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 […]

On foreplay and virginity

Do you ever experience someone saying or doing something really small or simple, but it opens up a WHOLE NEW way of thinking for you? Well thank you Hollie McNish for doing that for me this week! I read a short poem/sketch she shared and *hey presto*, I’m deconstructing the ‘bases’ of sex and doing […]

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: […]

Different Loves

It transpires that I am a big fan of love triangles & love choices: Mansfield Park, Persuasion and down the less sophisticated end of the Literary scale, The Hunger Games & Twilight.  I love critiquing the choices these women make (ugh, Bella, yay Katniss & Fanny Price!) because I believe ultimately Love is a choice. […]