World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day and as a long-term sufferer of Recurrent Mixed Depressive and Anxiety Disorder, I thought I’d share some poems I have written that reflect my mental illness and how I felt.Writing poetry has helped me greatly through my worst depressive episodes and still helps me today. It is, for me,Continue reading “World Mental Health Day”

Berries Bursting Red

I always find Autumn (or Fall) a most inspiring time in Scotland. The colours of leaves on trees and berries on bushes. The lighting come dusk on a dry day with pinks, oranges, purples and blues in the sky. Even the cloudy days with smeary rain and droplets making ripples in the puddles. It wouldContinue reading “Berries Bursting Red”

Journaling

“I read somewhere recently that you shouldn’t wait for a certain moment in time to start something.  So here I am on a Wednesday 29th September at midday starting a new journal…” There are many sources across the internet that champion the mental and physical benefits of journaling.  Other last couple of years I foundContinue reading “Journaling”

Poetry – Storm

Quite often when writing poetry I find myself drifting towards the imagery of water and of storms. I find it a great way to describe tumultuous feelings but not only that, the powerful nature of the sea and weather is something that I have always found inspires awe. No matter our technological advances, we areContinue reading “Poetry – Storm”

Tanka

Some of my favourite poetry forms are Haiku and Tanka. I think this is because the constraints placed on the form, holding to the syllable pattern 5/7/5 or 5/7/5/7/7 respectively, means you have to concise when conveying your message. For me, this is an enjoyable creative puzzle that gets the brain really working. Questing throughContinue reading “Tanka”

Introduction

I have always been interested in creative writing and longed to write something that would be worth published one day, as many a creative soul does. However, a lack of confidence has often kept me from sharing my work with others, and instead I have scribbled and squirreled my writing away. Many aspects of myContinue reading “Introduction”