Saturday, 1 April 2017

YOU'RE A MIRACLE (new poem)

Yes you are, never have any doubts
You came into this world in a chaotic way
It was almost a tragedy
Your life was hanging in the balance
But it took one, long glance
You are my miracle
You came into this world full of crags and cracks
The sun shone one day
The next it poured with rain
Yes that was the miraculous day!
I was too frightened to touch you!
You were so, so tiny
Your beautiful hands and feet so perfect
So, so soft and tender
Silky soft
Oh little one you are the joy
The joy, the bliss of my life
Oh blow the trouble and strife
That is what happens when you become a parent
Parenting doesn’t come with a manual
It comes so, so naturally
Oh the first, first hug and cuddle
Is all we need to know!
Know from the moment we set our eyes upon you
Anything else we learn as we go along
Whether it rains, thunders or hales
It comes right in the end
We Hope
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
1st April 2017
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Friday, 10 March 2017


No not the worrier kind
I cried out loud
Laughed out loud
And yet here I am knees bent
Arms crossed
I look into that distant, distant land
Tattered and torn
Looking forlorn
It wasn’t me!
Or was it?
Or was it you and I?
In a blink of an eye
I’ve lost my warrior
He lost the fight
He was my soul mate
We stood side by side
Warriors in arms
Lovers in arms 
He’s laid there to rest
With all the best
Covering the lands and seas
Where there was peace and harmony
Where there once were solid foundations
Now he and I are apart
Apart forever more
He remains in my heart
Never to depart
We have no more carefree days
As I walk through the walls
There is nothing, nothing
Just blankness, blankness
Like they have been whitewashed
You’ll always be with me
Emptiness, emptiness
Is blinding my vision
We spent hours just talking
Walking, walking
Along these near and distant places
Walking hand in hand
Giggling, laughing
Oh my love, oh my love
Now you are in a peaceful place
Leaving an uncertainty
Leaving me shield less, hopeless
You were my protector, my shield
Protecting me from those evil forces
Striving for the highest, tallest
Now that all is said and done
Here I sit feeling forlorn
But you my love above
Will never be forgotten
Forgotten from your forces, forces
Your army, your battalions
Your troops
They will continue to march on and on
They will never look the other way
They will stay
Forward marching
Forward distant drums are a calling
But for now I need to rest
Rest this restless spirit
I will catch them up
In the near distant future
Warrior, warrior for the peace
Peace for us and them
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
10th March 2017

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Saturday, 28 January 2017


Your love is holding me close
So tight, tight
You are in my heart
You are in the distance
Where this hearts remains
You are my reason to live for
For ever, ever more
Just your photographs
Just your letters
Is all that is left of you!
I am so missing you
We said the things that needed to be
But do we really, really see?
Across the sea, across the seas
I am missing you
All I’ve ever wanted, needed
Is to be in your arms
Making love to you
Your lips touching mine
Oh boy you make me feels so good
Now it’s all coming true
I’ve always known
Known that you were for me
Now that it is right
Oh I’ll be, be around
Oh how I miss your arms around me
Waking up without you is so, so dismal
I feel so, so small
So small in the sea
I so want, need this forever, and ever
How could you leave me in this game of love!
You didn’t want to let me go
You knew from the start
How hearts are were torn apart
We lived each day as best as we could
You dreamed of these dreams
And all you ever wanted, needed
Was to be loved, cherished
Oh how I am grasping
Grasping positively
At this days ending
Watching, waiting
For the day you come back
You are all I’ll ever need
Is what you said
It’s all that I ever needed
I’m moving with the circling seasons
You are my reasons
I never want to be the girl that got away
That has got in your way
But here I sit and you are far away
It’s tough, rough
Love from a distance
Resistance, defiance
We both know this love will be
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
28th January 2017

