I will not hide my scars away
The way you think I should.
Each scar will always tell the story
Of a day I could..
A day I thought I couldn’t bear
To take another breath;
When life felt so unbearable
That I had nothing left.
But I dug deep, found my way through
The one way I knew how,
And after all that fighting
“Hide it”‘s what I’m hearing now.
I will not run, or cover up;
These scars I’ll never hide,
They tell a story; I survived
In that, can’t I feel pride?
And as they fade,
I learn new ways
To heal the hurt within,
But harder days
And battles fought
Stay etched into my skin.
If it makes you feel uncomfortable,
By all means look away
From the scars which show
I fought so hard
To live

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Night Terrors

Tea, cuddles and poetry. The antidote to night terrors I hope…

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I hold her tight

I hold her tight
This girl of mine,
For fear that she might fall;
For fear that with a looser grip
She’d not be here at all.
I kiss her boo boos,
Wipe her tears,
Shoulder worries,
Combat fears,
I hold her hand
And mop her brow,
I comfort, love
And show her how.
I hold her tight,
This girl of mine,
Until one day I see;
My grip has changed,
I don’t hold her,
My daughter now holds me.

[For Ellie, with love, as she turns seven and for all mothers and daughters everywhere on international woman’s day]

Posted in Family, Love, Messages for my Children, Parent-Child, Parenting, Poems about Children, Relationships | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

The Too Tired Snail

The snail struggled under heavy load;
Each worry he would carry, and they weighed.
Mounting worries weighed him down, so he slowed;
He worried he would not get far today.

The added worry left him feeling grey,
But he knew, as snails do; life goes on.
So he mustered all his strength and he prayed,
And he slithered til his energies were gone.

When he woke, he was tired, bright sun shone;
And his friends, they had gathered by his side
They all thought that their grey-tired-friend was gone,
So they cheered as he opened up his eyes.

They shared his load between the many friends;
This is where his story starts, not ends.

Posted in Ageing, Animals & Nature, depression, Friendship, Life Lessons, Mental Health, Relationships | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Ankles Grabbed

Ankles grabbed
I’m drowning
As I sink into the dirt

Ankles grabbed
I struggle
But the struggle makes it hurt

Ankles grabbed
I breathe my last
And settle in the mud

Ankles grabbed
I nestle
Wrapped in sinew, dirt and blood

Ankles grabbed
By my own hands
I wrestle my own grip

Until I grab
Too hard too long
And from this world I slip

Posted in anorexia, depression, Eating Disorders, Mental Health, suicide | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Autumn Leaves

By Lyra (6) please leave her some feedback if you have a moment. She worked hard on this. 

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Autumn evening

Evening falls swiftly
Light to dark in short moments.
Autumnal twilight

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