By Paul Raworth Bennett~ for brave soldiers everywhere ~He was a kind and loyal friendWho hailed from clan MacPheeAnd all the boys were jealous ‘causeHe loved his girl MarieA lock of hair from her he keptWithin a tiny boxAnd in his heart were memories ofTheir kiss back on the docksMacPhee had always relished lifeWith humour … Continue reading Private MacPhee
🙂 To hear this story, use the player below. 🙂 Winter of the Mind The Experience of Severe Depression and Imminent Suicide one woman’s perspective, as told to Paul Raworth Bennett Although everyone with depression experiences it uniquely, a universally accurate metaphor would be “emotional winter”. Throughout this chilly time run two common themes: profound … Continue reading Winter of the Mind
🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 Bon Voyage, my Biking Buddy! by Paul Raworth Bennett ~ for Janice ~ Very soon you’ll leave, dear Janice For your travels far away What an antidote for sadness To just ride your bike all day Whether zooming down from high hills Or just rolling … Continue reading Bon Voyage, my Biking Buddy!
I have a classy friend whose name is Heather with whom I'd love to walk despite this weather I know she's quite involved with all her dancing a passion that I find is most entrancing and also she's a youthful two-time Nana who's sometimes stuck with spooning mashed banana it's her delightful company that I'm … Continue reading Missing Heather
I’ve known some lovely women o’er the yearsHad ups and downs enough to surely knowMy earnest heart’s had lots of time to growWell-tempered, it's known happy times and tearsMy life is almost always filled with joyHowever what I’m missing is a mateI’m trying to be a patient man and waitShe doesn’t have to be Helen … Continue reading Ready and Waiting
~ for M.B. ~ Run to me, oh spotted fawn His raging alcoholic inferno Destroying your soul for ages Is behind you now Sparks still chase Popping and hissing after you You've been running, exhausted Trapped, frightened, confused Escaping your living nightmare But fear not, don't look back Now you are free! Come drink of … Continue reading Swim For Your Life in Me
~ for S.L. ~ The other day, in the wee hours While I couldn't sleep A pencil sketch - long and tenderly held, within my heart - Fading, yet never doomed to oblivion Emerged from my nimble fingertips It was of her and me, aged five and seven Carefree and innocent Walking together along the … Continue reading Happy for Her
🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 Happy Birthday, Roshanak! by Paul Raworth Bennett ~~ Star of Magnificence ~~ The beauty of the zodiac God brought to earth in Roshanak Who brightened up in many ways The darkness of my winter days She can be crazy, loud and wild She can be … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Roshanak!
🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 My New Friend Heather by Paul Raworth Bennett He loved to ride his bike, did Paul Across the land, or to the mall And normally would sunny skies Delight his nose and ears and eyes So greatly was his patience tried On yet another rain-soaked … Continue reading My New Friend Heather!
Alfred Lloyd Tennyson famously said "I am a part of all that I have met." This little gem makes me reflect on how I affect others - perceptibly or otherwise, for better and for worse. And just as importantly, it reminds me how the people that I welcome into my own life can have a … Continue reading We Are Our Closest Circle
🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 Happy Day by Paul Raworth Bennett (for DH) The graceful young woman, her dreamy blue eyes Reflected the colour of heavenly skies Her hiking companion, with spirited heart Did know that their friendship had made a good start One late summer weekend that Autumn had … Continue reading Happy Day (a poem for DH)