From Athens With Love

“This is how it works- you’re young until you’re not, you love until you don’t, you try until you can’t, you laugh until you cry, you cry until you laugh and everyone must breathe until their dying breath. `Cause this is how it works- you take the things you like then try to love the things you took and then you take that love you made and stick it in to someone else’s heart, pumping someone else’s blood and walk around unarmed, hoping that it won’t get harmed and even if it does you’ll just do it all again” ~ Regina Spektor 

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Good morning or good evening, good afternoon or good night? I’ll leave this to your choice, but whatever you decide to pick up, make sure you notice the love I sent together with the greetings. Well, it’s been quite a “funny” time lately, which probably can explain my absence from the blogging world. The Muses have been playing Chinese scrabble with me and do I need to mention who won since Chinese is not on the list with languages that I speak?

Life has been like the “Horse in Motion” / the first movie ever made/. Considering that I love horses and black and white colors you’d ask what’s wrong with life being that way? The motion! The problem is in the motion! The horse is bored to tired and the colors, they’ve just gone bleak! There is a part of a song that I like very much:

” They say that bad things happen for a reason, but no wise words will stop the bleeding, because “life” has moved on while I’m still grieving and when a heart breaks, no it doesn’t breakeven.”  And there are words I remember my granny told me once: ” Certain things in life need to be lived, good or bad, you shouldn’t try to escape them. Be patient and let time help you find your way, there is always a way!”.

So I guess I’m just spending time quietly and patiently waiting for the light to revive the colors around me. And since I am an optimist by nature, I don’t really suffer from all the transitions around me, I still have a smile on my face, because I do believe in the saying:  ” Tomorrow is always a better day!”, but, by nature too, I build walls and I become distant when life bothers me. So here comes the time where I need to say to all my online friends – I haven’t forgot about any of you and I haven’t missed any of your posts on purpose …

Writing “Adagio” and “In love with a poet” it was a consuming- all-my-energy experience. The truth is, I’m quite happy with both poems, but in the process I missed my first blog birthday. My blog is now 1 year, 1 month and 11 days old and I’m really surprised that I made it up to here. After 166 posts, 456 spam comments and 18 257 hits, I’m still here and I plan on keeping it that way, which leads me to my plans for December …

I’ve decided to join Community Network Meme 2011. It will take part in December and it will be hosted by my friend Tom Baker / for more information click HERE/. I call Tom my first guiding blogging light. He was the first person I met when I started blogging and the good start that I had I owe to him and his advice. Thank you Tom!

Tom has also created a new blog – Flavor Internationale and I am claiming a neighborhood there. Read more about Flavor Internationale HERE. If you want to share a part of your culture, a piece of your country, that’s the place.

And to finish this post and start my day with a smile again, accept my little poem as a gift for your friendship and support!

From Athens With Love

In the loving New York 3 a.m. light
Under the orange sunset over Golden Gate Bridge
With the winds dancing with Seattle’s Space Needle
Through the snowflakes humming in Burlington, Ontario
Listen to the herald of the Mediterranean

Walking with the beauty of the Queen’s necklace in Mumbai
Taking a deep breath, staring at Taj Mahal
Counting the red sand in the stones of Qutb Minar
Whispering to Buddha in Hussain Sagar
Keep a little memory of the blue skies and me

Watching the Eclipse of the Moon over Lapland
Or chasing Butterflies of Time in Asia
Deciphering Dragon’s Dreams with the fall
Of the first Autumn leaves on the South coast
Or painting poems Inside the Mind of a Lunatic

Searching for the key of how to write and read
Or tracing the beauty of the mind and its whirls
Smiling over a cup of coffee, spreading joy
Or musing only when the moon howls
Know that you are the sunshine of my rainy days


