52 Words 52 Weeks

Week 52: Epilogue

Week 52: Epilogue

Epilogue The clock does not know it will continue ticking but we will be gone; the garden will remain in velvety verdance and someone else will tend the plants and trim their wild ambitions; the birds will arrive at dawn waiting for the whistling woman […]

Week 51: Trust

Week 51: Trust

Trust It is hard to trust when fear leaves your mouth bone dry and your tongue lies locked, words departed and only the whispered prayers of childhood run through your mind rote learnt and repeated like mantras of familiarity Out of nowhere I stumble on […]

Week 50: We

Week 50: We

We We who were born to shift the fog and clear away old concepts are finding each other We the misfits the lonely, the sad the ones who ached to find their belonging are connecting We the quiet observers who desire something beyond ourselves, who […]

Week 49: Love

Week 49: Love

Love When my bones are bleached and brittle from carrying my stories I hope to say I have loved When my skin has sagged, etched with experience and rivulets of tears, both sadness and laughter, have eroded my face I hope to say I have […]

Week 48: Kindred

Week 48: Kindred

Kindred In all the dust and chaos of the universe I stumbled on you Random particles who happened perchance, to be at the same spot at the same time in the vastness of where we could be In all the millions of probabilities and the […]

Week 47: Fleeting

Week 47: Fleeting

Fleeting We promised to meet, a pact made long before we were born when we were light in the throws of planning an earthbound journey We promised to meet, a pact made with love long before the movement of tides fated us to drift in […]

Week 46: Refuge

Week 46: Refuge

Refuge It was long ago and memories now lie within a hush of petals fallen to the ground to nourish the earth hungry for beauty It was long ago and the music plays a scratchy memory of a needle on a record going round and […]

Week 45: Manifest

Week 45: Manifest

Manifest I was born your angel not in the sense of the good girl but in my role of fierce protector my tiny hands were made to drag you from your fears to save you from yourself and reignite your laughter when you were in […]

Week 44: Saudade*

Week 44: Saudade*

Saudade* Sometimes the mists roll in bringing thunderous sunshine and the cicada filled memory of kikuyu grass beneath bare feet, cooling in the summer heat Sometimes the mists roll in bringing Delft blue skies and the clear recalling of the crimson roses in the tiny […]

Week 43: Truth

Week 43: Truth

Truth You came here without a path your role is to forge one for the ones trodden by others do not belong to you You came here with a heart your role is to break it for the only way to protect it is not […]

Week 42: She

Week 42: She

She She who puts herself together with perfection is hiding the secret of her own imperfections; she who steps forward despite feeling “not good enough”; she who smiles through gritted teeth and nods, violently disagreeing breaking inside, acquiescing because she knows she cannot shift the […]

Week 41: Mercy

Week 41: Mercy

Mercy Give yourself twelve moons start with the fullest point collect all the things you say about yourself, the hardness, the brittle thoughts the lack of kindness, the things you would never say to a dearest friend, but you say to yourself with ease and […]

Week 40: Lacuna

Week 40: Lacuna

Lacuna* If you go into yourself and find a patch within that has no graffiti from others, from them, from people who love you and those who do not, if you go into yourself and find a field where nothing is built and no one […]

Week 39: Blessings

Week 39: Blessings

Blessings I create blessings in my head I send them to my hands and stroke them into your hair I tell you nothing of them for you will look at me with your wry smile and tell me I am way too optimistic This cosmic […]

Week 38: Horizons

Week 38: Horizons

Horizons Horizons are a calling a nudging to a place that sometimes only you can see far beyond the misty plains, way beyond the wooded hills Horizons beckon and whisper, “Come, just over the hill just beyond where you are at now. There, look, is […]

Week 37: Iktsuarpok

Week 37: Iktsuarpok

Iktsuarpok* There are gentle Spring days when the air hushes the chilled land back from the cold and the hollow blue, sky hums to a tune that was written a million years ago And still in that peace we are pulled to the door, habit […]

Week 36: Well

Week 36: Well

Well There was a time when wells were the only source of water and villagers would congregate and share while drawing life-giving liquid from deep caverns Now we are unaccustomed to coming to the well to slate our thirsts We mindlessly turn on taps unaware […]

Week 35: Belonging

Week 35: Belonging

Belonging I have survived so much but mostly I have survived myself with a deep longing for true belonging I have survived my need to fit in and do the things that everyone else believes I was born to do I have outlived the fear […]

Week 34: Ripening

Week 34: Ripening

Ripening They always told you you were a rose delicate pink and blushing in the morning sun and yet you did not believe all that you were told you held a sliver of an idea that once reached you in a vague and distant dream […]

Week 33: Connection

Week 33: Connection

Connection Invisible threads hold us together stitching us through lifetimes ties that cannot be severed roots of energy tapped into emotion transmitting feelings regardless of where we are in the world regardless of time distance or space numbers dialled at exactly the same time identical […]

Week 32: Transformation

Week 32: Transformation

Transformation We fear that transformation will change us forever yet intrinsically a butterfly is still made of caterpillar cells and has memories of days before it could fly Sometimes a shift is brutal and fast other times change starts in the east a golden orb […]

Week 31: Space

Week 31: Space

Space A Haiku: Between you and me wide skies and roaring oceans the heart knows no space © Tanya Southey #52words52weeks                       Please follow and like us:

Week 30: Vellichor

Week 30: Vellichor

Vellichor The pages are fragile now yellowed and thinned with time but still the stories remain alive and waiting to be read to enter someone else’s life and leave a mark a sigh or second glance even with the faded ink and feathery edges which […]

Week 29: Prayer

Week 29: Prayer

Prayer Perhaps along the way this word became attached to things you lost your belief in perhaps along the way you lost the connection to the divinity that rests within each breath the part that breathes you the higher you that can seek to solve […]

Week 28: Hope

Week 28: Hope

  Hope Hope is a bulb under frozen snow buried, dormant far from the sun it believes unequivocally that its shoots will push through the darkness It gets that the soil though cold and wet will create the urge to reach towards the unseen light […]

Week 27: Mystery

Week 27: Mystery

Mystery The great unknown is all around us yet we walk around all knowing totally right totally entrenched in our meaning making We are locked in our positions our knowingness our absolute black and white beliefs that shape our days and carve us into the […]