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Feb: She Writes Poetry 2016

I don’t think I wrote as many good poems in Feb for the #shewritespoetry2016 challenge, but here’s the ones I am mostly happy with anyway from this month.

Facebook themed poem

Look around you

everyone’s on their smartphone

let’s not talk to each other

let’s “facebook” each other instead

LOL look at this photo

OMG I must unfriend

Doesn’t it just drive you around the bend?

IMHO there is a place for Facebook

There’s nothing wrong with having a look

But not so much we miss face to face

let’s take it at a slower pace

see the real life faces around us

Not just a virtual screen

wondering what might have been

If only we had looked up just for a moment

show our friends and family some real life ❤

It’s not the same

Just clicking on someone’s name

Be with each other

even when you’re just on the bus

we’re all human after all

not just names on a Facebook wall.

Circuits (theme being a fifties housewife looking at electrical diagrams)

What could this be?

It isn’t plain to see

Dots and lines, oh my!

Perhaps I ought to show my guy

Is it a knitting pattern?

it looks like it’s from saturn

oh heaven’s above

I must ask my love

But first I must get his dinner on the table

if I’m to keep our marriage stable.

A note to myself

Hayley

it’s time

to love yourself

look after your health

be the person you want

escape what no longer serves you

be aware of your feelings and thoughts

be amazing and wonderful in all you do

you deserve the best and that time is now

it’s time to be free and happy inside yourself now!

Now

Today I am free

I am free to be me

No longer will I wear this chain

No longer will I allow pain

every negative thought I’ll blow away

I know that everything will be okay

I will allow myself to go with the flow

remember to stop and sometimes take it slow

I’ll give thanks for every moment

and not wonder where time went

pure acceptance

now I am free to dance life’s true dance.

Introvert/Extrovert

I’m quite when you first meet me

Introvert

But there’s more to me than what you see

Extrovert

I often have my head stuck in a book

Introvert

But give me another look

Extrovert

I might prefer one on one

Introvert

But when I think of all I’ve done

Extrovert

You wouldn’t see me the same way

Introvert

Take a chance and listen to what I have to say

for I am full of surprises

I wear many disguises

Introvert, extrovert

I’m no expert

but in reality, I think I’m a bit of both!

 

 

 

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She Writes Poetry 2016

You remember in my new years day post that I said I didn’t really have any specific writing goals for the year. Well, that kind of changed! I saw an invitation on Instagram by Beth Morey to take part in a poetry project.

What Beth, myself and lots of other women are taking part in is a poetry project called ‘She Writes Poetry 2016’ what we’re all doing is using a book called ‘The Daily Poet’ and attempting to write a poem every day of the year using the prompts in the book!

It sounded like fun, and I thought it might help get my creative juices going since although I have been writing a bit each year, I’m not writing as many poems as I used to, and I do find prompts helpful!

Now I haven’t managed to write a poem every single day this month, but I have at least tried every single day. So I’ll share with you highlights each month on those I think are worth sharing. So here are the ones I liked from January, some might need a bit more tweaking but I’m happy overall.

New Year

This year

My only expectation

is manifestation

manifest happiness, friendship and joy

manifest adventures, oh boy!

Dreams can come true, I will make them possible

Let there be no obstacle

I will achieve

all I’ve got up my sleeve

resolution is the solution

the year is 2016

and this year I will be the best I’ve ever been!

She breathes

She breathes, she lives

so why do we throw litter on the ground?

she breathes, she lives

so why do we keep killing all her wildlife?

she breathes, she lives

so why do we cover her glorious bounty in dangerous chemicals?

she breathes, she lives

we breathe, we live

she breathes, she lives

we can eat, we can drink

all because

she breathes, she lives

mother earth, gaia, pachamama

she breathes, she lives

but she won’t live forever

if we don’t get it together

so take the time today

to make sure she is okay

one step at a time

we can make things go the right way

so she breathes, she lives…

Breath

Breathe in, breathe out

take it all in

let it all go

breathe in, breathe out

feel your tummy rise

feel your tummy fall

breathe in, breathe out

concentrate on your chest

concentrate on your abdomen

breathe in, breathe out

this is our mantra

from yoga to tantra

breathe in, breathe out

why? because it’s our sacred essence

each breath we take is a blessing

so remember to

breathe in, breathe out

especially if you’re stressing

then you’ll regain focus

there is no hocus pocus

just simply

breathe in, breathe out.

Nightmare

Once I had a waking dream

my bedroom was filled with toys

sounds like that would be great

the only thing is the toys were evil

literally tearing the wallpaper off the walls

still I wonder to this day

why did I dream this dream

meaning of it, is lost on me

evil toys just attacking my room

more like a horror film, but I wasn’t the victim

maybe one day I’ll know

when I begin to remember my dreams once again.

