A brand new year

It’s been just over a year now since I started sharing a mindful poem each week. I’ve very much enjoyed the process of landing on a poem, often in a slightly random way: one that I came across in the week before, that jumped out at me when leafing through a collection of poems or one that came to mind in relation to what was present in my own life. And then the quest to find a picture with it (usually collecting a few, consulting Alexander my husband on which one to choose and then enjoying either a passionate disagreement or shared appreciation for them), and lastly beginning to put my sense of the poem into words. And I’ve loved reading comments or emails in response to my posts…

So I could continue like this, but on reflection I’d like to broaden the horizons of the Wonderwords (and from now on share a poem once a fortnight, rather than every week). I would love to widen the circle of the poetry choices here to deliberately include a wider range of traditions and cultures. For surely there are reflective, mindful poems in for example the  Muslim, Christian, or Hindu tradition, and words of gratitude and compassion from the southern hemisphere, native traditions, or from a long time ago… I’m going to actively look for them, but I’d love it if you joined me and shared poems that have touched your heart that can contribute to a wider selection and towards a more universal range of poems.

You can contact me here, and I’m curious about what will appear…


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I found a poem a couple of weeks ago and was going to send it to you, as I liked it so much and it went so well with your nature theme. It was on a notice board in a “reflection” spot amongst a poplar grove in a nature park right on the edge of the busy city of Winnipeg, Canada. The second time I visited, there was a caterpillar on the board by the poem, when I went next it was a chrysalis, and today I looked again and it was gone. A brief encounter with the cycle of… Read more »