Rounding up the year 1

A year of confrontations


loss of limbs, heart blood, confusion,

tinderbox emotion, rotten cabbages,

down on knees forgive me please,

sons, daughters, mothers, fathers,

such a huff and puff existence,

now you have me, now you don’t.


discomfort in the head, eyes, feet,

cosmic aura, sea salted ignorance,

listen to waves in a conch my friends,

see deeper than you can fathom,

the path finds your heart in the end.

If all be lost to me. If all be lost to me.

I own a pocket of compassion and

forgive myself, my thoughtless bad.

Dear my heart is to me and no more

can hold falsehoods the un-fastness from

you boy and you girl and you girl

and you who no nothing of my life.


focus on smallness, minutiae,

the yellow moments,

the ones who see inside,

walk outside, around me,

use my lungs and eyes,

try something new,

learn to sing my song

on and on and on.

Author: pennysharman

Penny is a qualified Complimentary Therapist with over 20 years experience. She is also a counselor, a healer and an awesome cook! Penny is a photographer and artist, but her focus for over 15 years has been writing poetry. Penny has an MA for Creative writing from Edge Hill University. She has had over 100 poems published in magazines such as The Interpreter’s House, Obsessed with Pipework, Strix, The North, Ink Sweat & Tears and Beautiful Dragons Anthologies. Penny’s pamphlet Fair Ground 2019 published by Yaffle Press and her first Collection Swim With Me In Deep Water 2019 published by Cerasus Poetry are available to buy from her website: Penny’s second collection is to be published in 2020/2021 by Knives Forks & Spoons Press.

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