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the unloved life

August 20, 2019

EVERYTHING YOU DREAM OF IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FEAR. What are you waiting for? A regret-filled life is nothing to be proud of. Maybe this poem says that in a dark way. Maybe it should be more inspirational & cheery but honestly, there’s nothing cheery about unfulfilled potential. If other people cannot see your vision it doesn’t mean you’re wrong, it’s that they’re not you. Be brave. Whatever it is just start taking small steps towards it every…

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when the world is too much

August 9, 2019

/ when the earth is heating rapidly / & the air is thick with accusations / when oceans fill with plastic & empty of fish / when people are stacked at borders like refuse / as litter is shipped freely around the world / when the machine has become so huge  it extracts joy / from the very marrow of your bones / remember that / this planet survived ice age & fire / that the mountains are gods / that…

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The Slow-Time Traveller is here!

August 7, 2019

Hello friends! I’m so happy to share this image with you today – the front cover of the new poetry pamphlet The Slow-Time Traveller. Andy designs & dreams all the visual art for my work & I love this new piece so much. It speaks of the minimalist, simplicity & beauty of our lives now we’re on the road, as well as of the horizons we keep searching out as we Slow Travel across Europe. The Slow-Time Traveller is created…

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the promises I make to myself

August 1, 2019

When I wrote this poem I would tell you that the land spoke to me that night. I would tell you she wrote to tell me to keep the promises I make to myself. To start small. To not give up on myself. My heart wanted to explore Europe, my head said this is not possible. My head said: Know Your Place. But I began to make these small promises to myself: that I would learn to listen to heart…

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burn all the flags

July 29, 2019

Sophie McKeand Often I can only get at the truth of a thing by writing it down as poetry. It’s how I understand my heart, how I translate the world so that things makes sense. Sometimes all that happens is that certain contradictions become more pronounced. What can I say about it except that the truth of a thing contains its opposite? How else could anything exist?…

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Think for yourself

July 26, 2019

Once a year I find myself returning to this piece written some years ago now about a series of awakenings that happened years before that. This is a section I hold in the mind like a riverstone, rolling it often through the waters of time & memory. Memory is a strange & unreliable creature – it is the only thing we have to tell us who we are and yet it shifts life sanddunes: one minute we are confident of…

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The Fallow Field

July 22, 2019

How often do you check in with your mental landscape? When was the last time you sat quietly with yourself, turning the gaze inward to spend time getting to know your inner lakes & rivers, the vertiginous contours or endless desert spaces. It’s a practice I’ve developed over the years as I find it helps to better understand the direction the heart is heading in (which can be completely opposite to where the mind thinks we’re going). For a long…

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Bear hug

July 20, 2019

Spending a lot of time with the women in my family on this return journey. Healing a lot of old wounds. We are a loud & lairy cohort. In the past I’ve both loved & hated this. I’ve tried to run from it; pretended to be someone else. And then there’s this point where I’ve shapeshifted through all of it; evolved away & then back towards myself, towards us. Nobody knows me like these women, nobody has stood up for…

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Vanlifestyle

July 18, 2019

It takes time to settle into a tiny home, to eek out the spaces for art, the corners for multi-purpose storage. Everything must add value to our lives in either a practical or aesthetic way; we have learned to otherwise be harsh in our ejecting of stuff from the van. We rarely buy gifts unless absolutely sure it will be of use or bring joy to a person and we ask for no gifts in return (unless we, or they,…

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