Tate Britian

Poetry film screening and guest speaker at The Tate Britain Nov 2008

Swim

(Friday, March 4th 2005)

Come swim with me
Dive into my smile
Dance for a while
Allow yourself to be free

Can’t you see?
What you’re doing to me
Stop, turn around now and let go
Jump into the current
Go with the flow
Sweeping along effortlessly
Carries afloat

Come swim with me
Dive into my smile
Dance for a while
Allow yourself to be free

Breathe calm and slow
Inhale the sweet taste
Of this present moment
Open your heart and fly
Don’t waste
Precious time
Wondering why?
Feel real right now
Before it’s too late

Come swim with me
Dive into my smile
Dance for a while
Allow yourself to be free

Before love fades
Pales into the dusty haze
Another faint sweet memory
Lost in the forgotten maze
Labyrinth of time
Washed away
By the undulating waves
Is but a moment
A droplet
In the ocean of eternity
Sea of doubt
Emotional tides of uncertainty
Enduring bondage of the mind

Come swim with me
Dive into my smile
Dance for a while
Allow yourself to be free

My Father’s House
(2006)

Like when Jesus’ parents were going frantic
Trying to find him
He was in the temple all along
But they didn’t think of looking there
As they were in ‘parent’ mode
And He said to them
‘Did you not know I would be in my father’s house?
He was awakening to his true potential
And seeking knowledge
He felt most at home in his ‘fathers house’
Is not necessarily a physical house
But a place that we carry within ourselves
Expansion often means slothing off old skins
I cannot go back
I can only go forwards
And sometimes just treading water
While I cope with my emotions
But as a soul choosing my route
Into this world of physicality
I knew before I agreed to come here
What role I would undertake
And the challenges along the way
I would encounter
And as a being of love and oneness
Passing through the veil of illusion
I knew that I had the strength within me
To keep reaching upwards
And not take things
Or other peoples’ unconsciousness
Personally
Emotional scarring is as real
As any other wound or dis-ease
But though my own healing
Other people are inspired
And so as long as I always speak my truth
And continue to walk my talk
I am in the right place at the right time
For other people to heal too
Those who aspire to heal
And those who choose to take responsibility
For their own healing
I am always guided to them
And them to me
All part of the cosmic alchemy

Youthful Inexperience

CatCatalyst_SelfLove

The only way we can prevent

Our own children

And other kids on the street

From turning upon

Anyone and everyone

Born before they were

Biting the hand that feeds

By stealing, abusing, maiming

And generally causing aggravation

With lives lived in fear

From the inconsideration

Of youthful ignorance

Oblivious to the pain it causes

Endorsed by lack of effective parenting

Lack of being free from conditioning

Perpetually subjected to

The illusion of advertising

Each new generation

A commercial target audience

New life is a commodity

For commercial profit and gain

Instead promotes materialism

Lack of community, unity, connectedness, oneness

Too young to realise

Separateness is not the answer

For what you do to another

You do unto yourself

And karma will get you

Maybe not right now, this instant

Maybe not tomorrow

But it will come around

Maybe when you’re older and wiser

You’ll become the whipping boy

For another youngster’s learning curve

Experiential process

How can we prevent our kids

From being seduced

By the media

So that they realise

That by turning against another, each other

The establishment, the world

They turn against their own self

“If you spit on the ground, you spit on your self”*

What you do to another

You do unto your own self

For we are all ONE

Parts of the infinite whole

Particles of the cosmos

Holographic fragments

Of The All There Is

And The All There Is, Is Love

One Love

But how can you open to it

If you don’t know it’s there?

No one explains the inner workings

Of the heart, soul, spirit, mind, body

The emotional intuitive subjective

Feelings, desires, cravings, yearnings

What are they?

Where do they come from?

And why do we have them?

School doesn’t teach an individual

To know themselves

Understand the self

Or how to take responsibility

For ones own destiny

Health, wealth

Happiness, harmony

Instead youthful inexperience

Is unleashed upon the world at large

Multiple spanners in the works

*(Quote from Chief Seattle’s speech of 1854)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chief_Seattle

Brixton, London, April 2002

Diamond Heart

Angels fall

And phoenix rise

Wings ruffle

Like a thousand beating hearts in the sky

Frosted with tiny diamond sparkles

Formed under the pressure

Of unrequited love

Held together with safety pins

And string…

Top 50 finalist for ‘Smile for London 2010’, 20 second silent film competition featuring a poem called ‘Diamond Heart’, written in 2001, images shot in Jan 2009.

Some nerdy facts about diamonds:
The word ‘Diamond‘ originated from the Greek word ‘adamas’, meaning ‘unconquerable’ and is a mineral made of more than 99.5% pure carbon atoms fused together by great pressure and heat that is crystallised. Diamonds are extremely durable and strong, they are in fact the hardest known substance in the world and can be used to cut anything. A diamond crystallises roughly 100 miles below the earths surface. The crystallisation occurs so low due to the temperatures and pressure required for the process to occur. They are found in the blue ground of the kimberlite pipes or in gravel beds and ocean floors. The way diamonds were brought to the surface of the earth and hence found were due to volcanic eruptions occurring over 60 million years ago pushed up through kimberlite pipes where they cooled. The deepest diamond is roughly 3400 feet below the ground, therefore a lot of rock and gravel need to be removed before even just one carat of diamond can be accessed. In order to do this jet engines are used to thaw the frozen ground or the opposite to bear the desert heat. From all the rough diamonds found through this process only approximately 20% are cut and polished while the remaining diamonds are used for industrial purposes. Diamonds  undergo many stages until they are presentable for purchase but only in the hands of a master diamond cutter does a diamond’s sheer beauty become apparent. Contrary to what many people believe, most diamonds do not form from coal: http://geology.com/articles/diamonds-from-coal/ Diamonds have become symbolic of enduring love due to their indestructibility and sparkling life.