Saturday, 22 July 2017

THE LONG ROAD AHEAD

THE LONG ROAD AHEAD
That leads to my homestead
Rich and pure
That is for sure
It’s a lonely road
Just wish that you had been here
But you’d rather be back there
Instead of here
I cannot go back
I cannot back track
That road so troubled, worried
That carried such falsities
Fallacies
Jealousies
You’d rather I’d stayed
Stayed in a cocoon
With no room
You’d rather I’d be by your side
Where there was no room
Room to breath
Breath of breath
It would have been my death!
You loathed the successes
You loathed the adulations
You loathed the admirations
But you loved my weaknesses
Yet these were and are my strengths
Strengths to walk away
Walk right, right away!
To my homestead faraway
The long road ahead
It’s where I’m a heading
It’s loveless
Yet covet less
The clouds maybe grey
But I am going anyway
To a future that has been destined
My destiny
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
26th January 2014

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award winning poem of 2015


ESCAPISM (award winning poem of 2014)

ESCAPISM
Just that feeling from getting away from it all
Legs outstretched, leaning backwards
Oh the bliss and how I have missed this
Taking it all in
Savouring every moment, second, minute
The bouquet of flowers crushed, crumpled
Just like the moment you flattened my world
Tattered, shattered and curled
The darkest of days, the haze, the maze
Struggling to see the daylight
Walking in your shadows
The dark, dark shade just like the night
But that is all gone, long gone
The light is bright
Oh so good to be in the light
Do what I feel, see what is right
No more fear or fright
ESCAPISM
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
14th November 2013

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Award winning poem of 2014 


Friday, 21 July 2017

YOUR OWN VOICE (award winning poem of 2014)

YOUR OWN VOICE
The voice of your own choice
The quietness
The peacefulness
That brings you back to the stillness
Motionless
That time becomes ageless
Changeless
The ever unending
Never-ending
Unbending
Silence
That quietens
The hustle
And the bustle
That swirls and twirls
Around and around
Listen to your own voice
The one of your choice
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
23rd March 2014

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

THE SUN IN THE SKY

THE SUN IN THE SKY
Way up there so high
The night so clear
So vividly clear!
The stars in the night sky
Twinkling, sparkling
Just like fairy dust floating by
The moon and the planets showy
And oh how they catch the eye
Their magnificent, resplendent
Colours glittering by
There before your eyes
Jupiter, Mars floating merrily by
The late, late sun shining on this Earth
The early, early Moon of the evening
There before your eyes
The land below all aglow
The river running bright and clear
The grasses heavily laden with dew
The mountain tops and peaks glistening
Their whiteness with the snow
Oh to be sitting here forever more
But the morning soon arrives
The skies will be blue once more
Stretching outwards and upwards
For ever more
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
9th July 2013

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SUNRISE SUNSET

SUNRISE SUNSET
When it is at its best
The going down of the sun
Shining in all its glorious colours
Leaving us with a bye, bye
Oh such a wondrous day when it begun
Hearts and minds all agog
Ready, waiting never berating
Making you feel like dancing, prancing
With such glee and gaiety
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
29th August 2013

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Award winning poem
and taken from the file 
(c) Seasons


WITH THE ROLLING OF THE WAVES

WITH THE ROLLING OF THE WAVES
The rolling of the waves
Signifying changes
Changes that can be changed
The way we live
Breath
Stretched to the limits
Suffocation
Crushed
Heavy weight
Laying upon us
Changes crashing all around us
Some for the best
Some for the worst
But changes happen
Whether we want them to or not
Major changes
Life that went strolling along
Now rushing
Gushing
Moving so fast
That we cannot keep up with it all
Tossing and turning
Churning
Way deep inside
Upside down
Curling
Swirling
Rip tide
Pulling us under
With no strength to carry on
Drowning
Under the weight
Of the changing tides

© Teresa Joseph Franklin
8th June 2012
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2012 award winning poem

Voted one of top ten poets in the United Kingdom


Sunday, 16 July 2017

WE DANCED IN THE SHADOWS (New Poem)

