5 Mins in Nature

5 Mins in Nature

The sun turned my head While my eyes were cast down Picking my feet over steep, muddy ground. The bland, bleached bark Of the thin beech trees Illuminated by the golden beams.   I read a report this week in the Journal of Positive Psychology. Researchers at the University of Regina, Canada showed that spending [...]

Uncertainty

Uncertainty

Held in limbo with nylon threads Invisible, unbreakable Garrotting the heads Of dreams and aspirations And things I hoped to see. In uncertain suspension Till life is drained away from me.   I read an article in the Guardian today about the number of UK citizens who have acquired another passport. Ireland seems to be most [...]

Missed – Understanding?

Missed – Understanding?

I just missed the bus, I just missed the train

. I just missed the ring, as it swirled down the drain.


 I just missed the robin singing up in the tree

. It seems I walk by it far too quick-erly


. I just missed reaching my target weight

. I’d spent too much time eating too many [...]

Wild Windy Weather

Wild Windy Weather

At the moment, there is a large part of me that is wrestling with the here and now.  The spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle says 'the primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it'. I seem to have many thoughts, and they are not all good. At the weekend, I set [...]

When the Frost Came

When the Frost Came

The quiet frost came this morning Her winter paint box open with glee Every shade of white at her disposal Stone, ivory, snow and Alice blue.   The silent frost came this morning To dress the dead leaves in clothes of ice Their edges trimmed with frozen fur And embellished with sparkling chill   The [...]

What did Christmas mean to you?

What did Christmas mean to you?

Children's excitement attains new levels of fever pitch as 

Hysterical parents 

Reach for the bottled wine, which

Instigating a desperate search for the corkscrew, followed by a 

Scramble to wrap presents in

Time to have them under the tree for 

Morning, when fidgety offspring will

Arise ridiculously early

Seeking assurance that Santa has paid a visit.Now that we have celebrated the festive season. That season that takes weeks [...]