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She and I

"Can you believe it?" she tells me outraged in a transatlantic Skype call. "She asked me if I was a grandmother."

This is the culmination of a call with one of my best and oldest friends. We laugh and make scoffing noises, give a virtual shrug to indicate that this question was obviously not serious. We send each other hugs. We hang up.

And so what of it that someone asked her that question. We both turned 50 this year - within two days of each other in fact and yes, ok I'll admit I'm the oldest. Logically, she and I could both have grandchildren - apart from the fact that we both decided that children were not our bag. It's not unheard of - many 50 year old women do. Yet when I speak with her, I don't think of her as this age. I see and hear her as the 18 year old girl that I came to know when we both started secretarial college - see that in itself dates us. Do secretarial colleges even exist anymore? Can you still learn shorthand, typing and offi…

The Essence of Stillness

I have recently returned from a wonderful yoga retreat in France.  While I was there this poem arrived and requested I write it - so here it is!
The Essence of Stillness

Perhaps it is in the morning mists that swirl across the fields Or in the petals of a flower waiting to unfurl Perhaps it is in the rise and fall of the belly of a sleeping cat Or in the bowing heads of sunflowers missing the summer sun Perhaps it is in the echo of a dragon fly's wing Or in a blade of grass swaying gently in the breeze Perhaps it is in the weight of an acorn that falls from a tree Or in the shimmer of a moonbeam reflected on the pond Perhaps it is in the curl of a frond from a passion fruit plant Or in the redness of an autumn berry newly formed Perhaps it is in the iridescent light captured in a single moment Or in the crisp leaves that snap underfoot Perhaps it is deep in the centre of me, aligned to my beating heart Or in the softness of my breath moving effortlessly in and out Perhaps it is there as I lay i…