dear heart
try not to pull yourself apart
though often
life seems very hard

your time is fleeting…

go, watch the birds of dawn
those splendid summer skies
wipe off the tears
that you have cried
and keep on breathing

and please

believe me when I say
whatever life
throws in your way
your soul can navigate
the waves

you must keep beating

and in your darkest times ahead
when sorrow
infiltrates your head
when all you know
are tears you’ve wept

please, keep on dreaming

and if you’re ever feeling down
know that the sun
will come around
your strength
can turn this ship about

never stop seeking

cast up your eyes
towards the skies
the stars are strung
upon the night
and when a shooting star arrives

don’t stop believing

pursue the time
that lies ahead
for when you’re gone
you’re ever dead
your life’s a gamble

embrace your being

lift up your chin
and search your smile
my child
your soul longs to be wild
to spread its wings
to soar
to thrive

dear heart, stop weeping

for life is fleeting…

© 2017 Amelia Dashwood, All rights reserved.

Image: Forest Nymph by Saver-ag
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Final Wishes

Final Wishes


Sit with me,
Where silence knows me;
Hold my hand and let time stray.
Take the helm and sail my sorrow
Over oceans formed of pain.

All will seem
Much better soon
As tribulation starts to fade
For love shall comfort those who sow it,
Here on Earth and in the grave.

Lighten grief’s
Relentless burden
Casting shadows on the ground;
Wave away my aching bones
And let my memory lift your frown.

As the pendulum of living
Halts within my withered heart,
As the breeze rejoices,
Welcoming my brand new start.

Upon the final
Curtain call,
My soul shall seek your loving face
For severance shall not divide us;
Love’s connection never breaks.

Cast away
The hurt within
And bury grief below the ground
For I shall ever walk beside you;
To thy heart, my soul is bound.

Summon up
A smile for me;
The universe awaits my hand
To chase a treasury of dreams
As destiny was never planned.

And O,
To be alive again
Amidst the dappled leaves, I’ll run,
Reliving all life’s fleeting moments
Underneath a grinning sun.

I’ll hitch a ride on feathered wings
To scale the snowy mountain tops;
A realm of immortality
Exists within the Land of Nod.

Upon the days
When sorrow calls
And colours fade to black and white,
Go, look for me in whispering trees
For there is where you’ll find my light.

© 2017 Amelia Dashwood, All rights reserved.

~Silver Lining~

~Silver Lining~


Lasso a silver lining
From clouds of sullen grey
Within a world of bitterness
There’ll come a brighter day

Although your dreams may disappear
Be brave and battle on
The skies appear much darker still
Before the break of dawn

Arise and hope for better times
And shining summer days
As twilight rests upon the earth
May sorrow gently fade

Although your pain and suffering
Seems hard to supervise
Have faith, for just around the bend
Are many bluer skies

Share sympathy with saddened hearts
Where many dreams were real
Compose the world a braver song
To help all sorrow heal

Sweep off the dust of yesterday
Just smile and carry on
The stars emerge from darkened skies
To sing their wondrous songs

The world will one day sing again
And on that merry day
The bells will ring, the sun will shine
And all will be OK

~ Amelia Dashwood © 2016, All rights reserved

(Inspired by a song by Betty Driver)

Sonnet of Darkness

Sonnet of Darkness


My lips whisper sweet nothings
My eyes keep cloudless skies
My head is full of daydreams
My heart holds butterflies

But in my darkest moments
When winter haunts my days
My feelings conjure tempests
Breaking my merry ways

But still, you love me madly
It tears me up inside
To know, I make you suffer
You never question why

My heart tells tales of meadows
That soothe the saddest souls
Exhibiting my hopes and dreams
Avoiding my black hole

But then, the nightmares enter
Chasing my joy away
My light ceases to blossom
All happiness decays

But still, you hold me closer
Resisting savage storms
Returning me to paradise
Healing our love once more

My love reads like the seasons
Blowing from hot to cold
An inconsistent paradise
Seen through a fixed blindfold

Please know, within my nightmares
My heart loves endlessly
You are my loyal lighthouse
Shining on stormy seas

You guide me back to safety
Inviting me to shore
Returning me to paradise
To love you evermore

The frailty of a broken mind
Can test the strongest bonds
Hold on with all you have to give
In tempests, love lives on

~ © 2016 Amelia Dashwood, All rights reserved.

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As the Dust Settles…

As the Dust Settles…

I went away today
And as the dust settles, please know this
I do not walk in body, but in soul
‘We’ never changed
I left with you an abundance of memories and the fondest of my smiles
I still lovingly wrap my arms around you, as you gently fall asleep
And as you wash the dishes, my hands envelope your body
As I try to pull you closer to my lingering soul
To wash away your mellow tears
The parting of us is not the end of us
That, I could never allow
For as long as you exist, I exist
You carry my soul within you and I live in your precious memories
Look around you
The room may stand in silence
The sounds of us may have vanished and all that remains is the sound of time
But know this…I am with you
I still gaze into your starry eyes to whisper that I love you
I am here, as you go about your day
Eternally loving you
As we exist in separate realms, our connection is potent
Our love flows far and wide
When you lie in bed at night, gazing at my bedside, I shall lie with you and watch you fall asleep
Whenever you rest, I guard your soul
Our love remains unhindered
Please don’t close the door of your mind on me
Don’t walk within the shadows whilst I’m with you
Know that we are inseparable and that our bond is not defeated
I went away today
But we never parted
Don’t change your ways for me
Don’t sink into a pit of despair
Don’t punish your heart for missing me
I am here, waiting for you…always
You carry my heart as I wait for you
And like a river flowing into the sea, our love is a cycle unbroken
So go now, pack away your mourning clothes
Let light shine into your soul
Sing your happy songs
Decorate our home with memories
But most importantly, live wildly, my love
Live for the both of us
Show me your best kind of happiness and make me proud to love you
Then, in the deepest silence of your solitude, light a candle for me, for I am here with you
The day we fell in love, was the day loves flames consumed us
That day, we made a pledge to the universe
That we would separate for no man and no force
I went away today
But I’m still with you
Like the moon, sun and stars
My love for you lives on

~ © 2015 Amelia Dashwood