On Calm

Frenetic rambles

Ideas pop, jump and ambush

Time to settle now


CLP 25/02/2020

On Alcohol

Photo of Max copyright Tracy Perry

Don’t tell me I’m wrong

When I say “No more, thank you”

I want tomorrow


n.b. Waking up feeling muzzy, a nasty taste in the mouth, dehydrated with headache and a bit grumpy from a broken night’s sleep is rubbish.

Give me a gentle sleep that carries me to sunrise, the beauty of a new day and all its possibilities.

I am learning the power of “No” to be able to say “Yes!”

With eternal thanks to BTW.


CLP 07/02/2020

On Relaxation

Important routines

Maintain balance, status quo

Hair down? Just cut it


n.b. We hold ourselves tight in patterns and programmes, duties and responsibilities. These may be chosen voluntarily, imposed by the life-stage we are in, or consequences of decisions and actions taken many years previously. The challenge is how to get a break from unnecessary obligations, or the expectations imposed on us by others, so that a more open, healthier and happier life can be explored.

The first step must be to relax and free the mind. Sunshine and a bit of personal space, let yourself float free; see what bubbles up. Take things from there.


CLP 12/01/2020

Nothing Matters (VI)

Sit quietly, breathe

Twenty minutes clears the mind

Let distractions pass


n.b. Meditation is where nothing matters. Let thoughts drift away. I have found making time to do, say and think of nothing, nothing but calming and energising.


Please find an expert to explain more about meditation – I am merely a beginner.


CLP 17/12/2019


Throw back your head

Release that choking





Let it rip the last leaves from poplars

Slap around the lake

Cut through the Arctic wind

Smack into the mountains

Crack countless shards from glaciers

Tear open the glowering sky

And let sunshine in


CLP 08/12/2019

Seasonal Affective Disorder

A long mood cycle

That goes up and down each year

Here it starts in May


n.b. SAD is a serious mental health condition that diminishes life quality. It is triggered in many instances by the reduction of natural light during the winter months. Those of us who find ways to fill each winter with distractions put ourselves at risk of low mood, after hopes and dreams are left dashed when the season ends. Two thoughts: 1) If you don’t like the challenge and associated risk of losing an occasional match, do not support a football team; 2) If you choose to support a football team, enjoy your summer without it, appreciating all the beauty and happiness that this lighter, warmer season brings every day of the week.

CLP 16/05/2019

On Reflection II

Without visible

Paths out of the darkest forest

Listen for the stream


CLP  15/12/2018