WE DANCED IN THE SHADOWS
The shadows of the darkest of nights
We wept, we cried
But we have not died
It is our affair
No one else’s
We call it our date night
Away from the maddening crowds
Away from the staring eyes
Whose eyes pry
Pry into our lives
We stay separate
We want to be left alone
Alone to dance the night away
Evocative, seductive
We want to stay in this smoky room
With just a glimmer of a light
We can keep each other in sight
This is no place for beginners
This is no place where there are endings
A place where there is a license to love
Endless, endless love
Across the room they look at us
But we have only eyes for each other
Dancing evocatively
They can walk on by
But we remain glued to the spot
Eye to eye
Tenderly, evocatively
We hold each other
Never wanting, never needing to let go
Never wanting or needing this date to end
Lovers and friends is what we are
But yet we do not see this in the room
They sit and stand afar from each other
Scowling, frowning at us
Jealousy?
We just don’t care
We have just one more hour
An hour!
An hour
We are going to make the best of it
Here and now!
And then away from these crowds
This crowded, crowded room
To be alone at home
Till then we’ll just have eyes for each other
And no other
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
17th July 2017

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

LAYING BARE 2012 award wining poem

LAYING BARE
Life is a course of hiding
Disguising ourselves behind painted faces
Masking the truth
Veiling our face with hoodies
Hiding, hiding
Camouflaging
Concealing
Hiding away
Obscuring
Their faces
How do we know what you are like under all that covering?
Are you a complicated being?
Unsure of yourself
Complicated
Complex
Difficulty in revealing the real self
In this life of obscuring ourselves
Is there any element that needs revealing?
Our true selves
Possibly
How much would you reveal?
And lay bare?
Would you dare to?
Would life be more challenging without the veils?
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
Venture into the unknown self
Gain a life of purity and love
Challenging
Those masks
Defying those masks
Revealing the true and real person
Baring all
Facing all
Defying all
Are you brave enough?
To bare the real you

© Teresa Joseph Franklin

Friday, 14 July 2017

THE SCENT SO SWEET (award wining poem)


THE SCENT SO SWEET
The sweet scent of the
Petals so soft
The beauties of all the flowers
More so when the showers
Rain down and endow
The sweetest scent of the rose
And its powers

The petals so soft
Flying aloft
With the gentlest breeze
Spreading its fragrances
Way beyond the trees
A love that was once
You and I
So tender and soft
Gone but never
Forgotten

The sweetest scent
So very in this present
Moment
Lest I forget that
You were my heaven
Sent
A love that will remain
Forever in my hearts
Domain
There is no fear
For lives endless cheers
Nor pain or sorrow
For all of my
Tomorrows

The sweetest of scents
Until we meet again
My sweetest scents of life
Life will go on
Once again
© Teresa Joseph Franklin
28th April 2012

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

FOLLOWING YOU (award wining 1st Nations poem)

FOLLOWING YOU
I see and watch you
Through my tears
A lonely figure
Travelling along
This lonely, lonely
Ancient land
You look so sad
Every moment I am by your side
You cannot see me
Hear me
But I hear you
Calling my name
In your hours of loneliness
You are never alone
My sweet, sweet love
Can you not hear my voice?
I miss you too
It was a sad day when I left
You oh so, so
Suddenly
I am near to you
Hugging you
To keep the cold out
That you feel constantly
Wrapping you up so tight
And tenderly
The campfire is lit
Keeping the darkness at bay
Your faithful bay horse
Not far from your side
Sensing
Feeling
His ears pricked up as if he knows
That I am near by
My sweet
My love
My friend
Look behind you
He knows
I just wish that you could
See, feel, sense
I will always be your side
Day by day
Night by night
Every moment
Through this journey
Of yours till the end
Of your days
We were inseparable in my
Lifetime
 We are inseparable now
My love
There will always be a light
Behind your back
Shining
Warming
Look it is a light
To let you know
I am close by
A never goodbye
Eternally by your side

© Teresa Joseph Franklin
22nd May 2012

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