I know that many of my poems may seem harsh at times, but this is because in them, I turn to confront my disappointment with certain aspects of my life. I choose to see this in a more positive light, however. I think that I am becoming more courageous by confronting my angst, in this very public way in my poems and stories.
While I realise that everyone is disappointed with aspects of his or her life, and that for many, this has proven to be a motivational thing that spurs them on to higher heights, I think that there can come a point when this striving becomes counter productive, and so have deleterious effects on these persons.
I have wondered to myself why it is that I have allowed myself to wallow in the state of angst that the constant striving, bourne of dissatisfaction with my life, has caused. I think that realising that I can write these poems, these little notes to myself, has caused me to mature to the point where I understand that this is not necessary, and I’m going to see if I can identify specific targets and achieve those and perhaps rest every now and then.
The time that I spend writing poems serves as the little pit stops that I take in life. These are the little interludes that I take to do my mental maintenance checks. There are times when I feel that I need a little overhauling, and there are times when I know that all will be well just as things are. There will be times when I understand the crew and there are times when the people around me seem to be speaking Danish!
Whatever happens though, I plan to just sit back, relax and be pampered while I write these little poems for my own amusement…
- Bowens: An elegy to a village
- Catharsis (I)
- Catharsis (II)
- Dirty Kisses
- Duppy (It’s a funny thing, my friend Alex, who is helping me to build this site, INSISTED that I put this here… I have a separate Patois page, but I have to agree that there’s nothing wrong with celebrating my admittedly very modest achievements in writing in the Jamaican language twice! This poem is incomplete, but it’s here, for what it’s worth…)
- Empty Nest
- Gulls on the Waves
- In Papine Square
- Just stay the course
- Let’s Get Physical
- Letter to Sor
- Marathon Run
- Ms. Tennant (Another poem in Patois.)
- Mountain Man
- New Love
- Night Train to Aarhus
- Two women, two sisters
- Why do you weep, my friend?
Please visit my new collection called Raising Her Voice and Other Poems
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