Icarus Freedom

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Kite Surfing Tramore, Co. Waterford, Ireland December 2014

Icarus Freedom
Is a place to be
Icarus Freedom
Appeals to me

Lifting from earth
With a heart so strong
Open and empty
Knowing nothing is wrong

Energy coursing
Through energy’s veins
Breathing and heaving
Holding life’s reins

Roaring vibration
Drowning out sound
Pumping the pistons
Leaving the ground

Becoming a bird
Is a God-like feat
The rush of creation
A feeling so sweet

Remembering the myth
And the folly of man
The sun is a decoy
Not the end of the plan

The waxing and waning
Is life’s ebb and flow
Holding and hovering
The goal of the show

Icarus freedom
Is each moment in life
That I lift my vibration
And soar like a kite

To glide on the thermals
Between heaven and earth
Claiming the space
Where wisdom unfurls

The Wishing Thorn: Spring Awakening in West London

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Moody, muddy day under foot
Scudding clouds trailing dark tendrils
Of dirty mist, moist and mournful
Over this February afternoon
Scraggy daws and silly seagulls
A cacophony of scavengers
Lording it over this fallow field
Sadly shredded plastic bags and crumpled cans
Forlorn and loitering, typical blackthorn winter
Its darkness heralding incipient Spring
Skittish skirts of delicate blossom
Mark out an aisle down Wormwood Scrubs
The bride to be nervously giggling in the wings
Watching slow motion awakening
Of early catkins in the wind
And fur soft budding on bare branches
One by one the guests appear
Patiently waiting nature’s unfolding
And the wedding of life and death.

This poem was inspired by a walk on Wormwood Scrubs on February 23rd where splashs of white flowering bushes remind me that Spring is not far away.  A little research seems to indicate that the blossom is that of the blackthorn bush or coll

The Wishing Thorn is a deciduous, thorny shrub native to Britian. It is the ancestor of the cultivated plum and it’s blue-black berries are the sloes of sloe-gin. Typically it flowers March – April but flowerings have been sighted since January this year according to the wonderful Nature’s Calendar website

The blackthorn stem was used to make traditional Irish shillelaghs – walking stick weapons, magical and divining wands.  Symbolically it is considered a sign of life and death together as the flowers appear when the stems are bare and there is an old superstion that to bring blackthorn into the home was a harbringer of death.  The spell of bad weather that often coincides with blackthorn flowering is known as a ‘blackthorn winter’

Land Of Anne: I Am I

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I am I
And you are you
Drops in the ocean
Of infinite goo
My essence of me
A distillation
Of life and IT
Pungent, intense
A unique cuppa tea.
Irish and British
City and sea
A nomadic explorer
One squinty knee
Daughter and sister
FGM* and aunty
(Marriage and mothering
I leave to the end!)
Technician, coder
And hunter of bugs
Analyser, author
Late nights are my drugs
The floodlights of London
The glimmer of sea
Cruising the Amazon
The drunken banshee
Tramping the Camino
Or sporting acne
Eclectic and curious
Ditzy and free
Whatever it is
All of it is me
And what do I do?
Besides ditties and poems
And act the yahoo?
I seek out the Visions
Of what to create
Shine light
On the darkness
Of all that frustrates
Then envisage the pathway
That acts as a gate
To the Garden of Eden
And my Destiny to make
The art of our heart
Is what sets us apart
Unlocking our secrets
Our individuality
Intuitive mastery
Is the ultimate key
To the journey
That matters
The one of being we
For when I am I
And you are you
We are better connected
In this Universal goo
And that is when
We create magic synergy!

*FGM – Fairy God Mother

The Art Of Be-Keeping

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It is a busy week
I like that it is a busy week
I get to dive into the minutae of my projects
To walk along the cracks between the disjointed pieces of life’s puzzle
To teeter on the edge of fast appearing crevices
Heart stretched across the yawning divide of chaotic icy waters
Head butting against stubborn realities
Learning to gently herd unruly beasts
Through the bucolic landscape of my soul
Calibrating to the whispering caress of divine breathe
And mastering the art of be-keeping

An Ode After Passing

Death is a puzzle and never an easy converastion.  In March a cousin of mine passed away his life tragically curtailed.  His was a life of addiction and mental anguish.  He lived and breathed like all of us but struggled to fit into main stream living.  On his good days he was bright, articulate, sharply intelligent and revelled in his passion for chess.  On his bad days hollow-eyed and anguished.  I never knew how to best support him or those closest to him.  This poem came to me a few days after he passed.IMAG1234

Silently sleeping
Slipping slowly from the motorway of life
Sliding under the radar of breath
Spirit untangling from the nauseous wrangling of life
A struggle against clipped wings
Misunderstood beginnings
A life that tripped and fell and fell again
Pained bruising of powerlessness
Straining towards grandeur
Trying to close the gap between the gutter and the stars
Ermine cloaked castles always out of reach
Earthly gold and glamour poor substitutes
Hopelessly hopeful
Against the drag of millstone weight
Falling further and further from grace
The puzzling of quizzical others
Tired of scurrying along the highway of life
So easy to relax and glide into the exit lane
Softly coasting into the cool, green freshness of Paradise
To resurrect and spread again the feathered wings of Icarus
A new chance to soar to the sun
To experience the joy of unfettered flight
Freedom to duck and dive
And play the edge with no fear of death
Essence of pure precious spirit
Shaking loose the scuffed trials of clodded earth
Foresaking the yearning hearts left behind
Fly, Spirit, fly