Gardening in the Time of Corona (A Poem)

I started gardening last week – Planted seeds in a pot, Smelled the sweet earthiness. Saw a butterfly, And dreamed of hedgehogs. Nothing happened. Though I watered them (Not too much, nor too little) And stared, And heard a bee bumble by. Did the laundry, And dreamed of forgotten things. Nothing happened. I am still […]

Random Makery

There have been two things that I have done over the last 6 months or so that have made a massive difference to my mental health. 1. Boundaries. Which included tossing out the doing of stuff that other people expected me to do just because they expected it. (More on that another day) 2. Creativity. […]

Is it Still Brave If We Don’t Have a Choice?

#Kale – Metaphors Keep discrediting the metaphors: Annihilated “Journey”, Liquidated “Battle”, Excused “Chapter”. * I write #kale poems for my friend @drbexl as she lives with the challenges of a secondary breast cancer diagnosis (#livingwithmets), but this one is sort of for both of us. Because while her challenges are not my challenges, and my […]

Mirror Mirror On The Wall (A poem)

Mirror, mirror on the wall, How long will it be until I fall? Who is the most exhausted of us all? Mirror, mirror on the wall. Mirror, mirror don’t judge me, I tried using lots of lists, you see. I tried rules, and watching, and maybe I tried a little too hard to be. Mirror, […]

I Wrote A Poem on Purpose

I had your purpose once – A burning call that Whispered to my dreams And shouted above the cacophony Of a million doubts. A love that consumed my heart A vision that overcame A never ending tug that Pulled everything into tension. * It was beautiful and brave, Golden and glistening. Admirable. A reflection of […]

Little Limpet (A Poem)

I found this poem in a notebook I recently started using again – it’s dated September 2017, and the description is probably more true now than it ever was. Little Limpet Little Limpet, I know you love me. Squeezed up next to me so I feel every breath, Hear every tummy gurgle, Know without knowing […]

Embers (A Poem)

I carry these embers, This birth, or death; What was, or could yet be.   I carry these embers, This hope unborn; Lost dream forlorn.   I carry these embers, A dim journey To ash or light.   I carry these embers, Inbetween-ness And unknown choice.   I carry these embers, And on, and on, […]

​A poem for #Somme100 

​A poem for #Somme100   Seven Thirty. Morning of the first. Guns fall silent. Boys ready. Whistles blown. Over the top they go. For glory For honour For King and for country Over the top They go.   By days end Sixty thousand dead & wounded. By Days end.   By battles end Five months […]

Love Lives Here (A Poem)

Whoever you are, whatever you’ve done – Love lives here. Whoever you may be, whatever you may see – Love lives here. We may not always get it right, We may not always be the best – Love lives here. So come on in and rest a while – Love lives here. Come rest, and […]