I have written quite a lot of poetry. It comes 'through' me, rather than
coming as a conscious thought, to order. Over the years, some of these poems
have been published in newspapers; some have been entered in competitions (one won a prize - a 'Quaire');
some of the poems are very personal; some have been written as a reaction to public
events. There are some samples of my poetry available on this website:
Various Lives: Over the years, I have connected with what
might (pretentiously) be called "past lives". My reflections on these are written
as stanzas in an extended poem: more "as if" I had lived there
and then, rather than any 'evidence' that I did. I offer you these stanzas,
these lives, as a PDF file, here.
As an addition, when visiting Athens, another stanza came to me. However
it doesn't fit with the meter of the others, so it stands alone as "Agora
Agony". There are a couple of other poems of that type as well. I had a fairly major reincarnational experience when I visited the battlefield of Waterloo 20 years ago: the poem that came later is here. I had another 're-incarnational' experience when I visited Lhasa in Tibet, in 2008: but that poem hasn't come through yet.
Marathon: In October 2004, I attended a Body-Psychotherapy
conference in Marathonas (Marathon) near Athens, Greece. We were
on the same beach where, almost 2,500 years previously, a Persian fleet
had landed, seriously threatening the newly formed democracy of
the city-state of Athens, about 26 miles away.
These poems came as I also explored the history of the battle, the events around the epic
run of Pheidippides from Marathon to Athens and the struggle
for democracy that we are still facing today. For a lengthy history, and then
the four 'Marathon' poems, as a PDF file, click here.
9/11: As a personal reaction to the events of September
11th 2001, I was on my way to a psychotherapy conference in Egmont
am Zee, near Amsterdam, when the news of the events broke. Over
the next few days, I was semi-transfixed in front of the TV watching
CNN, like millions of others. This poem
is my reaction a few months later, when I could write poetry again.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: I attended a
mini-conference on psychodynamic psychotherapy (in Lubljana, Slovenia,
Oct 2004) and wrote a couple of poems. The first was
read out at the end of the conference, the second (that follows
on the next page) was an afterthought.
Other Poems: Wow! There's quite a lot - written over the years!
some poems that have come directly out of psychotherapy sessions:
poems about Childhood Abuse: "Behind
Closed Doors" and "Fear
There are several poems about my own personal process: "How
do I touch you?" and "The
Bardos of Death"; and then there many others.
There is a mini-series of four poems about trees "Ode
to a Tree", "Redwoods", "How
do I make a tree?" and "Yes". These are
but diverse samples.
There is a whole collection of poems about the Findhorn River (see below); a collection
of poems deriving from a workshop with Thich Naht Hahn (not on-line yet); and one from one Easter
event at Findhorn with Joanna Macey (also not on-line yet); a collection of poems about Nature (see
below); a collection of poems about Love and Loss (see below); and a collection
of poems about oppression and power (also see below: some of them quite dark): This collection contains "The
Disappeared" and"Bringers of Death").There are also another couple of ecological poems: Mother's Anger and Some experimental thoughts of a plague virus searching for enlightenment. These also appear in the collections below.
Then some individual poems about Scottish history (this one, 'The Military Road' even won a prize); a humourous poem about toilets "Privy
Thoughts"; a sort of presentational essay about McGonegal, "Very
Bad Poetry"; a poem written to my wife's cat Twyla (that
had to be left behind in Texas); a poem about the death of a young man, Curdie,
who was very close to me; a poem written about a childhood experience
with a Snake in Singapore; and many more. The list goes on.
Not all of them are available yet, but I have started uploading
some of the earlier "Collections":