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

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

Wake Up

We’re All One And The Same

A seed of source energy within us all
Connected within a world so small
Sentient beings infinitely unfolding
Beware the production line of molding
Choice rippling consequences
Vibrating from all our senses
The time to wake up is now
Before tools of our making allow
An environment beyond all repair
Reverberations overwhelming despair
Expanding consciousness the only way
The change the world needs on display
Each of us willing and able
To lay our cards on the table
Play our best hand whatever‘s dealt
Together we amplify the impact felt
Harmony and peace will realign
Nature’s balance all so fine

Photo my own

Originally posted on Medium