Old Town Ipoh were rebuilt after a fire. The Concubine Lanes were part of the rebuilt which was owned by a mining tycoon who have said to give these lanes to his three wives. Thus the locals call it, the wife’s lane, concubine lane and the second concubine lane. Another version of the story is said to be that these are the lanes to which the rich men hid their second wives.

Regardless of the validity of the story, the Concubine Lane is a beautiful reminder that no matter what happens, we continue to persevere and live the life we love. We will be UPROOTED sometimes, we will be CHALLENGED, and we will be BROKEN; know that these are nothing but part of a greater plan, for us to become the better if not the best version of ourselves.

After the fire that hit the Old Town Ipoh in 1892, its people have been resilient and dedicated in their pursuit of bringing back the glory that the the place used to have.

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Today, Old Town Ipoh, stands majestically as one of the places to visit in Ipoh. The crumbled walls and broken architecture are reminders of its past: the once broken, the once burned down, the once forgotten has risen again.

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The Concubine Lane is one of the distinct and remarkable areas in Old Town Ipoh, which at the same has a story many wil not be happy about. Having said that, Concubine Lane has inspired people to learn to understand the diverse culture of Malaysia through its vibrant colors, its cafes, its novelty shops and its walls. Most importantly it teaches us a very important lesson in life; a lesson that says,  no matter what people think or say about you, you stand by your beliefs, your values and your idealism. You rise up above criticisms and continue to inspire others to be good. Every wall and every corner of Concubine Lane is a manefistation that one can learn to better themselves amidst all the crisis and tribulations.

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The Concubine Lane is a testament of love. And as we walk along its corners, know that it will be a silent witness to a love’s sweet whispers, a child’s biggest dream, a mother’s plea, a husband’s triumph and of dreams do come true.

Posted for calmkate’s Friday-fun- Uprooted https://aroused.blog/2019/07/06/friday-fun-uprooted/

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Respect

When all else fail
and respect is gone
listen to your own heartbeat
and you will hear
the sound of your own voice
screaming silently with courtesy
and consideration

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Respect comes in different forms and appears in various LAYERS it could be a show of  esteem or honor for someone or something. An example of respect is being quiet in a church or truly listening to someone speak. Walking around, rather than through, in a  protected wilderness is also an example of respect.

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The children’s book I read from the National Library of Singapore which has inspired me to write is poem

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This part really touches my heart.

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Written for calmkate’s yFriday fun challenge – layers https://aroused.blog/2019/06/29/friday-fun-layers/

Helen of Troy

If silence has voice
It could have screamed
A million little cries
And if Helen of Troy had a choice
She would have made a statement
When she was stripped down and displayed
For men of war to choose

Kidnapped by Paris, or did she willingly escape?

If words are wounded
It could have bled
A thousand sudden deaths
And if Helen of Troy had a choice
She would have rather died than fled away
And set off a war of 10 years array

Did she find happiness and love in its way?

If Helen of Troy had lived
She could have inspired millions
Of beautiful women around
In search for love and acceptance
With dignity to behold
Worthy of love untold

Would you rather scream silently, or bleed profusely?

Note:

In Greek mythology, Helen of Troy also known as Helen of Sparta, was said to have been the most beautiful woman in the world. She was married to King Menelaus of Sparta but was abducted by Prince Paris of Troy after the goddess Aphrodite promised her to him in the Judgement of Paris

Written for kate’s  Friday Mythical Photo Challene, hop in to join he fun https://aroused.blog/2019/05/04/friday-foto-fun-mythical/

I took the challenge of writing a poem about one of my favorite characters in Greek Mythology.

And below is a photo of a butterfly worthy of being called beautiful like Helen of Troy.

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Mirthless Muse -poem

 

The flowers move as you sway

the wind catches you to stay

The bees trace your track

trying to catch you back

 

Your lovely that’s what they say

your smile brightens their day

Your scent makes them shiver

as you walk down and ponder

One day the flowers move no more
the wind stood still colder

 

The bees loses your track

they don’t want you back

You were sad and lonely

your smile makes their day cloudy
Your scent makes them grieve

as you sat in deep bereave

Maybe the gods cursed you today

no, a hesitant bee say

Maybe  someone works its way

to make you forlorn lady

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P.S.

I am reposting an old poem. This was written and published here at WP on my first month of blogging many years ago.
When i saw the photo prompt of Helene of Willow Poetry,  i knew this one fits in.
What do you See? Feb/26/2019

This is likewise in honor of Gina’s recent post https://alifelesslivedblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/24/chaos-to-community-reflections/
It’s not easy to live a challenging life and face the world with a smile. It takes a lot of courage. Gina on her post emphasized the beauty of keeping your composure with a smile amidst chaos. And how many of us can do that?

We’ve heard many times the phrase “there’s always a rainbow after the rain”; i say why wait for the rainbow when you can learn to love and enjoy the blessings brought about by the rain? Even if the rain turns out to be a storm, i believe, that storm or any storm for that matter will bring a lot of good than bad to us.

P.S.

Can you smile beautifully when your heart is in chaos? Or can you still see the good even in the worst situation?

Those Days

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you strum the guitar softly
and wrote songs with great melody
the crowd was cheering joyfully
your band playing rock n roll gently

those days, oh those thrilling days

we exchanged the sweetest hellos
and the saddest goobyes
the passionate and endearing kiss
lingering gaze, i remember always

those days, oh those enchanting days

your melody was my second heart beat
and your smile was romantic,
promising and charming

those days where the sweetest of you

How Much Longer -poem

How much longer can one bear the hurt
of a broken hope and a curtailed dream?

How much longer?
For i already don’t know.

How much longer can one smile,
over a bruised and wounded heart?

How much longer?
For i already don’t know.

The pain is too harrowing to feel.

I am numbed.

I don’t know.

 

Written for: What do you See?  Tuesday – Nov/13/2018 –

This week’s prompt:

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