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I am thinking of Maria
with the auburn coloured hair.
Tresses falling like copper burnt
down back of smoothest silk.

I am thinking of Maria
with the playful eyes of green.
How she told the story of worlds unknown
in a single moment’s gaze.

I am thinking of Maria
dancing samba on whitest sand.
Swaying hips with the waves as her music
moving time with the ebb and flow.

I am thinking of Maria
in a memory never had.
She embodies love and beauty
and breathes freedom from long ago.

My grandmother’s name was Maria, and as a child I always wanted her name. My generation held loads of Maria’s though, so it always remained a dream. This Maria is a pure work of fiction, but embodies in many ways the me I wish I were. The music is Swedish Cornelis Vreeswijk’s Deirdre’s Samba, a Swedish translation of Chico Buarque (Francisco Buarque de Hollanda). It is also my last offering to the NaPoWriMo 2012. I don’t think I managed 3o poems in 30 days, but it was a load of fun trying!

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Did you know that on this day in 1492 Spain gives Christopher Columbus his commission of exploration? Or that it was on this day in 1803 the  Louisiana Purchase takes place and the United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation?

And on this day in 1927 Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, in 1945 in the last few days of  World War II in Europe, in the Führerbunker Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide after being married for one day. Soviet soldiers raise the Victory Banner over the Reichstag building, in 1963 the Bristol Bus Boycott is held in Bristol to protest the Bristol Omnibus Company‘s refusal to employ Black or Asian bus crews, drawing national attention to racial discrimination in the United Kingdom, in 1993 CERN announces World Wide Web protocols will be free, in 2004 U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison and in 2008 two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia are confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters.

Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Franz Lehár, Austrian composer (1874-1948), Willie Nelson, American musician (1933), King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (1946), Jane Campion, New Zealand film director (1954), Lars von Trier, Danish film director (1956) and Kirsten Dunst, American actress (1982).

Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not look into the celebration of International Jazz Day, organized by UNESCO, first observed in 2012, “is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.”, Walpurgis Night (Central and Northern Europe) or Children’s Day (Mexico)?

For more information about historic events on this day, please go here.

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The man who wanted to live forever
pickled himself
with vinegar and booze.
To preserve his very own essence
he then
laid down to have a snooze.
The man who wanted to live forever
did never again
wake up.
It’s the price you have to pay,
you see,
for sleeping face down in a cup.

This may be considered quite cruel, but it was the first thing that sprung to mind when I saw the lovely image used for this week’s prompt over at Magpie Tales, Mag 115. My grandmother used to preserve things in jars just like that, and I have seen in movies that in laboratories you sometimes see brains, foetuses and other scary things preserved this way too. Will also offer this little scribble up to the NaPoWriMo 2012.

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Did you know that it was on this day in 1429 Joan of Arc arrives to relieve the Siege of Orleans? Or that it was on this day in 1770 James Cook arrives at and names Botany BayAustralia?

And on this day in 1910 the Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the People’s Budget, the first budget in British history with the expressed intent of redistributing wealth among the British public, in 1945 in the last few days of World War II in Europe, in his FuehrerbunkerAdolf Hitler marries his longtime partner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker and designates Admiral Karl Dönitz as his successor. Both Hitler and Braun will commit suicide the next day and in 1968 the controversial musical Hair opens on Broadway.

It was also on this day in 1991 a cyclone strikes the Chittagong district of southeastern Bangladesh with winds of around 155 mph, killing at least 138,000 people and leaving as many as 10 million homeless, in 1992 the  Los Angeles riots begins with Riots in Los Angeles, California, following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. Over the next three days 53 people are killed and hundreds of buildings are destroyed and in 2011 the Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton takes place.

Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Duke Ellington, American jazz pianist and bandleader (1899-1974), April Stevens, American singer (1936), Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian (1954), Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress (1958), Andre Agassi, American tennis player and Uma Thurman, American actress (both born in 1970).

Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Perhaps you should look into the celebration of International Dance Day (International) or Queen’s Night (the Netherlands)?

For more information about historic events on this day, please go here.

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Did you know that it was on this day in 1789 during the Mutiny on the Bounty Lieutenant William Bligh and 18 sailors are set adrift and the rebel crew returns to Tahiti briefly and then sets sail for Pitcairn Island? Or that it was on this day in 1947 Thor Heyerdahl and five crew mates set out from Peru on the Kon-Tiki to prove that Peruvian natives could have settled Polynesia?

And on this day in 1952, ending Occupied Japan, The United States occupation of Japan ends as the Treaty of San Francisco, ratified September 8, 1951, comes into force, in 1996 in TasmaniaAustraliaMartin Bryant goes on a shooting spree, killing 35 people and seriously injuring 21 more and in 2001 Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world’s first space tourist.

Some birthdays to remember on this day are Lee Falk, American writer (1911-1999), Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian industrialist and automobile manufacturer, created Lamborghini (1916-1993), Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (1922-1987), Harper Lee, American author (1926), Terry Pratchett, English author (1948), Jay Leno, American comedian and talk show host (1950), Penélope Cruz, Spanish actress (1974) and Jessica Alba, American actress (1981).

Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Perhaps you could look into celebrating Workers Memorial Day (International), World Day for Safety and Health at Work (International) or National Heroes Day (Barbados)?

For more information about historic events on this day, please go here.

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Did you know that on this day in 1667 the blind and impoverished John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10? Or that it was on this day in 1810 Beethoven composes his famous piano piece, Für Elise?

And on this day in 1865 he steamboat Sultana, carrying 2,400 passengers, explodes and sinks in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700, most of whom are Union survivors of the Andersonville and Cahaba Prisons, in 1950 during Apartheid in South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races, in 1974 10,000 march in Washington, D.C., calling for the impeachment of US President Richard Nixon, in 2006 construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City and in 2011 a record 208 tornadoes touched down killing 346 people in the worst recorded outbreak in U.S. history. See April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak.

Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Samuel Morse, American inventor and painter, co-inventor of the Morse code (1791-1872), Walter Lantz, American cartoonist (1899-1994), Sheena Easton, Scottish singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (1959) and Nigel Barker, English photographer (1972).

Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Perhaps you should look into celebrating National War Veterans’ Day (Finland) or UnFreedom Day (South Africa, unofficial)?

For more information about historic events on this day, please go here.

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It’s a wondrous world we live in
said the walrus to the seal.
In a land only filled with ice and snow
survival’s the only deal.
No time to stop and wonder at
the sun as it rises or sets.
No time to ponder the shapes of clouds
and no time for stupid regrets.
But the miracle of life will be
as miraculous in desert as in snow.
And a single drop of water can hold
all the wonders that life should know.

Inspired by and entered at Poets United’s Think Tank Thursday #94 – Wonder, while watching the corny, but beautiful movie Australia on TV. I suppose part of the inspiration also comes from a glass of cold white wine. *smile*

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