MAKE OR BREAK

Part inspired by my post “Taking A Break” and part inspired by own stupidity! Hope you enjoy the poem folks! 🤞🙏😁

MAKE OR BREAK

Breaking point
Make or break
Put on the breaks
Everything’s at stake
Taking a break
Almost breaking up
Breaking your heart
All over the place
Breaking Bad
Chemical mix
Making good
In an effort to fix
All the mistakes
That I’ve made
No, it isn’t a trick.

THROWBACK THURSDAY FILM REVIEWS: SUPERBAD; DISTURBIA & ATONEMENT

Good afternoon folks! Welcome back to my weekly trip down movie memory lane (last one for 2 weeks) with some more re-views of my old cinema reviews from 2007. This week we will be looking back at crude comedy SUPERBAD; clever thriller: DISTURBIA & superb period drama ATONEMENT

First up is the not so super yet mildly amusing SUPERBAD from the Judd Apatow stable with Greg Mottola at the helm & Seth Rogen co-writing the script with Evan Goldberg. The story centres on 3 nerdy; hormonal teenagers: Seth (Jonah Hill); Evan (Michael Cera) & Fogell (Christopher Mintz – Plasse).

Seth & Evan want to break their duck, so to speak with the ladies before they head off to college. But to do that, they need to get invited to some parties and drink copious amounts of alcohol! And to do that they need some fake I.D. This is where the socially awkward Fogell, otherwise known as McLOVIN comes in. They charge him with purchasing the alcohol they’ve promised to provide for the party they’ve invited to by Jules (Emma Stone)

It all goes down hill from here folks as Fogell gets caught up in a liquor store hold up bringing him into contact with 2 irresponsible cops played by Bill Hader & the aforementioned Rogen. Cue punch ups; drunkenness and all sorts of crazy escapades & debauchery in the lads womanly quest. Everything you’ve come to expect in a Apatow flick.

Next up is the cleverly named & scripted thriller: DISTURBIA directed by D. J. Caruso and starring the busy (at the time) & eccentric Shia LeBeouf who we only reviewed a couple of weeks ago. LeBeouf plays Kale, an angry & grieving young kid who witnessed his father die in a tragic car accident. Julie (Carrie-Ann Moss) is very worried about him. His aggression spills over into the classroom where he punches his Spanish teacher in the face.

This results in him being put grounded for the summer by the judge while having to wear an electronic tag to ensure he doesn’t go beyond the confines of his house. To keep himself entertained, Kale becomes a voyeur, carefully observing the comings & goings of his neighbours, all from his bedroom window. There he lays eyes upon the lovely Ashley (Sarah Roemer) who’s just moved in next door and they quickly become friends.

Along with best friend: Ronnie (Aaron Yoo), the trio form their own stakeouts sessions. As the stakeouts progress they start to suspect something sinister, dare I say it “Disturbing” afoot with one of their neighbours: Mr. Turner (played by the always excellent David Morse). Kale is convinced that the creepy Mr. Turner is a serial killer and with the help of his friends sets out to prove it and solve the crime.

For our final cinematic excursion of the week we visit a lavish country estate set in rural South East England, 1935 where there is lot of making amends to be done. Or should I say “Atonement” which makes for an apt movie title given the storyline. One of it’s residents: Briony (Saoirse Ronan) is an aspiring young writer with a highly developed imagination.

One day Briony witnesses her bored older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightly) stripping off in the company of housekeeper’s son: Robbie Turner (James McEvoy) and diving into the pond to retrieve something. Robbie’s social status would be used against him at a later date. She completely misinterprets the situation, believing something more lewd to be afoot, and turns against Robbie.

This conflict would set in place a series of events that would conspire to pull Cecilia & Robbie apart and from which the later would never fully recover from. He was put in prison for 3 years after which he signed up to serve in WWII with the 2 briefly reunited in between in London. This was despite a change in heart on Briony’s (now played by Ramola Garai) part after a dawning realization of the terrible impact her misjudgement had on the people involved. To assuage her guilt she works as a nurse, kindly caring for the maimed & wounded soldiers off the battlefield. But can she ever fully atone for what she has done?

TAKING A BREAK

Hey guys and gals! How are things? Hope you’re all keeping well?! 🤞🙏😁

I’ve been feeling a bit burnt out of late (creatively speaking anyways), especially the last couple of weeks. Just haven’t had the same motivation or clarity of thought. Since starting my new blog at the tail end of last September, I’ve worked hard on building up new material; new poems and a new audience, especially over the past 2 & a half months where I’ve posted everyday.

As well as this, my 2 girls have just started their school holidays. And I want to be free to concentrate on spending time with them while their off instead of being distracted or placing myself under pressure (self-imposed) by posting on here when my head is not fully into it.

