The Dreaded Scourge

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Coronavirus. Covid-19. Corona. The Virus. Delta variant.

I hope that by now we have educated ourselves on the Pandemic. And that we are keeping ourselves up-to-date with the new developments and new instructions. In addition, emphasising the prayerful, fervent hope to rid ourselves of this dreadful scourge. God willing, we must, do this.

It goes without saying, that we all must still stick with the SOPs, don face masks, observe the required distance, and, most imperative, have the mandatory two doses of the vaccine.

All the above directions, including other vital rules that I may have overlooked, must be, and should be, strictly adhered to.

Now, to get down to brass tacks..

While this volatile virus reigns, let us not forget to be grateful for the beauty of life.

Whenever a new day dawns, pause to notice the spectacular and stunning blessings that surround us — it is God’s Grace that lovingly envelops us. For this, we need to be ever grateful and truly thankful to Him.

Indeed, yes!

Make note of the clear blue skies as they form a comforting canopy above us, where a happy variety of our feathered friends fly and swoop down to entertain us.

The essential mantra: Stop and smell the roses!

So, as we go along in life, do not be in haste, but savour every moment. Cherish loved ones; do not forget the extended family members, and, maybe, other relatives whom we have never met.

Organise video calls and talks. Media technology has progressed immensely. Such types of communication can raise one’s spirit and boost morales. Learn how to become a techie savvy.

Nature, positively plays a precious part in helping us to de-stress. It calms us and refreshes our hearts, bodies, mind and soul.

Therefore, spend time outdoors, and breathe. Take in energy when inhaling; then exhale the dirty, grey stress.

Notice the trees, both deciduous and coniferous, how they majestically paint the horizon with their cheery hues of greens, russets, yellows, browns and beiges. In addition, their varied fragrances, musk and eucalyptus, delightfully tickle our fancy and awaken our spirits.

Observe people, young and old alike, as they continue with their routines. Some walk briskly; a few dressed to the nines and, possibly, the nervous looking ones, have appointments for job interviews. Moreover, youngsters, skateboard or rollerblade, chitchatting and laughing as they go along their way. How cheery!

Yes! These (and much more) are the Blessings galore which He has granted us with.

Hearth and home. Due to the Virus experience, we have, finally, become more closer to our families.

Grandpas and grandmas are now recognised as an integral part of family life. Parents, even, are now well-respected, cherished and dearly loved. Splendid emotions create beautiful memories.

How absolutely delightful! Global love prevails, and respect reigns supreme. Without a doubt, Covid-19, most certainly, has changed the world.

We are more united and compassionate of others. We play safe, by wearing face masks and maintaining the SOPs. Sanitisers and soaps are being regularly used as never before.

So, please stay safe and keep others safe as well. Wear a mask!

God bless us all to be ever-loving, patient and tolerant with each other.

Amen/Ameen.

Maloquacious © 2021


2021 – a big hug!

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“Gratitude is the easiest & most powerful way to transform your life. Become truly grateful, & you will magnetize everything you need.”

What a lovely thought to start the new year! Happy thoughts of health, joy and compassion. I am so grateful to welcome in another year to help me fulfil my oh-so many hopes, dreams and wishes.

2020, unfortunately, was a dreadful year, with the destructive, and, in many cases, fatal Coronavirus. People, in millions, fell victim to this ruthless evil force. 

But now, together, we look forward to 2021 — blessings of special success and good health — by His infinite Mercy and endless Love. 

As we celebrate, let us remember family, friends, strangers, children, babies – all citizens of the world, no matter where they reside, regardless of race, colour and creed. 

Extend a warm, loving handshake of peace and kindness. For we are all God’s children.

Send a prayer out to those who are battling inner demons…may they feel the calmness they so long for.

…strength for those struggling with health issues…may they find comfort and ease.

…courage for youngsters that are troubled by peer pressure…may they gain the confidence to stand tall.

Amen.

