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Immaculate lawns – a poem

Immaculate lawns

Beheaded blooms

Cut down in their prime

Taken too soon

Beauty laid waste

Coloured carcasses strewn

Lives sheared short

Before the first day of June

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Dark poetry

On occasions my poetry can become quite dark – here is a recent one

Broken – a poem

I am alone in the black

In the darkness of day

With no glimmering light

To help guide my way,

Blindly I stumble

Full of self doubt and fear

Where the shadows berating

Call in my ear,

I tumble, I’m fallen

On cold floors I lay still

And the darkness consumes me

It has broken my will.

My Spirits Lift – a poem

Sitting aside the lake serene

Bathing in glows of natures green

A quiet place where I dare to dream

In sunshine’s radiant dancing beams

Here beauty bestows eternal gifts

To heal the pain of grieving rifts

In among the flowers sweet scented drift

And joyful birdsong, my spirits lift.

Photo by Earth Mother Nature Lover. Hannah Semple

Cow Parsley – a poem

Living on the edge,

You are often passed by,

But not overlooked,

You are a gift in my eye.

Your presence takes me back

To summers gone by,

To long country lanes

And brilliant blue sky,

Where your white foamy blooms

Nodded in the breeze,

Flower of the verge

You are a sweet memory.

Photo by Earth Mother Nature Lover. Hannah Semple

The Silent Ones – a poem

A sanctuary for my tears,

A place of contemplation,

Where the silent stones listen

Without judging condemnation,

Sitting in their earthly realm,

Nature thrives within their care,

On the cusp of liminality

Are those beloved dead laid there.

A haven for my anguished pain,

Where the quiet graves console,

Allowing me the space and time

Within this place to make me whole.

Photo by Earth Mother Nature Lover. Hannah Semple

Listen – a poem

Listen,

To the birds sweet summer song

And breezes that whispers secrets bygone.

Listen,

To the creaks of the ancient tree

And the gentle drone of the bumble bee.

Listen,

To the flap of startled wings

And the merry tune of the sparkling spring.

Listen,

To the corvids raucous croak

And the stories told by natures folk.

Listen.

Photo by Earth Mother Nature Lover. Hannah Semple

Ivy – a poem

Ivy

you are eternal spring

With the boundless enthusiasm

That you bring,

Masking the ugly

Of modern buildings

Your heart shaped leaves

They creep unyielding,

Gracing green magic

In every season

Unfettered and flowing

No rhyme or reason,

Ivy

You are eternal spring

A protective presence

That makes nature sing.

Photograph by Earth Mother Nature Lover. Hannah Semple

Forms of Fire

Everyone I know is fascinated by fire but also fears it, hardly surprising with disaster films, constant warfare and notions of the fires of hell reinforced. It easy to see why fire represents traits such as anger and destruction, it is a temperamental element that is all consuming and will leave devastation in its wake. Yet it is very much an element of duality, treated with respect, fire is very much a benefit to humankind and early stories show how sacred and powerful fire was thought to be.

The Ancient gods denied humans fire in Greek myth, so Prometheus stole it to benefit the population, and there are similar stories in other native myths also. Perhaps those that kept it for themselves thought others would use fire in the wrong capacity, some certainly did. Others however found benefits to this aspect of the fire element but there are many aspects and forms of fire, it is a fundamental building block of life.

In the form of the sun, the fire element provides light and warmth giving plants the ability to grow through the act of photosynthesis. This is where the plant takes the light energy and converts it into chemical energy for growth. Photosynthesis is also largely responsible for producing and maintaining the oxygen content of the Earth which of course is necessary for life on Earth. The sun also provides humans with Vitamin D which helps the body to maintain calcium levels and the immune system. The sun also helps combat depression.

The fire element in its volcanic form is devastating when it comes to an eruption, yet here again we see its dualistic and transformative powers. Volcanic material breaks down eventually to form some of the most fertile soils on earth, land is also formed from the material, Hawaii being a prime example of this. Young volcanic systems have been harnessed to produce geothermal energy and mined metallic minerals are associated with magmas from the roots of extinct volcanoes.

Forest fires as we often see in the news are catastrophic, burning vast swathes of land and lasting for days. These uncontrollable fires however are caused by disrespect and carelessness towards the powerful element of fire, executed in a controlled manner fires have regenerative ability. This type of burning has been practiced for centuries to kill off disease, promote new growth and keep landscapes strong and healthy.

Humans have utilised the power of fire in many aspects of life. By using this elemental energy much has been achieved. Metal smithing for example has provided us with weaponry and fencing to protect ourselves, tools for various endeavours including agriculture, as-well as other useful items such as furniture.

The hearth of the home is another way we gave utilised fire. The hearth was once the heart of the home, where keeping the home fires burning brought families together to eat a hot meal and keep warm. Fire here provides us a new aspect of community and unity. Gatherings around fires is something that has occurred since receiving the gift of fire.

Light is a huge aspect of fire from that first fire burning to burning torches, the invention of candles to the lightbulb. Even though lightbulbs are the biggest source of light today, candles are still used extensively and not just for illuminating the darkness. Fire in the form of the candle flame is also used for scent, decoration, ritual, magic and divination. It is as a candle flame that fire is a wonderfully transformative element, it has the ability to create a completely different atmosphere, whether calming, mediative, joyful or reflective.

Another aspect of fire is that of Pyromancy. The word comes from the Greek pyr meaning fire and manteia meaning divination. It is perhaps one of the oldest forms of divination due to how much reverence was placed on the element of fire in ancient times. Even in the bible we see fire as a guiding decision for Moses with the burning bush and pillar of fire. Pyromancy was used by many cultures all around the world and developed into many forms. The basic form is probably the most mesmerising whether it’s observing the dancing flames of a bonfire or the flickering of candlelight. Other forms included throwing objects into fire such as salt known as Alomancy or laurel leaves which was called Daphomancy.

Of course we humans have also utilised fire in magic and ritual for it’s symbolism of transformation, purification, release and healing.

The element of fire may well be terrifying, destructive, consuming and non forgiving but with respect it is nourishing, nurturing, unifying and comforting.

    

    

 

Ode to dandelions – a poem

Fields of golden flowers

Natures herbal store

A larder for the busy bee

And more

Shining in the sunlight

Yellow rays a blooming

Yet these wonder plants

So quietly unassuming

Persistently they strive

Abundantly they thrive

These blooms deemed weeds

Are keeping us alive.