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11 year olds view of love




Love is like the Moon

It can either be stunning or dull,

When you reach towards it it can move away or come closer,

On certain days it can shine bright,

It can make you feel alone in the world,

Sometimes it seems bigger than usual,

It gives an illusion that you are the only one with it,

It follows you everywhere,

Love is like the moon

It can come closer or further away

It can make you feel alone, stunning or dull, it shines bright

It follows you everywhere you go, it will never leave you alone,

It makes you wonder how it feels,

Love is tiring


By E Parker 18/11/16


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Author: Jill • Filed under: Poetry Matters • Posted: January 3, 2017 11:01 am

Thought for May


Sometimes I fall
And feel myself slowly wilt and die,
But then I suddenly spring back on my feet
To go play in the sun outside.
I am no different than the weather,
The planets or the trees;
For there do not always have to be reasons
For the seasons turning inside of me.
The magnetism that swirls
In the sky, land, and sea
Are the exact same currents found twirling
In the electric ocean within me.
I am a moving vessel of energy.
And if my emotions do not
Flow up, down,
Within and around,
Then I am not alive.”


― Suzy KassemRise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

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Author: Jill • Filed under: Featured, Poetry Matters • Posted: May 16, 2016 8:14 pm

Thought for Dec2012

Winter is here


W arm to cold

I ce and frost hanging on trees were once there were leaves

N umbingly cold footsteps in the snow

T ime to hibernate before new growth

E xciting changes a new year to come

R eady for new beginnings





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Author: Jill • Filed under: Featured, Poetry Matters • Posted: December 9, 2012 4:43 pm

Thought for the month of October

Magic Mommy Kisses

Each night I tuck you into bed
I brush my hand across your head
and in each tiny little fist
I place a magic mommy kiss.

Full of love and hope so bright
To keep you safely through the night,
Mommy kisses in your hand
To guide you off to slumberland.

If you should dream of monsters mean
Or witches with faces masked in green,
Of snakes that squeeze you oh-so-tight
Or darkness with no sign of light..

When nightmares hold you stiff with fear
A part of mommy still is near.
Just open up your hand and blow
One mommy kiss and nightmares go.


Self help :

Positive Self­ talk / Coping Thoughts Worksheet
Positive statements encourage us and help us cope through distressing
times. We can say these encouraging words to ourselves, and be our own
personal coach.  We have all survived some very distressing times, and we
can use those experiences to encourage us through current difficulties. 
Examples of coping thoughts might be:
 Stop, and breathe, I can do this
 This will pass
 I can be anxious/angry/sad and still deal with this
 I have done this before, and I can do it again
 This feels bad, it’s a normal body reaction – it will pass
 This feels bad, and feelings are very often wrong
 These are just feelings, they will go away
 This won’t last forever
 Short term pain for long term gain
 I can feel bad and still choose to take a new and healthy direction
 I don’t need to rush, I can take things slowly
 I have survived before, I will survive now
 I feel this way because of my past experiences, but I am safe right now
 It’s okay to feel this way, it’s a normal reaction
 Right now, I am not in danger.  Right now, I’m safe
 My mind is not always my friend
 Thoughts are just thoughts – they’re not necessarily true or factual
 This is difficult and uncomfortable, but it’s only temporary
 I can use my coping skills and get through this
 I can learn from this and it will be easier next time 
 Keep calm and carry on
Write down a coping thought or positive statement for each difficult or distressing
situation – something you can tell yourself that will help you get through.  Write them
down on a piece of card and carry it in your pocket or handbag to help remind you.
Difficult or distressing situation                    Coping thought / Positive statement


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Author: Jill • Filed under: Featured, Poetry Matters • Posted: October 8, 2012 6:37 pm

Thought for the month of December


“Hope” is the thing with feathers –

That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops — at all –

And sweetest — in the Gale — is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb — of Me.


Dickinson often identifies the robin with singing, this is one of the  places where she  links that singing to her concept of “Hope.”

How do you perceive this time of year as our winter draws in ?  does it fill you with hope for what is to come, give you an energy for the coming year  ? or do you hibernate , shut down till the warmer weather ?


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Author: Jill • Filed under: Featured, Poetry Matters • Posted: December 1, 2011 12:46 pm

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