My Mind is Free

My Mind is Free play

I remove the scrunched up hair band from its hiding place. In all this time they’d never found it and it is now my only link back to my family.

I’d been taken, ripped away from Shona as I was plaiting her hair. My six year old sister’s screams keep me awake at night but her hairband keeps me grounded. Reminds me who I am and that Shona is waiting for me.

I decide that this is the day I begin my journey home. They will come soon but just one will be left. I’d loosened a bar in the bedstead and the lengths of rags I’ve been saving are tied together. I know their pattern. They will wait out back, dragging on those repulsive cigarettes. But the passage will be empty.

I slip the band around my wrist.

The lock clicks.

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Sunday Slackers

fruitfaceFood: Guaranteed to get that diet started …

For writers: The Colour Thesaurus. Why have beige when you can have biscotti?

Environment: 40 different fruits on one tree

Architecture: You see, if it was a Woman-Cave, it would already have a bathroom!

needle

Medical Advances: No More Needles!!! Hopefully.

Art: For Geeks who love ruffs

Books: Gorgeous and amazing 16th century work

 

icebergAnimals: Handy hacks for dog owners

Nature: The forces of …

The kindness of strangers: A war story with heart

Images: Pixabay Fruit/Needle/ Iceberg

Sunday Slackers

spaceProductivity: Being late isn’t all bad.

Humanity in Space: The One Earth Message Project – crowdfunding for alien communication.

Art History: Rare photos of Picasso painting with light.

Food: Bacon in all but name – and it’s healthy!

You want me to do WHAT- I'm not here forPhotography: Unexpected famous couplings, and more.

For Writers: How to deal with rejection.

Animals: The Running of the Pugs.

Sport: Brief yet delightful – junior soccer star!

Images: Pixabay Space / Pug

Seasonally adjusted for app use

I’ve missed the last few Seasonally Effecteds, so I thought I’d mosey on up  this month and catch up with all the lovely people who frequent Dot Cafe (last Wednesday in the month, varies occasionally, check before leaving), as well as try my hand with the Splice app again.

Another excellent mix of folks took to the mic; here’s a video snapshot:

The reason for laughter at the end? Roy was too quick for me and we did a little stop-start dance before we got the final take!

In order of appearance: Tendayi Sutherland; Thomas Kelly; Toby Marsh; Sam Rapp; Gavin Alexander; Nigel Adams; Lionesse X; Mike Orvis; Razz Saunders; Rachel Lowrie.

Visit www.seasonallyeffected.wordpress.com – email Roy if you want a slot at the next one.

Reaper

Reaper Goth on My Keyboard Sophie Lancaster

Indigo eyes of the exterminating angel
Forewarn of potential danger
A wreath of barbs in the tear garden
Create a fiendish tangle

Her grimy soul in isolation
Catches rain within her hands
Weeping song drips through her fingers
And sings a note of salvation

Pity their ignorance in the joy of diversity
Forgive their joy in the pursuit of bigotry
Refuse to kow tow to conformity
The Reaper will have her revenge.

This is a new piece of artwork by Richard Jefferies in his Goth on My Keyboard series.

After contributing poems responding to Richard’s wonderful character for his Goth on My Keyboard charity book, Richard produced a new image for a reading I gave at a Seasonally Effected evening. The result was the Reaper poem above, which doesn’t appear in the book.

If you’d like to contribute to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, you can find a link to the book in my original blog post here, which gives you more information on the charity.

Sunday Slackers

This week’s lazy Sunday selection …

Art: Sort of – people who didn’t know they were art until it was too late!

Business: 5 Reasons Darth Vader made a great leader

The physics of productivity: Newton’s Laws for getting stuff done

For writers: 10 Blunt Tips from Geoff Dyer – who has to feel like he’s bunking off from something!

Film: Raiders of the Lost Ark sweded – by 11 year olds

 

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The internet of fascinating things with which to hit the Sunday slow-way …

fairy-tales-624980_640Animals: Pets who could’ve sworn you just said “Treats!”

Photography: Fairytale art attack

Travel: The most breathtaking small towns and villages in the world

Life: Things creative people do differently – such as day-dreaming

puppyBear like puppies: *Warning* Serious heart melting may occur

For writers: The surprising reading level of top writers

Dance: Ballet and Irish blues gospel, who knew?

Perfect Sunday Slacker material: Pointless stuff

spirit-394324_640Music: The awesome Bobby McFerrin, his audience, Bach and Gounod. His voice is just incredible 

Supernatural: Do you believe in ghosts? Maybe after seeing these you will

Images by Pixabay: Fairy Tale; PuppyGhost