FINDING GRATITUDE IN 2020

Living through the pain of the Jim Crow laws

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta, Georgia. Source.

Not having grown up in the United States and completely overwhelmed by the inhumaneness of inherent and systemic racism, I’ve begun reading up on the history of racial discrimination in the U.S.


A Painful Choice

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Flat I lie


My Morning Choir

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Territory claimed
partner(s) mated
I say “Adieu” dawn chorus
to a murmured year
as nature’s open-air aviary
displayed its morning choir
of cheerful birds
in their musical cloud
of dulcet desire and rivalry


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Attaining Nothing

Aimlessness is a practice I wish to embrace and acquire


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On The Verge

Gasping I tread the airy-fairiness of a panting city
Masked in crowded hysteria
Strange
I find no solace in this new awakening


Making Amends

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I saw a little boy and did the wrong thing
I looked first at his mother and then down at him
What I saw was a woman lined with pain
Thin and coloured in black lace
And totally out of place —
Her eyes mournful and charcoaled
Were hollowed in her drawn and weary face
While mine mirrored her anguish
Which I could hardly conceal nor bear —
And only then did I look at her little boy
A contrast to the woman with his curly fair hair
He stared into my eyes and then up to his mother
And I knew in this split second…


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Loving Your Adult Self

Hold and embrace the image of you
The inner child, the wound in you
Behold and sense the surge of love emerge
As you breathe in rhythm with in and out —
Offer solace to this defenceless child
Resting serenely in your arms


Writing Prompt With Bear

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Preamble

“Write a book,” my friend said. “Tell the whole story, why not? Your life experience is really intriguing, exciting, in fact.”

Sylvia Wohlfarth

An Irish-Nigerian soul living in Ireland after 40 years in Germany. A social anthropologist, English teacher, and more. With stories to share; and an opinion…

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