Trees and Seagulls

SuzyHazelwood:

This really quite wonderful – so inspiring – so much life!! :D

Originally posted on Belfastdavid's Weblog:

This poem owes everything in terms of inspiration to Mary Oliver’s poem ‘Wild Geese’
It also borrows heavily from the structure and format of that poem.
I make no apology for any of that.
And I trust that Mary Oliver would approve.

David

Trees and Seagulls

You do not have to regret.
You do not have to lose yourself
in a frenzy of self-recrimination.
You do not have to surround yourself
with a phalanx of if-onlys, maybes,
what-ifs and shoulds or oughts.

For if you are here at all
you are a survivor.
For if you are here at all
you are where you are meant to be.

You are a person crafted from
your own experiences;
you do not have to pretend otherwise.
Rather celebrate the person
you have become.

Tell me about dark days, yours,
and I will tell you about mine.

Meanwhile the trees outside your window

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One For Old Snaggle-Tooth

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I know a woman
who keeps buying puzzles
chinese
puzzles
blocks
wires
pieces that finally fit
into some order.
she works it out
mathematically
she solves all her
puzzles
lives down by the sea
puts sugar out for the ants
and believes
ultimately
in a better world.
her hair is white
she seldom combs it
her teeth are snaggled
and she wears loose shapeless
coveralls over a body most
women would wish they had.
for many years she irritated me
with what I considered her
eccentricities-
like soaking eggshells in water
(to feed the plants so that
they’d get calcium).
but finally when I think of her
life
and compare it to other lives
more dazzling, original
and beautiful
I realize that she has hurt fewer
people than anybody I know
(and by hurt I simply mean hurt).
and she has had some terrible times,
times when maybe I should have
helped her more
for she is the mother of my only
child
and we were once great lovers,
but she has come through
like I said
she has hurt fewer people than
anybody I know,
and if you look at it like that,
well,
she has created a better world.
she has won.

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Francis, this poem is for you.

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From: Love Is A Dog From Hell
by Charles Bukowski
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This post was inspired through my recent readings of a couple of Charles Bukowski’s books.  When my brother asked me what I might like for Christmas I did my usual shoulder shrug of (don’t ask me, I don’t know).  Then I suddenly said “Oh, if you can find some Charles Bukowski poetry books or any of his novels somewhere nice and cheap, that would be interesting!”  So that’s exactly what I got, a poetry book and a novel – very organised my brother!
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I thought Love Is A Dog From Hell sounded like poetry that would agree with how I’ve felt about my own experience of love, or I should say, the lack of it?!  But I found it to be nothing like my own experience.  I don’t think me and Charles Bukowski have much in common at all.  I was a child in the 70′s, but I’m fairly sure if I had met him as a woman in those days, I would have found him to be the kind of man I really wouldn’t like!gfxlovers.com/smilies
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But I have a more open mind these days.  I accept that one type of thinking is not necessarily the only way someone should be, and that some people have been through so much, they just can’t be any other way.  Charles is known to have met a lot women, many extremely brief encounters amounting to nothing more than sex, and a lot of short lived turbulent relationships.  So I was surprised to find this thoughtful poem about a woman he’d had a relationship with when he was younger and they had a daughter.
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In a book full of poems, where some are laugh out loud funny, others about the rough side of life, and many amusing, but so coarse in a typical Charles Bukowski sexy way I would feel uncomfortable sharing them on this blog, I found it heart warming to read the warmer side of the messed up man – even if he did call her snaggle tooth in the title!  I guess he was a lot older when he wrote this one, and sounded as if he regretted some of the ways he had behaved and was looking at life and women a little differently.  I’m sure in one way or another those kind of reflections will happen to us all.  I hope you will find as I did in this poem a little insight on the thoughtful side of Charles Bukowski!gfxlovers.com/smilies

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Death and Life – poetry by B. G. Bowers
Print copy available on CREATESPACE or AMAZON
Kindle version available on AMAZON

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This Womans Work – Maxwell

I’ve shared a song in a post once before by Kate Bush last year in June, but this time it’s a cover of her original enchanting 80′s song This Woman’s Work by Maxwell.  I would never have thought this song would work with a man singing those lyrics, but it really does, I’m glad I found it!  If you want to see Kate Bush singing her original version you can find it here.

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Soup Of Life

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Grey skies
hanging heavy
winter calls
as the wind howls
through secret gaps
in the window frames

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The day has become
like our passing years
not bright enough
a little harsh
and willing to leave us cold

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Life has not been kind
we deserve so much more
but still
we hang in there
wounded soldiers
learning to lay our weapons low
time teaching us
there is more to life
than waging war

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This day
this beautiful moment
is all that matters
to be sitting here with you
a glowing fire
warm soup
loving food
while we talk and laugh
of the days gone
days to come
grand illusions of the world
and all those things
we now understand

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Sympathy
is all that matters
revealing
knowing
sharing
serving each other
with simplicity
our souls nourished
by the healing soup of life

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Hello everyone, it’s good to be back!!  gfxlovers.com/smilies  I hope the sound and vision helped to imagine this scene of winter warmness, but don’t watch all three hours of it! gfxlovers.com/smilies  For those of you in a warm climate, you will  have to rely on your imagination as to how chilled it is in Britain at the moment!  The poem was inspired after a visit to see my cousin a few months ago when the weather was just beginning to show signs of turning cold, so a fire was lit and soup served.  I had taken some soup with me for her to try (which she liked very much) so it was based on the enjoyment of home-made soup combined with some great conversation.  Financially it was a cheap way to spend time with a loved one, but spiritually it was worth more than any money could buy.  Conversation and sharing of how life is treating you is sometimes worth so much more than a trip to the cinema, theatre, or a game.

