the Swell

go slow into the swell: these slipways of love are rolling in, whitecaps, and the ground swells; brick walls brickle, metal shields melt, and we hold firm until the stream is a bending, a ream bracing us whole. The jukebox in the corner of the inn outside town churns the blisters and webs melton robes… Read more »

Beach Poem – On the Seaweeds’ Scattering

‘On the Seaweed’s Scattering’ is a beach poem, a celebration of beauty and a reflection on everything and everyone having a time and a place. On the Seaweed’s Scattering – a Beach Poem You cast a warm body And hold me In the drizzly bright of your palm, A baby mule Half-blind and staggering  … Read more »

River Story Poem – This Book Is a River

This Book is a River is a river story poem, a reflection on nature and on how nothing and no one exists in isolation at any time.  This Book Is a River – a river story poem This book is a river that gently makes its way down to the sea, dives in and disappears. And… Read more »

Inclusion Poem – Within a Tuft of Grass

Within a Tuft of Grass is an inclusion poem, a reflection on how life is best lived in close proximity.  Within a Tuft of Grass – Inclusion Poem To exclude is to slice someone away from the loaf, children in the classroom scoffing when           Johnny can’t spell P E E… Read more »

Acceptance Poem – Silent Night

Silent Night is an acceptance poem, a celebration of and a reflection on being small and finding that together, everything is better. Silent Night – an Acceptance Poem Some days we are a silent night. Listen. This is when stars smell like morning dew glossing over the stones and the moss you lay aside when… Read more »

May Poem – Nudity

nudity is a May poem, a reflection on finding a way to be tiny and comfortable within this big, big world where everyone is alone, yet no one is.  nudity –  a May Poem skin is like the rippling shoal of a lake on the run from frost and the sun         … Read more »

Plant Poem – Gorse

Gorse is a plant poem, a celebration of the beauty and resilience and prickly nature of this gorgeous shrub with her bright yellow petals and thorns. Gorse – a Plant Poem Now, she’s a riot whipping the sky blue with thorny twigs and then she beds the clouds in a sea of yellow rugs robes… Read more »

Spring Poems – Mid-conversation, we melt into the Blossoming

Mid-conversation, we melt into the Blossoming is one of my spring poems. I love this time of year and watch the petals and leaves appear like a hawk. Apple blossoms are amazing!   Mid-conversation, we melt into the Blossoming – Spring Poems Mid conversation, we melt into the blossoming, a million apple petals rising from a… Read more »

Spring Poem – Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms is a spring poem, a celebration of nature’s beauty and fine art. Cherry Blossoms – Spring Poem Every summer, the sun sends cherry blossoms falling. Every floating petal is a letter written but never sent to something that some time, bloomed, but time ran out. Every spring is another burst of baby pink… Read more »

Fairy Poem – Blessed Be the Meek

Blessed Be the Meek is a fairy poem, casting a spotlight on the immeasurable value of kindness and gentleness and how they’re forever badly needed. Blessed Be the Meek – a Fairy Poem Mid-city square, people are pitching forks. Short wicks and glimmerless bulbs won’t do. No one will stage her chapped finger or case… Read more »

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    Surrender

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    If you were to surrender, do you think someone would hold you Would take care of you? Perhaps a person, perhaps the universe or perhaps a loving God? Would you be able to relinquish control and trust Knowing that ultimately you are powerless? Or would you grab the steering wheel even tighter Accelerate? Break? Attempting… Read more »

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    What to Do When You Are Having a Bad Day

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    I knew from the moment I woke up that I was going to have a bad day. Don’t ask me why I just knew it. Even though I usually try to push negativity aside, I just couldn’t do it. That made me think about what to do when you are having a bad day. Let me… Read more »

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    Suspended – A Poem About Fragility

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    This is a poem about fragility and the random nature of life’s events. The earth’s continuous rotation, apparent random suspension in the vastness of the universe mirrors the decisive fragility of life. In its continuity that may just stop at some point. Entirely beyond control Regardless of power and effort Relying entirely on someone caring… Read more »

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    Oxygen – Don’t Hold Your Breath

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    Don’t hold your breath, you may be stopping life’s unstoppable wish to see you through. So much more than an elusive bubble, instead, sustaining and holding together the whole world. And places, oxygen cannot reach, speak of pain and hardness, lifelessness, and death. Only to be broken and softened by an irresistible bubble of air… Read more »

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    Skin – A Love Poem

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    This is a love poem. Thank you for taking care of me. Skin – a love poem.   Exposed but for your skin, soft and warm, enveloping every fibre. Gentle, yet powerful enough to withstand cold winter winds.     Breathless but for your skin, vibrant and vivid, nourishing every inch. Deep, yet light enough… Read more »

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    Horizons – A Poem About Gratitude

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    This is a poem about gratitude. I am grateful for all the people who’ve been with me all along.    This morning, I realised that you’ve been there all along. Just like the sky always touches the surface of the sea, tenderly and constantly So that you’d forget about it. Until the day when I… Read more »

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    Held – A Short Story

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    Through harsh winds, and pelted by cruel hailstones, she went to get into her car to drive to work. She didn’t want to go, knowing well that the day would bring much stress and strive, relentless at that. Still, she had little choice and just hoped she would get to the end alive. On opening… Read more »

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    Validation and Empathy – Two Powerful Relationship Tools

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      No, doubt, validation are among the cornerstones of love. In relationships, validating each other’s feelings is one of the most important ingredients for lasting relationships of any kind. Unless we take on board how someone is feeling and try to empathize, building lasting trust and a strong bond is going to be difficult. This… Read more »

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    The Inevitability of Growth

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    Life challenges with through the inevitability of growth, the power too great to resist.  Irresistible Forces   Such is the power deep within the earth, nature can’t but grow and decay,   only to burst into life again, inevitably passionately.