7/52 Poetry Collection

I WRITE

 

I write to make sense

of all that surrounds me

I write to exentuate

all that I have

all that I am

all that I will be

 

I write to share

depths of my soul

degrees of my persona

not so easily seen

 

I write to lay bare

to gain perspective

to view and be viewed

 

I write to inspire

both myself and others

To bring about change

to encourage

to enable

 

I write to write

a compulsion

a passion

A deep-seated need for the power of words.

 

words etc

Advertisements

1/52 Poetry Collection

I decided that I would also like to challenge myself with a poem a week. Not just written but shared. I am a tad late but will catch up quick. Here’s the first installment.

THERE’S AN ART

There is an art to letting go

An art to saying goodbye

A process to remove

the consequences

of a cosmic moment

when time stood

still

and the universe choose you.

There is an art to grief

There is an art to choice

But there are consequences still.

There is an art to silence

And an art to knowing

When and how to share

An art to being okay when you’re somewhat not.

Sacred contracts

Circumstances

Hindsight

A choice made then

Cannot be made now.

An art to living on.

 

 

Neal's farewell-315

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

A tribute to a very special man. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Thank you.

Amandla!

Below are the lyrics to a song my talented husband wrote in tribute to Nelson (or Madiba as he is also known).

An African man
I am
Born into a Rainbow Nation
The colour of our skin no matter no
It’s the blood that-
It’s the blood that run

See my history could be better
I have never been much of a reader
but the way I, I see it
We grow all our Knowledge though experience
And I lived it
Watched it as a child every day
As an

An African man
I am
Born into a Rainbow Nation
The Colour of our skin no matter no
It’s the blood that
It’s the blood that run

From a family (repeat)

See for most of his life-time of 27 yr
They Exiled him to an island
out of fear
And they almost almost sent him blind
Through forcing him to dig down, down, down deep in the quarries of lime
For his “crimes against humanity”????
No, No they didn’t see
No, No they didn’t see
What is Unity

He was a visionary
He was a Visionary eeeeehhh!!

Then as as he walked out with his head held high
Screaming AMANDLA!!!(power in Zulu)
With his fist in the sky
Singin’ freedom for all
Freedom, freedom for all (repeat)

Cause we know that everything will be OK
one day
OK OK OK OK OK one day

One day…..

“Rainbow Nation” A tribute to Nelson Mandela
Written by Hayden Hack

And here is a link to the song itself – RAINBOW NATION by The Hayden Hack Infusion

Facebook page of The Hayden Hack Infusion here

And YouTube clips here

Biography of Nelson Mandela here

Why Nelson is a badass here

Thank you for your lessons in humanity and compassion Nelson. Power to the peaceful!

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

A tribute to a very special man. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Thank you.

Amandla!

 

Below are the lyrics to a song my talented husband wrote in tribute to Nelson (or Madiba as he is also known).

 

An African man
I am
Born into a Rainbow Nation
The colour of our skin no matter no
It’s the blood that-
It’s the blood that run

See my history could be better
I have never been much of a reader
but the way I, I see it
We grow all our Knowledge though experience
And I lived it
Watched it as a child every day
As an

An African man
I am
Born into a Rainbow Nation
The Colour of our skin no matter no
It’s the blood that
It’s the blood that run

From a family (repeat)

See for most of his life-time of 27 yr
They Exiled him to an island
out of fear
And they almost almost sent him blind
Through forcing him to dig down, down, down deep in the quarries of lime
For his “crimes against humanity”????
No, No they didn’t see
No, No they didn’t see
What is Unity

He was a visionary
He was a Visionary eeeeehhh!!

Then as as he walked out with his head held high
Screaming AMANDLA!!!(power in Zulu)
With his fist in the sky
Singin’ freedom for all
Freedom, freedom for all (repeat)

Cause we know that everything will be OK
one day
OK OK OK OK OK one day

One day…..

“Rainbow Nation” A tribute to Nelson Mandela
Written by Hayden Hack

 

And here is a link to the song itself – RAINBOW NATION by The Hayden Hack Infusion

 

Facebook page of The Hayden Hack Infusion here

And YouTube clips here

Biography of Nelson Mandela here

Why Nelson is a badass here

 

Thank you for your lessons in humanity and compassion Nelson. Power to the peaceful!

