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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

On getting a holiday basket






Hi someone,

The door bell rang in the evening, and I heard it from here, I thought it was my father returning, so I went to greet him there.

But it wasn’t him, my mother was playing the veena…
Then a basket on the table,
Caught my eye…

This is about the basket:

Well, it’s the holiday season, …. That winter solstice-ish time of the year….

When people give each other gifts of food and cheer….

Well, someone came right to my door…
Someone rang my own doorbell…
Someone said “Hello” and gave a basket.

It was full of old-time goodies,
Cakes and biscuits, jiggly sweet things,
Chocolate, in bars of three
Nescafe coffee, in a bin.

Digestive biscuits, or so they are called…
Just whole-wheat biscuits will do the trick
There was jam, some strawberry jam,
And there was not a bit of ham (lamb cured ham please).

Yes, they were all my favorite things
The jiggly sweet things in flavours of orange and lime
Cornflakes biscuits, though not like my mother makes them,
Hazelnut chocolate, but only bits of hazelnuts
Fruit and nut, oh what a treat
Dairy Milk, now that’s what I eat.

Cakes of all types of sizes and sorts,
Some all fresh, and one with mould
So many, I gave up trying,
Then I thought, “Well, that’s okay”
I’ve already eaten, much too much.

So I piled the stuff back in,
Kept it for a rainy day
There were clouds up in the sky today
But the all just moved away.

Then sun shone bright, it cleansed my eyes,
Cleared my brain, and let me think
Oh what peace, oh what light
Just a time of sun-basking.

The clouds tried to form, they really did,
But the sun was needed, and so they hid,
When the need was done, then the clouds all bloomed
I looked up and got a shock.

They got shy, and they moved away,
I called after them, “Hey, please stay”
My plants need rain,
So droplets fell, but the clouds, had gone away.

Yes, it started with the door bell ringing, moved to the basket on the table, and then moved to this morning.

This poem is about today – the morning, and the evening. 

And now it is night, and I think my father has really come home this time.


This is what I actually eat:

Whole-grain rice
Whole green-gram split
Whole wheat
Whole black-gram split
Whole oats, rolled so far, but where are the whole?
Mustard seeds
Jeera seeds
Coriander,
Oh, any seeds
From a herb, a shrub or a tree,
Just not from a creeper, please.

All cooked and piled together, oh what a treat!
All good stuff that does some good
Depending on how you fertilise it.
Use manure – first feed the cow,
And when it’s full, walk it through
The rows of plants
Let it drop, so you don’t have to scoop
It is happy, and so are the plants.
When the plants are grown, and they produce seeds,
Pick the root, the stalk, the leaf, the bud, the flower, the fruit and the seed.
Do not waste any…. Ya, use it all
If the plant is perennial, just pluck the fruit
Let the plant grow, just like it should
It will keep producing fruit after fruit
We eat it all, and throw away the seed
It falls to the ground, just where we throw it
It germinates and becomes a tree.

Then we wonder, “Oh my God, What is this tree doing in the middle of nowhere…?”
Then we realize, “Oh, this is where we threw the seed… “
So the next time we eat, we throw the seed again.
Then if we remember, we pick up the seed
And throw it in a convenient location.
So that the tree can grow there, without hindrance,
Open to the sky and the rain from it,
With enough space all around it,
For the leaves to stretch out
And the stalk to go up.
Not under a window shade,
But out in the open.

Then after some time, we look for the tree,
And realize, Oh the ants ate it all up,
And it might have got swept up when the yard was cleaned.

So the next time we should dig a hole,
Place the seed in it,
Cover it up,
And go to sleep.


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Chocolate –
1.     Whole cocoa beans just cooked in water and then mashed together.
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2.    Stevia leaves, - fresh stevia leaves, ground with a little, well, nothing, because they have liquid in them.
3.    Nuts – I don’t really believe in eating nuts….  I don’t eat egg either.  Throw the seed somewhere and watch it grow.  Probably won’t need to grow so many plants anymore…  Agriculture can take a rest… All the labourers too… after all, they’ve been working so tirelessly, I think they would like to drop, and rest for a while.  Besides, there are so many tonnes of waste of grain… No point in growing more again….
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Why the hell did I ever think, that what comes for my father, is meant for me… and why did I stop to think, that somebody might be satisfied with what I did…..?!!!!

Now I’m at a dead-end… Stupid me..  Should have realized… I should do whatever I want to do… And not just assume that someone is going to reward me for anything that I do…

Stupidest thing I ever did… No wonder I’m not writing…

When should I eat…?  When I am satisfied with what I did…  Not when I think someone else might be….

And then when I am satisfied with what I did, then I should eat, and when I am full, then I should bless the Lord for the good land He has given me…

But since that basket arrived, and I ate of it….

I’ve bin looking for whole cocoa beans….
I’ve bin looking for stevia leaves,
Fresh from the field or the garden,
Or dried in the sun, and powdered.
Ground nuts, cooked in water

Oh, what the hell, just bring the raw food, and let me cook it…

Cakes?  This is how I make:
First I take a measure of whole-grain wheat
Grind it in the mixie, till it is done
Might be a fine powder, maybe coarse
It depends, of course
On how I like it.

