• A Lesson in Tai Chi

    A Lesson in Tai Chi We assume the stance that's called 'wu wei.'Relax. Let you attention sinkTo just below your navel. Sometimes half-three, sometimes half-fourBut mostly not till five o' clockEach day we squeeze ourselves intoA car, a bus, a railway carriage.The road is fixed, the end is  known --A wood-plaster box that we call 'Home.' But it's not like that.It's not like that at all. And now we form the cannon fist. Always running between ...

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    poetry,
    tai chi
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  • Daniel and I

    My name is Daniel and I am feeling very peaceful right now.  No one around me. No phones, watches, nagging voices, deadlines or email clogging up my inbox. I don’t even have a pen on me right now.   This peace and quiet has gotten me thinking about things.  Like my granny who used to tell me that every time you take out a memory to look at it, you change it somehow.  ...

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    #shortstory
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  • Itch/Scratch

    This story references self-harm

    #poetry Itch/Scratch When my head goes crazy there is a mental itchWhen I hear that voice my fingers start to twitch When there is an itch there is usually a scratchA temporary relief but there is always a catch When my head goes wavy my arms start to shakeMy vision starts to tunnel, my chest begins to ache read more

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  • Cuts

    This story references self-harm

    Cuts There’s a call-queue on their phone lineThat keeps playing bad covers of Queen songsAnd assures me that my call is importantAnd why don’t I contact them online? But their website says it’s downAnd my emails have been unansweredFor over a week. And I know that there are Cuts. Thing is,Cuts to them meanA higher workload andLess tea breaks and no guarantee of A second holiday this year,ButCuts to me are more realAnd my arms already bear the scars of The ...

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  • Can It Be?

    Can It Be? I looked to the sky again.Every summer eveningI would look, and hopeAnd wish things were not as they were.Why, oh why?  How to cope? The fears I cannot understand,And bleeding wounds, hurtsDeep inside still scorch.  I askHow such length of days and yearsThe damage and pain can last? But it is wrong.  It is the timeTo believe; to understand painIs not the only thing but sweetJoy, and peace can come instead.Listen to no one who ...

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  • Tidal Wave

    Tidal wave There's a burning ideologyThat's hard to competeIt's trying to deplete The lost and wildIt's a conspiracy from the elite We need airWe need light We need to fight For this plight Resolution for the massesThis situation's vacantNo need to turn the other cheekThe cheats can't winWe fight from within We need careWe have the right We need to ...

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    Poem,
    change
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  • Another Road.....

    Another Road..... A solitary tear succumbsand tracks a slow pathover an impossible cheekbone. Defying gravity, it clings motionlessas though fearful to leave skin's securitycaught in a moment of tension in all planes. I almost kiss it away.solve it's dilemma by drinking it inbut I can't....as I know....I put it there.

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    self-knowledge,
    poem,
    poetry
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  • Lipstick at Dawn

      Sexology power gamesGet us in a muddleAs we struggle To decideWho's on top Corporate big catsIn their hallLooking  down At the chicksIn the mallUnawareOf the powerThey holdAs they remould it Smooth as cheeseThey see it allFor what it ...

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    #change,
    #poem
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  • Poem for a bright future

    What do we need to changeTo keep us living well?Not our northern climateOr the Pentland Firth’s swell And not my yearly voyage to StromnessOr drinks at the Edinburgh festivalI know they’re beneficial to my healthNot unnecessary rituals As is solidarityWith one anotherStanding up for the minoritySisters and brothers! Tapping into the good thingsWe have here in the presentAccepting the diversity life bringsNot looking for things to resent What keeps me thrivingIs our amazing earthIn spite of all my strivingIt’s ...

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    Tags:
    peace,
    creative competition,
    nature,
    change,
    tolerance
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  • Anaphylactic Walk

     Anaphylactic WalkI push and rattle the door... but it doesn't budge. I need out of here, just a ten minute walk and to fill my lungs with some air that doesn't smell of NHS lunch . It always smells like mince and my stomach heaves and boaks. It's an fuckin zoo in here. Monkeys and their keepers . Rattle. Bang. " David get back from the door. You don't have time out. "" I really need out nurse my ...

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    delusions of reference,
    Psychosis,
    Schizophrinia
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  • Heard

    Heard:If the illness, the struggle, the fear and the pain,Were not all trapped inside, but used for others to gain.So the time and the opportunities missed - were no loss,If employed as currency, so the next bear no cost. If I can use my voice – have my experiences told,So from diagnosis, I’m not just ‘a label’, ‘like this’ ‘til I’m old.If I can share my own negatives and ...

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    Tags:
    #competition,
    #poetry,
    #change
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  • The Beach

                                            The Beach " Next stop Phi Phi Islan " the Thai tour guide shouts in broken English.  The rickety boat speeds through the water with black diesel fumes spouting from the motor like an old jakey puffing out the smoke from his black lungs.The boat slows to a stop before we see the beach. I ...

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    Tags:
    recovery,
    Hope,
    addictions,
    Schizophrenia
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