Happy Stepmother’s Day

INTRO: My dad remarried at 75 years of age, a few years after my mother's death, which followed a lifetime of caring for my mentally ill mum. My step-mum is such a blessing so late in my dad's life. Dad is now 90 years old and still happily married to my step-mum. It's never too... Continue Reading →

You Drive Me Crazy

INTRO: Years ago, as I wrote in my journal, my hand tensed as the pen scratched out the angry words "He drives me crazy" as I burst into song and wailed along with The Fine Young Cannibals' song "She drives me crazy." But how do you set boundaries around a Crazymaker? "What is a Crazymaker?"... Continue Reading →

Together For Christmas

INTRO: I wrote this poem in 2018, the last time my family enjoyed Christmas lunch all together in one place. I added the final verse this week. Even when the best plans are put in place, Christmas Day can present challenges getting the family together or getting along with everyone who has been invited. We... Continue Reading →

Far Away for Christmas

INTRO: The past two Christmas' of 2020 and 2021, has seen many families and friends separated at this special time of the year. We must enjoy Christmas Day the best way we can when our family cannot get together for Christmas Day. I wrote this poem about my Christmas Day in 2019. I chose this... Continue Reading →

Tell the Truth to Each Other

INTRO: Who was I to believe? How was I going to solve this dilemma? I loved both dearly. I wrote this poem at a time when I had two family members telling me two different stories of the same event, both sides vowing they were telling the truth. I had to be the judge and... Continue Reading →

Distant Family and Friends

INTRO: I wrote this poem while recalling memories of times spent with my brother and his wife and family who live 800kms north of my hometown of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. They come down to visit family and friends a few times a year. Every year I wish I had the money and time to go... Continue Reading →

Sweet Temptation

INTRO: This Christian poem is based on Eve in Genesis 3:1-6. As I wrote this poem about Eve, it kept growing, so I divided it into four parts. This poem, part one, focuses on the process of temptation - How temptation transitions from what is seen through Eve's eyes, what is felt with her emotions,... Continue Reading →

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