The shadow of death is cast by life itself
09 Jun 2013 3 Comments
11 Nov 2012 3 Comments
This day we pause our uncaring dash through life,
How much more we’d care if our country called,
And said we must die to take some muddy, bloody hill,
Or hold in our arms a dying boy
Who’ll never now get to live,
Only guess at what might have been.
All he can ask -
A shadow of a memory on the wall of names -
Is that we remember this debt
For all our days to come.
24 Aug 2012 4 Comments
Through insight we gain the wisdom to know that we can never experience death.
For there is no sense of taste without taste-buds, no sights without eyes,
No sounds when the ears cease to function.
01 Apr 2012 4 Comments
Living divided from ourselves is our human fate,
As is the desire to be complete –
We will only completely satisfy
28 Mar 2012 Leave a Comment
This day is whatever you make it:
A tick of the clock, passing unnoticed,
Or a deep tock, solemn as ritual.
On this day three years ago my mother died
Taking with her my link to the past,
A kindred spirit gone forever.
A year on I cried;
Two years on I forgot;
Three years on I practice remembering
This day is what you make it,
If you remember nothing else,
09 Sep 2011 2 Comments
One moment of time,
A teardrop in eternity
Or an endlessly flowing stream?
If we cannot permit it to be both,
We can never admit our own death,
Nor grow beyond the confines
Of our current life.
09 Jul 2011 18 Comments
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05 Jun 2011 18 Comments
A 27-word challenge posted by Jenny Matlock inspired this little poem with the prompt ‘the end’.
Each moment a fragment of time
Whorled into the next,
By eyes averted from the end,
A trick of the light,
This illusion I call ‘my life’.
26 May 2011 Leave a Comment
20 May 2011 6 Comments
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I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to Sonia at Doing the Write Thing for awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award!
It has meant a great deal to me to be read by writers I respect. Sonia is one of those like-minded spirits and a generous and talented writer to boot. Call me extraverted but the feedback I have received since blogging has given me a whole new reason to put pen to paper.
In accord with the rules of the award here are seven hereto (possibly) unknown facts about myself:
- I used to want to be a musketeer until my best friend at the time, a six year old called Dorothy, told me they didn’t exist anymore. Needless to say I was very upset.
- As a child I had a cat called Albert. He was black as midnight apart from bright green eyes, had fur as soft as silk, and used to bring us headless birds as gifts. He is buried in the garden now, but sometimes I still catch a glimpse of him out of the corner of my eye.
- I now live in a thatched cottage in the middle of the countryside. At night I can’t hear…anything at all! It’s amazing.
- My most precious possession is a Katana (a Japanese Sword). But I rarely practice with it outside, in case I frighten the old lady next door.
- I think my life really turned around when I was twenty-five and started practicing the martial arts seriously. Since then I’ve never had to use my fists and rarely wanted to.
- My girlfriend is very beautiful, refined and organised, but when she laughs she looks like a little girl and sounds like an old woman. It cracks me up every time.
- In personality I am most like my mother. When she was dying of cancer I wrote her a poem thanking her for everything she had done for me. The last thing she said to me was ‘thank-you for my poem’.
As I have already said being read by other bloggers has made a great difference to me. It has also been inspiring reading work by other writers. Here are fifteen of my favourites. Check them out and give them all the encouragement you can and they will do the same for you.
- erbdex at apriljournals
- Elli at Elli Writes
- Eva626 at herenownotforever
- The Hook at You’ve Been Hooked!
- Holly at writerinspire
- Ina at inaweblogisback
- Fey at mixxieboomboom
- Stephanie at bekindrewrite
- Becca at beccagivens
- Jamie at Musing By Moonlight
- P.V.Zim at The Earthling Writes
- The Lonely Recluse
- Pat Cegan at Source of Inspiration