May 15, 2015 - Army of Ink Sailing Still

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A time to go – place to stay.

On this particular day, something precious came to its end.  Two breaths became one.

Footnote:  This little girl’s previous arrival is here but I’ve since found other useful layers of meaning – not relating to loss …..

A docked boat is one that has been taken out of a damaging environment for repair and restoration. It’s going nowhere right now, but it still has a place – and relevance.   I think this ‘pulling up’ process is one we have to continually engage in – and make time for.   To restore ourselves.  To stabilise and question; ‘Where to from here?’   But the pace of life too often gets in the way.  Interrupts.  And doing ‘nothing’, taking time out for ourselves, isn’t something viewed in a positive light.   So it’s the ‘stopping’ I feel in the image that’s important – and in urging us to do the same.

“A time to go – a place to stay”?  reflects not only creating a place in our lives for those who we have lost but it could also be about choosing (in our living lives) what to move away from and what to hold on to and really importantly….. what we can take from all of that’s made us who we are and use it in the building of our future selves.

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April 6, 2015 - Army of Ink Little Star

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Little Star .

When the lights go out I cannot see, but when I sit alone in the dark with the glow of real stars above, the warmth of the distance soothes the longing to be close.  Now, when I go out into the woods at night, it’s not a star that will grant me my wish -it will be my own candle glowing in the dark.

Footnote:   This little soldier is from the Rock The Boat book.  Which is what often happens when you endeavor to make personal change.  Or when you tell the truth. It ‘rocks the boat’.  The small, feathery space where she sits calmly with a single lit candle might suggest a quiet, personal vigil.   One that reminds her to value herself and the small space and life she’s so painstakingly created.  A space that keeps her protected from harm – her world snugly contained.  Allows her to control when the ‘lights go out’ rather than the onset of darkness being manipulated by those around her.

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March 16, 2015 - Army Of Ink Give It Back

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Give It Back .

Sometimes people take things that belong to me.  I’ll help you find it again.

Find her in  ’21 Friends’ postcard collection.  And watch this uplifting clip that sings like an anthem for the Army of Ink … ‘Long Live the Girls’.

March 9, 2015 - Army of Ink Once Upon A Dark Time

Army of Ink Once upon a time

Once Upon A Dark Time …

…in a land of smiles, bad things happened.  Children were broken into.  Nothing said.  Nothing done.  And so the innocent grew, not up, but small.  But this was not to be the end.  In the darkness little helpers gathered spilling rich black into soft white sheets.  Tailoring picture books to fill empty spaces.  Telling truth that grew much taller than a world too big to fit.  Until size no longer mattered and little souls were reawakened by the rhythms and rhymes of songs that carried them all the way home – ensuring they’d never be beaten again.

Footnote:  On almost a daily basis we’re hearing stories on the news of the most terrible kind – children being harmed and abused.  This piece speaks to that very issue and the Army of Ink are empowering friends to have alongside in the process of mending from such potentially self destructive experiences.  ‘Children broken into’ also speaks of the way mass media violates our children’s innocence and chance for a healthy sense of self. Her oversize bow may suggest a shield of sorts – and/or a sense of preciousness.  A… ‘You’re worth it.  You’re valuable. Make sure you give to yourself – despite what’s been taken from you’.  You’ll find this ink in Rock The Boat book (not in ‘Bedtime Stories’ edition).  For the inspiring story about the ‘tailoring of picture books’ go here.  Another poem that captures the spirit of The Black Dog Project and guides its way, ‘The Black Dog Story‘.   Escape in sweet dreaming with Amelia Bloom.  Please pass this on because you never know who’s had something taken from them….


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February 3, 2015 - Army of Ink Beauty Is Awake



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Beauty Is Awake .

Some places were so dark she didn’t want to go there.  But once she’d looked under the bed – she didn’t have to sleep in the middle anymore.

And rewrote history ….Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, and along came a spider and she said;  “Here.  Pull up a seat.”  For beauty is awake you see, to the stories they spin so she can’t break free.  So now she sits in itsy, bitsy fright, dreaming sweet dreams in day and in night.

Find her in Rock The Boat book.

December 6, 2014 - The Peacemakers

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The Peacemakers .  (The Army of Ink)

Black peacemakers of inner conflict, emerge from the depths of innocent souls.  Standing firmly in experience.  Boots too big tripping up lies so old.  Delivering poignant punches of universal truth that swell much bigger than the silence.  Little inky stamps of self approval forever fixed in soft white sheets.  Together we rise – a revolution of self.

Footnote:  Poem I wrote about the Army of Ink, from book, ‘In My Room’.  Pass it on – it’s a worthy revolution for our worthy selves …  Read this Ink’s Bags The Back Seat story here.