At this time of year

At this time of year

I miss my mum and dad,

the joy and good will they

brought to so many Christmas days,

maybe it was the era or just the two of them

that made it magic for me.

At this time of year

I relish the thoughts of so many

coming together around our blue planet,

every single one of us wanting love and peace.

I relish these thoughts, if only we could

hold them steady in our hearts.

At this time of year

I welcome dark days, a time to go deep inside,

to be quiet, find a still-point, where only

the now has importance, where light shows

us the shortness, a reflection of the speed of life.

At this time of year

I notice more about the dressed turkey in us all

the tinsel and fairy lights that makes us more

at ease with who we are. I contemplate

all my losses, my inner battles and focus

on forgiveness, mine and yours.

At this time of year

I call on the healing as hearts send out love

to my own family and many others,

the fortunates and unfortunates

the greedy and the starving

the peacemakers and the warmongers,

each human being I have hurt along the way

knowing we can never return to a

balanced place of trust.

At this time of year

magnets hold us together

amplify the void we tumble towards.

At this time of year

blessings, blessings to us all.

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: pennysharman.co.uk Penny’s second collection is to be published in 2020/2021 by Knives Forks & Spoons Press.

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