A Tale of Life

Sadje’s challenge:

Every wrinkle is a valley traveled,

and a river gracefully crossed.

With gentle eyes and a warm smile, she beckons;

she has loved and she has cried, —

offering what she has, she heeds us.

She has earned her place, and

is at peace with herself and with the world.

Published by Msdedeng

At 41, I am still figuring out life: my place in society, my career path, a family of my own, any many others things. Heck, I am still trying to make friends in California; a place I moved to 3 years ago. I am currently in a Community College to make up for the many years I missed school while in Africa (Uganda). I intend to transfer to university next year and double major in History and English. I lead a very ordinary life; a normal day is spent doing school assignments, hiking, or reading. My favorite thing to do is walk! Short walks or long walks it does not matter. Walking allows me to think about things - anything! My love of walking comes from where I grew up, a small village in northeastern Uganda. It is still one of the most remotest areas I will ever know, and couldn't even start comparing what life is like there to say a place like California. Walking was all I did while growing up! I walked for miles to school, to church, to the shops, to the borehole to fetch water, and to the market. It was quite an adventure unlike any other - so you now understand my love for walking.

98 thoughts on “A Tale of Life

  1. Wow msdedeng… this is so touching; in fact your blog is just so peaceful, I love it ๐Ÿ™‚ left it a follow, have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Such a touching poem about an elderly woman. Many people will live to see old age, disease and even disability. These are the laws of nature. Sometimes fate experiences cruel loneliness, but a life full of memories is a value to which one returns.

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  3. Thank you, me too MisaeMich. I can’t stand the discrimination society puts them under, I believe they are a part of the picture of life. You just can’t have only young, or only old, or whatever. The world belongs to all of us regardless of age. OK, I need to sign off, I think I am in a ranty mood ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  4. Thank you, Smith. The picture was Sadje’s, but I wish I had used your words for my title. A right title they would have made. Thank you for your comment.


  5. Excellent word choice. Reminds me of a song by “Poi Dog Pondering” called “U Li La Lu.” The opening line is “you should wear with pride the scars on your skin they’re a map of the adventures and the places you’ve been.” Thanks for sharing.

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  6. What a lovely comment Cheryl, thank you so much. Yes,my teacher was a pleasant surprise today.
    I have no doubt you will age gracefully, Cheryl, I can tell from the words that come out of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Angela, wonderful poem! We should all be so beautiful and serene as the woman in the photo someday. โค Your gorgeous poem and the lovely photo are perfect companions. ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice comment from your English professor. All the best! Cheryl

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  8. You bring us an astounding beauty, Angela, both in the comforting benevolence the photo provides, and even more so in your glowing verse, which celebrates a lifetime’s magnificence. With more yet to come, I suspect.

    That’s it, actually. Not only do you convey the thrilling present splendor, but also a wonder that only unfolds from there, snuggling us in an ever warmer embrace. That description applies richly, both to the picture, and to the words you chose to make it sing.

    Actually, Angela, I still haven’t caught my breath quite yet. This…this is why we await eagerly your latest gift to humanity.

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