Day 3: Five Star

Prompt: Who was the last person you texted? Write a five line poem to that person.

FIVE STAR

I DON’T CARE IF YOU’VE BEEN TO THE RITZ

EATEN AT ELEVEN MADISON PARK OR

DIPPED YOUR FINGERS IN GOLD

NO ONE GIVES A FUCK IF YOU’VE BEEN TO FIVE STAR PLACES

BECAUSE YOU ARE A ONE STAR BITCH

Suffice to say, you’ll find this person to be unpleasant based on the poem.

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Day 2: A Love Haiku

Prompt: Write a haiku. They’re often about nature, but yours can be about anything.

A Love Haiku

Love, ever the storm

Raging in my heart till I

Shiver in your warmth

I’ve written my haiku about a darker shade of love: destructive love. I chose this form because in my opinion, love is not quite so happy and perfect as it is made out to be. Sometimes it is harmful to us. Loving someone can flood you with the most intense feelings possible but in the process it can also give life to hidden insecurities and damage the way you feel about yourself.

Love hides behind a facade of simplicity and simplicity in itself is the greatest deception of all. Human beings have a notion that love is a shield against the world, that it can mend their broken hearts and stitch the wounds of misfortune but it is not so. Sometimes it is pain wrapped in a pretty little package begging to be felt. Sometimes we love something or someone and it is beyond our control but slowly as this love grows stronger, the more corroded we become inside. It is a love that strangles you, yet you cannot breathe any better by loosening its noose around your neck.

So all in all, love is not a happily ever after. It can be quite the controversy. The simplest way to put it is that it can be a drug that we become addicted to even though it hurts us in the long term.  I think if you want to fall in love, you ought to be prepared to take the rough with the smooth.

 

Book a Day (Days 26-30)

Day 26: Should have sold more copies

Melvin Burgess is well-known as the author of Junk which try as I might, I cannot get my hands on a copy but Kill All Enemies was simply brilliant. Dubbed as ‘found fiction’ by the author himself, the plot  revolves around three teenagers whose lives are explored through their own points of view being alternated to meld as well as individuate them.

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Day 27:Would be one of the characters

I started reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and I’m so invested in the chilling nature of the book, be it the setting or the old black and white photographs that reinforce it. Having always been a fan of thriller movies and novels, I’d love to be a character in this book. There’s something fascinating in fear of the unknown and I would love to try and dig up what ought to be left alone (maybe I should be worried about this interest of mine?).

Day 28: Bought at my favourite independent bookshop

I love a bookshop called Blossoms on Brigade Road, Bangalore. It’s a fantastic place for book lovers because of the wide array of books on sale and the guaranteed discount on each title. Recently, I sold some books for store credit and used it to purchase The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne whose writing I found captivating after reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. I’m looking forward to reading this one!

Day 29:The one I have re-read the most

I first read Perks of Being a Wallflower when I was 15 and again when I was 18 and what I’ve found is that I could relate to it in different ways at different ages so I’d say it’s timeless in its themes of homosexuality, sexual abuse and the importance of love and friendship. Perhaps when I read it again when I’m 25, I’ll discover other ways to connect to the content!

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Day 15: Would save if my house burned down

This is a tough one and after thinking very hard and attempting to make a decision, I had to accept that I couldn’t.  So honestly, I don’t know but by some miracle I hope I can lug out as many as I can!

 

Demi Lovato’s Tribute to LGBT Rights

Partly filmed at the Los Angeles’ Pride celebration, Demi Lovato’s ‘Really Don’t Care’ video spreads the message about LGBT rights as well as awareness concerning the community which is wonderful to see.

While the song is actually a flip off to an old ex, the video is geared at pointing the finger to homophobic demonstrators at homophobic demonstrators at L.A Pride celebration on June 8 as she declares “You don’t have to hate because my Jesus loves all!” before jumping into the pumped up track.

Whether or not you actually like the tune actually becomes irrelevant because the video sends a positive message to everyone who watches it.  In my opinion, it’s a great way to use social media and status since Demi is an influential and inspirational figure to many including me.

Lovato’s grandfather was a trailblazer in the fight for gay rights and she says this spirit reflects in her as well. It looks like she’s definitely headed in the right direction!