I arrive at swimming
dive in the pool,
a cooling sensation greets me –
so familiar, but it gets better every time.
I remember the first time – I cried.
Now the bubbles that rise deliver a message.
I rise from under water.
I swim. I leave.
I know tomorrow, I’ll do it again.
- Kayla Kerr ( Age 11: Our Lady of the Angels Prep School)
Drink the perfume
If it will make you sweeter, still
Paint away your raucousness
And never mind the spills
Clutch courage like a purse
With precious stone
Bite into wisdom
Like a hungry dog with bone
Dream with eyes wide open
To note what’s passing by
If it’s an opportunity
Surely, cling to it, and fly
Relax and listen to the world
In order to transcend
No person is an enemy
Although few are truly friends
Each daunting task we gladly choose
Before we reach a womb
While there is happiness in life
Some may succumb to gloom
We can laugh and play and dance
And joke and cheer and rest
All these are priceless treasures
Free as air
I do suggest
- Erica Brown Marriott
I will not begin to say “I know your pain
Neither will I tell you not to cry,”
Especially knowing how hard it is to say
When I lost my dear, for years,
I struggled with hurt, bitterness and pain
Was I angry with him or angry with myself?
Or is it because we both didn’t get to say
I role-played the signs over and over
In my head, leading up to the death
Entertaining the blame-game of who
Should have said “Goodbye”
So I have learnt to live life, every moment
To love, give, laugh, appreciate and to forgive
Be you. Explore. Let go of fear. Take chances
For in the midst of life there is an ugly-truth
- Sheena Wilks