she showed me the scars
they are drag marks
she showed me all these
with a smile and misty eyes
she told me the blackouts were blessings
memory of her husband taken but not beaten or killed
she told me their six children are blessings
she is wearing the victor’s crown
she is the aunty in her community
children grew up in her street are sweethearts
women with all colours are her sisters
she is the glue bonding broken families together
breathing in new life with her gratefulness
she did not tell people she is a saint
she breaths, lives and acts holy
she is a saint
we put our arms side by side
sesame and banana
we hugged and cried in joy
God made our paths cross
to share worship, praise and
The Living Poetry prompt
I gave you sunshine
You didn’t see it
I gave you moonlight
You didn’t appreciate it
I gave you children’s laughter
You got annoyed
I gave you a sweet someone
You complained when would the one come
I gave you a loyal puppy
You said there was too much work
You let all the blessings pass by
Now you cry to me like an orphan
‘God are you ever there?’
Words, they either
build us up or cast us down.
The power they possess
penetrates deep within our spirit.
We sow kindness and truth.
We reap contentment and freedom.
We receive malice and lies.
We project hurt and hatred.
Words, they either
teach us perserverance or
give us excuse for destruction.
In a fallen world as such,
let my words be few if
my heart is wicked,
let me speak in pure intent
if my spirit is angelic.
you are a halo warm glow
circling above my head
protecting my insecurity
lighting up my sense of worth
I love you
I love falling in love with you
I love being in love with you
I love loving you
wherever I go I carry your heart with me
the despised, jealous look of people cannot penetrate you
the famine, the war torn cannot waver you
the coldness of the world cannot freeze you
the darkness cannot devour you
for I carry your heart with me wherever I go
We had no toys
We had no snacks
We had no schools
We had each other
We had the world
Our favourite was
lying by the watermelon field
counting the stars
till dews covering us
then it’s the sun rays
kissing our apple cheeks
You and I
When I go,
I wish my friends and love ones sit in a circle by the ocean.
I want you all to share your fondest memory of me.
You must share good food and celery sticks. I know this will be a hard ask.
You will listen to this playlist and let ‘We Are Loved’ sink into your hearts.
Que Sera Sera – Doris Day
Beautiful Ones – Suede
This Used to be My Playground – Madonna
China Blue – Julia Fordham
Sugar Hiccup – Cocteau Twins
What a Wonderful World – Louise Armstrong
Blessed be Your Name – Matt Redman
Mermaid – Sade