I used to expect the mixie to grind it fine,
But it never did, and I got used to coarse,
It’s good for the stomach, of course
Lots of fibre, to help the matter of course…!

Then I used to use egg, or curds

…. Thing is, I don’t make cake anymore…

All I eat is that stuff I wrote about up above
The whole-grain rice, green-gram, wheat and black-gram
Oats, and spices and all the seeds
From herbs, shrubs and trees,
But not creepers, please.

It’s simple, and easy and it is good to eat.

My main two vegetables, of all I found in the market,
Are brinjal (egg-plant, as it is called by some, due to it’s shape)
And ladies-fingers, again, due to it’s shape (I think called okra, by some)

They are the only plants that are herbs or shrubs, that I found…
See, good food really is good.


Thursday, 12 September 2013

Only honour





This song is sung at https://myspace.com/leaandrea2013/music/albums

Lyrics - Only Honour

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Oh you know, I’ve got parents
A father and a mother
And I’ve got a sister too,
Just so you know

It’s my father that I honour
May he live with all the honour that I give to him right now

Only honour to my father
Only honour to my mother
Only honour that I give,
I give to my father and to my mother, right now
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Only honour, only honour
Only honour, that I got
I bring all the honour that I earn to my father
And I give it to him, oh, right now

All the honour I got I do give to my mother dear
Oh I honour her with all I got
Honour, honour, honour, honour, only honour ….
Only honour, only honour,
Only honour, only honour, that I got
Only honour, honour, honour to my father and to my mother dear.
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Only honour that I earn I do bring to them right now
Honour to my father, honour to my mother dear
Only honour do I bring them
To set them free
Of my debt from me to them

Only honour that I earn
I do give to them, it’s their due
I do give all the honour that I earn to them
Honouring from me to you.
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Honour, honour, Only honour
That I dredge up from within
All the honour that I earn
I give to my mother and my father
‘Cos that is what they earn

It’s their due from me to them
It’s the due that I got to give
It’s a due that I’m happy, so very happy, yeah, to give to them right now
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Honour, honour, honour, honour, from me to you
Only honour, honour, honour
Only honour from me to you, oh now
Only honour, honour
Only honour from me to you
Only honour
Only honour, only honour,
‘Cos it is your due.
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From me to you
Only honour, yeah
Only honour from what I have done
I give to you
It’s your due from me
So I give you honour now.
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Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land that the Lord is giving to you. – Exodus 20.


Oh today!





This song is sung at https://myspace.com/leaandrea2013/music/albums

Lyrics – Oh today!
Hmmmm…..
La la la la la la la la..

It’s today
Got a brand new day
What will I do today?

It’s a new, new day
That the Lord gave
And allowed me to see

Went to the garden
It was washed by the rain
And the rain was still drizzling
Sat for a while on the porch
And the cats came to me
And we visited for a while
Then it was breakfast time
And I met my father
Sitting at the head of the table
And he ate
And we talked
And we celebrated
What God has done
Now he’s gone to work
And my mother’s playing the piano

And I sing to you
‘Cos that is what I   love

Yeah, I love to love you
With all my heart
It’s only one thing to do
I was made to be
A helper to you
A companion
By your side
Everyday
Oh today

So here I am
And here I stand
Before you
Waiting here
Waiting to be right
By your side

It’s today
Got a brand new day
To subdue our land together
And celebrate
And have dominion over all our land

Hmmmm…

La la the morning
Now it’s the morning
Soon it will be afternoon
Then the evening
Then the night
That is all we need to worry about
Just today
Another day
To love you
It’s today

Here I am
Here I am
Yeah, I love to love you
Everyday
Yeah, I love to love you
Oh today

When will I see you
Standing here
Or me standing there
I just wait and I hope
Will it be today
When we get together?

But you’re in my heart
So I know
It’s okay
For today.





Oh today!

Good morning, darling, did you sleep well last night (Reprise)





This song is sung at https://myspace.com/leaandrea2013/music/albums

Lyrics – Good morning, darling, did you sleep well last night (Reprise)
Hmmmmm…..
A la la la…..
Na na na na…
La la la la…..
La la la la….

O Good morning, darling, did you sleep well last night
Yeah, I slept like a baby in your arms
Been some time since I had a good nights sleep
But it was really good last night
And the heavens rejoiced
And poured down rain
And it’s still drizzling
Right now

O, Good morning darling, did you sleep well last night
Yeah, I hope that you did
O Good morning,
Good morning
It is a brand new, brand new day
It’s for us to celebrate

Hmmm….

Lead…

Hmmm…..

Hmmm…
What the Lord
What the Lord gave

It’s a new, new day
And I sing again
With you
In my heart

O Good morning
O Good morning
It’s a brand new day
Now it is morning
Soon it will be afternoon
And then the evening
Then the night
When we fall asleep
And dream, dream, dream

But it’s the morning now
When we get up
Wondering how it could have been such a nice sleep

But miracles happen
And the earth opens
And the heavens rejoice
And we sing

Now good morning,
O Good morning
O Good morning
From me to you
Good morning
O Good morning
O Good morning
From me to you

Woh , aahhh…..
Aahhh….