Here, I would like to include my special thoughts, that are sent out to everyone…

May God embrace you with His love and mercy.

May you enjoy good health and success

May happiness be yours

May your dreams be realised

And your hopes and wishes too.

May His light shine upon your home,

And keep you, your loved ones safe.

‘Tis the time for reconciliation

A warm embrace, forgiveness too.

Treasure old acquaintances,

Welcome new friends.

Cherish memories of the past!

Enjoy new experiences.

Have fun and celebrate.

Life is like a tapestry of magnificence..

That is interwoven with precious family and friends.

Allow compassion for everyone, young and old alike

Be strong in sorrow and steadfast in trials,

Let not setbacks discourage, but rather stir up fierce determination.

Value health, it’s His greatest gift.

Breathe the air and be thankful

Thankful for the sense of sight, smell, taste, touch

And listen to the sound of the Joy of Life!

Accept bright challenges,

Welcome new responsibilities.

Dare to be remarkable

Dare to be positive

And, above all, dare to be good!

May 2021 be a better year, your BEST one in every way!

Thank you for being a part of my life. 

Peace. 

God bless. ❤️


Maloquacious © 2021

 

 

Coffee and cake anyone?

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With His Grace, the days will come again when…

..bright sunshine shall drape us with love, healing, peace and joy;

..the giggles of grandchildren will echo in hearts and homes;

..smiling friends will enjoy coffee and cake with us;

..frail elderly shall regain the strength and the focus to walk on;

..babies and toddlers will gurgle ‘n coo, toddle ‘n hobble outdoors in parks;

..colourful weddings and customary celebrations will roll in the fun and fiesta;

..shops and malls, once again, crowded; food courts noisily bustle with hungry throngs;

..frontline caregivers, docs, nurses, are very dearly, gratefully blessed for their unconditional care and compassion.

Indeed!

..so as life gets back to normal.. delightful smiles, wide grins and deep gratitude reign;

Sense and Sensibility, Kindness, Generosity and all Good will prevail.

Forgive us, therefore, O Lord, we do implore, for all the wrongs that we have done;

Kindly, bless us, O Lord, with Love, Peace, Health, Patience, Tolerance, Mercy and Forgiveness .

Aye! Most earnestly, we beg Thee. We really do!

For we, pronto pause to reflect…to ponder… and to rectify.

Dear folks..

Hence, it’s now or never that we must change ourselves..

Transform ourselves. Now! .. Not later. But sooner.

..To become better than our yesterdays —  for a better, fitter tomorrow.

As only then, united, can we comfortably ask: “Coffee and cake anyone?”

Maloquacious © 2020

Home alone with me, myself and I

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Well, here I am. Staying at home. Like a good little girl.

Travelling from room to room, noticing things that I never actually ‘noticed’ before. Such as…


… That there are blah-blah tiles in the kitchen.

… That no matter how many times I open the fridge, fairy godmother isn’t going to gift me chocolates and ice cream.

… That the painting in the lounge is hanging crooked.

… That sweeping rooms is backbreaking. Totally.

… That when I am hungry, I, myself, must cook as ordering outside food is a big No-No.

… That I am playing Scrabble and Boggle most of the time. By myself.

… That I tend to video call my friends at odd times…. one chum was even in the shower. OMG.

… That dusting rooms is a daily task.

… That I mostly forward humorous posts on WhatsApp… basically to make myself laugh and smile.

… That I am becoming rather sick of receiving videos about the Coronavirus.

… That I love my family and friends. Most of all, I absolutely adore my grandchildren.

… That I endeavour to be positive, tossing aside negativity, and thus raising my spirits.

… That I am constantly thinking of the Almighty, while reciting His prayers.

… That I feel I have become a better person, by strengthening my faith.

… That I never take anything or anyone for granted anymore, but display enormous Gratitude.

… That I realise that what He really wants is for mankind to be more patient, tolerant, kind and compassionate.


