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The Three Wise Monkeys #100WCGU

Posted on 16th March 2015 in 100WCGU

Three monkeys

The three wise monkeys they called themselves,

So crafty, so cunning and full of stealth.

Now that monkey three,  he’d said some stuff,

And as for monkey two, he’d heard enough,

Then little monkey one he could take no more –

The things he’d seen, made him cry and roar.

So the three monkeys went their separate ways,

They roamed around, alone for days.

Had each monkey known the other was a friend

They could have talked and worked a way to mend.

Instead each of them worried that no one cared.

How clever they could have been, if only they’d shared.

Created for 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week #171

Warum Ich Dich Liebe

Posted on 4th October 2011 in German/ poetry/ reasons why I love you

Ich liebe dein Gesicht
Deine lächelnden Augen
Die Tiefe deines Herzens
Deine bezaubende Seele

Ich liebe dich für deinen Mut
Für die Intensität deiner Gefühler
Ich liebe, dass du solche Barmherzigkeit zeigst
Und, dass es nichts gibt was du nicht teilen würdest

Ich liebe, dass ich an dich glaube
Ohne Frage, ohne Zweifel
Ich liebe, dass du an mich glaubst
Es scheint mir, du kennst mich in und auswendig

Ich liebe deine Geduld und dein Verständnis
Die Tiefen deiner Liebenswürdigkeit, egal was passiert,
Ich liebe, dass du dich als unzerbrechlich zeigst
Obwohl ich weiss, dass du es nicht bist

Ich liebe deine Zärtlichkeit
Die nur mit deine Stärke konkurriert wird
Ich liebe deine Gerechtigkeit
Und, dass du mir über nichts ausführlich sprechen musst

Ich liebe dein Optimismus,
Dass du glaubst, weil du glauben willst
Ich liebe deine Großzügigkeit
Dass du gibst ohne etwas dafür bekommen zu müssen

Deine Freundschaft zu haben ist für mich eine Ehre
Und ich hoffe dieses kleine Blog dir zeigen kann
Dass du der liebsten Mensch bist den ich überhaupt kenne;
Ich fühle mich geehrt, dass du in meiner Welt bist.

Reasons Why I Love You

Posted on 22nd February 2011 in love

I love your face
Your smiling eyes
Your bottomless heart
Your beautiful soul

I love you for your courage
For the depths to which you care
I love that you have compassion
And that there’s nothing you wont share

I love that I believe you
Without question, without doubt
I love that you believe in me
It feels like you know me inside and out

I love your patience, and understanding
The depth of your kindness, no matter what
I love that you seem unbreakable
Even though I know you’re not

I love your gentlessness
Which is only rivalled by your strength
I love your sense of rightness
And that you talk nothing to me at length

I love your optimism
That because you want to, you believe
I love your generosity
That you give not to receive

Your friendship is an honour
And I hope this little blog will show you
You are the kindest soul I’ve ever met
And it humbles me to know you

by CoffeeCurls

Socksy #OddSocks

Posted on 22nd November 2010 in odd socks/ onlydads/ poetry

When I’m cold and feeling the chill

They always make me feel brill

They may not be pretty

But they’re warm and snuggly

They may not match

But don’t say that they’re ugly


They never care

If I’ve washed my hair

Or done my make-up

So it’s ‘barely there’

They wait all day

Without complaint

Till I come home and then they’ve got a date


We stretch out on the sofa

My odd socks and me

We laze together and watch the telly

We drink sometimes wine and sometimes tea

And do you know what?

We feel all socksy!


This poem was written in support of @OnlyDads and the Oddsocks Christmas appeal.

OddSocks! OnlyDads needs your help this Christmas

This year, has been asked to decorate a Christmas Tree which will be placed in the Mediaeval Courtyard of the Dartington Hall Trust. It will be a wonderful setting for what we hope will be a memorable Tree.

The Dartington Hall Trust is committed to work in the fields of Arts, Sustainability and Social Justice. Picking up on these core themes, OnlyDads is inviting Mums and Dads to get involved in this event and we have proposed to have Socks as our theme. This is where you come in!


We aim to decorate the OnlyDads tree with hundreds of bright and wonderful socks. We are inviting parents of children to:

  • Make and/or decorate a sock that can be hung on the tree.  Artistic imagination will be required!
  • Ask the child to place a message in the sock – based on the following prompt “make a wish for your Dad?”. Being a Dad’s based lone parent organisation we know that many children will have Fathers who have died, or are absent, or in the case of some, their sole carer. For other children living with both Mum and Dad, this will still be a fun and creative exercise. The important thing for us is not to exclude any child from participating.

Then What?

The sustainability theme is important to us.  We will preserve all these important messages on a dedicated website to begin with. Thoughts are also being given to the publication of a book (with pictures of the decorated sock and the message accompanying it).

Given that Dartington Hall has such a vibrant interest in the Arts – thoughts are also being given to an Artist turn our Socks (and messages) into a permanent work of Art…the possibilities are endless.

Our “odd socks” theme seems to be catching! Please, grown-up or young person, if you want to draw a picture or write a poem about socks, just send it to us. These all add to the overall project in a really positive way.

What to do next?

Assuming you and your child(ren) would like to get involved (we hope they do) then we will need the Sock with the Message inside to reach us by 30 November 2010. Please include in the envelope a note with your child’s first name and age.

Socks need to be sent to:

OnlyDads, Room D4, Foxhole, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6ED United Kingdom

There will be prizes for the best designed socks. Some examples include:

Most innovative sock = £50 of  Argos Vouchers (many thanks Woolley & Co Solicitors)

For the Mum/Dad who helps with the best ideas for project = B&B for two with a bottle of bubbly in the room at the fabulous Watermans Arms in Devon (Many thanks Rob and Jane)

Most touching message = annual family pass to Woodlands (thanks Woodlands)

Craftiest Sock = a special “non sew bunting kit” from the fab @redtedart

Sweetest Sock = £10 gift voucher from Cranch’s (the world best sweetshop)

But we do apologise in advance –  socks cannot be returned as they may end up as a permanent work of art!

Read more about OnlyDads here

H is for… Haiku

Posted on 9th July 2010 in haiku/ poetry

feelings wait unchanged

lives rush, oblivious how

hearts stop, until now


sleek, black, handsome cat

sits, waits, aloof yet alone

until I come home


time, shifts, waits for none

minutes rush, running past fast

laughing who was last

numbing, yet, lifting

soothingly warmth rushes in

hello there to gin

deeply cut, feel none

life ebbs, tide washes me clean

yet I feel no one

new words, unspoken

virgin pages now broken

new book I love thee

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