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Stormy skies

Stormy skies, Fallen down trees, Where is the light? No chance of sleep.   Rumbling all around, Followed by lightening, The pressure of feeling overwhelmed, is slightly worrying.   When the storms begin to fade, The light begins to appear, and the pressure gives way, to help us see that the light was always here, Once we get out of the stormy circle, Our minds ...

Juice; From Tear to Touch to Rub

Yoko’s Pieces for Orchestra depend on parts 4-6 being defined by the instructive words ‘tear’, ‘touch’ and ‘rub’; words that reach out to a humane instinct within me and feel like a life lesson or summary. I feel a connection and choose my own words. Juice; From Tear to Touch to ...

Women Who Have Committed Suicide

The recent suicide of L’wren Scott appears to be overshadowed by headlines about Mick Jagger being her boyfriend e.g. ‘Mick Jagger says ‘’I will never forget her’’ and ‘Mick on stage in Australia when he hears the tragic news’.  Why would Ms Scott, a successful fashion designer with ‘A’ list ...

Fish and chips

100 Meters; A Brexit Breakfast with a Failed Prime Minister

Who remembers the day Theresa May was electioneering on the South Coast? She took a bag of chips from a reasonably reputable chippie and then found herself flummoxed when someone put a can of coke in her spare hand. It was like the Ed Milliband food disaster photo but the media ...

Initial; Tooth Luck

It's the week of the broken promise budget and we are being told austerity is over whilst schools are being thrown peanuts, the police get nowt and universal credit remains. Meanwhile a book asks me to write about the first tooth I lost and enquires about how much the tooth ...

100 Meters – Today’s Indulgence

Aah!!! The nature of special school memories. Add your own lines below so I know it wasn't just me. Start the lines In the....... and say whatever you want to. 100 Meters – Today’s Indulgence Today’s indulgence Focuses again on me In forgetting all the other faces That met my fate together In the harshness of ...

Acorn: Crowded Blue Sky

Stepping off the 91 @ Kings Cross I follow Yoko’s Sky Piece Vlll instruction as far as I am able to. I look up to the blue sky. I fail to empty my mind but I let the ideas come in. First idea comes with a vista of tall buildings, the ...

Signs; No One Shared His Space

The brother or sister poem to the brother or sister poem i posted a while back called, i think, 'Share This Space'. The pain of exclusion. The thoughts that keep you awake. Godless loneliness. Uncomfortable at a time when everyone is cosy. The real need for inclusion. A concept called sharing. ...

642 – Gordon’s End

Tell a story starting with a ransom note 642 – Gordon’s End Walking back from the police station I consider the officers advice Accept no responsibility he said Tell the professionals who would Otherwise choose to do nothing That he’s out, he’s on the street Then watch them change Watch them change when they learn That no one really cares Watch ...

painting of several figures with a blue tinge

Psychosis: Origins, Experience and Meaning or dreaming while awake

On Wednesday 26 June I went to a conference run by the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS) in conjunction with Soteria Brighton, Hearing Voices and the Spiritual Crisis Network and felt compelled to write something about the day. I've seen Dr John Read from ...