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Windermere Calls Me Back

We stayed in Bowness

Well it seemed the right thing to do

To my 9-year-old self it made perfect sense

And probably would now

Exploring the lakes

Windermere our starting point

I had been given a choice of holiday that year

Blackpool or The Lakes my options

We stayed in Bowness

 

The peace before mobile phones

Up early and down to lakeshore

Wandering and wondering

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Walking With Butterflies

Southport in August

Flower Show attracting nature lovers

I am seeking different experiences

Spontaneous decision made

Heading along the promenade

Breathing sea air

Mixed with traffic pollution

Forward into the unknown

Formby my destination

Nobody else around on this footpath

Eveyone too busy viewing horticulture

Yet here we had another kind of nature

Wildflowers...

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Courage Is Yours

We are creatures of habit us humans

Staying safe there in our comfort zones

 

Naturally, there will be exceptions

To this unwritten rule

Going off the roadmap most of us follow

Gung-ho types charging forth into life

Into any new situation full of bravado

Fearlessly shaking the tree of wisdom

Extracting every last gram of excitement

From this adventure we all signed up...

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Heart Chakra

Chakra cleansed heart

Negativity now depart

In beauty walking

Inner voice talking

Interconnected soul

At once whole

Ways of living

Caring easily giving

Gentle words spoken

Three eyes open

Easily to fathom

Harmony energy atom

Through each action

In every reaction

Peacefully deeply blessed

Love made manifest

 

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Echoes of Tech

Imagine creating this hand-held device

available for all to enjoy.

Pacifying vast swathes of the population.

The people would voluntarily spend most of their time investing their attention on this device to the detriment of observing the reality of genuine life going on around them.

Regardless of this being direct interaction with fellow humans.

Changes in their rights as citizens.

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Kiss Me Quick - Tangerine Dream

Standing next to the library a gallery of art

Nourishing the soul, culture they impart

Paintings, sound, all arts it embraces

Taking us to many far away places

 

Streets a mix of Victorian architectural hints

Mixing harmoniously with all the glitz and chintz

What should be a total clash somehow blends in its uniqueness

Becoming quite sublime to the senses in its completenes...

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Once They're Gone

Irresistible the two-hundred-year-old mills

I would love to collect them in all honesty

Like Clough William-Ellis made Portmeirion

I would have my own industrial history village

Silk, cotton and any other mill is welcome

I would rescue neglected gems of architecture

The derelict, unloved, soon to be demolished

I would restore them to their former glory

This was our ancestor...

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Stanley

Blue plaque sits upon wall

Arthur Stanley Jefferson it proclaims

Born 16th June 1890

Telling of where his journey started

A walking manifestation of talent

Known to the world as Stan Laurel

Comedy legend

Here his story began

His family soon moving away

As he would later relocate to another continent

A partnership with Ollie only half the story

Movie director, scree...

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The Old Straight Track

The greenest valley spread far and wide

Slowly settlement starts on either side

Bronze age people, eventually two villages grew

Looking from a distance at one another, what next to do?

Great plans are conceived, as elders confer to discuss

To be better able to trade, a track we’ll make between us

The Dodman by description, early surveyor of the land

Making sure the track was s...

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Wisdom Of The Tree

He has lived longer than you or me

Standing tall amongst his forest of friends

What makes this tree so special?

Why are so many compelled to visit this exact tree?

Leave offerings in his branches

Bury gifts between his roots…

Wisdom Tree gives freely of his counsel

Wisdom Tree communicates clearly

For those with ears open enough to hear

Humanity drawn to ask favours from...

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To Be Alone - Grizedale

The story is the same

It’s always the same

The need takes me, and I must act

Overwhelming need to escape

Escape from wall to wall people

Desiring a different experience

Hear my heartbeat

Truly breathe clean air

Solitude where are you?

 

Compulsion to be truly alone

Wanting ways to seek

Seek and we will find

One cold December day finds me in Grizedale Forest

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Stoneproof in Avebury

 “Why I’m not feeling the energy, man?”

Hmmm this has to be a mystery

How does mysterious Avebury

Somehow mysteriously elude me…

Oh how I endeavoured to do the right thing

Even camped but a stones throw from the village

Walk the avenue of standing stones

Ensure I’m within the right energy

Continue around the circle of standing stones

Seemingly it doesn’t matter

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Castlerigg Stone Circle

A circle made of thirty-eight volcanic stones

Like monumental cards that have been thrown

By some giant dealing out his giant deck

The Cumbrian landscape to bedeck

 

To sit within the circle, reaching to the past

Those Neolithic builders, a legacy to last

Castlerigg as the sun rises in the sky

The reason it was built, still to wonder why?

 

Warm sun drying the stones ...

