Storytelling is… #11 The Poem

Storytelling is… #11 The Poem

Storytelling is… #12 The Skald

Storytelling is… #11 The Poem

Storytelling is… #10 The Links

Storytelling is… #9 In A Circle

Storytelling is… #8 The Techniques

Storytelling is… #7 The Spendlow Lectures Part 2 Being Skaldic

Storytelling is… #6 The Spendlow Lectures Part 2 Chanters Stool

Storytelling is… #5 The Spendlow Lectures Part 1 The Chosen

Storytelling is… #4 An introduction to Adrian Spendlow (me)

Storytelling is… #3 The Bio

Storytelling is… #2 The Show

Storytelling is… #1 Show intro

 

Storytelling is… #11 The Poem

 

Storytelling is…

 

Holding the attention

Making everyone feel four again

Embracing culture, heritage, nature

Embracing.

Ritual, history, memory, family, conversation

Reinventing without losing

Creating from what we have

Cherishing

Establishing, guiding, nurturing, directing

A magical, empowering, captivating,

breath taking, energising experience

Nothing new, ancient always

That which was, in the now,

in a new and old way all at once

Forever respectful

Universal, singular, local, specific, worldly, oral

Perfect yet fluid

 

Sit down at the metaphorical fireside

You, are a storyteller

 

 

Adrian Spendlow

 

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Inspirational words from Michelle Partington

Inspirational words from Michelle Partington

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Formerly a paramedic in the British army, now an athlete and inspiration to us all…

“There was a time back then when I wanted to take my life, now, I want to take it as far as I can go.”

 

Michelle Partingtonmp athlete

 

 

 

 

 

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The Reclamation of Love

So much wonderful feedback caused me to revisit this poem, I read it now as if I have never seen it before and tears of joy and hope and love come falling through my smile.

To read the full poem click here

Adrian Spendlow The Blog

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I don’t do art, draw, or paint; I create images to compliment a poem or a story. This one says, ‘Read my poem; be inspired to love’

The Reclamation of Love

I think I’ve found love

and this time it is going to last

It came on fast

It let me know it is here to stay

This love has spoken of forever

Coming to me in a moment

In the petals of a flower

The seven hour scenery

Had many

Only one leapt out at me

This is a love of everybody

A love of me

Sadness told me

Lost love loses everything

Letting the feelings of failure

Come flooding

Forgetting enthusiasm

A trap of remembering

Saying

Never again

Never never again.

Never, be reliant on being,

of being better,

because of someone

Then, while thinking of others

of knowing

of helping

of contributing

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Wish me strength

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I offer this poem as a way to share and perhaps give strength to others as I approach a life-long awaited moment which I only recovered a memory of need for a decade ago. It has been a journey. And I am remembering it now.
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I dive in now
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long has been the wait
long has been the life
recent has been the memory
so,
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through Monday’s therapy
I dive in to find me
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a ten year journey
strange
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i am talking to myself now
of the chance to rearrange
who is me.
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we will talk of surviving
somehow
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AS
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Life Changes

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Life Changes

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I had a sleepless night.

And I have made 147 changes in my life.

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I didn’t make them all last night.

Because I couldn’t sleep I got thinking.

It is true, I totted them up.

I suppose it all started when I stopped smoking.

Over this long long winter, I have made changes in my life, lots of them.

147 in total.

Well, since the end of summer actually.

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Some were quite important and some were quite minor; some would seem major to others and were minor and simple to me while others would be straight forward to many and were really major to me.

Like changing my phone, a real big thing to me and took ages to get round to.

Another big one was getting the hang of being brave enough to talk on the phone to strangers – a real biggy that.

From stopping taking sugar in my coffee to planning to move, I’ve made changes.

I’ve joined a society, been honest with myself for the first time truly. I have been honest to others. I have proclaimed. This is who I am and this is how much I want to help others. I have fallen in love (ah, nothing new there then).

I have severed ties with the damaging and draining. I have found time for old friends and rekindled loving connections which I had gradually isolated myself from. I have made new friends, in some exciting new circles and with a vastly wide set of skills and interests.

Learning to be alone and to experience and grow and be content come along in there somewhere too.

There’s been lots of healthy stuff, new items of diet, developing a revolutionary daily health tonic, hitting habits and slowly becoming healthier, even a couple of physical routines.

I have discovered we are fourth dimensional beings, developed distance healing, meditation, even looked at my connection to the global consciousness.

I have, wait for it, engaged a team to work full time to further my political objectives – no really.

I have been to lectures, learnt skills, been on a course, cooperated in cooperative courses, benefitted from informal ad hock training.

I have engaged, artists, composers, learnt to rap, lots of new skills, learnt software, net skills, design, PR skills, – I am an editor.

I have changed my job and my way of working, worked on increasing my income, lowering my outgoings, developed a pension plan.

I am better equipped for travel, for outdoor pursuits, and for personal survival.

Exciting new job opportunities are set in process in, another town, another country and across the world.

There are plans on where to live; with another, in a creative commune, in a historic setting, in another town, in another country and / or closer to loved ones.

I am developing a mobile workstation – Spendlow Studios, and contemplating a nomadic life.

I am recording, filming, drawing, setting up Spendlow TV.

I have developed a new way to tell ghost stories, a new form of storytelling and completely re-envisioned the Viking belief system.

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I have co-wrote with children, worked on songwriting, skaldic verse and I have proclaimed a king.

(Quick rethink – no, three new physical exercise routines in total, not including producing more of my own food naturally.)

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I have learnt to write blogs which, although true, seem unbelievable and make the reader wish to know more. *Sly smile*.

Cooperative, creative, pro rata profit shares are the fulfilling way forward.

147 changes.

So, have I become that ‘better person’?

Ah,

It was a long sleepless night.

I also thought of 47 things I need to change.

What are they?

You will have to wait till my next sleepless night to find out.