the gift of christmas- Poems for Presents 4

I want this for Christmas

Gifts of love and I want festive food

All the family around me

By the cosy fires.

I want warm snowflakes to kiss me

On Christmas Eve 

Walking down the terraced street.

The trees in the bay windows

The warmth within marked by the wreath and ribbon

I want glittering atmosphere right here

Favourite time of year

But I do want gifts, all twee for under my tree

I love cloves in oranges and sweet sherry.

Daddy reading A Christmas Carol

And doing all the voices 

The voice of Marley scaring me

So maybe all I really want is atmosphere this Christmas

The books, the clothes, all the gifts 

Don’t say ‘Christmas’ to me if I ask them who they be.

So I’ll be around the Christmas tree and under the mistletoe drinking spicy cinnamon tea

But there comes a time when the gifts, for me,

Mean only festive fringing for my Christmas tree

Waiting For Love- Poems for presents

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I didn’t mind

But Waiting for love

Was like waiting for a dream to come

To fly by and take me to a world afar

Where love was the waterfall and I was the reflection

I was shown the life from my dreams in the river

A life where the moon kissed the stars

And the colours and smells of dreams

Were like the palette of watercolours

I chose from the art shop

Open to all who buy into them

But fashioned only by the couriers of the soul and the holders of a curious heart.

This love I touched in the dreams of the artists

The love I longed to hold forever.

But this passionless love preferred by the inhabitants of our Earth

I could not fully comprehend

I am myself an ariitst forced to confront the elements of an acceptable love

I must then wait for a fashioned love

A love that words describe in song and not in thought

I am not suited to the earthly love type of the Earth’s wanderers

My love is of a different place

It has further to travel but I have my lifetime to seek

 

 

Always choose the better life- mental health and musicians

  Sometimes our thoughts can be far more destructive than the events surrounding us. Of course these two things are often interlinked, but not exclusively. If we have a specific worry plaguing our minds, no matter how laid back our life may seem, often the internal anguish can be far more warring and destructive. On the other hand, we may look back on a seemingly stressful week and feel calm, balanced and relaxed.

The way we choose to react to the events in our lives can determine the amount of stress they infer. This is far easier said than done. Often we are forced to enter a different mindset in order to get through the day, sacrificing the calm, balance and joy in our lives. We are forced to become self obsessed and one-track minded towards our goals and work and choose to sacrifice the relationships with our friends and the inner calm. Although this mindset may do the job, it forces us to crash out, emotionally drained and find ourselves running on sugar, caffeine and very little sleep. What if there were a way to get everything done and maintain a love and peace?

It all begins with simplifying our lives. This often requires erasing guilt, pressure, stress and other negative emotions that take over and over complicate our lives. This may include thinking completely rationally about what it is you, personally, are able to sustain as simply and joyfully as possible. If something is causing you immense stress and guilt, such as a subject or commitment, it may require you to either leave it for a while or lose it altogether in order for complex, eating emotions to diminish. It is at this balanced, freed state that our mind and body functions at its best and we begin to excel at what we love.

It is always necessary to take time to care for yourself. It is important to remember that it is not a weakness to respond to stressful situations negatively. Different people have differing stress thresholds and this shouldn’t cause comparison or guilt. It is a strength to know what you find difficult and learn to cope with it.

In order to discover how much you can cope with it is necessary to confront yourself by taking time for reflection, meditation or prayer. These states often leave you vulnerable and more responsive to factors that cause strain on your body.

Perhaps what I’m suggesting sounds time consuming and impossible at the moment. If this is the case, it is a tell tale fact that your life is very complicated. It may be that you only need 10 minutes when you wake up to be aware of the space around you and practice allowing emotions and sensations to come to you, but this time is invaluable to your mental health and sound is paramount you attempt to find space for it.

I value nothing more highly than time spent with yourself in any situation, shifting the strain to the side and breaking down your negative thoughts into breathing and trust in the world. It is at this point that your body will tell you just how much it is prepared to deal with.

I am searching to find this center of awareness in my practice but until I feel I’m able to sustain this, I know I need time with my thoughts, however scary or difficult it may be in order to cope with the pressure of being a musician and 17 year old.

One factor I find beautifully reassuring is my art form. Music is love and community, space and prayer. When we breakthrough the inevitable stress of auditions and pressured performance, we will discover the true beauty of what we love and associate it with the emotions that we thrive on, and not those that restrain us.

We have such a beautiful life to live, why not start now?

Love Hattie x

Poems for Presents 2- Simplicity

Simplicity

People talked about a simple life

Where the petal of a rose was enough

Or a bright Sunday morning of frost

All quiet, all watching and waiting

The simple life left people with only themselves

It revealed the love, it grew from the peace

But I, quite simply, had the world

Loved to be worshiped and count jewels of success

So simple hatred is what I found

Through my blind eye’s greedy glow

But simple love of people, I found

Was impossible to know.

New YouTubePoetry Series

  Dear all followers and peace keepers,

I have begun a poetry series on YouTube, combining my poetry with short videos complying with the poems theme.

The first one I have done was the Love Is My Coffee Shop, filmed in Fig and Sparrow cafe and shop in Manchester. Really hope you enjoy them and let me know what 

 

you think!!

Poems for presents (no.1)

I am writing a selection of poems to give to my family and friends as Christmas presents and thought it would be nice to publish them first.

  

Love is my coffee shop

Dear love. Oh love my dear

Whilst I’m alone here 

I know your love is 

My dear

Oh love my sweet

Why are you born out of this coffee 

Cosy places to warm my feet

Warm my toes my love and feed me dear.

You are always where the wifi art

What’s the code my love? Then there you’ll start

Unity, coffee, those blackboards be

Studenty

Dare I say it love, but you are trendy

You’re these fairy lights

And winters nights in wooly tights

Oh love you are me and you will be

My thinking place my being place

And love you are my loving place 

The hipster within me

The Flaw of Supremacy


If you only played the dream
And sang nothing but the love,

The spirit and the depths of the soul
If nothing mattered but the pleasure

And all you wrote rang in perfect harmony

What would you do in order to forget?
Plagued with the boundary of infinite joy

Would you live here with me as a human,

Or inhabit a parallel world as a distant star