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Poem – My wise woman by Alice Ashwell

Poem – My wise woman by Alice Ashwell

Today is the first anniversary of Mum’s birth since she passed away in January. Happy Birthday, Mum – this one’s for you! Mum was always my ‘wise woman’ – the one who listened deeply and responded with compassion and non-judgment....
Poem – Embodied memory by Alice Ashwell

Poem – Embodied memory by Alice Ashwell

Embodied memory This well-schooled world reveres the brain As CEO of MyBody Inc. Forgetting the fullness of who we are We measure our worth by how well we can think. But when the light of your intellect dimmed Embodied abilities continued to shine. Your fingers...
Poem – Welcome the child by Alice Ashwell

Poem – Welcome the child by Alice Ashwell

Welcome the child Jesus said you must become As a little child to enter Heaven. My mother took Him at His word! In her later years she set about Dismantling responsible adulthood. As if she felt she had ‘mothered’ enough And longed instead for some care and fun, My...
Poem – Communion by Alice Ashwell

Poem – Communion by Alice Ashwell

Communion Forgetting has untethered you From time and space and ought and should; Freed you from multitasking myths That bind me to anxious adulthood. Simply being right here, right now, Beyond the reach of memories Or clever plans or strategies, You dwell in present...
Poem – Breaking Though by Alice Ashwell

Poem – Breaking Though by Alice Ashwell

Breaking through No longer chained to social norms nor memories of loss and pain, as the past withdraws your waning brain allows your soul to soar. Your spirit nourished through your life by early morning prayer breaks through the density of flesh to shine on us with...

Poem – Karien Buys

Poem for my husband – Karien Buys I wrote this poem in December 2017 when I realized I have lost my husband to Alzheimer’s. It describes how I couldn’t find the person I have been married to for 38 years. Ek het jou gesoek ek het orals gesoek maar ek...