A Breath Between Two Moments – in praise of the Haiku

Happy National Haiku Day! Not only is this weekend an important celebration or holiday for many, it’s also National Haiku Day.  ‘Hoorah! Put down the chocolate egg and pass me my haiku anthology immediately,’ I hear you cry!  But you could do worse than searching out a Haiku today, or looking up how to write a … More A Breath Between Two Moments – in praise of the Haiku

‘This being Human…’ The Childless Mother on Mother’s Day

This is the 18th Mother’s Day (yes, I’m still counting) I will wake as a childless person.  Of course, I was ‘childless’ in the years before those 18 but those were either years of hopeful wishing or of blissful ignorance of any desire to be a mother. I’ve spent more Mother’s Days than I care to remember … More ‘This being Human…’ The Childless Mother on Mother’s Day

Finding Inspiration at the Motorway Service Station: imperfect thought fragments for the new year.

…and our hopes such as they areinvisible before usuntouched and still possible. W.S Merwin (see whole poem here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/54327/to-the-new-year) And what of the year that was?  What will we choose to carry with us?  What will we choose to unload, lay down…thankful to feel that weight fall from us?  Perhaps a weight we never even knew we were … More Finding Inspiration at the Motorway Service Station: imperfect thought fragments for the new year.

Early Morning Reflections – On Being Childless at Christmas

It’s just before dawn on Christmas morning 2020.  The first few brave birds are sending out their song into the darkness.  As I sit to write this post there are still things left to be done: a few stray presents to wrap, the soup to make for lunch and the cat is nudging me for his breakfast. … More Early Morning Reflections – On Being Childless at Christmas