I’ve included in this post the recipe for that parsnip soup if any of you want to try it, just click on the image and save it.  I guess you must be all thinking this is a little unusual for me to be posting recipes on here – it is, but there is a reason.  I wanted to share something that I discovered after eating that soup for a few weeks.  I know parsnips are often not liked for their strong flavour, in fact I used to hate them intensely.  But after trying just about every kind of soup recipe I could imagine, I felt I really should at least try creating a parsnip soup.  I’m glad I did, and to my total surprise I not only loved it, but discovered eating it on a regular basis healed my hands of a horrible dry skin condition.  I’d suffered with that dry skin for fifteen years, not much help from doctors, and I had to use buckets of hand-cream just to keep my skin from cracking up.  It’s difficult to explain here just how painful and horrific it was to live with.  It’s strange how skin conditions are rarely seen as serious, but believe me, for some people they really can be.  What starts out as a minor dry skin condition can very quickly become a major one! gfxlovers.com/smilies

Eating parsnip soup three or four times a week has given me a complete cure.  It’s a real miracle for me to finally have normal skin again.  And it seems to have also cured my low blood sugar problems that I’ve suffered to varying degrees from my teenage years – it’s so good to be free of that dreadful feeling!  Parsnips have very good nutritional value, and contain a number of vitamins and minerals that could help with skin problems, zinc being one of them, which is often lacking with anyone suffering with dry skin.  Also it seems in order for the body to absorb zinc we need copper as well.  Parsnips are high in copper too, so perhaps that’s one of the reasons why they have worked so effectively for me.  Zinc supplements have never done anything for my skin, and they often don’t contain any copper.  I found recently when reading some information on zinc, that a lot of zinc tablets contain zinc oxide, which is completely useless, the body can’t use it.  Zinc oxide is often used in cosmetics and sunscreen lotions, but it should never be sold as a supplement for the the body.  It’s amazing, even today with a multitude of information available what kinds of snake oil companies will get away with selling to us!   So if you know someone who has terribly dry skin, tell them to try adding parsnips to their diet, it’s worth a try.

The cashew nuts in this soup recipe help to make the soup very creamy, and if you’re still not keen on the taste, try adding a little milk or cream, this will tone down the flavour of the parsnips a lot, making the soup taste completely different.  And if you want to spice this soup up then add some chilli, black pepper or garlic.  Sometimes I add small pieces of chicken to this soup once it’s been blended, and leave to cook again for 5-10 minutes, the flavour from the chicken works really well.  Oh, and just a little note about the salt in here, if you like to use stock cubes or any other kind of stock that already contains salt (DON’T ADD THE SALT) taste it first – then add salt!  If you’d like to see some more of my recipes here are some links. 

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Mushroom Soup    Hummus    Salsa Dip

Hope you enjoy them!
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2014 – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year.

Just a quick post to wish you all Happy New Year!  And also to let you know that I shall be taking the whole of January away from blogging – there are some things in my life that need my full attention.  I thought I’d let you all know, just in case you wondered if I had New Year blues and had given up!  Will be returning as usual, early February.  In the mean time, I’ll leave you with this interesting quote I found from Neil Gaiman.   A great message for the start of a new year!

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Have A Merry New Year!

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Until Winter

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Before my eyes
it is fading
descending
dying

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A world of weakness
has burst forth
transformation
has risen

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And even if I choose
to look away
and pretend
refuse to acknowledge
what is
glacial voices
will whisper
behind my back
and affirm the change

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My desire
is worthless
to wish for
the blooming of flowers
and the buzzing of bees
when all has moved on
without my consent

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Everything is dying
because it must
slowly
receding
until winter
covers the falling
with it’s long cold embrace
and consumes it all

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And my days will be
as though
May till September
had been a perfect
flawless
fantasy

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This started out as a whimsical poem about autumn turning to winter, and as I wrote I realised that there was a connection between this time of year, the way the weather changes and how the plants are closing down, bits falling away and discarded, similar in some ways to change in a human lifetime, and often it’s the kind of change we don’t really like.  It’s a poem with a duel meaning, so read and understand it in any way you wish to, and I hope it’s not too sad for Christmas.  But maybe it will balance out the excessive and often fake jolliness of this season! ;)
 
I know quite a few of you have had a difficult year for one uncomfortable reason or another, so I’d like to wish you all an increase in peace of mind, good health, and a clear vision of where you are going and what you want from life in the new year.  After all, we don’t really need much else, but we most definitely need those!   Thank you once again for supporting me on this blog, for your kind compliments and for all the great interactions we’ve had throughout the year – it’s been such good fun!! :D

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Suzy xx

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