Poetry

Week 22: Empathy

Week 22: Empathy

Empathy Don’t wrap me in your pity or stifle me with sympathy the lion’s roar may well seem silenced but it’s alive within my core Don’t smother me with platitudes or shroud me in condescension sympathy will only invoke my rage my wounds will scream […]

Week 21: Abundance

Week 21: Abundance

Abundance It’s easy not to trust to doubt that all that you need will fall into place It’s effortless to fall into the fear and miss the signs of the quiet blossoming We are led to believe that support and love come in large packages […]

Week 20: Sanctuary

Week 20: Sanctuary

Sanctuary We are all fleeing from something even those who appear to be standing still Even those who are planted in the same spot as the moment of their birth these rare beasts who seem to be happily grazing on their less than green grass […]

Week 19: Homecoming

Week 19: Homecoming

Homecoming isn’t the same anymore the furniture has been rearranged and grief sits in your empty chair The spoon has leached its metal into my tea and the milk seems curdled even though it’s in the halcyon days before its use by date There is […]

Week 18: Reflection

Week 18: Reflection

Reflection I hand-picked a constellation of stars and hid them in my heart they shine reflected on the lake inside my mind This is the place where you will always live even as the wild geese cry in flight even as the moon rises on […]

Week 17: Soul

Week 17: Soul

Soul Invisible and some say non-existent I know you are out there somewhere in a place where time has no clocks hovering over me wispy, wise benevolent When the opinionated ego with its petulant wounds withdraws its magic and sulks inside its bruises you nudge […]

Week 16: Promise

Week 16: Promise

Promise The shadows were long in the setting sun and you had kept all your promises to the ones you loved You had even honoured the ones to whom you only admired or less And yet You had broken many made to yourself Not the […]

Week 15: Longing

Week 15: Longing

Longing You have wrapped your desires in an invisible shroud of your longing under layers of regret hidden tightly with all your losses shame and pain Your hooded vulnerability now buffered from the wind forges ahead missing someone you have never met Winter is your […]

Week 14: Thrive

Week 14: Thrive

Thrive You are there though layers of adulthood may have concealed you But it does not take an archaeologist to unearth you chip below the psyche’s dust and there you are shy, sensitive child who could not watch a Western movie the fighting between the […]

Week 13: Miracle

Week 13: Miracle

Miracle When on grazed knees you sink begging for a miracle raise your eyes to the left and see the people in your life the random meetings in what were billions of statistical opportunities yet you stumbled on this one that holds your heart even […]

Week 12: Forgiveness

Week 12: Forgiveness

Forgiveness In the darkest forest of forgiveness I forged a path where one had never been I led you to the edge releasing you absolving you Not for your sake but to free myself to trust my heart again © Tanya Southey #52words52weeks   Please […]

Week 11: Prophecy

Week 11: Prophecy

Prophecy What if you knew? Deep intuition that every fibre inside of you confirmed with every heart beat But there were those who used facts and science to pave over your wild, raw and unmeasurable knowingness What if you knew your prophesies could unseat the […]

Week 10: Freedom

Week 10: Freedom

Freedom It’s not the handcuffs or the prison walls it’s the silent glance hastening your compliance an eyebrow a tilt of the head assumptions you run beliefs long past their use by date keeping you second guessing in your own head the norms that form […]

Week 9: Purpose

Week 9: Purpose

Purpose I was born on a cold winter’s day when the light was fading and the frost lay thick and frigid high above sea level You think I can’t remember but my cells do I know the moment my spark entered my body I know […]

Week 8 – Permission

Week 8 – Permission

Permission The first cracks of light started on the inside thoughts that rubbed together and created a spark piercing through the dark armour I had been forced to don The cloak the mantle of the good girl the ‘Bless me father for I have sinned’ […]

Week 7: Eternal

Week 7: Eternal

Eternal The owl came last night it’s never been before the sliver of the waning moon hung right above my door the moss had grown beneath the rock you once stood on the gurgling creek still moved along the course it always knew the dragonfly […]

Week 6: Retreat

Week 6: Retreat

Retreat You were always striving to find the pinnacle the mountain the river the ocean that would make you whole again the elusive source from which you sprang The external the answer in a book in a face of another and yet it eluded you […]

Week 5: Sonder

Week 5: Sonder

Sonder This life I find so big is merely the backdrop of yours prop-like I am drinking a tea while you are in the café deep in life-changing conversation I am the extra in the movie of your traffic jam the one you sat next […]

Week 4: Gratitude

Week 4: Gratitude

Gratitude Such an easy sentiment to lean into on lazy summer days but the truth and its power is summoning it in the midst of pain The gratitude at a funeral having seen you just before you faded into memories Deep illness cracked open compassion […]

Week 3: Whispering

Week 3: Whispering

Whispering In the babble of the world the assault on your senses ears tuned externally it’s almost impossible to hear your own heartbeat Your own truth suffocated by the desires of others and their ‘truth’ about you spoken so loudly Yet your heart never ceases […]

Week 2: Synchronicity

Week 2: Synchronicity

Synchronicity There are times I am convinced parts of my soul slipped down to earth to play hide and seek with me This playful universe loves a surprise and waits hiding sometimes for years behind the curtains giggling like a child hoping to be found […]

Week 1: Becoming

Week 1: Becoming

Becoming Younger beliefs that I would in some magical year halt and form develop into a static person who had arrived and then remain cast in stone Become Now I see that each year starts in a haze with a shimmering light somewhere in the […]