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Saturday, 7 January 2017


You do not know what it is like
Don’t criticize circle of friends and family
We are just like you
Humble, simple
We love, we hate
We loathe, we love
We get jealous, fractious
Yes fractious of your lives
So never judge us like you judge us
We are just like you
On word comes to mind
We all live it, breathe it
Day in, day out
Night and day
Oh yeah
So how much can you take it?
You know our fake, fake lives
We shuffle through life
We carry the burdens through life
Never knowing where to turn
They turn over and over
Turmoil turmoiling
We have had broken hearts
That has torn us apart!
Has the same happened to you?
Through and through
Did you grow, grow through it?
Make you stronger for longer
It did us!
Do you see us criticize you?
Wear those hoodies
I love my hoody
It is comfy, cozy
It keeps me warm
Still criticizing?
Head bent, eyes hidden
Not mine!
I love people watching
Watching, never judging
Just watching you all
I have a giggle and a little snigger
Oh how I just sit and watch
My hands holding my face
I get stunned and shocked
At the things I see and hear
Too much for my ears at times
Yes I shut them off
And my eyes to
I never wrote a book on life
Too complicated
We come, we go
We love, we hate
We berate
I watch those people tramping the streets
To their own city beat
Do we judge?
Do we nudge?
Do we stare, do we ignore?
Or do we feel sorry, pity for them?
Or just walk past their past
Their lives, their heartaches
Oh boy oh boy
That is heartache, heartbreak
So guys and gals
Never, ever
Criticize any one’s life

© Teresa Joseph Franklin
7th January 2017

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Friday, 6 January 2017


Through this life
Never thinking of the moment
But living in the moment
The day is here
I’m hoping that it will bring some cheer
Flitting here and there
Without a care
Skipping over the negative
Skipping for joy
Oh boy
The dawn just breaking
What are we forsaking?
Not a cloud in the sky
The rain clouds have passed me by
Way up there in the lofty skies
The sun yet to shine
Then it’ll be yours and mine
The frosty ground
Has me a leap frogging
Over the whimsy bare dandelion
Its fragility, its delicacy
Standing so tall and strong
Oh this is a wondrous feat
My wings scattering the few seeds
Seeds that will grow in the coming months
Oh I know! Those pesky dandelions
The bane of your lives
But they will always survive
No matter what you try to do
They will always shine through
Glittering, shimmering
In the day break
I flit here and there
Backwards, forwards
Hopping and flitting
Jumping and flying
Spreading my wings
Spreading those seeds
Seeds of newness
Like the newborn day
Hooray, hooray
Leaping like a frog
From one lily to another
Oh such joy
Oh girl, oh boy
Oh such joy to everyone
On this newborn day
Singing on this newborn day
The new seasons are coming
Day by day
The days become lighter
On each and every newborn day
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
6th January 2017

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Monday, 2 January 2017

BEYOND (New Poem)

Beyond our comfy cozy World
There is a slaying, beheading
Is there anyone praying?
Beyond our comfy, cozy World
There are the damnations
There are destructions
Where once there were creations
Beyond our comfy, cozy World
There are criticisms, discriminations
Black on white
White on black
Religions against religions
Are we bothered, do not care of
The recriminations
Is there anyone praying?
Beyond our comfy, cozy World
What do you see?
What can you see?
Have you your blinkers on?
Your eyes closed?
Don’t give a damn!
You’d prefer your jam!
Sugar and spice and all things nice
Beyond our comfy, cozy World
The destruction of the forestations
The reasons are very clear
That packaging
The furniture we sit on
Lay on
The palm oil
The soya we drink and eat
The animals of the wild
Hunted, skinned, de-horned
All in our comfy, cozy World
This once expansive world is shrinking
Shrinking for man’s sake
Beyond our comfy, cozy World
Children are dying, crying
Children profited for slavery
Children profited for marriages
Is anyone praying?
Within our comfy, cozy World
There are children living in poverty
Damn this is the 21st Century!
Families living the same way!
Tossed out of their homes
Nowhere to go
Children put into homes
Separated, segregated
Like war torn refugees
Screaming, seething
That this was not all their fault
So are our ladders up?
We are the tops?
At those lofty tops
Minding our own businesses
Blowing those air kisses
Is there anyone praying?
Just saying!
Cos my comfy, cozy World
Sure isn’t and won’t be
Maybe this lady is a dreamer
But she sure is a believer
She is a realist, not a communist
She’ll defend what is right
She’ll stand up for the wrongs
With all my might!
With humanity, humbly
With humility
The man on the streets
Tramping the streets
The woman on the streets
Tramping the streets
The children on the streets
Tramping the streets
The animals on the streets
Tramping the streets
Grasping, grabbing for something to eat
Begging, borrowing, stealing for that crust to eat
They’ll lie with their deceit
They’ll try to bring you down
And never have a frown
They are the ones wearing the crown
So beyond our comfy, cozy World
There is not always evil
There is goodness, good hearts and souls
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
2nd January 2017

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