Tree Tanka Series:when trees speak in poems

A new series inspired by the many trees I have photographed over the years. Here I am combining some of those photos with Tanka poetry. Each poem is composed for a particular photograph and is an 'imagined' poetic verse from the tree itself, speaking directly to the times we are living in right now. Paul … Continue reading Tree Tanka Series:when trees speak in poems

Wiston Lodge Reflections- Drum Circles in a Sacred Place

A wonderful piece of heartfelt writing from the most courageous young person.

Moments in Mania

Wiston Lodge renewed my confidence in my ability to feel love.

Since being drugged in February 2021 and suffering persistent effects from this, I’ve struggled with feelings of bitterness, spite, envy, and emptiness. I’ve felt alienated from other people and horrified by the blunting of my previously strong empathy. I can definitely still cry, but weeping comes less easily than it did, as do smiling and laughing. “You never smile anymore!” my dad chided me recently.

I was smiling and laughing at Wiston.

The drum circle facilitation training offered at Wiston Lodge, near Biggar, was invented and pioneered by an eccentric American percussionist named Arthur Hull, who has been deemed important enough to have his own Wikipedia page. He only makes an appearance at Wiston every other year, however. With or without Arthur, the Lodge has the uncanny ability to attract people who are not only eclectically and profoundly talented…

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life's losses are woven together like seeds on a thread of grief that circles your heart each one a compassionate friend whose soft lament whispers a song of soul to remind you that your growing pains birthed a beautiful wisdom tree that stands rooted in the fertiliser of your wondrous life