Good morning, darling, did you sleep well last night
Yeah, I slept like a baby in your arms
Been some time since I had a good nights sleep
But it was really good last night

And the heaven’s been opening
It’s been raining down
And I celebrate it now
O Good morning.




O Good morning, darling
did you sleep well
last night?

(Reprise)

It’s today





This song is sung at https://myspace.com/leaandrea2013/music/albums

Lyrics – It’s today
Morning again
Rising with the dawn
It’s a new glorious day
What will happen now

It’s a brand new day
That the Lord allowed me to see
Once again

It is morning,
It is morning
It’s the start of a brand new day
It is morning
It is morning
And I stand at the threshold of the day

Sufficient for today are the troubles thereof
There are so many things to do
It’s today
O a brand new day
O the glory of the Lord

O my Lord, please keep me safe
Today as I live

O my Lord
I love you so
I loved you yesterday
From the rising of the sun
To the setting of the same
Spent with you
Yesterday
Let today be as good
O my Lord
It’s a new, new day

It’s today
I salute you Lord
I give glory to your Name
And honour to my mother
and my father
On Today

O and it is a wonderful day
O today
O today
O today
It’s a day in my hand
I declare the goodness of the Lord to today
And stand as a testament to Him

O today
I declare
It is good
It is today

From the rising of the sun
To the setting of the same
I declare the goodness of our Precious Lord
And He gives us cause to celebrate

From the rising of the sun
To the setting of the same
Yeah, the name of the Lord is to be praised
O today
Doing His will
Not just calling him Lord
As I will

I must do His wonderful will today

Subdue the earth
And have dominion
Be fruitful and multiply
Giving glory to the Lord
And being by man’s side
It’s today
It’s today
O yeah.

It’s today
It’s today
It’s today
It’s today
It’s today
It’s today

It’s today….





It’s

Today

I’m so grateful to Thee





This song is sung at https://myspace.com/leaandrea2013/music/albums

Lyrics – I’m so grateful to Thee
La la la la…

And God you know last night I had a trouble
Then you showed me
It was a trouble of tomorrow
Not a trouble of today
So I needn’t worry about it then

And I faced the troubles of the day
Now you’ve given me success
Yeah yesterday
Is over and gone
Now it’s all in my head

And you gave me a good night’s sleep
I’m so grateful to Thee
For the sleep and the dream
You are faithful O Lord
To take care of me
Yeah, You’ve kept me safely
And I realise that I love you more
Than I ever loved you before

And I love to love you
In my heart and my soul
And I love you
More and more

It is morning now
The sun’s gonna rise up soon
Gonna be a brand new day that you gave

It’s so got so many things
In this new day

It’s today again
Got a brand new day
Got so many things troubles
To face today

And I love to face them all in with you
‘Cos they are for us to do
It’s today again
Got a brand new day
To be with you
Awake

For today
Oh today
Got a brand new day
Today
And I love to love you
O my Lord

Got a brand new day
To subdue my land
And have dominion over my earth

To be fruitful and multiply
To replenish all the earth
It’s today

I’m so grateful
                                                                to

Thee

Happy new year





This song is sung at https://myspace.com/leaandrea2013/music/albums

Lyrics – Happy new year
Happy new year
Happy new year
Happy new year to you
It’s a brand new year that is coming once again
Coming ‘round like it always did

It’s the first day of a brand new year
Happy new year to you
Happy new year to me
It’s a wonderful, wonderful day in our life
‘Cos the Lord has added one more year to us

Happy new year
Happy new year
Happy new year once again
Happy new year
Happy new year
Happy new year
Happy new year
Happy new year
Jerusalem
Happy new year
Happy new year
It’s a brand new year
In our time
It’s the first day of a new year
Let us rest this day
It’s a Sabbath day
It is holy to the Lord
Let’s celebrate
It’s the first day of the year

Happy new year to you
Happy new year to me
It’s a brand new year come again
The Lord allowed us to live right upto this brand new year
So we give him all our thanks.

Thank you Lord
Thank you Lord
Thank you Lord
For letting us live today
Thank you Lord
That we see a brand new day of a new year
Thank you Lord
Thank you Lord
Thank you Lord
Thank you Lord
Thank you Lord
Thank you Lord
Thank you Lord
Thank you , thank you Lord

It’s a brand new year
It’s the first day of the year
And we celebrate with a Sabbath rest
We don’t do any work at all
‘Cos it is the Lord who added this new year

Oh we celebrate it in our hearts
It’s a brand new year come around
It’s the first day of a brand new year
We celebrate it now
We remember that He released us from our bondage and sin
And brought us home once again
To subdue our land once again

All Glory to the Lord
All praises to His name
He’s a wondrous kind God
We do appreciate
All glory to the Lord
All Praises to His Name
Oh thank you, thank you,

Praise the Lord