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Joined 7 years ago from New Zealand




"Life can change in a heart beat of time, in a hair's breadth of space - and without our consent"

I was born in Malawi, brought up in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe - and now I live in New Zealand. Words are my passion - just everything about them. I write poetry and prose mostly, and anecdotal stuff about people and places and things that happen in my life - and hopefully I strike a chord somewhere along the line, and write stuff that people smile about, or think about - or remember.

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  • Books, Literature, and Writing (12)
  • The Pain

    The Pain

    16 months ago

    In my piece about loss and pain, I shared my own personal experience. These are words for a friend who recently lost his son.

  • Msasa Memories

    Msasa Memories

    12 months ago

    When I was a little girl, we lived in a small and remote farming area in the south east of Rhodesia, in a valley called Middle Sabi. It was a bit before the bush war had gained any real momentum, so it hadn't yet become...

  • Digesting Daniel :

    Digesting Daniel : "Ergo"

    2 years ago

    "Love you, Mum" said Daniel, popping his head around the door. "Love you too, my darling" I said, glancing up briefly, then looking back down at what I was busy with. "I love you more " he said, stepping around now...

  • Jackie's Place

    Jackie's Place

    5 months ago

    Nestled in the heart of Shelly Beach - a small, rural, sea-side fishing village on the Kaipara Harbour, is Jackie's Place... and my favourite thing about Jackie's Place, is her courtyard... Under a vine entwined...

  • Digesting Daniel : An Introduction

    Digesting Daniel : An Introduction

    3 years ago

    Daniel is my 10 year old son and the youngest of my three children. His brother, Matthew, is 14; and Lucy, his sister, is 12. Daniel has always been a bit of a different thinker, wise beyond his years but with an...

  • The Blossom

    The Blossom

    12 months ago

    In the depths of my belly I knew you were there long before lineal colour declared. That miraculous moment you fused into life stirred a sentience somewhere deep inside. Cloistered and curled in the warmth of my womb I...

  • Misunderstood


    2 years ago

    Inspired by someone who let me see inside.

  • Loss and Pain

    Loss and Pain

    4 years ago

    A husband, my father, and a son; in that order. All three deaths were sudden and unexpected. And I dealt with each very differently... I was 24 when my husband died, we had been married a little over a year, and our...

  • I'm Glad You Came

    I'm Glad You Came

    4 years ago

    Pigments of periwinkle, dew kissed, sparkling, and suddenly dancing, twinkling with enigmatic wonder Enchanting an irrepressible delight, awoken startled, disorientated Ascending in a swirl from deep within my...

  • You Are A Ballad

    You Are A Ballad

    19 months ago

    For the man I love.

  • African Sunrise

    African Sunrise

    12 months ago

    Gossimar shades of early dawn Whisper to the velvet night, "Your vigil is over, Time to let in light." With brushstrokes from the rising sun Sky begins to glow, Stars become translucent, Colour starts...

  • Chasing Seagulls

    Chasing Seagulls

    12 months ago

    Chasing Seagulls... Ryan taught me how. We'd go to the beach and I'd watch as his gaze found focus, and fell on the huddles of seagulls scattered across the sand