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Thoughts on Transformation

These are some thoughts I collected over a recent weekend workshop.  Most of them are my own (others are credited where possible but if I have failed to credit you, please let me know and I will correct the image).


Narrative thoughts

What I’m wondering is, would these thoughts mean anything to you if you weren’t part of the weekend experience?

  • A conversation can always make a difference.
  • What you see of me is just the tip of the iceberg.
  • What I see of you is just the tip of the iceberg.
  • When you’re looking for the best (in human beings), miraculously, that’s what shows up.
  • Every time I retell the story I notice something different.
  • A rippling moon looking up sees a sister riding the sky.
  • If I peeled my image off the mirror, what would I see?
  • And if I drop the future it shatters into a million sharpened futures.
  • I don’t know. You don’t know. We don’t know. Not knowing is a great place to start.
  • When I am upset about something, that’s not what I’m upset about.
  • Transformation lies in things we would rather avoid.
  • We are constituted in conversation.
  • I came from a nowhere that might have been somewhere and sometimes I glance back.
  • The completion of a story is the beginning of a story.
  • We all have a story, we are not our story and the story does not predict our future.

 Is there anything here that speaks to you and if so, what does it suggest?

If you’re curious I recommend you check the programme out. Here’s a link.

No Map Required


sparkling grey and curious
own teeth,  phenomenon
landscape untrammelled
fellow traveller
for transderivational searches
and singularity



This is poem 19 for National Poetry Writing Month.

Today’s prompt: Write a poem in the form of a personal ad!


Letting Go of Unconscious Beliefs

As National Poetry Writing Month continues, I am gaining some fascinating insights into my both writing processes and my beliefs about myself.

I have been discovering beliefs that I do recognise as mine but of which, until now, I had been so vaguely aware that it was a virtually unconscious thought.  It’s like something emerging out of the fog and coming in to focus.

Once it became clear, for instance, that I had been believing that a poem had to be put away for months, recovered, drafted and redrafted before it could be shared with anyone else, I could see that I was behaving as if something someone had once said to me was undeniably and irrevocably true.

Once a vague belief is thrown into sharp relief in this way it becomes easy to see that I have a choice… I can continue as if it were true, or I can decide to let it go.

Hello and Welcome to Now.

egg timer and cogs







Like someone in an airport lounge
who waits for a long-haul flight
I’m rehearsing what I might say
when you land and the moment is right.

I’ve promised myself I’ll remind you
how we did this and when you said that
why it would always be us
to tell you it’s never too late
because I could always see
your longing to be free.

Like somebody in a waiting room
waiting for someone like you
I’ve waited too long and the moment has gone.
Time slipped away from me.


Seize the Moment

Now that I am reading this, rather than writing it, it sounds like a ‘seize the moment’ poem.

When we wait for ‘the right moment’ we miss the fact that the future is out of reach and the past cannot be regained. There is only now.

I tend to believe that, just as now is the only time to make changes, there is only one person who can make the changes you want in your life. So, if you want something in your life to change, make some changes. When you change one thing, you change everything!

And when should you begin?  Well there’s a reason this is a cliche… There’s no time like the present!


national poetry writing month 2013

This is my 17th poem for National Poetry Writing Month.
As with all the poems I’ve posted this month – it’s a first draft and needs a lot of work.  I’m tempted to redraft it until it becomes a sonnet.

Today’s prompt was to write a poem of greeting. I wrote the first three lines intending to follow the prompt entirely but as you can see, my unconscious had a slightly different idea!

What do you think my unconscious mind was trying to tell me?

And what does your response to that question tell you about yourself?  Personal development is fascinating isn’t it?

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