Athenian sunshine by Blaga Todorova


© 2011  Broken Sparkles


33 Responses to “From Athens With Love”


    What more could a friend ask for? Blaga! CONGRATULATIONS on your super blog’s Anniversary. You were one of the first visitors to my blog,encouraging me with your” SCENT “of poetry. How can I ever forget the old Name? Here is to many more, Lovelier “ADAGIO”s… So much touched by your lovely poems especially this one which carries the flavours and scents of the world and the love of friends… Love u dear. HUGS and KISSES

  2. ♡ The Tale Of My Heart ♡ Says:

    The image is beautiful…… :)

  3. Rumy Krasteva Says:

    Love to you too…you are a wonderful friend and writer! Thank you for all the smiles from you! Wishing you every year ahead to be full with much more posts and let that great inspiration never ends!

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      Rumi, my sweet friend! I do hope to see you soon and have some of our lovely walks around Arriana lake, a chat over a cup of coffee/ glass of wine :)/ and the comfort of your company! Thank you for everything!

  4. Eclipse Says:

    Do not ever forget those words from your granny, Blaga, a golden message lies within them, there’s always a way…
    Congrats on your blogg’s anniversary, you offered a wonderful poetry and you still do…The poem today is beautiful and really special. Thank you for your sweet words, they sparkle like a candle in the darkness.
    Sending love and a bunch of friendly hugs from Lapland :)
    (PS: I’m off to check out those sites now….)

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      Granny was a very wise woman and I miss her so very much! I hope by carrying her name I got a little bit of her wisdom too! Thank you so very much for stopping by …always a pleasure to have you around! Keep the hills of Lapland inspired and happy :)!

  5. Tom Baker Says:

    Blaga you are really too kind with your words. I am not really responsible for all that you claim I am. Attitude is really important when ‘life’ gets you down so I am glad to see you have the right attitude. In addition I am extremely glad that you are blogging again. Your poetry touches so many people.

    Thank you for being a part of Flavor Internationale too. I am touched that you so readily help me out with the many ideas I have/had. From Athens With Love is a very reflective poem. I makes me want to travel again.

    If you need anything, let me know. Love, Tom

  6. *The Trail* « Eclipse Of The Moon Says:

    […] Inspired by  Broken Sparkles […]

  7. Olivia Says:

    Oh my Dear Blaga,

    I too am going through a funny phase.. really no idea what’s life throwing my way this time. Chinese scrabbles…. that ain’t my language either! I loved your post for it’s metaphors and the choice of words- eloquent and very well written!! If I may also add such is my state of mind since sometime now.

    Thank you for the tag and once again, very cleverly done.. To my Blaga Bubble- many hugs xoxoxoxo

  8. Old Raven Says:

    Broken Sparkles, this prelude of prose is a wonderful piece … for young and old alike for it is filled with wisdom. Your poem is filled with such warmth and love, it is like a gift to have opened it this morning. Thank you.

  9. ladynimue Says:

    For some (good) reasons , I been busy with life and writing .. Sadly, reading has taken backseat .. but i am going to change that hopefully next month ..

    Wish you lots and lots of blog anniversaries darling !!
    This biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig hug for you to give you my love and wishes :)

    >——- :D ——–<

    Keep writing and keep inspiring !!


  10. Jamie Dedes Says:

    I read the poem first – earlier this a.m. – and so touched. It is one to cherish.

    Ah, the muse … well, such times are usually part of a gestation process and it will be interesting to see what evolves. The introductory piece you wrote is warm and open and much appreciated. We all go through this, eh? Congratulations on your blogging successes and HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! We love you …

    The world is in gestation too – a major reset – one of the cycles of life on earth and eventually we’ll get back to stasis, don’t you think? Glad you are not letting it get to you.

    Thanks for your kind visits and comments.

    In thanksgiving (lower case),

    P.S.: Thanks for the Greek sunshine. I just got a new camera. When I figure it all out, I’ll send you some CA sunshine.

