Blossom Bomb

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I have a tree outside my window. Big Nectarine. I watch it from where I sit most of the day. I watch it as the seasons pass. It shades us in summer and shrivels up in winter. And at the end of every winter, I wait. I wait for those buds to burst through. They curl out and stretch to the sun. They sense the warm spring breezes are on their way. When Continue Reading

A Sense of Wonder

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It doesn't matter how modern and technocentric we get, we'll always need poetry. As long as we haven't morphed into cyborgs, as long as we’re human, we’ll yearn for it. Even if it's not your cup of tea, I believe it is essential to remind us of another way of looking at the world. I use poetry to soothe my heart and light up my brain. To me it Continue Reading

The Ordinary Infused With Wonder

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Capturing images almost gives me bigger high than stringing words together. I take A LOT of photos of my kids. And why not? They're my universe at the moment. They are my inspiration. They're hilarious and beautiful and exasperating all at the same time. I love capturing special milestones and tender moments. I love capturing the bliss and Continue Reading

Life Ache

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Time held me green and dying Though I sang in my chains like the sea.                                                          ~ Dylan Thomas When I walked through Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey years ago, I read those words on Dylan Thomas’ memorial stone.  I thought to myself, He gets it, he totally gets the ache of life. I wanted to Continue Reading

In My African Dream

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Have you ever bought a CD on the strength of it's cover? When I was 22 I walked into a music store and saw this: I'd never heard of the artist, had no idea about their music, I did not have much spare change, but knew I needed to hear it. The risk totally paid off. It was like unearthing a brilliant shiny gem. The music was so fresh! So Continue Reading

Digging for Fire

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I wrote this for Edenland's Fresh Horses. If you were invited to a birthday party and the party-thrower had an open mic ready for you to say some of your favourite words, which ones would you choose? :::::: Finding the perfect words for the right occasion? It's like digging for fire. The Pixies were on to it. And I use it to describe my eternal Continue Reading

Eating Elephants: Kony2012

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There is an old African saying: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. I came across this today while reading about the various sides to the Kony2012 debate. It was used to describe the enormity of Afica's political problems. The author pointed out that hunting down Kony is only one bite, but a good bite in the right Continue Reading

All the Angels

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At the still point of destruction At the centre of the fury All the angels, all the devils All around us can't you see There is a deeper wave than this Rising in the land There is a deeper wave than this Nothing will withstand ~Love is the Seventh Wave, Sting I debated long and hard about writing this post. Talking about angels Continue Reading