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Just Happy Tears on Father's Day

Just Happy Tears on Father's Day
My Dad is one of the most important people in my life. He has always encouraged me, guided me, minded me and listened to me.

Last Father's Day I wrote him a poem to let him know how much he means to me. 

I've seen him cry only a few times in my life... once on my wedding day and once on the day that I gave him this gift. 

These words are from my very soul. He knows that.  

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He was my world for 30 years.
He still is.
My world got bigger.

My dream-maker. Dream-catcher.
Without hesitation he said go.

I smile because of him.
I cry with him.
My white knight and my protector,
He became my ally.  

I am his realm.
I know that.
I always have.

Tales of catching rabbits to ‘big Peter’ down below.
Midnight chats.  
Morning broke.
He called.

He belongs to me. My Dado.
He always will.
My heart commands it.

Storms in my head... Writing as Therapy

Storms in my head... Writing as Therapy
When you experience a difficult time in life... like a fall-out with someone close to you, you're often told to write them a letter expressing all the anger and hurt that you feel and then to throw it away along with all of that resentment.

This is such a valuable piece of advice and sums up why writing is my coping mechanism and my release... it's my way of dealing with life. 

On World Poetry Day, it's important to celebrate all the beautiful poetic works that we possess and cherish but for me poetry and writing means more than that.

Today I want to celebrate what poetry is to me... it's not flowery language and ABAB rhyme scheme. It's my inner-being and how I make sense of myself. To that end I've posted a piece I wrote a little while ago in the midst of a raging storm in my head!

It's one I go back to again and again when I'm feeling unsettled or unsure. It helps me remember that I've got the strength to make it through the storm and back into calm seas. Writing is my therapy and I'm so very grateful for it. 

put a poem on a canvas