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The Swell

Anita Alig

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 »

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    Poems About Life – Solid

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    Solid is one of my poems about life, a reflection on the importance of all things physical and a celebration of body and object. Solid – Poems About Life I like the substance of stones and the weight of a heavy suitcase all but pulling my arm out of its socket. I like remembering the… Read more »

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    Wind Poem – Motion

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    Motion is a wind poem, a reflection on birth, growth, friendship, and support. Like the wind, we’re never still. Motion – a Wind Poem Dipping, the wind tilts my face to the left and pushes my nostrils ajar just enough to arrive at the edge of the garden, slotting blades of grass into a sharp… Read more »

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    Calming Poem – Unravelled

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    Unravelled is a calming poem, a celebration of love, friendships and trust, an expression of gratitude for everything and everybody. Unravelled – Calming Poem With Love you unravel my web, knot by knot, binding wayward thread and braiding frayed twigs with trunks and soil, just when the moon presses the tulips to fatten the fields,… Read more »

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    Truth Poem – At Night, I Weep

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    At Night, I Weep is a truth poem, highlighting the way people suffer in silence while struggling to cope with everyday pressures. At Night, I Weep – Truth Poem My name is Rebecca, I run a prosperous business, have two beautiful children, vacation three times per year, look stunning, have a packed social calendar, and… Read more »

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    Matter Poem – Surfaces

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    Surfaces is a matter poem, spinning thoughts on how we collide every day, sometimes it hurts, sometimes it soothes. But there’s always an impact. Surfaces – Matter Poem I can trace the indentations on my skin, the skin that layon gravel, fingernails resting in our thick dust,but I cannot see the calluses on your feet,… Read more »

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    Ocean Poem – The Sea

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    The Sea is an ocean poem, a reflection on life and on how we inhabit the earth and fit into the natural world all around us. The Sea – Ocean Poem Truth be told the sea would never leave you red-raw and naked instead she makes her way along your spine beneath your skin, and… Read more »

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    Food Poem – Life’s A Feast

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    Life’s a Feast is a food poem, imagining life as a dish with many, many ingredients and flavours, some edible, some nauseating. Life’s a Feast – Food Poem Sometimes I swallow dry air, my gums / an arid field ploughed, ploughed and weeded, rich harvest upon potato blight and ice home to a fox and… Read more »

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    Biodiversity Poem – Thistles

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    Thistles is a biodiversity poem, a reflection on extinction, endurance, and the wonders of nature. Thistles – Biodiversity Poem Where rye dies, rice thrives and your thistle robe leaves me wondering how anyone could be so spiny, robust, and drive where petals falter, grass alters and bumblebees hoard nectar pondering where all the flowers have… Read more »

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    Heartbreak Poem – Love Gone Pear-shaped

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    Love Gone Pear-shaped is a heartbreak poem, a reflection on how and why hearts get broken and go on to mend. Love Gone Pear-shaped – Heartbreak Poem This was before it all went pear-shaped before I broke my legs and you turned blind. Overnight, you might like to think. Like a busy little bee I’d… Read more »