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Druid’s Temple - Inspired by the Birkrigg Stone Circle near Ulverston

Connection to nature

Living by the seasons

Four thousand years

Finding rhyme and reason

Revering the old ways

Stones of the circle

Down through eons

Journey internal

Dare to care

Feel them today

Druids calling us

Energy stays

 

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The River & The Sea

A canoe launches into shallowest water

All but a stream

High in the mountains

Forward motion begins

Avoiding rocks

Patiently progress is made

Slowly yet surely

Widening and then

In an instant transformed

A cacophony of noise fills his ears

Rapids!

With long-won skill, he traverses

Shooting onwards

Summersaulting

Yet in control

Then calm returns

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Be Beautiful...

It's all around if we open our eyes to see

Today I saw a gorgeous tree

Growing out of an old crumbling wall

There lies beauty 

It's everywhere around

And it costs nothing

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Farming Through Time

He remembers his great grandfather

Wisdom etched in all the lines creasing his face

He said

“we don’t own this land, we look after it for our sons and the sons of our sons”

And this is how history unfolded

Down through countless generations

His own father before him

Grandad

Right back

The farm

Cared for

Nurtured

By those with the same surname

Passed down once...

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Oneness

Please help open my mind
Rationality limits potential

Quieten pointless ponderings

Let my mind be free

A thousand random thoughts vie for attention

Only the chatter of mundaneness

Never did mean anything

Time for a new paradigm

Overdue awakening within

Intuition then inner knowing

To be still from inside out

To listen to nothing

Calmness permeates

At last…

w...

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City Life - Follow Your Bliss

His friends thought what a pity

Abandoning his job in the city

They judged him to be quite mad

Early mid-life crisis, how sad

Next, he distributed some of his wealth

Considered it essential for good health

Trinkets of a life he had turned away from

And pretty soon he will also be long gone

A Scottish island to be his new home

Clean air, wildness, freedom to roam

He wi...

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A Gift For You

Some people say that they cannot use the power of their mind

they say it is impossible to vision anything

Nothing to inspire them, nothing deep inside for them to seek

nothing to make their heart and soul sing

Think of a beautiful tropical island looking like paradise on Earth

palm trees gently swaying in the sea breeze

The healing warmth of the sun as it kisses lightly upon your...

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The Water Diviners

Treading the fields with his hazel twig

Showing farmers exactly where to dig

Parched crops wilting as far as eyes can see

Water hidden, over there, by the old yew tree

The water diviner struck liquid gold once again

A well sunk, the crops lifeblood soon to regain

Year after year, the farmer’s gratitude enough

Brian the village legend always did his stuff

 

Is water divin...

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A Healing For Gaia

Arbor Low Stone Circle a new day is dawning

Transcendent sunrise welcomes in the morning

Sunshine warming us and the dew laden ground

At one with nature we are chanting sacred sound

Resonating with the landscape, the stones, at last

Through our ancestor’s legacy reaching into the past

Vibrations of aeons locked within the circular aspect

There is wisdom here for those affordin...

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Magic Gems

Rock Crystal of purest energy

Smoky Quartz creating good chi

Amethyst powerful healer

Apache Tear karmic revealer

Rose Quartz the love stone

Carnelian “in the zone”

Tigereye Gold attracts wealth

Malachite the aid to health

Amazonite for lucky days

Sunstone sunshine rays

Bloodstone the blood tonic

Snowflake Obsidian life harmonic

Moonstone sweet dreams

Black O...

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Acting Upon a Dream

A vision of another time

Feeling the landscape

Reaching into the past

Mineral rich

Quarry his location

Seeking

Seeking to communicate

Follow his intuition

Off the well walked track

Reading the ground

With closed eyes, he sees

And walks with purpose

Yes, it is just as he saw

Yes!

 

Hidden under long grass

This hollowed out depression

He drops to th...

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The Shaman In The Park

He walks as he chants, feeling the grass beneath his feet

Smiling inwardly, he knows who he came here to meet

Sacred sounds reverberate, into air and within the ground

Soon it happens, by him they swoop, begin to fly around

Warmer weather is here, swallows confirming this

As by fractions of a centimetre our shaman they miss

Feeling his energy, chanting he continues, projecting lo...

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Turning Back Time In Margate

A journey to the settings of his art

Essence of his inspiration to impart

Travelling as our schedule can accommodate

Emotionally travelling back in time to appreciate

Would the man himself recognise the views?

If he perhaps stood here now, wearing our shoes

Genius of two centuries past, legacy living on

The prize named after him, this artistic paragon

Wandering and wonderin...

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My Martello

Incredible views standing looking out to sea

Always though what a great home it might be

No1 and 2 both residentially converted long ago

No3 invitingly waiting for me to give it a go

Round Buildings work for me in an appealing way

Windmills, lighthouses, and it will happen some day

A Martello Tower in Folkestone all of my own

Who could possibly want any other kind of home?

