Sacred traditions

Teach me young, and teach me well
Give me something, to hold forever
To never abandon
And give to those,
Who will come after.

#Whatdoyousee image prompt.

The child ingests a spectrum of lessons
Mother caresses with ancient tales
Gran thrills with lifelong adventures
And aunts warn with bedtime scares
All the rebukes endured
And rewards enjoyed
A Prick or Treat
And culture
Instilled
Taught

The elders teach many things.
They soothe upon a lap,
Or punish on the bum,
And the young soul takes notes.
An adult perfects what need be perfected,
But holds a mother’s way most sacred;
Traditions kept alive,
Always listening to their inner child.

Christmas
Each one, teach one
Share skills, ask a question
Many cooks, yet better dishes
Bonded

The inner child learns best and learns true,

They know the secrets of happiness.

Β© judeitakali


Colleen gave the theme of holiday traditions and asked us to share a cinquain (the last poem in bold) for her garland cinquain Christmas tree.

Sadje provided the #whatdoyousee image prompt.

I shared a little of my Christmas traditions in the last cinquain, as Colleen requested,
My siblings and I each cook a dish on Christmas day, so the kitchen and backyard are always full.
While the nieces and nephews run around asking and learning how to cook.

festive mood.

Mother” in this poem, is gender neutral. Hope you enjoy this.

Stay safe and stay loving.

53 Comments Add yours

  1. mariamichaela says:

    Loved this. You and your family sounds like a great bunch to be with. Hope you guys have a very merry Christmas. 🌷

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Michaela 😊
      Are you going off WordPress for the holidays?😭
      Hope you have a very merry Christmas too.🌷

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      1. mariamichaela says:

        I’ll be checking WordPress still. Gotta get my dose of poetry. 😁

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      2. judeitakali says:

        YesπŸ’ͺπŸΎπŸ˜…

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  2. Sadje says:

    You’ve handled all the different stages of life when learning and teaching go side by side. A great way to teach new things to new generation Jude. I love this tradition

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Sadje. Glad and happy to share, but more to learn.πŸ§‘πŸ€—
      Thank you for the prompt.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re most welcome my friend

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  3. Jude, you combined both the prompts very well! Beautiful flow to your words. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Punam. Glad you liked it 🧑

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      1. My pleasure! Merry Christmas. πŸ’™

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Early merry Christmas to you too 🧑

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      3. Thank you, dear.

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  4. michnavs says:

    this is such a wonderful post Jude… happy holidays.. and enjoy the Christmas with your family..

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Michelle. Happy merry Christmas as well πŸ§‘πŸ˜ƒ

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  5. Elle says:

    Lovely! Happy holidays, Jude! 😊✨

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Elle. Happy holidays too.πŸ˜ƒπŸ§‘

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  6. Ingrid says:

    Thank you for sharing your Christmas Traditions with us: hope you can be with your family this year. Wishing you a safe and Happy Christmas πŸŽ„

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Ingrid. I’m going home to the parents family home tomorrow. Not many restrictions where I am for personal places.
      But of course we’ll take precautions.
      I wish you a safe and happy Christmas too my dear friend πŸ§‘πŸ˜ŠπŸ’

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      1. Ingrid says:

        Thank you so much! I am in lockdown but luckily have my family with me πŸŽ„πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ…πŸ»

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      2. judeitakali says:

        You’re one of the lucky few, thank God. I’ve been watching the news and many are doomed to spend Christmas away from loved ones

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      3. Ingrid says:

        Yes, it is a sad situation ☹️

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  7. I like this very much, Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Robbie, I’m glad you do

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  8. Such a heartwarming piece, Jude! A very merry Christmas to you and your family! Stay safe πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Rishika.
      A very merry Christmas to you and yours too😊🌸

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  9. HappySoul says:

    lovely takes Jude .. you combined prompts so beautifully

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Ru❀️🌸

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  10. Nelson says:

    Reblogged this on Nelson MCBS.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for the reblog πŸ™πŸΎ

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  11. Ramya Vivek says:

    Loved the description of the rich tradition. Well writtenπŸ‘πŸ‘

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Ramya

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  12. Jules says:

    At our Thanksgiving we all contribute dishes. This year was a little smaller than most, but we had some traditional foods, some not so traditional and bread made in a ‘Dutch Oven’ (which really is any oven vessel that has a top, though some would say it has to be one kind of material). I have a glass Dutch Oven. But the one used to make the bread was ceramic (I think).

    I did not make a post for my Tanka Tuesday trio. I left it in the comments section at Colleen’s prompt post. πŸ˜€

    Best to you and yours! ~ πŸ’•Jules

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Almost similar traditions JulesπŸ˜ƒ
      Dutch oven sounds interesting, I’ll look it up.
      Merriness to you JulesπŸ’ž

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  13. Your poetry shares such wonderful memories. I can see your family getting together and celebrating the season. Excellent! Merry Christmas, Jude. ❀

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Colleen. Merry Christmas to you too πŸ˜ŠπŸ§‘πŸ’œ

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      1. Thanks Jude. I’m making chocolate chip walnut cookies for my husband’s present this year. It’s his favorite. Our Christmas will be after we move in to our new house. πŸ˜€

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Christmas in January?😲

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      3. That’s when we close on our house. Lots of $$$ to buy a house. 🀣

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  14. Jules says:

    PS… I did make a post for Colleen – though it is a flash fiction with the theme of ‘tradition’ πŸ˜€

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Lemme go look for it🧑

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  15. memadtwo says:

    I love that line “each one teach one”– an excellent tradition. (L)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much K🧑
      Glad you like it.

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  16. -Eugenia says:

    Beautiful and reflective, Jude! I will be hanging around WordPress at Christmas. Hubby is getting groceries from the pickup area and we will spend time by our fireplace at night and on the balcony during the day. He drinks his nog and I enjoy my red wine. Snow showers are in our forecast for the 24th! ❀️Merry Christmas!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      It sounds beautiful Eugi. I guess that’s what life partners are for.
      🧑🌸

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        πŸ₯°

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  17. Oh, wow! How beautifully you integrated all the prompts to weave a perfect poem. Well written, Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Hema. Hope you’re merryπŸ’œπŸ§‘

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  18. Chris Hall says:

    Learn and share, share and learn. Perfect. Have a safe and happy celebration, Jude!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Merry and safe ones to you too dear Chris

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  19. kittysverses says:

    This is a beautiful display of lovely family bonding. Great poetry, as usual, Jude. πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much KittyπŸ₯°

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      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Jude. Merry Christmas. πŸ™‚

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