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 […]

The regret trinity

I generally think regret gets a bad name. I regret a lot in life: not persevering with learning a language or instrument; not trying harder in school; saying I Love You back when I didn’t mean it (!!); having cheese and crackers tonight after a day of healthy eating; repeatedly going to bed too late, […]

Jerking away from oneself?

  Photo: NLB 2018 As I lay in the Ghana sun – book in hand, warmth in bones and heart – I freeze as I feel something crawling down my leg. I jerk firmly to reclaim my body from this crawling invader who may mean me harm. Only to realise in that moment: it was […]

Brave Love

I’ve been thinking of late about love & forgiveness & voila, this poem came to me. It’s only after I’d finished it that I called to mind the wiser, more beautiful words of Kahlil Gibran ‘On Love’ in The Prophet so after you’re read my words, do read The Master’s! Image: GKids What is it […]

Faithful hands

Why, when I fell asleep turned away from you, do I wake with our legs entwined, my hand in yours, and a smile on my face when I feel this? God bless my wiser, faithful, hands and heart for remembering the truth: I Love You far far more than I’m (trying to be) annoyed. Image: […]

With You

One night last week I just couldn’t sleep, because words to a poem were swirling in my head and I was forced out of bed to capture them and write them down… and so for my birthday party a few days later, instead of making an impromptu speech (to avoid last year’s unplanned but hilarious reference […]