On Oxygen

Solo traveller

Smiles with stranger in the queue

Alone no longer

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CLP 16/03/2019

On Pelsall Common

Carnival venue

Happy family outings

Place where some lives end

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27/02/2019

n.b. This land is a beautiful piece of ancient turf that is owned in common by the people of the area. Bordered by roads now, there are long established paths across it, including this elegant avenue. The Pelsall carnival sets out from the common each year.

On my walk to work this morning I saw three trees marked by memorials to lost lives and a further placement of flowers near some bushes. One card I saw read”…my darling husband, you meant everything to me.”

Everyone has a story, but some personal stories seem to have reached a lonely conclusion at this place.

Sometimes the world can seem like a cavernous void, but it can be helpful to talk to someone, even an unknown person on the other end of a phone call.

The Samaritans in the United Kingdom is a good starting point https://www.samaritans.org if you are losing perspective on life. There are similar organisations in other countries.

Peace and love to you sisters and brothers, peace and love.

CLP 26/02/2019

Snowdrops

As Winter’s fingers

Scratch and claw at our throats

Here flowers sweet hope

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n.b. Galanthus nivalis now found throughout the British Isles, is one of the earliest plants to flower each year. A headache cure of folklore that is now used in some dementia treatments, it is a plant that helps remind us that we are moving steadily, toward the Spring Equinox, although the worst of Winter has yet to come.

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/trees-woods-and-wildlife/plants-and-fungi/woodland-wildflowers/snowdrop/

CLP 16/01/2019

On Morning III

Light sneaks into bed

Brings birdsong and sounds of waves

Hope rises refreshed

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CLP 15/11/2018