Vapour trails in the sky
Floating, drifting way up high
Each plane filled with passengers
All with a different journey ahead
The captain knows just what to do
With a lovely crew caring for you.
We board the plane, Luggage in hand
But this is life’s journey it cannot be planned
Seated together we all hold hands
Strong and supporting when turbulence hits
A difficult flight fills us with fear
Knowing that danger may be near.
Descent begins, destination unknown
As different paths we all must tread
Some long and winding
Some short and straight
But wherever it leads you’ll understand
A trail in the sky shows someone to hold your hand.
In March 2018 aged 55 I wrote my first ever poem. I remember the day very clearly. I had recently had my 5 year post breast cancer treatment review, all had gone well and emotions were very powerful at that time. I found myself reflecting on the previous 5 years and words just seemed to flow naturally. Since then I have had several other poems published and in July 2021 I was absolutely thrilled when I was awarded Publication of the Month at Spillwords. Poetry and photography have both been very therapeutic and healing for me; I found a creativity within me that I didn't realise even existed. I now present some of my poetry alongside a series of non-clinical photographs called 'Focus on Emotions' to help people understand the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis. I am also an award winning complementary therapist, keen photographer and write as a guest blogger. I live in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England - home of the pottery industry and affectionately known as 'The Potteries'. I enjoy spending time with my husband and family and when possible we love to get away in our motorhome. My hobbies include writing poetry, photography, the theatre, orchestral concerts and cycling. My poetry is influenced by personal experience but written in a style that I hope others can connect with.