The Saturday Symphony #26 In between the lines.

Hey everyone,
Welcome to the 26th edition of The Saturday Symphony. This is a monthly feature with its roots in giving back to the blogging community.
You can peruse previous editions HERE

To many, this March is somber
with all the growing global grumbles…
Yet to others, March is solemn
of Christians and Lenten sacrifices…
But to some, it is celebratory
March madness, award season, births, weddings, and the like…
So in this month’s edition, may we peek into conflict
peel into faith’s consummacy
and prise open joy’s collections
For rarely is any time fully bad, or completely sad
Unsulliable, or unsavable
Thus this symphony,
may we peer in between the lines

Art by Bored Panda

March’s five featured posts

The behaviour of successful long term partners.

Keepers of life by Anita Vij

Before her plane intersected with that of other people, she was just another pebble on the beach…

Journeying by Paensunplugged

Trust me, pain is no stranger of mine. I know what it feels like to be broken, because I’ve been broken…

Pain by Garima

I see you every morning

in the form of the golden rays of the sun

I love you by Jane Aguiar

Odetta was an American singer, actress, guitarist, lyricist, and a civil and human rights activist, often referred to as “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement

Odetta by Tao talk

The sounds that wake us
Fear and belongings we stash
Yet nothing is enough
Neither food, water, nor medicine
Nothing except survival
Survival is everything!
Hate rains upon us from abandoned skies
Yet we cannot hate that much
so we hold each other
and love even more

Between lines. Art by ArtPal


This month, pick a base emotion like hate, love, jealousy, despair, joy…
and delve deeper into it, giving us an intimate view of that emotion; going in between the lines.

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.

Lonely catholic boy
or so you may seem
Yet rarely do you feel this whole
nor do you lay yourself this bare
Sharing your deepest secrets
Thoughts and feelings you never knew were even there
Acknowledging stubborn faults
and embracing hard solutions!
Yes, the therapies of Lent
A new year’s true beginnings

In those lines. Saatchi Art

February’s ponderous submissions

There are no submissions from last month’s feature. I completely forgot to advertise this in my posts since then. But thankfully, I’m in the mix of promoting my debut novel(going live this Monday 14th March)
So I’ll go ahead and use this space to share about the book(there’s always a positive side);


Be it born to darkness and sacrifice,
or be it raised amidst love and hope;
for those who dwell under light and freedom,
and those who are shackled to ways preordained,
the cruellest curses stem from our greatest blessings.
And yet some are cursed, so that others may be blessed.

Kamau is born to a people who repress all emotion, but his first experience of grief shakes the foundations of all his beliefs. It thrusts him on a journey for answers, and ultimately pits him and a few unexpected companions against an ageless power.

Pre-release reviews

paintball with friends last weekend. I’m kneeling 1st from left.

If she told you she were happy, you would not believe her
If she showed you, then maybe you would
But many fake happiness
Smiles that do not reach eyes
Laughter too loud and too strained
And Shares for the sake of Likes
Yet still this faking brings some happiness
joys derived from hope
or grins to spite the agents of sadness
Her faked smile is a ghost of one she once had
She coaxes joys long gone, but not lost
For beneath this superficial happiness
is the memory of true joy
And she will fight her sadness
with any weapon she can find!
And thus, I will not judge her!

In between the lines. Art by Sally Brown

Hope you enjoy this.

I’m still unable to use my usual graphics but soon I will.
Don’t forget to try a hand at the Ponderous thought, in between the lines,
And feel free to check out the featured links.

Stay safe everyone, Stay loving.

Copyright judeitakali

P.S I’m posting this on Friday evening EAT because I might not be able to do so tomorrow, but if I can, I’ll repost it then.

41 responses to “The Saturday Symphony #26 In between the lines.”

  1. I am very happy to be your guest, with my post today. Thank you, Jude!

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    1. A real pleasure, Jane.

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  2. Love the artwork and the poetry, Jude! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Yvette. It’s wonderful art.

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  3. An interesting array of art and words. And you look as if you were enjoying the time with your friends. (K)

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    1. It was a fun experience, though challenging too. those paintballs hurt.

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  4. Love the artwork and yohhh I’ve read the book review on Pooja’s blog. Sooo captivating. 🧡🧡🧡

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    1. Ahh, thank you so much Malatji. Glad it intrigued you.


  5. The artworks and your words are so beautiful and work perfectly together. 🌷

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    1. Thank you so much Michaela. I sent you an email btw.

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      1. I’ll check it out, Jude 😊

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  6. Beautiful words and a true symphony of soulful songs!

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    1. Thank you so much Ingrid.

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  7. Continued success with your books!!
    I’ve copied the prompt and might get to it. We’ve had a busy month – I’ll see what I can do. All the best ro all the writers.

    Let us continue to make music together!!

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    1. Thank you so much Jules. Music is a soul’s medicine.

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  8. Beautiful pairing of your artwork and words, Jude! Bravo!

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    1. Thank you so much Eugi.

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      1. Most welcome, Jude!


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  10. […] Saturday Symphon 26 PONDEROUS THOUGHT PROMPT This month, pick a base emotion like hate, love, jealousy, despair, joy… and delve deeper into it, giving us an intimate view of that emotion; going in between the lines […]


  11. I didn’t go too deep. I added your prompt into my series here:
    Faraway and Safe in the Woods

    I’m still in the mode of putting my house back in order after our ceiling was repiared. The furnature is back in place, most of the images are back on the walls… still filling up the bookshelves that will remain in the room. And I’m back to my lovely view of my back yard!!
    I was in a back bedroom that was stuffed with furnature and boxes!!

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    1. Ahh that sounds refreshing, the view. the room must have that new yet familiar blend of bliss.

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    1. Thank you Eugi. I enjoyed the depth.

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  14. Thank you so much for this prompt, I love it! Here’s mine:

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  16. Hi Jude, here’s my post;

    In between the lines- Love


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    1. Thank you Sadje. I’ll read this and more tomorrow after my exams.

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      1. You’re welcome! Best of luck for the exams.

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        1. Thank you Sadje. They went well.

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          1. Great 👍🏼🌸👍🏼

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  17. I admire Bored Panda and Sally’s art masterpieces. Whoa, this speaks in a different way, even the worded poetry about the fake smiles and joy. I know I’m that girl that struggles with it every day. I know I’m months late, but great read!

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    1. Thank you kindly. It’s never too late for a compliment, my store was running dry😁😇


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