Loneliness, of a global scale

  Global loneliness   I’ve never felt as alone in the night as I do at present; trying to sleep through extreme heat, in a foreign country, means my body lies on top of the sheet like a bare foetus in an incubator. Or perhaps a stray dog, sleeping on a street corner in a…

Cycle to the Stars

Cycle to the Stars.   Time to let go. Admit defeat. Fill my patiently-waiting rucksack and accept the shit for what it is. Take the knobs for who they are and fill the void that has been my life. Pump fresh blood into my sagging heart, Pump fresh blood through my empty veins, and breathe.…

Birth of a VSO Global Citizen

The Birth of a Global Citizen – A Personal Learning Journey At the start of Global Xchange, and even throughout the programme, I was loud, naive and thought pretty highly of myself. I had always been one of the leaders within my groups of friends back home and was generally perceived as being pretty bright.…

World of Make Believe.

World of Make Believe – poetry inspired by Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO)   I live in a world Where the common person doesn’t receive disproportionate fines So that fat cats at the top of the banks can earn several million pounds a year; Where 60% of the average British family’s shopping doesn’t end up in…

An African Christmas, alone.

An African Christmas, alone.   Sitting by a pool in the African heat, Sipping ice water from a bottle, Writing, daydreaming, writing some more: My idea of heaven. Three stray dogs lie by my side, Jimbob, Borris and Buster, Panting, winking and flagging their tails: My idea of heaven. Monkeys swing from trees nearby, Chasing…

Israel in 500 words

Jerusalem vs Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea & Segregation. After falling asleep on the train from Ben Gurion airport, I awoke to a torso-long gun being gripped by the hands of a man opposite. My first thought was confusion; where was I again? My second, panic; were we under attack? And my third? Forced relief.…

Birthday Poem

Birthday Poem for the Mother

  Birthday Poem for the Mother (aged 14)   I love you mum, I’ll always care; I deeply hope you’ll always be there. I dread the time when you’ll go away But in my heart, forever, you’ll stay.   Into this world, you brought me dear And ever since you’ve been so near. Extremely well…