• #30dayhaikuproject

    30 April 2021

    Thirty days, thirty haikus. In April 2021, for National Poetry Month, Nicole Gulotta from The Wild Words provided springtime haiku prompts on Instagram using the hashtag #30dayhaikuproject. Here are my responses:

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  • My Feather Boa Constrictor

    17 April 2021
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  • Celandine Cinquain

    22 March 2021
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  • Dreaming of Darkness

    14 March 2021

    Sometimes I anger, hot red with frustration, that I can’t live a life full of manifestation. I close my eyes stinging with tears and see clearly a different reality, creation. Streets peppered with trees, calming and cleaning. Wild green spaces for children tribing in freedom. Black, brown, white, with disabilities or enabled, all genders and histories intermingled. We lighten our tread on the land and its creatures. Helping not hindering healthy existence. After children and responsibilities are safely tucked up,…

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  • Wiping pt.2

    12 March 2021

    From a Mum Poem Press prompt

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  • Wiping pt.1

    12 March 2021

    From a Mum Poem Press prompt

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  • Explorers

    6 March 2021
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  • Throwing it

    18 February 2021

    Throwing pebbles at the roaring waves, Of crashing noise, of cold, salty sprays. Shouting nothings across the vast sea, From the deepest, darkest, parts of me. Sometimes you need to stand toe-to-toe, With wilderness out there, wilderness on show. Your storm settles, your tension expressed. The roaring and crashing can now, rest.

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  • Winter Walk

    12 February 2021

    My feet shrink and grow with cold and use, The surfaces they meet equally crisp. My lungs washed clean and cool, renewed. Ears throb to my optimistic pulse. Nostrils cleared, breathing in icy water, Temporarily dry and mourning scent. My eyes both feast on forms revealed, Bare bones of nature, cooly glazed, Somehow more, now they are less, Punctuated by timeless green neighbours. The light, though ethereally soft, seems bright, It lifts and pushes me, from inside out, Reaching to…

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  • Fairy Tale Endings

    1 February 2021

    A year of oscillating between fearing which medical infliction might take my parents. Doing our utmost to defend them from the invisible monster, whilst they battle bravely their discovered invaders. It feels strangely familiar, their journey to the cure, through the lair of the beast. Happy endings look like hope.

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  • January Thanks

    15 January 2021

    Thank you skies for clearing, grey clouds and foggy head. Thank you air for cooling breath, as we ran wherever hearts led. Thank you forest for holding us in miniature forests of heather, moss, and lichens. Moments to cherish, in January.

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  • Letting Go to Welcome

    3 November 2020

    The letting go of autumn feels just so fitting this year, The peak of our year’s outward energies curtailed, now released, Each feeling, hope, regret, sorrow, wish. Released, and let go, and in doing so, Leaves the true shape of who we were all along. Welcoming the inward winter.

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  • Fungi

    22 October 2020

    The fruiting visual beholden in damp, Secretive but yet so stunning to spot. At once reminiscent of tiny worlds, Of miniature magic, of faeries and elves. But also of hidden underfoot sprawls, Webs of connection and soft growth unseen, Alluring contrast of feast or of death, A juxtaposed, umbrella-posed, quiet fungi stands.

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  • Summers

    13 July 2020

    When summers are recollected in smells and tastes, Sensations on bare skin and grit between toes. When familiar routines, songs and recipes bring expanding of heart. When they touch a plant and it warps them viscerally back decades. When we’ve done our best to savour and enjoy, Summer and our children.

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  • Betwixt: A Portrait of Family Life in Between

    2 May 2020

    Maturing Spring, waiting to accomplish Summer. One boy halfway between four and fourteen. A cosy spot, between the outdoors and the in; Halfway out the window, halfway in the green. One on his job, one hard at play. Both learning, brains working, toe to toe. Safety and freedom by staying constrained. Life crystallised and basic, Feelings numb betwixt extremes.

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  • Deep Water

    20 March 2020

    Danger deep water. No swimming. We’re not swimming. But we’re not sinking either.

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  • Birthdays

    15 February 2020

    Thirty-seven trips around the sun, Thirty-seven birthdays, another year begun. Quietening silver reaching into gold, Entrenched smiles and laughter enter the fold. Thankful for warm candles and loved ones, Songs of joy shouted from their young tongues. Knowing and growing into all that is me, Thirty-seven years to practice being free.

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  • Magical Moments

    24 January 2020

    Magical moments in magical spaces. When love overspills into headlocks, Stories are repeated with silly twists and, The last of the day fizzes between their fingers.

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