“Enough is enough!” He declared;

“I am much greater than your arrogance, evilness and greed!” He thundered.


And, then…

He showed us all … by unleashing His almightiness, His supremacy, His invincibility.

… And man proved powerless, frail and weak.

 


Maloquacious © 2020
 

2020 — Happy New Year blessings!

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What a lovely start to the new year! Happy thoughts of health, joy and compassion. I am so grateful to welcome in another year to help me fulfil my oh-so many hopes, dreams and aspirations. Thank You!

Indeed, yes, a wonderful way to kick in 2020… Colourful buntings and balloons, orange and white!

As we celebrate, let us remember family, friends, strangers, children, babies – all citizens of the world, no matter where they reside, regardless of race, religion, colour and creed. Let’s extend a warm, loving handshake of peace and kindness. For we are all God’s children.

Send a prayer out to those who are battling inner demons…may they feel the calmness they so long for.

…strength for those struggling with health issues…may they find comfort and ease.

…courage for youngsters who are troubled by peer pressure…may they gain the confidence to stand tall.

Amen.

Here, I would like to include my special thoughts, that are sent out to everyone…

May God embrace you with His love and mercy.

May you enjoy good health and success

May happiness be yours,

May your dreams be realised,

And your hopes and wishes too.

May His light shine upon your home,

And keep you, your loved ones safe.

‘Tis the time for reconciliation,

A warm embrace, forgiveness too.

Treasure old acquaintances,

Welcome new friends.

Cherish memories of the past!

Enjoy new experiences.

Have fun and celebrate.

Life is like a tapestry of magnificence..

That is interwoven with precious family and friends.

Allow compassion for everyone, young and old alike,

Be strong in sorrow and steadfast in trials,

Let not setbacks discourage, but rather stir up fierce determination.

Value health, it’s His greatest gift.

Breathe the air and be thankful,

Thankful for the sense of sight, smell, taste, touch

And listen to the sound of the Joy of Life!

Accept bright challenges,

Welcome new responsibilities.

Dare to be remarkable,

Dare to be positive,

And, above all, dare to be good!

May this year – 2020 – be your best one yet!

Thank you for being a part of my life. Peace. Love and Light. God bless.


Maloquacious © 2020 

Merry Christmas! …. (sing along)

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Sing along to the tune of “Jingle Bells” …. enjoy!

 

Christmas lights, Christmas lights

Twinkling  every day,

Sparkling tinsel, gold and bright

Shimmering all the way.

 

Hey!

 

Kids giggle ‘round the Xmas tree

It’s so much fun to view,

‘Tis also merry, jolly good show

When snowflakes flutter on you.


Hey!

 

Reindeer trotting here and there

Red-nosed Rudolph, wait, there’s more..

Santa’s happy, jolly and cheerful

Filling his sleigh with gifts galore.


Hey!

 

Children giggling here and there

It’s fun to frolic in the snow,

Oh, what a smashing, wonderful sight

To see them sleigh, all down the snow.


Hey!

 

Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way,

Everyone, young, old, alike

I wish a “Merry Christmas” day!

 

Christmas blessings and Season’s greetings!

🎅🏻🎄2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣0️⃣🎉🥰

 


Maloquacious © 2019

 

Cooking rats, a newt and a juicy, fat lizzie!

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Hush! Watch out, watch out, people, do watch out!

Loadsa wicked witches on brooms are flying about!


If you’re not wary, chary; a bit unprepared, my friend,

Evil spells will hit – aargh, that could be your end!

 

Withered old crones jet out with spell books perched upon their brooms,

Packed with sinister, witchy designs – yikes, the big danger looms!


A coven is toiling, all witches a-busy,

Cooking rats, a newt and a juicy, fat lizzie!

 

Cauldrons hot up a-bubbling and boiling, with..

Spiders, scorpions, snakes – aye, ‘tis no myth!

 

Meanwhile, spooks, ghouls, draculas and ghosties,

Tootle hither-thither, helter-skelter, tipple-tail with ease!