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      I’d love to see CA sunshine, happy new camera Jamie! Thanks for the kind words and the support! And yes, everything falls on its place, eventually … the trick is to manage to get through the transitions without giving up!

  11. Victoria Says:

    Beautiful poetry is often born in pain, and this is truly an exquisite trip around the world. I have missed you Blaga, but I’ve also been up to my eyeballs in going through the final stages of publishing my novel. Who would have thought that the predominate emotion I feel right now is FEAR? Anyway, I know now when I don’t hear from you, I better go on the prowl. Love to you and thank you for being a part of my life.

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      You shouldn’t feel fear Victoria! I’m sure you’ve done a good job with your book! There is such a wisdom in your writing! Thank you for stopping by, all the best to you and your family!

  12. Adura Ojo Says:

    Feels like I’m reading the musings of a beautiful and busy mind. Thanks for sharing.

  13. siubhan Says:

    there is pure beauty in this, Blaga, from the first line to the last. :)

  14. mish Says:

    Dear Blaga
    It’s been a while since I’ve popped in here at your place… :) :) I hope you are well!
    Happy Blogaversary!! I hope that you will be blessed to enjoy many, many, many more exciting blogging moments for years to come…
    Your poem is a heart-warming & beautiful tribute to all your blogger friends!
    Take care… and watch the postman for a little blue envelope… *HUGS*

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      Dear Michelle! Thank you so much! Yes, long time no talk … but I hope things are going back to normal and we’ll be able to communicate through blog posts often! I love the little blue envelopes, can’t wait to get mine! Thank you!:)

  15. Paul Andrew Russell Says:

    Congratulations on your blog’s anniversary, Blaga. Sorry to hear life has been giving you a hard time. I just wanted to say, your visits to my blog, and the comments you leave, really brighten my day. You are a positive, kind and sharing person. Be well. :-)

  16. dragonkatet Says:

    Oh, my sweet, wonderful friend! I’m sorry I am so late to this post. First of all, congratulations on your blog anniversary. It says quite a lot that not only did you make it a year, have so many posts and visits, but mostly that you have become so entrenched in such a variety of places and hearts! I cannot imagine you not being here. The world would be a MUCH colder place without your light!

    I’m sorry that life is treating you so badly lately. :( *hugs* If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. I know you don’t often ask for help, and you are a strong, independent woman. But that’s what friends are for, my dear! The muses will return, have no doubt. But instead of waiting, perhaps you can go find them and give them something to feast upon? :) Find that secret spot of yours and spend a little while there…see what stirrings move you…I think you will be surprised. Much love and brightest blessings to you, dear Blaga!! Find a smile today, ok?

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      My dear Corina! Thanks for your words! They mean more than you know! My light is still here :) just a bit slow- motioned and retarded to say? Thank you for the smile you just provided! Your friendship is really appreciated and treasured!

  17. deadpoet88 Says:

    I can understand how one needs to just be away from things for a while, and it cannot be helped. I know I feel the same way, just feel like escaping into that little shell I form around myself. Only problem is that once I’m safe inside, it becomes hard to come out again.

    I really love your poem, I see you’ve put so much of things we’ve talked about, especially India. I hope someday you get to visit New York, California, and India :) I really like your tribute to places, dreams, and us blogging buddies :)

    And congratulations for completing a year, I too missed my anniversary with my blog :sigh Oh well, am trying to get back to writing, hope that goes well. :)

  18. Kavita Says:

    I know I am reading this terribly late… but I couldn’t miss it for the “world”, could I ?! :)
    How beautifully you have constructed this poem, Summer Gal… and so smartly you have included us in it… thank you for making us a part of your lovely imagination here, and for keeping us in your thoughts.. Love flows across and all over, irrespective of boundaries and distance.. and your poem is living proof!
    I hope you (and I) get to travel wherever it is that you ever wished to, and may you find happiness in every step you take…

    Many hugs n kisses from a chilly and windy NYC (and a waaarm Mumbai) :)

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