Soft Monster

My cheeks flush crimson red

a critical voice starts talking in my head

“You can’t do this!”

like a snake hiss

my legs begin to shake

I start to feel like a fake

“I’m not good enough”

my throat starts to feel rough

this is my soft monster inside of me

I’d rather not be

she knows the best times to strike fear

wanting me to shed a tear

but one day I said “No more!”

this monster has become a bore

you are not real

I really can deal

the monster faded away

I could face another day

be who I want to be

and be amazing, just you wait and see!

Twins

They were on in the same
in more than just name
I am she, I am he
I am they

One day a girl, one day a boy
either way they felt joy
I am she, I am he
I am they

Gender is more than just what’s between your legs
Who says we have to sit so nicely on pegs?
I am she, I am he
I am they

Be who you want to be
It doesn’t matter what they see
I am she, I am he,
I am they

Fly high, no need to sigh
I am she, I am he
I am they
They were one in the same….

 

any feedback appreciated 🙂

 

 

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RIP Tree

Rest in Peace, Oh Great Oak Tree

That once stood tall and proud

I will always remember the majestic green beauty of your leaves

The way come September,

deep reds and browns would come seeping through

I’ll cherish those moments of shelter,

from the sun and sometimes the rain

I can’t begin to imagine your pain

as they tore you down

cutting into the very fibre of your being

Any last memory of you, now covered in hard cement

a beauty that lasted years,

Gone in just an instant

Now no longer will children climb or play

No longer will the birds sing

from within your elegant branches

no more exciting glimpses

of a squirrel rushing by

Rest in Peace, Oh Great Oak Tree

Gone but not forgotten

I’ll remember you with every heartbeat

I’ll forever be grateful

for every last breath

Goodbye Oh Great Oak Tree

May You Rest in Peace

May you provide shelter for those above

and know you’ll always be remembered with love

 

(originally written Saturday 21st November as part of a creative writing workshop, then edited on Tuesday 24th November 2015)

 

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All You Need

Love, Trust and Fairy Dust

That’s all you need, to plant a seed

don’t be afraid to dream

listen to your heart, what does it say?

let love lead the way

you can be all that you want to be

simply trust and you will see

share a little kindness wherever you go

you’ll soon reap what you sow

Love, Trust and Fairy Dust

that’s all you need

to plant a seed.

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Journey

Let me take you on a journey

It’ll be lots of fun you’ll see

lots of adventure for you and me

wild, wonderful and wise

let’s try on a new disguise

a different face for a different day

time to try a new way

a new way of being

a new way of seeing

a clean slate

a welcome break

time for a new start

time to come from the heart

no more tears

no more fears

step into your power

this is your hour

time for you to shine

every thing’s going to be just fine

this journey is what you make it

so do what you see fit!

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Writing 101- Found

Well I have to say I have been struggling with the writing 101 challenge. I haven’t been feeling particularly inspired to write anything from the prompts which is why I haven’t posted. The prompt I am doing is in fact yesterday’s prompt, and is the second part of my short blog series- the first part is here

The first part was about loss, today I am going to write about finding something.

Last year was a major turning point in my life it was when I found the spiritual community I was looking for in Southend after years of not knowing there was one! I also found friendship, exciting opportunities and new interests.

It started in the November of 2012, my husband got an invite on Facebook to a fire ceremony which was quite local to us. We had never heard of any events like this in Southend before so despite the fact we didn’t know anyone going, or the people hosting it, it sounded really good, so we thought we would go along. When we got to the house, I remember falling in love with the house immediately. It was a massive house and you could see the people that loved there were very spiritual people. There were Angel cards by the door, and inspiring messages painted on the wall. Everybody was very friendly.

Then we saw the garden- it was huge! We weren’t very well prepared as we were supposed to bring two sticks, one plain for releasing and one decorated for bringing in, so Skie (the magical lady who was hosting) pulled out some bits from the garden for us to use. When the ceremony got going, the fire was big, and there was a real feeling of community as everybody danced and sang as people put their wishes into the fire. It was a magical evening. Before we left we picked up one of Skie’s business cards for her spiritual business Sungate.

We started looking at the website to keep an eye out for any other similar events, as neither of us could believe that something like this was happening in our own neighbourhood and we weren’t even aware of it! There was nothing for a while, but then we saw a spiritual development 10 week course advertised. For only £6 a week, and at another local venue, we thought it might be worth checking out.

