Is This Still Me?

is this still me? …. by VJ Knutson

One Woman's Quest

Was that really me
fought for feminine rights,
persistent to the win?

And was that me
lied about her age
strapped on work clothes
bore responsibility?

And did you know her
that obstinate teen
who defied tradition
and chased an education?

Where did she go,
a faint memory now,
how life tamed her,
taught her subservience

to bury her light
in the shadow of men’s
dreams, that toil should be
selfless, and love for other.

Listen, and you will hear
her echo, faint but growing,
the sound of a mind burning,
the laughter of a soul on fire.

(For Reena’s Exploration challenge: Was that really me?, and Eugi’s Weekly prompt: laughter.  Image from personal collection.)

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge # 118 – Options

Options .. by Sadje

Keep it alive

Reenais the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.

Here’s our prompt for this week…


This is a free-flow format of no rules and a space for exploration.


From the moment we are born, we are offered options in life. To a baby, these may just be to cry or not to cry, but as we grow older, the scope of the choices widens.

And when we become adults, there are serious choices to be made; career, place of residence, life partner, etc. it gets harder and harder because the options keep on multiplying. It’s like trying to find our way on a map where there are arrows pointing every which way!

How do we decide?

Do we blindly pick a path and follow it, or we make an educated guess?

Do we leave it to fate to guide our feet to the right path! All difficult questions…

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Call to Order

Call to order …. by rivrvlogr


Call to Order

Neither here nor there,
this place we find ourselves.

All direction lost,
we wander within boundaries

imposed, yet never observed,
the chaos of partisan politics

the true indicator
of our own limitations.

This is my response to Reena’s Exploration Challenge #118.

Image source: / drdevience
(edited here)

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #118 — One way?

One way … by Jade Li/Lisa

Tao Talk

Mainstream arrows all point the same
Consume, borrow, compete, obey
When thoughts ping pong another way
With pills, snorts, sips – “if” fades away

It’s chancy if you choose to play
Mind wanders, careful what you say
Land of the free – til you resist
Drowning waves come, you get my gist?

Get your message out, some will agree
Plant your acorns, some sprouting trees
Dig your own way, stories, art, poems
Warm truth lights. See? We’re not alone!

Reena Saxena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.  Reena says:
This is a free-flow format of no rules, and a space for exploration.  Choose your best mode of expression, and give vent to whatever you need to let out.

Today’s offering is a quatrain form poem.

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Renee’s Exploration Challenge Week 118

Nova Namaste’s take on Exploration Challenge #118

Nova's Namastè 365 Online

Find all the details for this exciting challenge here 😀

In a world that tirelessly pulls

Us in every direction,

All of which claim, has the “best” of

Intentions. We must remain true

To our soul intuition, allowing it to

Guide us, without hesitation.

With Love and Light

Nova Namastè

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #118 – Down But Not Out.

Down, but not out …. by Michael



It was a situation that could have gone in any direction. But it didn’t.

It was all downhill, and it was no one’s fault other than his own.

He could have argued it was because of the rain and he was unprepared. After all, it hadn’t rained for six months, everything was dead, and the rain when it came was something of a novelty and as such, his guard was down.

Also, he wore his new sandals which were not accustomed to the wet. The driveway was steep, exposed pebbles, running with the rain that had been falling all morning. New shoes, his mind on the drive he was about to take, the airport to collect his brother, he didn’t think of danger.

When it happened, it was all over in a second or two.

Down he went, his feet slipping out from beneath him, his hips hit the driveway…

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Uniform ….. by Aishwarya

Kitty's Verses

P.C :-Pinterest, Reena Saxena

Our journeys would’ve started at,

Different levels,

Different times,

Different dimensions,

At any point,

Our paths would or wouldn’t have met,

At any turn,

We would or wouldn’t be oblivious to each other’s presence,

At any bend,

We may or may not have visited each other’s paths,

One thing is for certain,

Whatever be our beginning,

Whatever crossroads we’d have traversed through,

Whosoever we choose to be,

Our final journey would always remain the same,


76 words.

Acknowledgements :- Thank you Reena Saxena for running the challenge at Reena’s Exploration Challenge # 118. The challenge is to write a piece based on the photo prompt. For rules please refer here. Thank you all for stopping by and reading.

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