Vines

Vines

I wrote this piece in South Western France, in the Aquitaine region near Bordeaux, in the heart of wine country, where we had a holiday home which was a wonderful converted mill, surrounded by vines and open farmland, and where the panoramic views over the countryside were spectacular. La Belle France is always a source of great inspiration for me, and I love spending time there. From:...

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The Goddess Tree

The Goddess Tree

The Goddess Tree   A poem taken from ‘Secret Garden of the Soul’ and inspired by a beautiful silver birch tree in a friend’s  garden in  Dorset, where I sometimes go to write. The tree looks remarkably like a woman standing with her arms outstretched, blessing and protecting and giving  beauty, nourishment and joy to the garden and those in it. The sort of place...

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Amber – Kindling the Spirit of Autumn

Amber – Kindling the Spirit of Autumn

‘Amber‘ is a poem written to capture the mellow sensual feel of autumn which I love, as the days grow shorter and the air becomes crisper, the leaves start to burnish and there is that distinct shift from summer’s lush green to orange and gold, deep red, amber and bronze. I am often inspired by a sense of new spirit, new beginnings in autumn, just as much as in...

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Poem Catcher

Poem Catcher

Poem Catcher Dreamily, I wrote poems; Exquisitely expressed, In my head In bed This dawning.   Mourning now, The words Dissolved, By light, By consciousness, By mundanity. If Dream-catchers Take hold of Night-time forms, Will a well-versed Poem-catcher ensnare Emergent thoughts? Landing those Un-harboured lines, With finely meshed Nets, golden havens For the precious Butterflies of the...

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Year of Love and Light

Year of Love and Light

Having embraced and been embraced by innumerable different experiences last year, I know I am not alone in describing 2010 as a year of reflection and withdrawal, of letting go and welcoming, of opening and accepting, of travelling and finding, and staying home and re-discovering – of diverse and wondrous people, places, and events, and of deep learning and a resultant sense of stillness,...

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What to read at a wedding?

What to read at a wedding?

The wonderful, vivacious Lady Val Corbett, Director of the brilliant  ‘Hoxton Apprentice‘ social enterprise, and networker extraordinaire, sent me this reading which was part of the service at  her daughter’s recent wedding…such beautiful words, truly moving and apposite. I have been a long time fan of Robert Fulghum’s  “All I Really Need to Know I Learned...

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