Poem – Up North

Hello! I’m back after a crazy week on my part… The majority of my family was at a youth camp in Wales for the week. It was jam packed with amazing worship sessions, good Bible studies, lots of belly-aching laughter and fun activities. Oh, and an operation to remove my sister’s appendix in a random Welsh hospital. So that was fun. 😀 

Aaanyways…. This week I’m going to share one of two poems that I wrote that are closely intertwined. You see, I’ve always been fascinated with the American Civil War. It is such a complex time in history, and the different ideas of freedom and bondage that the different sides held are so interesting. I may or may not be slightly obsessed with reading pretty much anything I can get my hands on on the topic of the Civil War. So it’s probably not a surprise that I had a poetry inspiration on this very multi-faceted topic. I have tried to be as accurate as possible while stepping into two pairs of soldier’s shoes – one from up north, one from down south – and telling their stories. I hope you enjoy the first poem – Up North!

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I registered today

 

registered to join

the legions of blue marching

down south

determined to stem the tide

of grey

 

they are a rebellious and stubborn people

we must quench the spark

before it becomes a wildfire

 

this country is ripping apart

we must try and mend it

states can’t just leave like that

they have no right

 

people wonder if it’s all about slavery

it is

it’s about fighting and dying

for the people who are in bondage

 

in the end

human rights come above everything else

the rebellion must be quenched

and I must play

a small part

in the quenching

 

my grandfather fought for this nation

fought in the revolution

for freedom for every man

I will follow in his footsteps

I cannot let his fighting

be in vain

 

so I’ve answered the call

of my country

and Mr Lincoln

and I will fight

to keep my nation whole

 

to be sure

my leaving will tear

mother apart

I’m her only son

 

and deep inside

something wonders if

perhaps

these men down south

are only confused and angry

brothers

to be reconciled by a firm hand

 

but I must go

there’s no looking back

I’m a Union soldier now

and there’s a long road ahead

winding down south

Behind the Pen Photo Challenge – Week 3

Hi, and welcome back to week 3 of the Behind the Pen Photo Challenge! I can’t believe it’s already the 3rd week of April – where does the time go?! My week has been rather delightful due to a warm spell of weather that has hit England. The sun makes me happy, and after months of dreariness, this sun makes me extra happy! So I’ve been soaking in the vitamin D and warmth before the weather turns back to rain and gloom next week. You got to enjoy it while you have it! 😀  I hope you enjoy this week’s photos! 🙂

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*One Of My Quotes*

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This is a quote from my longest project – a story/book about a girl living during the American Civil War. Unfortunately I have put this project on hold for the foreseeable future due to lack of time to research. But it still holds a special place in my heart, and I thought you enjoy reading a snippet of it.

 

*My Name Spelled Out In A Cool Way*

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The top four books are on my TBR (to be read), the bottom two are on my TBRR (to be reread). The prompt said to write my name in a cool way, and books are cool, right? 😀 Plus it’s extra cool because my name can be read from the top of the pile down, or the bottom of the pile up! Palindromes for the win! 😛

 

*My Plotting Method*

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This pretty much sums up my plotting method – sometimes I plan, but more often I wing it. 😀 I will have the rough draft of a story in my head, but I let imagination run wild as I write it out. *Note: I don’t have experience writing full books yet, so I’m just speaking from experience of writing short stories.

 

*One Of My Blog Posts*

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My one year blogiversary is coming up on May 21st! It’s kind of funny looking back at my very first blog post – I never could’ve imagined all that this year has held in terms of connecting with other bloggers and sharing my writing on this blog. I’m excited to see what year #2 will hold for The Way of Delight!

 

*A Spot I’d Like To Visit For Inspiration*

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Seeing as I am a huge fan of L.M Montgomery, it probably won’t come as a surprise to you that I’ve picked Prince Edward Island as my place of inspiration. LMM’s descriptions of this island are absolutely wonderful, and I would love to visit this beautiful place one day! Just think of all the inspiration this place could create!

*A Favourite Research Source*

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I read this series of books last year for school when I studied American history, and thoroughly enjoyed them! They are well written and give a great overview of the span of American history, as well as give interesting details that you might not come across in mainstream resources. As I love writing historical fiction, this series has been very helpful to me in boosting my knowledge of American history – a portion of history that I personally find fascinating!

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That’s all for this week! Come back next week for the fourth and final week of the photo challenge. If you fancy joining in, it’s not too late! Check out this post from Behind the Pen to find out how you can participate. 🙂