Secret Daffodil Garden

My heart stilled and swelled upon seeing blossom trees and daffodils in this secret garden. Cherishing a few snatched minutes of stillness, in and with myself, I picked a bent daffodil; a keepsake of this Gift to me. My face turned upwards, to the bright, clear, white sky hanging over me like a banner. My […]

Plastic lightbulbs and birthday cake

When breath becomes air and air becomes still When chest is frozen in breath’s last exhale When heart and lungs take their final bow And exhale your Life Then… Like Cinderella’s carriage at midnight the magic of life runs out Life becomes a grey-painted wall Stars which mapped the secrets of the constellations become plastic […]

I retreated

I arrived emotionally flat, internal turmoil whirling; I sat by the garden window, I wrote poetry about the rain & flowers & I prayed, I drank coffee, I prayed, I cried, I raged, I listened to Switchfoot on loop (The Shadow Proves the Sunshine), I listened to more poetry, I prayed, I drank coffee, I […]

Seedy bread

This week, the inquest into the death a beautifully lovely girl began-she was a former student of mine. She was a rare, exceptionally kind, bright, well-loved girl. I wept a lot when she died; I’ve cried a lot this week. And I’m just a former teacher who liked & admired her. I cannot fathom the […]

Ghanaian Grief

I just had an interesting couple of conversations with my Aunt & Uncle in Ghana whose mum just died today. I called to see how they both are, expecting sad or heavy emotions but instead they both answered the phone with their usual cheery banter. Then we laughed and did our usual mickey-taking ‘hello old […]