About me

I have been writing poetry and stories since I was a child, and a love of reading was instilled in me from an early age. I am passionate about writing, and hope you enjoy the books I have written. Whilst most of you sleep soundly in your beds, like many Parkinson’s patients, insomnia dictates, so during those hours that sleep eludes me, the house is tranquil and quiet, an atmosphere perfect to immerse myself in writing. My life has been a series of strange events, which have without doubt contributed to my creativity. To publish anything is to bear one’s soul to the world. It is to stand naked and let everyone see who you really are. I have poured my heart and soul out on paper and I hope to share this journey, immersing you in a story, capturing your attention and firing the imagination. Through my writing and public speaking I hope to bring greater awareness to the general public about living with chronic disease.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's resolutions

Happy New Year to you all. If you partied last night and are a little worse off for wear this morning, then go and make a pot of coffee and we'll have breakfast together. You may live half way across the world or simply around the corner, but through the Internet, we are brought together. I am sitting here in my kitchen, the rest of the household still asleep, and yet I am with you, as I sip my coffee, and talk to you on this chilly but bright day. Waking up this morning, realising another year has gone by, we reflect over precious times; wondering what the future holds in store, and what the coming year will bring. Making new year's resolutions is easy, but keeping them; that's the hard part! My new year's resolution will be the same as it's always been; to enjoy life to full, not waste a moment and spend as much time as possible with those I love. I thought I would start the new year off with a poem. I wrote this in 2011, but it was written about an event that nearly cost me my life. The human spirit is extremely resilient, and clearly I have much left to do in this life, otherwise I don't think I would still be here. I have not published this poem before, so you are the first to see it:

A Wish
By Elaine Benton © 2011

Adorning endless skies of blue,
Feathery clouds gently float,
Lightly moving with soft winds,
I heavenly sail a cosmic boat.

Darkness falls, tiny lights appear,
Brilliant stars illuminate the night,
Grant my wish, star vivid up high,
With all my heart, my eyes close tight,

I once journeyed to the other side,
But twas not my time to leave,
Back to life, earthbound once more,
I've more time than you believe.

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