The Mad Woman’s Sundial

  The sun shone on my sundial The shadow reached twelve Born loved and poor I laughed and cried The sun shone on my sundial The shadow reached three Branded through trauma I laughed and cried The sun shone on my sundial The shadow reached six True love gave me a child I laughed and […]

MOTHER

  Kith of my soul Matriarch of my bones You tended a heart Born from your womb A balm for a volcanic mind You kept me free from medicine men Where your riches were few You found treasures in your children And if I were to live Until my hundredth year or more A lifetime’s […]

Steps

I awoke sane this morning they tell me Gliding down the gaping stairs I jump each one further apart But this morning is easier As I land on each step And falling through is just a mirage Because I woke up sane this morning They tell me!  

Smiles

What’s  in a smile? Makes you stop awhile Tiny jewels of emotion Can cause heart commotion Every mother is proud Baby’s smiling she cries out loud And when you smile you know it’s right To stop a while your plight A smile is a little glow That brightens the world somehow But the bravest gesture […]

THE ROAD/

These poems were written by my brother who died on the 22nd April 1977. He was wrapped up in the psychiatric system and had been on medication for several years. One day just before his death he asked me the question “Do you think psychiatric medication works?” I always being honest with him said “No!”. […]