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Posted on 24 September 2016 07:35

I watch her cooking

Each movement precise and confident

Concentration and grace

Punctuated by joyous singing along to the radio

 

I watch her entertaining

Talking, laughing, making sure everyone’s glass is full

The perfect hostess

Queen of her domain and ruling with benevolence

 

I watch her working

The cute frown line forming between her eyebrows

Competence and efficiency

Getting things done with accuracy and flair

 

I watch her sleeping

Expression smoothed out by repose

Peaceful and beautiful

Dreaming of things just out of her reach

 

She loves me

I know she loves me

That’s why she always leaves the curtains open

So I can watch

 

XXXXX

 

[Originally written for the weekly Hour of Writes competition - first published in February 2015]

 

Posted on 31 July 2016 15:04

The slopes of your disdain rise before me
Rocks strewn about to trip me at every step

 

You say I am worthless
That I cannot stand on my own

 

You push me down as I struggle to rise
Laughing at my aspirations

 

I will climb this mountain without your help
In spite of your hindrance

 

Under the blue sky
Embraced by the independent winds

 

I will stand alone on the summit
Looking out over the vista of my triumph

 

On this mountain
I will plant my flag

 

XXXXX

 

[Originally written for the weekly Hour of Writes competition - first published in March 2015]

Posted on 31 July 2016 15:03

The lungs

Take in the air around us

And separate out life-giving oxygen

Sending it on into the blood

And releasing built-up carbon dioxide.

 

The lungs

Give us the action of breathing

A focus for meditation exercises

Providing perspective

On our privileged place in the world

 

The stomach

Takes in nourishment

And speeds it on its way throughout the body

Transforming it into those parts

That are helpful and those that are not.

 

The stomach

Reacts to images

Of injustice and cruelty in the world

Prompting us to take action

To help those who are in need.

 

The heart

Pumps all the blood

Around the vast network of veins in our body

Reaching every extremity

Keeping us going day by day.

 

The heart

Feels compassion for others

Makes us reach out to those far away from us

In corners of the world

That need warmth and love.

 

The brain

Receives vital messages

From every far-flung part of the body

Controlling each impulse

Enabling thought.

 

The brain

Reasons and analyses

Pinpointing the areas where help is most needed

Allowing us to figure out

Where best to send our aid.

 

The skin

Sheds itself constantly

In an endless cycle of renewal and regrowth

Holding everything together

Regulating heat.

 

The skin

Is a conduit

Allowing us to connect with other people

Touching their lives

Helping to make the world better.

 

These are the organs of donation.

 

XXXXX

 

[Originally written for the weekly Hour of Writes competition - first published in December 2014]