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The Face of Allergies


POETIC RANT  | The fight for allergy-free foods

This is the face 
Of what so-called food can do

A mild reaction
Breath still in action

Allergens the trigger
No warning, no sticker

Producers fucking with food 
Untold processes skewed

Numbers with no names
GMO games

What is our food eating?

Feed grown in soils or sands
Laced with chemical strands

Grass or glyphosate 
Is it too late? 

Rage rises in me

Driving me to ask more
Who is this food safe for? 

Resistance still there

Do I run and hide 
Or chase the rollercoaster ride

Grow our own
Together or alone

What will become
For the food in our tums?


Rollercoaster ride initiated. 

One conversation at a time. 


Credit for the subtitle goes to this enlightening documentary released late last year — 

Fighting for Allergy-Free Food


Thanks for reading

Thanks for being you 


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I would love to add them to the publication on Medium — Allergy Angst or reblog here on WordPress.

The power of sharing your story is what is driving me— so — 
NO writing or grammar police here. 
My sole wish is to read and learn.

Disclaimer — I have only the bare basics on how to run a publication and wordpress blog for that matter — but certain I will find my feet along the way. 

Feature Image – Matilda — 5 minutes after eating traces of eggs — sneaked a lolly from her sister’s party bag

Originally Published on Medium

What Happened When I Ate Peanut Butter

Written from the perspective of my daughter, Billie.

Hospital time for Billie after her first anaphylactic encounter with peanuts

When I was one, I swiped some peanut butter toast.
It was up high so I had to climb, not that I’m gonna boast.
It tasted delicious but something wasn’t right,
My eyes felt funny and my throat a little tight.

Mum said, “That’s it. To the car right away!”
Off to the chemist without delay.
He took one look and pointed us to the doctor,
Who pricked my leg cause my face shocked her.

Off with my mum in the ambulance, I went.
Straight to a hospital, she said that meant.
For 6 whole hours, they made me sit
I was also poked n prodded a bit

Mum and Nanny kept me entertained.
And a cool new hat* I gained
I’d be tired that night, the doctors said,
But I was in no mood for bed.

Mum says I hardly slept a wink,
I reckon I was just trying to think.
What it all meant and why my eyes still felt tight.
Next time I reckon I’ll stick with vegemite.

Eggs also make me feel yuck,
Any trace of them and I upchuck.

A special allergy man checks my progress,
He draws on my arm as part of the process,
Then nicks me with stuff that makes me itch,
I even scream at a very high pitch!

My family and friends are helping me learn,
To be aware and safe is their main concern,
I carry my epi-pen every single day
And before I eat remember to say,

“Does this have eggs or nuts in it?”

PS: before you kiss my loveable cheeks or use my water bottle,
Please know, the smallest trace can trigger reactions full throttle.

*the hat was a hospital spew bowl as shown in the pictures

Nature Knows

Are we ready to listen? | Abecedarian Poem

Abundant

Beauty

Clear for the eyes to see

Divinity beneath the leaves

Extending across the seas

Follow natures lead

Gold without greed

Harmonise to heal

Indigenous wisdom to reveal

Jungle jewels

Kingdom rules

Law of the land

Master plan

Nature knows

Opulence shows

Power to evict

Question not restrict

Reset our ways

Savour our days

Touch and taste

Uncover our waste

Valiant vision

Wiser decision

Xeriscape supplies

Yields in the dry

Zeros need not apply

Infinite reasons for us to simply try

Originally published on Medium

Photo my own

Humbling Words from a 3 Year Old

Turning grumpiness into laughter

Tonight my three year old said to me
Mum it’s ok just have a laugh
The grump in you will disappear you’ll see


That’s exactly what happened as soon as she spoke
Cleared expectations of being mum to share the joke

Releasing energy stuck in the land of what if
Back into the moment of now
Sparked by humble words my children gift



I was feeling grumpy tonight. My girls were being absolutely crazy. Overtired from the fun over the weekend and a day home from school to rest and tame some sinus related consequences from a couple of allergy reactions during the week.

It is prime time for injuries just before bed.

I was scared in what ifs of heads hitting the tiles or bed heads.

Running low on the zzz’s all week.

A perfect recipe for me to get my grump on.

