Serendipity


We both made our entrance
Quivering, shocked
Gasping for breath
You
Right on time
Me
Three months ahead
A perfect synchronisation
In the grand scheme of life

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Ineffable


Growing up constantly insecure
I never really did have killer legs
Braces
Surgeries
I never felt beautiful
Not that I wasn’t pretty
My looks felt obliterated because of how I walk
It sort of makes people gawk
Falling for you
This handsome guy
I never thought you’d think I’m beautiful
But you did
And the first time you told me so
My heart danced on your words

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A Collection of Micropoetry


A Fullness in Brevity - Adam Byatt

I like to write micropoetry on twitter, limiting myself to 140 characters (128 if you include the hashtag).

I collect my micro musings in a document with the aim of publishing a book of poetry (I’ve seen a review of a book of 140 twitter fictions so why not a book of micropoetry?)

But I shall share the more recent ones with you here.

Enjoy.

Which one(s) did you like best? Why?

First Date

an open packet of plain chips
(you prefer Salt and Vinegar)
we scrabble for the scraps
and lick the grease
from our fingers

Irony

In an act of irony
I draw trees on paper
And stick them
On my wall
An ecological conundrum
Where I can’t see
The forest for the trees

Unravelling and Resonating

The unravelling of each other
Pulling at threads of fault
Leaves only a mirror
To reflect and resonate
Our own insecurities

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World’s Best Mom


A story of love, and endurance

Alive In You

That’s a lofty title, I know. And believe it or not, I know her. Even more amazing (to me) is that I’m married to her.

One might think the world’s best mom would be someone with years of motherly experience and a number of kids — someone who has been doing it for a long time. My wife, Katie, doesn’t come close to qualifying under those terms. You see, we’re new parents. Our first son, Randol Thomas, was born on Thursday at 12:56 a.m. at the incredibly young gestational age of 25 weeks and 4 days. That happy moment had a sad ending when our baby boy lost his life later that morning at 5:20 a.m. after struggling for hours to try and breathe with what we knew were severely underdeveloped lungs — something we knew would be an issue after my wife’s water broke at just 18 weeks.

So how could…

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Bloomsday; A Celebration of Irish Women Poets 2013


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Rebecca O’Connor

Domestic Bliss

 
I place a jug of lavender on the table
to mask the smell of mould from under the fridge
 
while you draw nails to hammer with your fist.
Then I draw a hammer , and watch
 
as you try to lift it from the page.
by day it’s Mr Men, Mad Men, by night,
 
your father and I wishing we could be so bold.
you have no such wants, though sometimes I wonder
 
as you try to peer into Jack and Jill’s well
or climb the tiny ladder of your toy farm
to mend the roof of your miniature barn.
 

–  Rebecca O’Connor

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Rebecca O’Connor edits The Moth Magazine and organises the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize. She worked as a commissioning editor of literary fiction at Telegram Books in London before returning to Ireland with her family in 2008…

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25 things I wish I learned at 25


All over the internet you find posts and personal accounts of people at various stages of life revealing what they have learned at the said stage in life, with a point of wisdom each to equal their age. But what about the things you wish you had known or learned at a certain turning point of your life? How different would your life be today if you had known those things? I’ll be 26 years old this year, and quite frankly, there are certainly some things I wish I had known by the time I turned 25, so that it would have made me a different woman, a better woman than I am today.

  1. You will be truly blessed and lucky if you are able to get your act sorted by the time you are 25. Unlike you expected previously, you probably won’t have the job and the man of your dreams. Rather you will be stuck in job that you hate or even a job that you love but pays poorly.
  2. If you are single, you will wonder whether you will die a sad, lonely death with no one to hold your hand because let’s face it, everyone around you is getting married in a frenzy, they have found supposedly mature thoughtful individuals with whom they see themselves spending the rest of their lives and you are Facebook stalking that cute co-worker who says hi to you everyday in the elevator.
  3. If you are in a relationship, you will wonder at least at one point in the relationship (happens to the best of us), whether the man you’ve committed yourself to is actually able to accomodate and understand your physical and emotional needs and boundaries which in turn makes you wonder whether you are ready to spend the rest of your lives together.
  4. Love thrills, and hurts, in exactly the same way it did when you were 16.
  5. Having three failed relationships do not turn you into a relationship expert, or improve your ability to pick out a better man because even the classiest, most well-balanced guy you finally find, could turn out to be wrong for you. Nor does it make the pain easier to deal with if it ever comes down to that.
  6. you cannot stop your heart from going out and getting stuck in places where it does not belong, it will be stuck stubbornly and firmly the way Jane’s tonsil’s got stuck on her new boyfriend’s piercing in The Sweetest Thing.
  7. Remember the time you thought you’d be a well travelled young woman by 25? Well you’re 25 and too broke for it. Don’t worry you still have time to go see the world.
  8. That car you thought you’d be driving into work now, it’s out there somewhere in the not-so-distant future, waiting for you. Go and get it.
  9. It’s ok to feel a little lost.
  10. It’s perfectly fine to obsess over every little thing that guy you really want to go out with tells you.
  11. The urge to drink your troubles away does not go away magically just because you have turned 25.
  12. Your capacity to stay up till the wee hours of the morning will start dwindling right before your eyes.
  13. It’s ok to hate having to go to parties. It does not mean you’re getting old, rather, your priorities have changed and matured.
  14. Expect every aunt in your family to start asking you whether you’ve finally found anyone, especially at weddings and funerals. Handle it gracefully, they mean well.
  15. You really should fake a sick day or two once in a while to just stay at home and relax with a good book.
  16. You still have not mastered the art of living within your budget.
  17. There’s no point in trying to get a flat belly. It will never happen.
  18. Eat healthy. Workout as often as you can.
  19. Having a donut or two cupcakes for lunch do not make you a monster. Neither does failing to workout regularly.
  20. Choose your friends carefully. They will be the rock upon which you lean when times get tough.
  21. You’re no masterchef. All those recipes you thought you’d have mastered by now are weeping in a sad little corner.
  22. Wearing your heart on your sleeve is not romantic. It’s an inconvenience which makes you vulnerable. Use your emotions wisely.
  23. Your parents are growing old. Talk to them every single day. Tell them about your crappy day if you have nothing else to talk about.
  24.  It’s ok to want to get married and have babies. It’s not a weakness. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.
  25.  It will get better.