Yet more in common!

Today marks the 3-year anniversary of the brutal murder of the Member of Parliament, Jo Cox, by someone who was offended by her views. You can read my original post from back then, which includes a lovely poem about diversity, here.

#moreincommon

Let’s not despair at the gladiatorial style politics displayed by many of our world leaders; instead, let’s give hope to others by our example of understanding and compassion.

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Let’s not look for differences to be suspicious about; rather, let’s seek out what we have in common and celebrate that!

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Let’s never doubt that the ordinary man and woman can make a difference. If we choose to change the way we relate to every person we meet in person, see on television or read about in the media, we can effect great change. For we are all interrelated on this third rock from the sun and every thought, word and action affects those around us. Let’s make positive choices therefore to always see that we have #moreincommon.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

🌿 Mahatma Gandhi

Much love, Anita. 😀

Live in the light!

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.

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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.

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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.

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For henceforth
shall we live in the light!

Live in the Light by Anita Neilson. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

I’ve got a spring in my step!

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

The ‘Pap of Glencoe’

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.

You can read the original post at https://anitaneilson.com/2016/07/25/winding-roads/

Divine Goddess

What do female voices from around the globe think is the meaning of the Divine Goddess/Feminine?  To find out, I recommend this wonderful book, Goddess: when she rules (Golden Dragonfly Press).  Profits from the sale of the book will go to charities which promote education for women.  I wrote the essay below as a contribution to the Goddess book.   The editor, Catherine Schweig, also hosts a great blog site for those interested in spiritual poetry:  Women’s Spiritual Poetry.   Click on the image to read the article which was published in Mystic Living Today e-zine.  It’s a bit longer than my usual posts, so you’ll need a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit.  Enjoy!  Much love, Anita.🙏

Divine Goddess: Healing our planet through compassion.