The In-Between

Bright green,with a scent – sweet in the warm air of this summer evening –I pause,inhaling the welcoming smell of the clearing,hearing birdsong in every direction,occasionally joined by the sound of a train, or plane,the bark of a dog,or chatter of friends whose words float towards me as I sit. I am restless and still…

Read More

Rose

Long stemmed and pink, Perfect, With petals like kisses which make you blush – So deep and tender and full – You look away embarrassed As if caught prying into something private, Intimate. So many folds and twists are Enticing, Soft velvet touch – Comforting As though she has a maternal instinct To shelter and…

Read More

Valentine – A Sonnet

I first wrote and published this 4 years ago… it is still true. To my love… My Darling Husband, kind and loving man,Though tested by my melancholy state,You’ve wrapped your arms around my crying frame,And lovingly have bourne much of this weight. These storms have lately shak’n us both with grief,Attacking peace and robbing us…

Read More

Truth Bringing

The only way to bring something real, that will connect with your audience and draw them into your material, is to be vulnerable enough to let them see and feel you inhabit the words you sing or speak. This work takes courage, generosity and practice to let go of your self-consciousness and get out of…

Read More

Hope

I learnt the song that expresses my hope for your future.It is full of promises –No more weeping, No more hurt or pain – ‘You hold me now’ is the heartfelt refrain. I weep as I practice releasing these words,Wishing that you had heard my cries, Known my heartache,As I brought you forth, Tiny, remarkably…

Read More

In the crucible

My frustration reaches fever pitch, I’m stuck in a rut, nowhere to turn doors shut in my face, I’m out of the race can’t chase my way back in. Nothing gets started. Like and engine in the cold that gave up the ghost when the spark didn’t catch. Yet there is plenty inside me, bubbling…

Read More