Shadow

When the message comes from the shadows

From the antithesis, from your fear,

How do you respond?

How do you fight the tears?

When they’ve taken your voice and your hope

By ignoring the plea and your tears

How do you respond?

And hide your fear?

When they ignored your statement of “no”

By taking what they felt they were owed

How do you respond?

To the shadow gripping your soul?

When they know you were in their control

And you were too scared, you couldn’t just go

How do you respond?

To the shadow that saw ‘yes’ in ‘no’?

When the shadow imposes on your future

When you thought they were in your past

How do you respond?

Was ‘moving on’ too good to last?

When the shadow takes over your mind

The shadow haunts your every breath

How do you respond?

When your predator sends you a text?

When your shadow refuses to hide,

And you’re tearing your heart up inside,

How do you respond?

When you have hidden this part of your life?

So this shadow, this vulture, this ghost,

Who you trusted, when you were vulnerable and lost

How do you respond?

When you are fully aware of the cost?

Fear.

Hope.

Loss.

No.

I said no.

You heard yes.

And my shadow,

Puts me to the test.

Pages

The ink runs ribbons
Caressing the paper
As it soothes
Fire in my heart

The corners curl
Inwards from the pressure
And ferocity
As if to cocoon my words

Artistic in it’s catharsis
Delightful in it’s musicality
The flow and the fall
From heart to page
Soothes my torment
In it’s cadaverous stage

The pen & the page
Are my saviours
For today

Sketchnotes (3-4 min read)

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with it as a concept or even as a term but Sketchnoting is a great way to visualise and capture thinking, making sense of things and planning projects, presentations or even plot lines.

I’m not an expert by any means but wanted to share my experience with you as I’ve found it invaluable at work, with my writing, planning projects and for fun. There’s so much to say about this so I’ll try to keep it light and write some other bits another time.

I would highly recommend following Mike Rohde, Sunny Brown, Mauro Toselli Chris Noessel and Sketchnote Army on twitter if you’re interested in Sketchnoting.

One of my favourite things about it is that it’s so unique – everyone develops their own style, icons and typography as they go, no two Sketchnotes are the same. Even if you produce multiple Sketchnotes for the same thing you are unlikely to create the same note twice.

For those of you thinking

The good news is it doesn’t matter – the point of a Sketchnote is not to produce a piece of art work that stands alone for others to look at, but to produce a snapshot of/help articulate your understanding.

Sketchnoting is essentially a doodle:

Often doodling is mistaken as  lack of focus or interest, actually it’s been found that it can help;

  • Focus, retention and recall,
  • Manipulating concepts,
  • Creative problem-solving

Sunni Brown: “Doodling serves a myriad of functions that result in thinking, albeit in disguise.”

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