Jack-o-lanterns, beam their evil grins,

Wispy cobwebs bait flies, fleas ‘n even vermins!

 

Skeletons rattle, vampire bats go a-screeching,

Chains jangle, jet black ravens go a-shrieking!

 

Shouts of “Trick or treat!” echo all around,

As excited children frolic in every ground!

 

Yes, indeed, folks, ‘tis a night to remember,

For Halloween comes just once – in every October!

 


Maloquacious © 2019

The stork arrives – twice!

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My life is filled with bounties galore, abundant blessings,

Just harken, pause, and observe.. as the bonny bird sings;

Trills, it does, melodiously, on His omnipresence, His mighty glory,

For you, me, him and her……for all mankind to see.

 

And so, in my heart, I now passionately embrace,

Grandkiddies, most delightful, gifted by His Grace;

Ecstatically, I do declare, it was love at first glimpse,

A girl, a boy – such darling, mischievous little imps!

 

Cuddlesome, two bundles – one pink, and one blue,

Tiny toes, dimply smiles, and chubby cheeks, too;

The giggles, the gurgles, the chuckles as well,

My cup runneth over….you all, I must tell.

 

Sense I, enormous gratitude, contentment, immense joy,

For my two adorable, bubbly, precious girl and boy;

O beloved Almighty, with thanks, I must confess,

For every day, every minute, I utter: “God bless!”

 

Maloquacious © 2019

Befuddled feathered folk

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Two birds wandered along a path, a-waddling;

As feathered folk often do.

“Quack”, said one, “Quack,” again, said he, a-dawdling;

As daydreamers often do.

 

“Jack,” said Mac, the other bird, a-jostling;

“What think ye of us?” he asked, as wise ones often do.

Looking up, he spied the sun and clouds a-bustling;

In windy weather, as they often do.

 

“Ah,” said Jack to Mac, squawked he, a-lumbering;

As befuddled folk often do.

“Dun-no”, cackled Jack, “Dun-no,” along the path a-swaggering;

With brows puckered, as the baffled often do.

 

Mac looked at Jack, Jack looked at Mac, and Jack winked;

As funny bunnies often do.

“After all these years of waddling, dawdling, jostling, bustling,

Lumbering, swaggering, I still dunno…….”

 

“Are we ducks, swans or geese?

Do tell me, please!”

 

Maloquacious © 2019

Enchanted fields of dreams

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Gosh! I very nearly missed the train.

With minutes to spare, I quickly sit back in the seat, quite breathless.

That hectic meeting with business associates went on till eternity!

Phew. I now relax.

Breathe.

I smile, and look out the window.

The swaying motion of the train plays a gentle lullaby.

I feel my lashes softly rest upon my cheeks.

My mind quiet, my thoughts silenced.

I drift away…

The train ride takes me through enchanted fields of dreams.

Fairies abound and…

Quaint little magical castles in which elves dwell.

Gnomes go helter-skelter beneath ivy creepers.

Pixies up to no good, grin from ear to ear.

Trolls, grumpy, stomp up and down wooden picket fences.

Unicorns, majestic, gallop with other steeds.

Witches pick roots and insects for cauldrons.

Hobbits emerge from dainty grassy dwellings.

Fields of fifty shades of green, stretch as far as the eyes can see.

Then, trees. Trees, and more trees.

One tree suddenly appears near the window.

A leafless one. Branches, draped in brown. Naked.

But on looking closely, I observe tiny green buds, polka dotted here and there.

Each bud, waiting, rather impatiently, to dramatically burst forth into life and bring with it, a rich harvest of hopes and dreams for a fruitful tomorrow.

And, the moment one small bud opens, my eyes too, open at the announcement of my destination.

As I step out onto the platform, I breathe. Deeply.

And, I smile. It’s a new day…for a promising tomorrow; a verdant future.

Just as the enchanted fields of dreams foretold.

 

Maloquacious © 2019