On Tattoos & Transformation – The Meaning Beneath the Ink

In 2006 I was transformed; painfully, permanently. That was the year I suffered a mental breakdown and spent the majority of the year surrounded by the thick fog of depression. Emerging from the darkness after many endless months it was apparent to me that I would never be the same again, that everything I thought … More On Tattoos & Transformation – The Meaning Beneath the Ink

It’s Time to Talk – Mental Illness: A Common Opponent

I’ve always been a talker, for as long as I can remember. Talk a glass eye to sleep I could. If it came into my head then, more often than not, it would fall out of my mouth in pretty short order. It’s fair to say that this characteristic hasn’t always been appreciated as countless … More It’s Time to Talk – Mental Illness: A Common Opponent

Damaged

Image: Michael Tompsett They hide but they’re among us, Camouflaged by plastic smiles; The damaged and the broken, Tarnished substance beneath the style. Branded by love’s imposter, Scorched hearts that bleed unstaunched; Poisoned trails of vows left scattered, Polluting future’s promise, dreams torn. Beaten by the devil’s disciple, Demons sink beneath the skin; Serpent’s tongues … More Damaged

Chasing the Horizon

Image: Anna Hergert It’s said a journey of a thousand miles, Begins with a single step; And as left foot follows right foot, Step boldly with no regrets. For every ravine and valley, For each mountain and river wild; A waterfall waits, an oasis of calm, To replenish, cleanse and revive. Every detour and blind … More Chasing the Horizon

Hope

H old on to the faintest of glimmers and know, that this dark winter is O nly but a season, and though it may be cold and dark, I P romise you, that E verything is going to be alright, your light will shine again. Soundtrack: By The Sea – Suede

Embracing the Unknown

No man is promised tomorrow, If it comes, it’s without guarantee, That today will be better than yesterday, That you will wake beside me. The sun it always rises, But clouds can obscure its shine, Cold winds cut through its warming glow, With a chill that bites inside. Change is an ever-present constant, What is, … More Embracing the Unknown

The Promise of Day

Tear off my skin, climb outside, To escape the captors that imprison my mind; Depart the body, broken and used, Dragging my demons, to my soul they fuse. Extinguishing hope, narrowing view, Life as I’d known it, over, through; The life that’s coming, distant, unclear, Suffocating, breathless, blanketed in fear. A void widens afore me, The … More The Promise of Day

Divine Madness

A recent conversation has prompted one of those deep and meaning(ful/less – delete as applicable) musings of mine. Oh how lucky for you that I have a vehicle to share such musings with the wider world… The conversation touched on spiritual awakenings, mental breakdowns and the difference between the two. Now, I’m conscious that not … More Divine Madness