I know, I know better.

But, I am human after all, and my limits were pushed.

Futile attempts to calm them down were unmet.

My expectations not even being heard.

I was growing more and more frustrated for not getting my own way and I had a tantrum.
Yep, I admit it. I have them from time to time.

It subsided as soon as my three year old calmly sprouted her humbling words of wisdom.
She responded consciously to my unconscious reaction.
Have a laugh Mum and let it go.
Come back and share in this moment of now with us.

Simple as that. She forgave me and calmed me down.

Smiling. Laughing. Grump monster completely disappearing.

As always, my biggest teachers.


“Life is a long lesson in humility” J.M Barrie


Thank you for reading
Thank you for being you

Natural High

Playing like a child
Uncovers purpose
Gifts a natural high
As part of the process


Moments in flow
Fly feelings to the sky
Finding purpose
Gifts a natural high


With every moment of now
Purpose can change
Gifts a natural high
As paths rearrange


Freedom within
Infinite energy supply
Drive life’s purpose
Gifts a natural high

Energy to be me
Energy to see
Energy to help others be
At a love or above frequency


Gifts the world a natural high

Mother Nature smiles

Photo my own

Originally published on Medium

Into the Wind

Thrown up into the wind
The kite rose as children grinned
Up up into the air
How high, not one care

Giggles and fun on the ground
Bare little feet running around
Perceived control of its direction
Where it will land is the question

Whoops, it crashed into a tree

Higher up than we can be
Clever pulling of the string
Yelled advice of how to bring
The colourful kite into reach

Life lessons for it to teach
Persistence and patience pay
The reward gifted is more play

The kite rose as children grinned

Off it goes back into the wind

Originally published on Medium

*Photo my own

Letters & Words

To be or not a bee
I see a sea of c’s
I before e except after c
A weird rule to me

Some sum to add an s
But geese and mice don’t end with s
Neighbour and neighbors
Kerosine and kerosene
Depends where you learn

Practice to practise
License to licence
Colour and Mum

Oh! English is such fun

Thumbs up for lower case b and d
Big D spins from left to right…weee!
p and q are thumbs down
Capital Q turns round

Silent letters
Known to numb
Its’ it’s it is like
Cinnamon and synonym
Twist the tongue


Accept except quiet quite


Enough!


I know no
Their there they’re
Many more to make aware
So sew it seems seams
Rules consistently broken

Words written or spoken
Perceived meaning only a token
Intention and meaning awoken
Depends how our ears are open

Experience and beliefs masking
The answers to questions we’re asking
Communication with clarity
A sparkling gem of rarity

Echo chamber or original thought
Rationality can not be taught
Hear and read with an open mind
The meaning for YOU, for YOU to find

Based on who you are in that moment of time

Oh! What an infinitely divine and confusing paradigm

*Photo by Nathaniel Shuman on Unsplash

Originally published on Medium

Superpowers Unleashed

Abundance of superpowers has to come first to quench my infinite thirst
Balance and peace, to make the race cease
Clarity for all, consciousness will have a ball
Dreams to aspire, drama to expire
Empathy eradicating evil egos
Freedom of mind, for us all to find
Gone the guilt that society built
Honest and transparent systems in place, consequences for those in power to face
Inspiration narration, frustrations cessation
Judge-less, support more
Kindness curing blindness
Love — what else needs to be said — love or above bred
Magical miracles for the masses
Nature being nurtured
Opulence outdated, simple simplicity rated
Positive panda, not propaganda
Qi the key
Respect for all
Sentient beings
Trust each other are doing their best
Understanding for the rest
Vision for humanity, not insanity
Wisdom on tap, no trace of a cap
Xeniality the reality
Yielding fields wields hunger shields
Zealous living forever giving

Superpowers that can be free for any of us to use, any time we choose.

Originally published on Medium

Key

Are you willing to unlock the door?

Who holds the key
For questions to unfold
The answers untold

Who holds the key
To make a choice
And use a voice

Who holds the key
To make dreams reality
Take steps with clarity

Who holds the key
To ecstasy
And destiny

You

You hold the key


You hold the key to unlock the door

Are you willing to open it and explore?

Photo by Ylanite Koppens from Pexels

Originally published on Medium