It started at the end of January and boy, did it change things for us! The first class I think we were both a little wary, we didn’t know anyone and to me it felt like everyone knew each other. I liked our first ‘homework’ though- to make our own oracle card with a word we had been given (mine was blessings). We carried on going on though and we were enjoying ourselves more and more, with a mixture of the more serious spiritual work but also some fun and light-heartedness! The group really began to gel, and it was decided the group would go on beyond the ten weeks. In fact it went on for the whole year! It’s no longer running but we have a regular social meet ups and we formed so many meaningful friendships.

Because of the group I found I had new opportunities and experiences I didn’t have before,  I walked on fire, a glass walk (which were both separate from the class but were related events) did a sweat lodge. I’ve discovered faery healing, I trained in crystal healing this year, I’ve experienced a sound bath and had shamanic healing.

Then ever since I’ve been meeting more and more wonderful people as I go through my life, finding more and more of a spiritual community. It’s been an amazing journey and long may it continue! Aho!

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Road to Somewhere: Put Words Together

words that spring to mind: sunshine, cat, summer, robin, shorts.

five minutes trying to fit these words in without thinking too much.

The cat laid in the bright sunshine, on her back, stretching as if doing a yoga pose. So this was what summer felt like. Purring contently, she didn’t even notice the robin that flew right by. Jonathan came out of the house into the garden, just his shorts. He looked at his cat all stretched out on the lawn. “Yes it’s a hot day isn’t it Sally!” he said, wiping his brow. This was the hottest day of the year so far and both Jonathan and his cat were finding it a shock to the system after weeks of the typical British weather of rain, rain and more rain.

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The Road to Somewhere

well as I missed out Day 5 of Writing 101 yesterday, I thought I would do a different writing exercise instead, this is from the book ‘The Road to Somewhere- a creative writing companion’

pick a word at random and spend five minutes seeing what follows. My word is ‘Astonishing’

“Astonishing!” he exclaimed as he held his hands up against the bright sunlight. The sun was big and huge, and shining extra bright. There was something odd about the sky this day, but for some reason, Rupert didn’t feel frightened or alarmed by this. In fact, he felt quite excited about the prospect of what could happen. The sky seemed a deeper shade of blue, and there was not a cloud to be seen. The sun looked about ten times larger than normal, and boy was it hot. He could feel the sweat dripping down his forehead as he continued to attempt to stare at this strange phenomena. Standing on his balcony, it felt like there was no air. His cat laid curled up in the one bit of shade in the corner.

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Day 4: Writing 101

Part 1 of a series: about loss

Something that is no longer part of my life is radio presenting. This was quite a big part of my life for a long time, my husband had been doing it a lot and eventually the bug got to me too, and I started presenting ‘Pigtails and Army Boots’ a show of all female fronted music and feminist issues. I got it on a lot of internet stations over the years, and got interviewed in a few places.

Sadly it started to feel more like a chore than a hobby. I was running out of inspiration and getting very little feedback. I was also starting to feel like people were defining me by this hobby, and I wanted to be known for more than just radio. Although I still love music (especially female music) I don’t miss it, although now and again I do enjoy making playlists!

 

 

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Day 3: Writing 101

The three most important songs in my life and what do they mean to me?

 

There are so many amazing songs in the world, it’s very hard to think of just three! But here are three that do mean a lot to me.

Feeder- High

Feeder aren’t even one of my favourite bands but this song is just so beautiful and is my favourite song of all time. I actually want this song played at my funeral. It somehow seems appropriate.. “I’m going out for a while,
So I can get high with my friends,
I will,
I’m going out for a while,
Don’t wait up cause I won’t be home,
Today.”

This song seems to be about being confronted by thoughts and also by time “I’m counting the lines on my face again”) and the narrator is trying to escape the seriousness of life. This song also makes me think of the first gig I went to with my husband which was Feeder at Brixton Academy.

 

Patti Smith- Dancing Barefoot

I couldn’t have a favourite song list without including Patti Smith and yes I also mentioned in my blog before about having this at my funeral! Patti Smith is one of my heroes. I absolutely adore her. Not just as a musician but as a poet and activist. She inspires me a lot in my work. I was so happy to get to see her live in 2012, and we were right in the front. She came round and touched everybody’s hands. It sounds ridiculous but I felt like I had been touched by an angel. It was honestly the best gig I’ve ever been to.

This song also makes me think of my connection to the Goddess and my spirituality. she is re-creation
she, intoxicated by thee
she has the slow sensation that
he is levitating with she …

here I go and I don’t know why,
I spin so ceaselessly,
’til I lose my sense of gravity…

 

Robots in Disguise- GIRL

This band has meant so much to me too! Sadly they no longer seem to be performing together although they are both performing solo material. I’ve been to see them live many times, and they always put on a great show. They were always creative with their outfits and they really interacted with their fans. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet them and interview them which is something I will never forget. They are an amazing band for any girl to listen to and feel inspired. This song particularly is very feminist.

 

 

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