Jasmine Tea

Take a glass of jasmine tea and sit with me a while

See the frown that’s on your face transform into a smile

Life can take us places that we never dreamed were true

When you need to feel at home I’ve time to share with you

Life is an adventure but when things are getting rough

Just remember gentle can be just strong as tough

Use your heart, engage your mind before you choose to fight

Just because someone is wrong does not give you the right

Child you are so lucky having everything you need

Choose the path of kindness and I know you will succeed

You will leave your teacher soon beneath the shady tree

But tell me of your hope and fears and drink some jasmine tea.

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Roundabout

I went to work. I wandered home. My life was simplified.

For I was there and all alone with no one at my side.

The roundabout of love for me was not an easy ride.

No pity please! I can survive. I’m made of stronger stuff.

That playground’s made me realise that I can be so tough.

I have my health and sense of self, for now that is enough.

I see you look. I see the eyes. You want to ask me why.

Am I aloof, unpopular, or simply high and dry?

That sombre and unsmiling man who watches you pass by.

You turn around. I feel your gaze. You pierce me deep inside.

And all the pain and hurt that over years I’ve tried to hide,

You comprehend and validate then gently put aside.

You take my hand. You swing my heart. You turn my insides out.

You want to change my life and that you can, I have no doubt.

I go to work but simple has become more roundabout.

Being: Human

So take a little look at me

I wonder what your eyes will see

Perhaps my disability

Or all the things I cannot be

More than a sexuality

I’m deep in my complexity

With spectrum seen disorderly

So when you try to label me

Make sure it’s three dimensionally

In being human I can be

A mass of possibility

A friend to you potentially

So open up your eyes and see

There’s good in all humanity

Big Man

The trouble is he wants to be a man

He’s overgrown his boyhood he assumes

If anger and aggression are his plan

The future very ominously looms

A man is not an animal you see

Maturity should bring a slight finesse

And if he wants to win the fight with me

He’ll always be a boy, no more no less

To put away those tantrums and those tears

And look inside to own the hurt within

For when he can admit both hopes and fears

Perhaps the days of adulthood begin

He thinks he is a bigger man than me

I’ll teach him all the ways that he can be

Wood

The leaf didn’t fall

It stayed

The branch didn’t let

It go

The tree didn’t die

It lived

And you seem to love

Me so

If you are the tree

Am I

The leaf that you don’t

Let go

If you are the love

I need

Then hold me till I

I know

I’ve fallen but not

This time

I’m held and it feels

So good

So sturdy and safe

From harm

Knew that one day

You would

Sea and Sky

We’re sitting in the safety of the dark

And by my side he tells about his life

His smile illuminates each sad remark

He’s positive in spite of all the strife

Together in the park we’re on a date

We sit almost too close and talk of much

And all his words within me resonate

I can’t believe how deeply he can touch

He smiles again but this is just for me

And in return I look into his eyes

If his are like a deep unending sea

Then mine are bluer than the summer skies

On far horizons meet the sea and sky

And no one feels their touch but he and I

Life is Done

Make the change you want to see

Be the best that you can be

Live for now and worry less

Tidy up don’t leave a mess

Think of others you can aid

Make sure debts are fully paid

Study hard as through you go

Learning helps us all to grow

Smile more often have a laugh

Light some candles for your bath

Share with others frequently

Give your love to all you see

Count your blessings one by one

Then leave in peace when life is done