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Challenge Accepted #33

Since I found that asking people to link their entry to the challenge on their blog actually reduced the number of people participating in it, I though of doing a u-ey and posting their entries on my blog. I don’t know if some were lazy or thought that… well let’s leave it at that. I am thankful for all of you who took the time and effort to link this challenge and those of you who replied to it in the comments section.

I am posting the entries for the TPS#32 that was posted on the 10th of March. I plan to give 10 days for you guys to take up the challenge and then link the replies the Saturday after next.

Last week’s phrase was –

“It is the longest night….. ”

The replies (in no particular order)

Neel  – this never ending maddening night of passion, before the mundanity of love takes over.

Danial –  this moment of winter’s birth, this day of eternal brevity, when the yule wheel turns and we remember to light a candle, only praying that after the coming months of chill and dark, spring will return with her flowers and blossom promise kiss for fruit to ripen and summer to lift up the earth into harvest.

Tom – … because Eliot and i (as always) were together as one — as so many things are — and
The yellow fog rubbed its back upon the window-panes,
The yellow smoke rubbed its muzzle on the window-panes,
Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening,
Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains,
Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys,
Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap,
And seeing that it was a soft October night,
Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.

rivrvlogr – ..this final farewell, my hand resting on yours as the light slowly fades from your eyes.

Ted – …in the history of Humanity.

Jane – of the cycle, when sea beasts heave themselves onto the dark shore, the earth opens, and the buried beasts shake off the chains of root and stone, and in the crow black sky, winged beasts wheel and turn, searching for the red throb of human heat.”

ElusiveTrope – ….toward which my nostalgia gravitates.

Lionaroundwriting – .. so naturally, my longest nightmare.”

Amy – I have been one acquainted with the night… (~ Robert Frost)

Pecsbowen – his last night which he sees from the night sky

Lakshmi – So I decided to call it a day.

Stevolom – That I had ever spent hiding in the aardvark enclosure; normally a keeper would find me and throw me out with a jovial “get fucked you creepy bastard”, but now it seemed I had evaded their gazes.

Victo – …the one spent on call on the OB floor during the winter solstice.”

Impostorpawn – and yet the shortest goodbye,
whence my soul took flight.

Bhavpreet – The one spent with her

Looneybitch – But waiting for the enemy to come over the hill made each minute like an hour

Mon – ..and my depressants hadn’t helped, except to make me insomniac too”

Caw – …where the moon has appeared but you have not.

Aadhira – Yet, I craved for it to go on forever.. (Since she was by my side, in the way I preferred her to be!


Thank you all for playing along. I don’t think I have missed anyone, but if that’s the case, please accept my apologies and drop a line in the comments box.


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


9 thoughts on “Challenge Accepted #33

  1. Apologies accepted for missing this link.. 😉


    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Aadhira | 29/03/2016, 1:08 AM
  2. (With shuffling feet and an embarrassed flush) I don’t know how to link.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Kathryne Miller | 26/03/2016, 2:02 PM
  3. Thank yo so much Amy! 🙂


    Posted by hbhatnagar | 07/04/2016, 8:36 PM


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