2/52 Poetry Collection

FORWARD MOTION

The steps of forward motion

of  positive thinking

of creative visualisation

are riddled

with pock marks

deep holes

filled with every negative

thought

I have ever had

Often I am able to jump clear

Raise the bar high above

But

Sometimes

They snare me in their clutches

And it takes all of my

energy

To break free.

And when I do

It feels as though

I have to start from scratch

Once again

Build myself up one positive brick at a time

Only this time it is faster

My workload slightly less

Those nasty pot holes

Covered over for the time being

Round and round

in circles I go

Until one fine day

I will reach the heights of

Me.

 

Walk towards your light. Copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown

Walk towards your light.
Copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown

 

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These Boots They Roar

Don’t you get that I don’t want to wait for you

That you have your own inner compass and do not need me to direct you

And no longer will I

Draw maps, give directions – detailed or not

Point you towards due north

I have stepped over the line and into my power

These boots they roar

These boots they wait for no one

Anyway anyhow.

I get it now

Like I never have before

That my helping you isn’t helping you

That I cannot

No matter how large and true my intention

I cannot do for you that which you must do for yourself

You too have boots that roar

You need only find the ones that fit

Step over your line

Into your boots

By yourself

For yourself

With yourself

Ready

Willing

Able

Not waiting, roaring.

Not Waiting Anyway Anyhow.
Copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown

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Learning lessons

So. What lessons have been learned you ask? Well, many.

Go slow. Read the fine print. Be thorough. Make sure you understand the guidelines given, and stick to them in your submission. Take more time to think about your idea/s and help “flesh” them out. Do NOT put it off to the last-minute. (I’ve always been a last-minute, under pressure type of girl. High school assignments were usually done the night before they were due to be submitted.)

You may have guessed by now that I didn’t win the trip to Africa to take photos. As bummed as I am, (it would have been AWESOME!) I am grateful for the inspiring experience and all of the lessons I have been faced with. I say faced with, because I obviously haven’t learned them yet. But I am. And I will continue to do so.

The main reason I think I messed up was because I chose to do a montage of images for 3 of the 5 photos required in the photo essay. Also, I could have taken better images, more suitable to the brief. But I didn’t. I left it to the last-minute, then rushed through it so I would have something to upload by the deadline. (That’s the problem with deadlines – if it was a personal ongoing project I would be able to chop and change and allow it to be a whole lot more of an organic process. But it wasn’t. Get over it.)

The positives: I have learned about myself. More about myself than previously known. I am going to work on these things. I have started a blog. Regular writing that’s not just for my eyes only. I have inspired myself and piqued my own curiosity (and hopefully the curiosity of others.) I have gained confidence in the knowledge that if you want to do something you just have to do it. One step at a time. In the direction of your heart. Be real with yourself and follow your dreams.

“Allow yourself to be drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray” – RUMI