So have decided that now would be a good time to take a break from things. So, from next Sunday (after my weekly blog recap) I’ll be taking a 2 week hiatus from posting material on my blog, 04/06/2022 to 18/06/2022. That includes the Brilliant Blogger Poet initiative which I’ll start afresh on the 20th of July. It’ll help recharge the creative batteries so to speak and un-fog the brain a little. 😁

I’ll continue to write of course, that never stops. 😁😛😉 Just won’t be on WordPress for a bit. Thanks very much for all ye’re incredible support; encouragement and feedback over the first 6 months of this year & indeed since I began the new blog. It means the world to me! 🙏😁😊🤗 I’m lucky to have such devoted; talented; inspirational & genuine bloggers and poets as my followers & friends! 😀😀

If I don’t chat to you before the 4th of July then I’ll see you all again on the 18th where I will be back with refreshed; refocused & ready to go! 😁 Mind yourselves; stay creative and take care.

SUSPENDED ANIMATION: #WHATDOYOUSEE #WDYS #140

Image credit; Avis @ Pexels

For the visually challenged reader this image shows a half empty glass being held by someone. The liquid from the glass is suspended in the air as if it has been splashed out of the glass. In the background you can see a cloudy sky and mountains.

SUSPENDED ANIMATION

Desperate to escape the narrow confines
Of it’s lean glass container
And return to it’s fresh; natural surrounds
The water flings itself out!
Into the air, searching for it’s liquid home
Flowing down the mountainside.
Temporarily flying and joyously free.
Just then, time stops.
Everything comes to a standstill.
Suspended in indefinite animation
It’s plans put on unnatural hold
Every silver lining has a cloudy sky.

This poem was written in response to Sadje’s #140 #WhatDoYouSee #WDYS Poetry Image Prompt using the image above. Should you wish to participate in the prompt then you can access it through the following link: https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2022/06/27/what-do-you-see-140-27-june-2022/

BLOG GOALS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: PART 41

Hey folks! 👋 How are ye all doing? Hope ye had a lovely weekend! 🤞🙏😁 Welcome back to my regular Blog Goals for the Week Ahead where I set out my blog schedule and creative goals for the coming week. I missed last Monday as my creative get up and go got up and went & I’d no idea what my blog goals were!

So, without further ado. First up, on Tuesday, will be my weekly poetic response to Sadje’s #WhatDoYouSee #WDYS Poetry Image Prompt which, “For the visually challenged reader this image shows a half empty glass being held by someone. The liquid from the glass is suspended in the air as if it has been splashed out of the glass. In the background you can see a cloudy sky and mountains.”

If you’d like to participate in it then you can access it through the following link: https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2022/06/27/what-do-you-see-140-27-june-2022/

On Wednesday, I will be sharing with you my 2nd motivational running quote of the week with ye and featuring the 3rd blogger/poet in my BRILLIANT BLOGGER POET initiative which for the next 2 Wednesday’s will be: Joni Caggiano aka RUM AND . P. J. Abdul KalamROBOTS over at The Inner Child.

On Thursday, we take a trip back down movie memory lane with some more re-views of my old cinema reviews from 2007. This week we’ll be taking a look back at crude yet enjoyable teen comedy: SUPERBAD; smartly written thriller: DISTURBIA & the superb period drama: ATONEMENT

On Friday, I will be posting my 3rd motivational running quote of the week & my 2nd poem of the week which I’ve not yet written. So stay tuned for that! 👍😁

On Saturday I will sharing with you some more of my favourite poetry quotes and reflecting on their meaning to our lives. This week we’ll be analysing the following quotes:

“There’s a reason poets often say, ‘Poetry saved my life,’ for often the blank page is the only one listening to the soul’s suffering, the only one registering the story completely, the only one receiving all softly and without condemnation.”

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Finally, on Sunday, I’ll round it all up with my Sunday Morning Blog Recap with links to all the blogs I posted during the previous week.

That’s all for this week folks! Thanks so much for taking the time to read this blog. I hope you enjoyed it! 🤞🙏😁 Until next Monday, mind yourselves; stay creative and take care.

BEGINNING OF SUMMER

As if to deliberately ruin the end of school vibes & spoil the “beginning of holiday” party; to rain on our parade so to speak, the heavens decide to open and cover the ground in sheets of torrential rain. (Why, oh why didn’t I bring the umbrellas??!!) Mocking our plans in the process & scoffing at our seasonal aspirations, it’s steady outburst kept pouring down incessantly with no end in sight. Just a blanket of angry; dark grey clouds covering the skies & full to the brim with precipitation.

Just in case we begin to get carried away with ourselves and start making plans for summer or anything. God forbid! The girls knew there’d be no outdoor pursuits today. “Daddy! We’re not going outside are we?! It’s still raining.” You could feel their despair, their growing restlessness palpable. There’s only so much TV you can watch or pictures you can colour in before you just want to run free! And that was just after one day. Imagine a whole summer of this?! Yikes!!

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