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Fundraising

Yes, yes! We are the lucky ones.”
(Mary Oliver)

Never have these words struck a chord with greater force than in recent times.

In January of this year, I received the devastating news that my brother-in-law had been diagnosed with metastatic cancer. To say this was a shock would be an understatement. Here is someone who leads a healthy lifestyle – doesn’t smoke, drinks sparingly, eats a balanced diet. Essentially, all the things we do to keep ourselves afloat amidst the wreckage of daily existence. And yet this happens.

We never know what is around the corner, do we? Ash (my brother-in-law) is still around, still fighting after undergoing chemotherapy, which continues. He has a young family, three boys who adore him, and I know that this is what keeps him going, along with the love of his family and friends. In the end, love is all we have and love is all we can give.

As a way of doing something positive, in the face of a cruel disease, I and several others are talking part in a fundraising event in the summer, raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, a simply vital cause. If you feel like sponsoring me, then needless to say that would mean the world to all of us. You can do so here:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/reggae

Life is a beautiful thing, but perhaps its beauty is given even greater resonance and meaning when the hand of mortality makes its presence felt. Mary Oliver was right – we are all beings of incredible good fortune.

All we can do is: live, live, live.

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Give and Take

Let’s dance

and not leave

anything

to chance.

Let’s partake

and savour

the beauty

we create.

Let’s praise

the sacred

and the secular

gaze.

Let’s eye

one another

and never say

goodbye.

Let’s spread

a kind of magic

when we lay

our weary heads.

Let’s write

with our tongues

and welcome

lovers’ light.

Let’s feel

as we blend

on the path

that stars reveal.

Let’s vow

to wonder

by living

in the now.

Let’s give

and take,

the chord proclaims:

LIVE.

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Shall We?

Shall we love each other as long as we live?
Shall we repent and always forgive?
Shall we laugh and cry as minutes fly?
Shall we never say goodbye?
Shall we look into one another’s eyes?
Shall we hug the daily surprise?
Shall we speak words soft and sweet?
Shall we welcome the sacred treat?
Shall we meditate upon all the beauty?
Shall we hold the flame with duty?
Shall we kiss away the sorrows?
Shall we travel all the morrows?
Shall we sit in the morning sun?
Shall we seize and keep it fun?
Shall we praise what’s to come?
Shall we listen to the calming hum?
Shall we chime in the rhyming hours?
Shall we sing as fondness flowers?
Shall we drink from the cup of mirth?
Shall we give joy on this earth?
Shall we reside in desire?
Shall we build a lasting fire?

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Desire

I want to plant laughter
                all over your body
I want to explore you
                for the riches you possess.
I want to touch you 
                beneath starlight and moonlight
I want to read you
                with feverish intent.
I want to give you
                my tongue and my tears
I want our selves
                never to relent.
I want to taste you
                our longings undressed
I want to kiss you
                 and never repent.
I want to feel you
                 moving within
I want us to wonder
                            skin to skin. 

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This Hour

​Our love free as the river

These hands soft as the earth
My limbs stretching like trees
Your eyes moistened in moonlight
Our ears cupped by the wind
Lips mouthing bright chords
This hour filled with sweet gifts
And the mantra that stays alive
Threading spirit, soul, universe
Give, give, give, give – give and live. 

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