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The Boots

Walking boots are donned early morn

Into nature witness the rising dawn

Spring Solstice what could inspire more?

Forgotten stone circle upon empty moor

Coolness felt upon my essentially bare feet

Eyes closed, sense sunrise, harmony complete

Warming rays invigorating body and soul

Oneness with all elements at once whole

 

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Turning Back Time In Margate

A journey to the settings of his art

Essence of his inspiration to impart

Travelling as our schedule can accommodate

Emotionally travelling back in time to appreciate

Would the man himself recognise the views?

If he perhaps stood here now, wearing our shoes

Genius of two centuries past, legacy living on

The prize named after him, this artistic paragon

Wandering and wonderin...

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Exercising Mind, Body And Soul

Beeston Castle is a ruin now

Once proudly standing atop its hill

Now a pay to view tourist attraction

Still appealing nonetheless

Our past facsimiled into stone

The lives of ancestors

Tuning in, as ascent is made

Walking and feeling

Hours spent communing

 

And then a picnic

Overlooking rolling Cheshire countryside

Carrots are munched

Hummus enjoyed

And the...

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The Dancers Of Life

Sticks clash together as the bells ring

Heralding Centuries old rites of spring

Morris Men dancing in each season

Each well-rehearsed step for a reason

The fiddle player keeping with tradition

Lending the dance for all his rhythm

Denizen of all things beauteous and green

The village has chosen The May Queen

Morris Men dancing good harvest to bring

Then the fool is crowne...

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Totally Fitness

The temple of the body beautiful, with a strain and tremble

Music pumping, yet not really noticed

As bodies are pumping, to be noticed

Machines activated by human power

Working up a sweat “just another hour”

Seeking to become just a little more physically decked

Body mass index and calorie counting minutely checked

Gaining bulging muscles or loosing bulges they want to shed

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Summer Rain

To walk in the cleansing summer rain

Nirvana for humans and parched ground

Pine trees, roses, the damp earth

And a thousand other scents

All at once brought alive

Teasing senses with their beauty

Thoroughly soaking wet and caring not

Simple joys of being alive…

 

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Inspiration In A Rose

Inspiration…where to seek pure inspiration?

That innermost creative beauteous elation

Living the urban life and wondering how

Is inner connection possible here and now?

Walking these city streets looking around

It’s alive in the buildings, people and sound

Yet here is nature, she never quite goes

Find yourself a park and go smell a rose

 

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Today in this 21st Century

Today I pull up the drawbridge

My domain

My castle

None may enter

 

Today I go to the mountain

My niche

My cave

None may find me

 

Today I commune with nature

My forest

My seashore

None may follow

 

Today I bid adieu for a while

My freedom

My retreat

None may know

 

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Questioning

It took me a while

Yet there is not a clock ticking here

Looking outwards I observed life

Pondering inwardly

When the student is ready

 

I know the answer now

Oh finally, the truth is revealed

The great unanswered mystery

A “How to” manual to life

Well, it is all about questions

 

Every time we think

We ask ourselves questions

Even opting out of making de...

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Solitude Where Are You?

The story is the same

It’s always the same

Escape from wall to wall people

Festivities, trivialities

Desiring a different experience

Hear my heart beat

Truly breathe

Solitude where are you?

 

For once to be truly alone

Ways to seek

Seek and you will find

New Year’s Day finds me in a forest

Far from the moderate crowd

Rain lashes down and I care not

The ...

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Finding Himself In Nature

Deep in the heart of the forest

He lingers a moment to rest

He knows well his destination

Two hours meander his estimation

Finding the oldest tree of all, he hesitates

Sat, leant against the trunk he meditates

 

High within the mountain peaks

Within himself answers he seeks

All the world below somewhere

Quietly he finds his spot up there

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The Ancient Tree

A thousand years or more it’s lived so they say, at least

Centuries before it became guardian for the deceased

These ancient builders of the church all knew

The magical and deadly power of the yew

 

Locked deep inside the secret of immortality

Pure poison within the yew, result fatality

Sitting in quiet contemplation, “tell me fine tree

A thousand years lived, what did you ...

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BEAUTY OF YOUR NATURE

Returning to innocence

Our inner you of you

Innocent as a small child

Attuned to learn from nature

The clearest sky

The breeze cleansing

Warm sun on your back

Guided by the stars at night

Infinity mirrored within

Purest beauty

The beauty of pure love

 

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Footsteps

Back in the mists of time we walked these shores

This view we have seen

Meditated on this rock

To the sound of waves lapping gently

Footsteps, walking in our own past

 

Back in the mists of time we walked in this forest

These trees our friends

Meditated leant against the old oak

To the sound of the birdsong chorus

Footsteps, walking in our own past

 

Back in th...

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