These poems were written by a participant in one of my recent workshops, Natural Wisdom: Writing as Spiritual Voice. They are Alphapoems written in response to prompts while listening to sounds from nature. As you will read, not all are directly related to nature, but this is an example of the wonder and power of expressive writing: If you open yourself to the writing process, what wants/needs to be expressed will be. The author remarked that she was not expecting these words to come out, “they just kinda did!”
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Poems by Gwendoline James
Dark skies releasing themselves of pent-up heat,
Inspired by Thor; continual rumblings then stomach-churning crashes.
Straight rain falling to earth with relentless power,
Threatening all beneath its touch without regard,
Analogy for washing clean, washing away,
Never heeding any demands to stop.
Clean, so clean, until it hits earth, rivers, fields, then mud and torrents and flood and devastation.
Eternal rain……… or so it seems at this moment.
Gone before I knew you, like the
Wind, blowing through and leaving
Emptiness, which I
Never recognized until the need to know you became
Dominant in my later life.
Open my heart to the memories I do not have. I want to hear you
Laugh, cry, talk ……why did
Illness take you away so that I
Never knew you, felt your warmth, heard your voice, fed off your
Energy, which was all spent by the time you gave me life.
Soothing my fears, calming my thoughts, in this
Damp seaweed gently sweeping between my toes, the
Mouth of the river opening itself into the
Ocean. What powerful secrets lie
Under your white crests; your dark teal depths reflecting the
Turmoil of my mind before I came to stand in awe at your edge
Happy for the seagulls overhead and for your cleansing, incessant water to wash over my feet and
recede again into itself.
— Gwendoline James