Aleppo-It could be me

Within a war there are innocent people simply trying to live, this poem imagines the story of an individual who finds themselves in the aftermath of a bombing raid, their overriding desire is simply to get back to the one they love.

A man reacts to the destruction in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 16, 2014. The death toll in nearly three years of conflict in Syria has risen to more than 140,000 people including nearly 50,000 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. AFP PHOTO/AMC/KHALED KHATIB (Photo credit should read KHALED KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)
A man reacts to the destruction in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 16, 2014. The death toll in nearly three years of conflict in Syria has risen to more than 140,000 people including nearly 50,000 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. AFP PHOTO/AMC/KHALED KHATIB (Photo credit should read KHALED KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)

A moment of magic

Is there a poem, a song, a piece of music that has changed your life? In this episode I recite a poem that tells the story of a song that opened up and changed my world completely. The discussion afterwards pays due respect to the person who gave me the opportunity to listen to the song and also the singer/songwriter.

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Treeman

The man who lived in a tree
The man who lived in a tree

If we are lucky we get a holiday or two, depending on your interests and circumstances these can range from a weekend away in a caravan to a long haul destination in a far off land. The poem explored today resulted from just such a holiday, a road trip in India. The poem speaks of someone interesting I met, someone who touched me both emotionally and physically. He may or may not be alive today, a terrorist attack on his ‘home’ left me with a choice, to believe he had survived or been killed. I think Treeman survived, at least he does in my heart.

Episode 7 One hot Schemie Summer in Fintry.

Her comes the summer sun!
Her comes the summer sun!

Managed to get episode 7 finished before our family holiday so here it is. Do you ever have vivid childhood memories of summer holidays? This episode sees the recital of a poem that explores the ‘enormity of summer holidays’ and indeed the feeling we can have as children of having the whole world before us, a world that in some sense is only limited by our own imagination. I discuss the poem in a little more depth and give a nod in the direction of the inspiration for the poem. Hope you enjoy and please share, comment or get in touch if you wish to contribute your own work.

Next episode

So we move on to the labelling of people, in particular those who are called ‘mad’ for holding views that don’t chime with those around them! Personally, I believe these people are often interesting or can at least make you think twice about how you view certain things in life. So tune in for another poem and the story behind its creation on Wednesday!