Saddle up

E a r l y morning and

the c h i l d r e n ‘ s voices

have j o i n e d in with the choir of birds

announcing day b r e a k.

I would have rather not k n o w n

preferred to lay

i g n o r a n t

between the w a r m t h

of the s h e e t s .

In a s t a t e

b e t w e e n worlds

neither h e r e nor t h e r e

my s u b c o n s c i o u s

in charge

my d r e a m s t a t e

at the r e i n s .

t’was n o t to be.

so,

good m o r n i n g

s a d d l e u p

let’s r i d e

this p o n y

 

 

 

 

The hills are alive with the sound of children

 

 

Copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown

 

And so it begins

And so it begins. The next chapter opening before me like a flower in bloom. I am calm. My usual state of letting my mind run on over drive, hyping up the rest of me, is strangely absent. I am focused. I am ready. Calmly waiting for it all to begin. Here’s to the rest of my life. Living, loving, with grace.

I am blessed to have shared many conversations lately, with people, about people. Especially about my love of  finding out things about people you could/would never have guessed upon your initial meetings and sometimes even well beyond that. Things you don’t even know about people you’ve known for some time. I love the fact that we are all a kaleidoscope of life –  lives even. Some we show to some and some we show to others and some we keep only for ourselves.

It is one of the main reasons I love photography. Being able to tell a visual narrative of (an aspect of) someone’s life. To select what you think best visually tells a particular person’s story. To all of my friends reading this, be prepared to receive a phone call from me in the not too distant future to ask you to allow me to document an aspect of you and your life. Please say yes.

We are all connected. We all share stories. It is how we know who we are.

reflected

balloonface

All images Copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown.

Woodford Folk Festival 2012/13

Woodford 2012/13

If  you haven’t been to a Woodford Folk Festival before, well you should add it to your bucket list. It is possibly  the best festival I have ever had the pleasure of attending. There is something for everyone. And so many “things” happening that one can easily walk around the festival with no agenda and stumble upon something amazing again and again. I guess you could call me a veteran of this festival. I first attended as a 6 year old back in it’s humble origins of the Maleny Showgrounds. My how it has grown.

Woodford 2012/13

I eat at Spaghetti Junction almost daily at Woodford. I am and always have been a pasta addict. Just ask my mum. Fresh pasta with chermoula or pesto or pomodoro sauce…just one or a combination for a taste explosion…….YUM!

Woodford 2012/13

There are even elephants at Woodford. This one’s name is Eesha. It is a great festival for children, if a tad tiring. (Mostly for the parents, the kids get wheeled about in all different types of cool contraptions).

Woodford 2012/13

A small section of the crowd watching John Butler Trio. Can you see the lady waving? She’s a Maleny local.

Woodford 2012/13

This plastic container was perched on one of the bins……. I’m still trying to make sense of it….. actually, it’s Woodford…. makes perfect sense!

Woodford 2012/13

Afternoon respite from the heat. Chilling under the rainbow umbrella out the back of the chai tent. Every festival has one.

Woodford 2012/13

The artwork that was created along the walkways never ceases to amaze. Every one adds something as they go past. One piece in particular was big enough to completely get in the way of the rubbish trucks emptying all the bins in the early hours of the morning. Temporary art….. the beauty is you may never see it again.Woodford 2012/13

Lee Hardisty, Anothony Pizzica, Nathaniel Combs amongst others as the in house band for the Blue Lotus venue. A beautiful space created by Dominique Finney and her incredible team.

Woodford 2012/13

These shots below are from Honor Morningstar’s 5 rhythms dance….. wow what an amazing journey to be witness to.

Woodford 2012/13 Woodford 2012/13 Woodford 2012/13 Woodford 2012/13

Tanz is a involved with Woodford for 6 weeks from early December until a week after everyone else has left back to “reality” doing the huge amount of fencing involved in an event of this magnitude. She rocks as you can see from the below photo.

Woodford 2012/13

Goodbye Woodford. Until you wrap me in your safe and warm embrace once more,  I will rely on all the fond memories we’ve made and try not to get too caught up in this here “reality”. Woodford 2012/13