A poem for the one who longs to be seen.

how you fought your way out of their words

how you taught your eyes to look away

how you held the light in your mouth

how you chose to grow kindness

instead

all the courage that lives in your hands, all the fear

that you stand on every day

you are a tree called beauty, strong

you are branches

flung wide open, filled

with song

— seen

© Liezel Graham 2020.

Image by Reynardo Etenia Wongso on Unsplash

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For you who longs to be seen.

You are enough.

x

#poetry

Anti-Bullying Week 2020.

‘you are odd socks on odd feet

soft heart, you are complete

be all of you and none of them

you are enough.’

Monday, the 16th of November, until Friday, the 20th of November, is Anti-Bullying Week in the UK.

The theme for this year is, United Against Bullying.

The week started off with #oddsocksday and this is my contribution to highlight that each one of us is unique and beautiful in our oddness.

As a child and teenager, I experienced merciless bullying at school, culminating in a hospital stay when I was about 14 because I just had no words, no idea how to explain what was happening to me at school.

Whilst the Anti-Bullying campaign is aimed mostly at schools, bullying happens everywhere and to people of all ages.

If you see someone being bullied, whether in real life, or online, speak up and speak out. A dear therapist friend of mine once told me that she doesn’t engage with the trolls, she engages with the one being targeted, and I have found her advice beautiful and wise.

Speak up.

Speak out.

Reach out.

Be a friend.

If you want to know more and access resources to discuss bullying with children, or teens, follow the link below.

Much love,

liezel

#antibullyingweek2020

https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/anti-bullying-week-2020-united-against-bullying

Blackwell’s of Oxford new stockist of my books.

Just a tiny bit giddy and excited to mention that both my books are now available in Blackwell’s online catalogue, and also in their brick and mortar stores at various universities in England, Wales and Scotland.

If not on the shelf, they can order in.

They are listed online under Biography, Literature and Literary Studies.

Blackwell of Oxford is the largest academic and specialist bookseller in the UK, but they also ship worldwide.

https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/search/author/Liezel%20Graham

#poetry

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