I’ve been wanting to branch into spoken word and poetry recital for quite some time now, but its always been something I’ve been scared of. Don’t ask me why, but I feel there’s something so much more exposed about speaking your lyrics as opposed to singing them. I guess I worry what people will say as they are so used to me singing. Anyway, I have put together a series of 10 poems that I’m going to be sharing with you over the coming weeks, all set to music and film via my YouTube channel… I’m excited to take this journey, mainly because I will be sharing it all with you, but also because its been something I’ve been dreaming of for quite some time.
Episode one is entitled ‘Summer’ – I don’t know about you but I have a series of ‘happy places’ – I use these places for the moments in life when I’m going through a tough time to try and feel better. I close my eyes and imagine myself back there and remember how I felt, in the hopes that I will feel a different about everything thats currently going on. 9 times out of 10, it works.
One of those ‘happy places’ is the summer I spent with my younger sister Grace when I was about 14 and she was 10. Every morning for nearly 6 weeks, we’d get up early head down to my Mum’s corner shop and buy a box of after eight chocolates and a couple of cokes. We’d then trek a couple of miles out of the village we lived in, across farms and fields until we came to a little stream (Looking back, I can’t remember how we discovered it for the first time!) We’d then spend all day there paddling in the stream, trying to construct a boat out of an old car seat and tyre convinced we’d get it to float, we’d only ever stop for a chocolate break. All we had to worry about was getting home before dark, in time for dinner. They were such simple times, and so much fun. I will always cherish those memories. So here it is, this is ‘Summer’.
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