Meeting the Child within



Meeting the Child within

The light of life
that spark of humanity
it resides within
this form we call human.

We create, we destroy
we live, we breathe
we feel, we touch
we teach
until that final day we reach…

Yet bonded to us
through millennia
through souls and spirit
through hearts
there dwells within a child
with whom we have a shared past.

Have you met this child?
Do they have a name?
Are they gentle, wild
or are they tame?

Are they happy?
Are they sad?
Have they been told that they’re good
or that they’re bad?

Do you accept them?
Or reject them?

Do you welcome them with loving arms
and strive to keep them from any harm?

What story would they voice
if you would give them that choice?

Would they describe you as a stranger
having been kept hidden
to stay safe from danger?
Or would they be out in the open
whole, not broken?

Why not say hello?
Give them a wave…
show them that yes,
step out, be seen,
they can be that brave.

Because if you won’t accept them…
love them…
hug them…
Who will?

Step up to the mirror
take a deep breath
see who is revealed
within the eyes’ depths

Who is there?
Meet Your Inner Child laid bare!

Words © June 2014 Michelle Payne
Picture found circulating freely online





what shall i tell a child if she asks me what is life?
will i recount the pain and hurt and focus on the strife?
or shall i paint a picture of the beauty that is found
in sailing ships and chocolate chips and bugs beneath the ground?

i’d like to think i’d give her hope of all that is to come
but if she reads some poems of mine, her hope shall be undone
i cannot bear to think that i may dim a child’s eyes
present to her a world of just confusion, pain, and lies

for if i am to tell her early on of mountain streams
and help her build the pillars that will hold up all her dreams
i’d paint the birds that fill the trees with beauty and with song
a sanctuary in her mind to help when things go wrong

and in that place in her mind’s eye the flowers would grow free
in meadows under blue skies by the mighty loving sea
she’d have a place for comfort, have a place to be alone
amidst tomorrow’s challenges, no matter how she’s grown

i pray to learn my lessons from the children whom i meet
i dream of sowing sunshine on a crowded city street
i pray my words shall never hurt the child here inside
i pray that never shall i fear the child in me has died

i must reject some words of mine if i’m to feel i’m free
embracing hope, i must hold on to how good life can be
that i may treat the children with respect that they deserve
for i shan’t live for self alone–i give my life to serve

(Courtesy of Living Life Fully)

A Cuppa and an Armchair


One thing I am looking to do is read and then review books that relate to either self-help and/or within the educational remit of mental health. This has a two-fold benefit for me personally: increasing my awareness and education especially as I plan to not only continue my formal education but apply that to how I am able to help clients.  And then of course, hopefully a review will help to give others food for thought when considering which books may be of use to them!

After saying all of that, the first book I’m posting about is a work of fiction!

I’m including it here because I actually wrote one of the short stories and felt very honoured to be included in it.  The book was created as a result of a collaborative effort via Facebook… a friend had shared a link to their page and I thought I’d “whip something up” on the spur of the moment, especially as it was to be short (under 2000 words).  I’d like to think that the quality is of a high standard (since I’m connected to it) and I do believe it will appeal to a varied cross-section of readers due to the differing styles of writing.

I would also state that none of the authors got paid to do this, nor do we get any royalties.  This book was created as a charitable effort, specifically for an organisation called Equipe.  As stated:

“A Cuppa and an Armchair is a collaborative venture joining writers, artists and the charity Equipe, in a bid to raise much-needed funds. Equipe is an international charity working into East Africa, India, Papua New Guinea and The Philippines. Its mission is to enable and empower local people to break the cycle of poverty through education, sustainable infrastructure.”

If you’re interested in purchasing the book (personally I’d recommend the download version due to cost and ease of access), please click here to be taken to my Amazon astore links.

If you’d like to read the Facebook page for this venture (they do plan more books), please click here and if you’d like to visit Equipe’s website to see the kind of work that they do, please click here.  I will be adding their details to the Charitable Organisations page on this website.

This item has also been added to My Products page, the link to which is on my Resources page.

© 2012 Michelle Payne

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