June is proving to be the month for human connections for me. Or, more specifically, men-to-men connections. Especially if you go by what happened in the past week when I had not one, not two, but five separate and deep conversations with eight men! Had you told me this would happen a month ago, I … Continue reading Conversations for human connections
I have a confession to make about books, one I’ve told no one before. Not even my wife. Ready? I grew up on the entire series of Malory Towers and The Twins at St. Clare’s, by acclaimed children’s author Enid Blyton. And when I grew older, I read women’s classics like Little Women and Pride … Continue reading Growing up lonely – with chick lit books!
Two days from now is World Suicide Prevention Day, observed every 10 September. With one in 100 deaths globally a suicide, and the far higher number of loved ones impacted by it, suicide is undeniably a serious life-and-death matter that needs to be addressed and discussed more. After all, it ought to be the one … Continue reading Suicide — Are more men aging and dying alone?
My Twilight Friend It’s coming, the endThat eventual descentSo the question at hand’s“Will you be my twilight friend?” I know you’re busy nowTo think so far ahead.I know it’s not manlyTo sound so afraid. Yet death’s a-comingNo one can escape.The only question is:“Will you be alone in the wait?” Or will you reach backAnd reconnect … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #21
Solo Flight How does it feel To realize No one’s your friend Despite your many tries? To insert yourself Like a square peg does Into round holes Stirring up only dust. Accept it now And let it go! Some things aren’t meant to be No going with the flow. You never moved to anyone’s drumbeat … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #27
Don’t leave me behind Musings over World Mental Health Day (10 Oct 2021) & Emotional Wellness Month (Oct) Don’t leave me behindI promise I’ll be fineDon’t leave me behindThey did, and the hurtWorsened over time. Don’t leave me behindI promise I’ll be fineDon’t leave me behindHold my handIt’s not a crime. Don’t leave me behindI … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #49
Sep 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSP Day) but, I have to confess, the reality of suicide used to baffle me when I was younger and none the wiser. How could anyone summon up that much courage to inflict the kind of bodily pain that would end your … Continue reading “O fathers, where art thou?” – One dad’s musings on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day
Twirl How fastThese ceiling fans they twirlMy mind’s a whirl just looking Is it Sunday now or Tuesday?It’s never been this blurMy memory But you, you go so fast tooIn and out of my wardZipping pastThe cold side rails of my sickly sterilised bedOn the way to Never Never (Never?) Land But wait! PleaseTake me … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #2
Begin Again As day makes way for night And dark recedes from lightAs winter will soon take flightA new year we should start right. 2021 put on quite a showOf at times false bravadoTil Omicron said “Hello!”And dealt us another blow. We can’t help but to wonderWhat’s next to make us flounderWill we be torn asunderAnd … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #61
[An edited version of this post can be found here] Have you ever wondered: “What if we could live forever and never die?” No? Really? Well, I guess I must be the odd one out. Or maybe I’m reading the wrong Bible. I was quite certain there was mention there of a new heaven. One … Continue reading Mr Sandman, bring me a dream. Better yet, a friend.