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Time has passed

The damson tree which has my back,

Used to be Zap,

My first and most beloved dog who walked,

through death and childbirth,

Loyally at my feet.


The soaring fir trees were neat eggs of topiary,

The lawn was a productive vegetable bed.


The shelves I clear

As I leave

22 years behind

Are full of names now grown and flown

And policies made redundant,

by parliamentary tumbling.


Ten, twelve,

tiny outfits used to fit

the same washing machine,

That now can only swallow three,

long football kits,

That will all too soon leave home.


I am grateful as I tuck my knees into my chest to sleep that I still can,

Curl like a baby,

Aware that a time will come when I stiffen straight.


On waking I run my hands over my numb arm,

My hips,

My waist,

And am pleased to find myself still intact,

I give thanks for another day on this sweet soil.


As I listen to the blackbird and amuse myself watching the buttercups grow,

I remind myself to inhale deeply,

For there are not limitless springs

To fire my belly and

Send me forward into life.

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Julie Leoni

Julie Leoni

Coach, author, podcaster, facilitator, Yoga and psychology teacher, learner

I have over 30 years of experience and qualification in various therapeutic and meditation/mindfulness based approaches. I work with change. Some changes we chose, others happen to us.  Sometimes we know we want to change but don't know how. Sometimes we don't want to change but external events or people are forcing us to change. The menopause, children leaving home, the end of a relationship or job, becoming a parent, coming out, bereavement are just some of the personal changes I support people with. I also work with people who want to make changes to their life and wider world in response to social issues such as Covid, the climate crisis and racial, sexual and gender inequalities. Times are changing whether we want them to or not and we need to be nimble, agile, curious and open in order to part of the new story emerging. Work with me to get clear on what matters to you, what makes your heart sing and what kind of future you want for yourself and those you love. It is possible to live differently, get in touch to explore how.

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