This post is a contribution to the Midweek Motif from the wonderful Poets United blog. This is my first attempt at contributing, so here’s hoping I get the pingbacks right (?!). The theme this week is Light. I hope you enjoy my poem. Anita 🌼
Darting amongst the shadows in our mind part of us yet abhorred in disgust, The Gorgon of fear spreads her rhizome-like tendrils around the heart: a fear-seeking missile set to explode on impact.
We daren't look at this Medusa within we keep her locked away at bay, so we think. Yet the sweetness of her tone may turn a heart to stone. For fear is irresistible to the ignorant and susceptible whose fate is now surely done.
But we can rise above her let love fill our hearts feel the tendrils dissolve as we reach out with compassion to absolve the Gorgon child, to reassure her and release her into the night.
For henceforth shall we live in the light!
Live in the Light by Anita Neilson. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.
What do we really need to be happy in life? What are the things that truly matter in the long run? You know what I’m going to say, don’t you, and it isn’t career, material wealth or possessions. Sure, these things are good in life as long as we don’t become too attached to them and make them our whole raison d’etre. For me though, (and I’ve come late to this realisation) what’s really important is who and how we love.
TODAY: If you’re a competitive person like me, remember that everything we have (looks, personality, possessions, skills and so on) is on loan to us for this lifetime. We can’t take any of it with us when our time comes to leave the earth. Are these things really so much more important than allowing love into your heart? Here’s my poem on the joy of friendship. It’s called, I am Complete:
the door on this life
gifts in abundance
come tumbling out:
beyond all my needs.
But friendship holds me high
encouragement to fly
at me!” I squeal
soar in the sky
kite on a blustery day
yet full of joy
free to be me
by the filaments
The above is an extract from my new book, Soul Murmurs, published end July 2019. I’d love to hear your views. Anita😁
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I woke up this morning feeling great. The gloomy introspection of winter is easing more and more. As if to offer their support, bunches of yellow daffodils are blooming along the garden path to cheer on my soaring spirits with the coming of Spring. It’s just around the corner…not long now! This got me thinking of my poem ‘Winding Roads’ which I first posted in 2016!! Where have those 3 years gone? Here’s the poem. Keep in mind the lumpy hills of Scotland, denuded of trees by wealthy landowners over the centuries to make way for livestock farming. Such a shame, although the hills do have a stark beauty. We see them as they really are without any adornment. So this weekend let’s try to see the ‘real’ beauty in everyone and everything we come across. Have a wonderful time. Namaste, Anita. 😁🌳🐂
Winding Roads by Anita Neilson
Winding roads and lumpy hills lined by crowds of daffodils cheering on the weary traveller “Not long now!” they cry. Snow-crested mountains stand strong and serene a majestic backdrop to this wonderful scene: ochre heather and grey-coloured scree trees clinging on at odd degrees ancient rocks clad in moss against the cold respite for travellers in days of old. We are intruders in this landscape yet it seems a part of me – our shared heritage and history. But this land belongs to all, not some, softly winding roads leading us home.
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