A Kindred Spirit

After writing about a duo and groups of individuals, this is the first of my series that will be written about a single person.  It had to be done, as this person is part of my YP Insight family, she joined the TCFT community after participating in TCFT Croydon 2018, and most of all, she has become one of my good friends.  It’s weird, I feel like I’ve known her for years when we only met in June, but I guess it’s because we stay in such regular contact.

We didn’t speak much when she came to Poetic Insight for the first time – I was doing my host thing.  Our friendship really started when she joined me on one of my walks home from Croydon in the summer.  I appreciated the company and enjoyed some quality, humorous conversation, making a change to the solitary walks to music I’d usually take.

Although it was only one walk, the quality conversations have continued over catch ups or at events.  We also have numerous cyber interactions, talking on various subjects from poetry to work to boys.  And a lot of the stories she tells me are hilarious – you wouldn’t believe this girl’s life sometimes.

I feel blessed to have someone like Mhairi in my life, not only because she shares my love of poetry and we can go to poetry events together, but because she gets the work I do – she’s my kindred spirit in a lot of ways.  She not only has a love for YP Insight, but she contributes and supports in any way she can.  She’s an ideal TCFT participant, who threw herself into the process.  In fact, Mhairi throws herself into anything she does – I know she will always be willing to support and get involved when she can.  I admire that.

What I think I most admire about Mhairi though, is her ability to strike up a conversation and keep it going with anyone.  It’s brilliant – I sometimes say, ‘I wish I was more Mhairi,’ because of it.  Meeting people like Mhairi makes the work I do even richer, and also a whole lot easier.  Having friends like her – loyal, supportive, caring, funny – makes life a lot brighter.

Thank you Mhairi for being such a big part of my 2018, and I hope that will continue for years and years to come.  We need to get a picture together as well, because I don’t know how that hasn’t happened this year.  Love you girl.


Happy Birthday to My Best Friend

Fierce, ferocious and funny,

That is my best friend.

Unbelievably strong,

But also delicate,

Feeling hurt like anyone else.

Intelligent and hardworking,

She’s achieved more than most expected,

But I never doubted her for one second,

Seeing the person that others didn’t,

And now I’ll see her graduating,

Getting that degree.

Because she’s grown more

Than anyone I’ve ever known, you know,

And mellowed beyond belief,

With a seriously great work ethic,

That is amazing to see.

She’s loyal, to a tee,

More loyal than any friend I have,

I know that no matter what,

This girl will always have my back.

Our relationship isn’t perfect,

But what relationship is.

We’re what others see as unlikely friends,

As we’re two very different people,

But those differences create a balance –

She forces me to make the tough decisions,

And I bring out her more rational side.

We’re what you might call hard and soft,

But the what we have in common,

Is our friendship,

Which is most important,

And means a lot to the both of us.

So Happy Birthday,

To my beautiful best friend,

I know she’s not loving getting older,

But it means she’s here for another year,

And that we’ll be friends a year longer.


Proud to Call You Cousin

One of my closest friends from my school days made me really proud this weekend, as she walked many miles to raise money for charity.

My friend not only has a beautiful heart, but she has so much inner strength.  I know that she has been through a lot, but she has fought through everything and come out better for it, which is a quality that I really admire.

Due to our surnames being so close in the alphabet, she became one of my first friends in school, because we were usually forced to sit next to each other.  We would talk about many different things and she was the one who got me into One Tree Hill in its great first series.

We also referred to each other as cousins, because half of her double-barreled surname is actually my mother’s maiden name.  It was a lot of fun trying to convince others that we were cousins, as they thought that it was a total joke; however, I still call her my cousin.

I remember the fun I had dancing away at her 16th birthday party, where her friends from outside of school made me feel so welcome.  I also had a great night celebrating her 22nd birthday, when I was also dancing away and made to feel welcome in a group where I was the only individual from our school.

This is another one of my friends that I see very rarely, but I know that she will always be in my life.  She is a loyal friend and one of the sweetest people I know, although she has a serious toughness about her, which I love.

Just like with many of my other friends, I wish that I could see her more often and go for more fun nights out.  She is funny, entertaining, warm and a great person to talk to.  I know that she will always make me feel comfortable, included and part of a group.  I love my friend with all my heart and I am proud to call her my cousin.