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The Saturday Symphony #34 November Edition #Ekphrastic Images

Hey everyone,
Welcome to the 34th edition of The Saturday Symphony.

Oh mehn doesn’t #NanoWriMo have me by the…well, it really has me at its mercy. Nineteen days in and I’ve ploughed through 38000 words. I’m in the final three/four/five chapters of the Realms of the Mist sequel.
This may seem like an accomplishment but by Wednesday I should have moved on to my other WIP, a poetry book that’s halfdone, due for release next year, Autumn 2023 (sneak peeks at the end of this feature).
I’m about to go very dark and put down 20k words by close of Tuesday, and I’ll hope to be celebrating a completed 1st draft by wednesday. Pray for me.

I haven’t written on wordpress this week, because as my author brand expands to a new site(twitter), I’m alternating posts with wordpress. This next one is WP week so I will pelt you with more original works. I give loads of Tender Love and Care to anything I write, so I guess that’s loads of love to the reader (yeah, I’m definitely bribing you just now).

This Saturday, in between the curated works from the wp community, I’ll share some of my twitter poetry. It is getting a nice modest reception, which is encouraging. Still loads for me to learn.

Alright then, on to the Symphony. Keep an extra eye on the images.

In the dark hour before dawn I scale the precipice of loneliness. 
If only for a glimpse of a dream
But hope is a pedestal
And nightmare is the voyeur of the deep.

In darkness I delve for meaning
For only there does evil sleep
Only there can I give peace
to what haunts me

This month’s five featured posts

Virtue comes from the divine
Yet sin knows all the sweet spots
It was odd that her Sunday-best lured the most lecherous appetites
While a sleazy Saturday hooked the holiest of suitors
Her vespers were draped in purity
As latenights laced profanity
How could she judge #Ugly…
when pain seared such divine pleasures
when goodness in a man stirred most sinful thoughts

Was she doomed to titter on the edge of fine trims and naked temptations
Or was she blessed…


Ekphrastic Images
This month till mid December, choose any two images from today’s symphony, and use them together as prompts to create something.

You can use art, any form of writing or media.
Pingback to this post and drop a link in the comments so I can visit, and feature you in next month’s symphony.

In the nebula of language
I scry a fitting phrase
To name my heart's devotion:
For you of sparkling gaze-
Habib beneath the veil
For you of plushest lips
Isithandwa on the savannah
I whisper 'Mi Amour' in our boudoir
Aijin beneath the blossoms
Te Amo
Swoon, my love...

Last month’s ponderous submissions. Spooks and Creeps

I enter your dreams and haunt you there. For it is there that…

Krueger by Maria Michaela

while sulky mist wanders through bare-boned trees

mournful crows lend shrill mythic caws…

Bedraggled wishes by Eugi.

The rat ate the poisoned cheese. And being the prankster that I am, I let the body decay and hid the bones in a velvet sack…

Calamity Cules by Jules

Tell them to stay away from the tombstones

And the creaking deadwood in the graveyard

Something scary by Sadje
This world once bled me dry
It stole love and crashed hope
Darkness fell from eyes that witnessed
and I waded brackish tears
and I drowned in bottomless fears
and in that bleakness I became an empty canvas
Traced my pain in ink
til words became art
From resin to #shellac

As promised, for the poetry lovers, about my poetry book coming next autumn (2023), you heard it here first;
It’s about mental health/illness and Spirituality. Be ready for a unique format
I have a couple of bombastic titles I’m considering; to be revealed in due course.

For the novel lovers, I hope the realms sequel will blow your minds. I’ve put in so much work to take my writing a notch higher, and the story was always meant to have the reader by the…yap. (Summer 2023!)

The times
the best of times
when bail was a dime and a dollar
when a stretch of cleavage opened doors
and a flash of chissled chest glistened tired gaze
A time of redhot lips and tiktak wits
smoking dames ń dancing heartthrobs
Her name was Cookie
He was her Johnieboy

To read more poetry skits when I’m away from wordpress, follow me @JItakali

Hope you enjoyed this month’s symphony. I look forward to your thoughts, submissions, and chats in the comments.

Stay safe everyone, Stay loving.



Author @JItakali on twitter

39 thoughts on “The Saturday Symphony #34 November Edition #Ekphrastic Images

    1. Thank you Merrild. I followed back. As for it closing, I had a plan to expand to instagram and bookbub next year when I’ve added two more books to my catalog so I’ll stick with that, as I work with twitter.


  1. Awesome post, Jude and thank you for the mention. You’re very busy indeed my friend. I do hope you still take time to rest for a bit. I’m excited for the things you’re doing and continue to do. Praying for your success 🙏

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    1. Thank you so much, Michaela. Don’t worry. I’m still going to watch the world cup and I still get time to exercise regularly, and i’m keeping up with my studies. I need to finish these drafts this November coz then exams will be mere weeks away, and next year I’ll be in final year, plus writing the final book of the trilogy, so I don’t want to carry too much forward.🙏🏽

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    1. Thank you so much, Jane. For now as long as I’m doing it and improving, I’m happy. Then I can work on living the dream side of things, years from now.

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      1. It is a bit difficult at first, then you get used to the work and everything gets organized easily. You can give yourself time. You are happy and this will bring you success in life.. God bless you! 💖


    1. I know you’ll do well on instagram. I’ll join instagram after my two books next year, when I also have gadgets that can take standard pictures. I have so many ideas for visually promoting my books, but twitter gives me a space to just say what’s on my mind in 140 characters, so I’m not abandoning ship just yet.

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      1. Wherever you are, l can always find you on your website.
        I’m staying on twitter coz I know it’s 50/50 Musk either crashes twitter or takes it to the next level. If I had something to lose by staying, I’d maybe leave, but I still have everything to gain. I’m meeting new people every other day, still yet to discover more writing communities, learning loads, and I can tweet on the go, which is such a good balance with wordpress where I need to prepare.

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      2. Good for you. My research says musk will make Twitter obsolete. He wants to make money. Did you know he created Pay-Pal, and later sold it? That’s what he is after… a crypto-currency-ish site that you will have to pay for. I’m always on the blogs. That won’t change. 💜


  2. In darkness I delve for meaning
    For only there does evil sleep
    Only there can I give peace
    to what haunts me

    This is wonderful writing, Jude, and the poems of others that you shared were also brilliant!


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  3. “Yet sin knows all the sweet spots”–you always have gems of truth in your words. You are busy! and yet you somehow manage to do it all, something I admire greatly. (K)

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    1. Thank you so much, K. Sometimes I just pray and begin ticking off that to-do list. It helps that I love almost everything on it, even the rapid exams because that means I finish a year sooner.

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  4. Thank you for the mention, Jude, and good luck in all that you do. I’m hoping Twitter stays alive but if not there are always other platforms to showcase your work. I like Colleen’s idea of moving to Instagram.

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    1. I do intend to eventually expand to IG but I don’t want to leave twitter, even with Musk, it’s still a top social media site. And you have to be mindful that Musk can take twitter to another level entirely, and this is a cleaning house faze.


      1. I’m not leaving Twitter because I enjoy the poets, writers and the cat lovers group. I just block those I don’t want to see.


  5. You have so much going on my friend. Success to you on all fronts.
    We’ve our Thanksgiving holiday next week – so family will be coming in.
    I hope to get to this new prompt before then… but it may be after.

    Cheers and also thank you for including my link 😀

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  6. Love these poems! All of them. Very creative work. Must have taken much effort putting it all together.


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