A Poem: Control

a gift of words from TTBG…you touch

The Tattooed Book Geek


I can’t control the voices in my head,

The ones that whisper,

That tell me I’d be better of dead,

I can’t control the pain in my mind,

The words cut deep,

Searching for the peace I’ll never find,

I can’t control the tears in my eyes,

That soulless gaze,

The hurt I can’t ever hide,

I can’t control the darkness,

The demon inside,

I’m forever heartless,

I can’t control what lives in me,

The emptiness within,

Asking, will I ever be free……

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Forty Cents Worth of a Story

So good

Flash 365


Dan and I sat at a small table outside a café in some unfindable alley of the city talking about how long it would take you to get bored if walking out of this alley simply spat you back in through the other end.

Before the conversation could find the point it would never find, a man approached us. He had the look of one of those men who sat down on the streets of Barcelona at some non-descript time, on some non-descript corner with a glass of wine to work on his tan, twenty years ago. He had a heavy face; a nose you wanted to pop off and bounce.

He stood a polite distance away but leaned in gently.

“Do you have seventy-five cents?” He asked. Dan and I riffled around in our shorts and came up with forty cents.

“Thank you,” he said, and sat down. “May…

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ABOUT Women’s Power❤💫

Tis a wonder we’ve not taken control and righted our listing ship…


“A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” –❤💫💫💫💫👍👍

Don’t say A SingleWrongorBadWordAboutWomenOrAnyGirlBecauseyoudon‘t know The story Of herlifeSoDon‘t judgetheBookbyCoverPlease.🚫

Wealllookuptostrong, independentwomen. Buthowdowebecomeoneourselves🚫

easytogiveintofeelingsofselfdoubtandbackdownfromchallenges. Butthat’s certainlynot what being a strongwoman is allabout🏳🏳💫

✋Ibelieveinstrongwomen…✋Ibelieveinthewomanwhoisabletostandupforherself… ✋Ibelieveinthewomanwhodoesn‘t needtohidebehindherhusband‘s back… ✋Ibelievethatifyouhave problems,

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An Olympian Apology

Streaming thru America

Dear Olympic National Park,

It’s not you, it’s me.

Usually, I like knowing something about my destination before I get there, especially when I’m planning to visit a National Park. I’ll make a point of scanning the internet or paging through some travel books, gathering information about your geography and your attractions before my arrival.

For starters, it gives me a better sense of how close we can get to you, which is important to me, considering I have little interest in a long-distance relationship.

But this time around, I didn’t do my homework. I suppose I could blame it on solar eclipse fever— my frantically searching for totality-zone accommodations in Oregon—such that I skipped an Olympic step and planned without thinking clearly.

Instead of settling by Port Angeles—at the north gate of your park—we arranged to camp by Lake Cushman on Skokomish tribal land near your Staircase entrance. At…

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The Battle of Blood River …

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Sorry – I have not blogged for quite a while as I was very busy before I went of my off time.

Earlier this week I visited Nambiti Game Reserve and stayed at Nambiti Plains Lodge. Then I visited the Blood River Battlefield. This battle between the Boers and the Zulus was one of the most important events which shaped South Africa’s history. A very impressive monument – build by the Afrikaans people – and a rather neglected museum – documenting the battle from a Zulu perspective – serve as reminders of this battle. And now I am at Fugitives Drift Lodge near the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift just above the Buffalo River. One of my favorite locations in KwaZulu Natal.

Here are a few pictures – including some drone images I took during this trip. I hope you enjoy them!

The Blood River Battle Memorial … (DJI Phantom…

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Always Always Always Believe in Yourself💫💫


Believeinyourself! Havefaith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonableconfidence in your own powersyoucannot be successful or happytake on your challenges, digdeep within yourself to conquerfears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going….

Ifyoubelieveinyourselfandhavededicationandprideandneverquit, you‘ll beawinner. Thepriceofvictoryishighbutsoaretherewards

•This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. But just remember, some people come, some people go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends.

Don’t let go of them. People are going…

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Mrinalini Raj

Legs are trained,to
hault at Calls,
‘Bees Rupya Paao,’
and tongue,to haggle
over each price
you talk of,
‘Das me Dijiye’.
Days trained these
shoulders to brush past,
‘Thoda hatiye,’
and eyes to spot
the fresh of all,
‘Taaza nahi hai?’

It’s the sound
that holds the story,
never letting you
hear what sits

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