Photo Journal/ A-Z Photo Challenge: G is for Greens



It is Tuesday! Time for Frizztext’s A-Z Photo Challenge. Letter this week is G and I thought that I’d share the blessed Greens I see on my campus everyday. Reposting for Ailsa (of Where’s My Backpack)’s Travel Theme: Green.

Greens Around Campus

I am fortunate that I live on campus, and so my workplace is around 15 minutes away on foot. While I do long for the reddish glow that autumn brings and the chill of snow during winter and the dandelions during spring, I know that romancing the sun the whole year long is a gift. I admit that I occasionally complain of Singapore’s humidity, but the glorious rains afterwards more than make up for it. The cool and gentle breeze during early night-time – around dusk as the sun is about to set – the smell of greens around me – make me feel alive, the wind whistling in the marrow of my bones, reciting poetry, whispering secrets, singing love songs.

And so for those of you who may be experiencing unrelenting cold, dreary and overcast skies, here is a taste of summer – a drop of green as you wake up in the cold. Clothe yourself with these greens. I send you blue skies, the smell of rain, and the grass feasting on your naked feet.

Here are a few photographs of the greens around my campus, Nanyang Technological University Singapore.


“Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: – you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.”
― E.E. Cummings


“And I, infinitesima­l being,
drunk with the great starry
likeness, image of
I felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind.”
― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets


All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,

“You owe me.”

What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky.”  – Hafiz


“Here I came to the very edge
where nothing at all needs saying,
everything is absorbed through weather and the sea,
and the moon swam back,
its rays all silvered,
and time and again the darkness would be broken
by the crash of a wave,
and every day on the balcony of the sea,
wings open, fire is born,
and everything is blue again like morning. ”
― Pablo Neruda


“What a great thing, to be loved! What a greater thing still, to love! The heart becomes heroic though passion…if no one loved, the sun would go out.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables


“I fell for her in summer, my lovely summer girl,
From summer she is made, my lovely summer girl,
I’d love to spend a winter with my lovely summer girl,
But I’m never warm enough for my lovely summer girl,
It’s summer when she smiles, I’m laughing like a child,
It’s the summer of our lives; we’ll contain it for a while
She holds the heat, the breeze of summer in the circle of her hand
I’d be happy with this summer if it’s all we ever had.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver


I have forgotten your voice, your happy voice;
I have forgotten your eyes.

Like a flower to its perfume, I am bound to
My vague memory of you. I live with pain
That is like a wound; if you touch me, you will
Make to me an irreperable harm.

Your caresses enfold me, like climbing
Vines on melancholy walls.

I have forgotten your love, yet I seem to
Glimpse you in every window.

Because of you, the heady perfumes of
Summer pain me; because of you, I again
Seek out the signs that precipitate desires:
Shooting stars, falling objects.”
― Pablo Neruda


“I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.” 
― Edna St. Vincent Millay

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

13 comments on “Photo Journal/ A-Z Photo Challenge: G is for Greens

  1. Fats Suela

    Love the last image the most. *wink wink* Hehe. =)


  2. Wonderful greens and accompanying verses.


  3. Great photos–what a lovely campus! (And I thought the last photo was pretty darn cute too.)


  4. greens always make for great photographs ^^ very nice


  5. perfect photo climax, you at the very end as pointe!


  6. What a lovely, lovely post! Wonderful seeing all the greens around the campus and you’ve selected the most beautiful excerpts!! Love the Hafiz especially. Of course my fave pic is the last one with you in it! 🙂


  7. Wow, Myra. We never see green like that in Colorado, even in the spring. What beauty you live with! That swirl of a building is amazing, and the poetry is so loving. Thanks for your gift!


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  9. Beautiful greens. And my favorite quotes are the Neruda ones.


  10. What a beautiful, green campus! Nice quotes.


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  13. I like your photos very much as well as the beautiful way you have paired them up with the quotes…poems… One of my favourites for this theme.


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