Monday’s Poem


Hello, I hope you all had a good weekend.

Today I have chosen a short poetic quote that I found in the Taschen Book of Symbols. If you haven’t heard of it this is a great coffee table book – full of intriguing things. When we did the creative writing session on goldfinches I decided to look up birds in the symbol book, as I was thinking about the totem task (see previous session details) and all the beautiful colours that birds carry.

I stumbled upon this gorgeous poetic quote:

‘Know that the psyche has it’s own

Fame, whether known or not, that

Soul can flame like feathers of a bird

Grow into your own plumage, brightly,

So that any tree is a marvellous city.’

James Applewhite: Prayer for My Son

I’ve been thinking that this is a delicious way to start the week! To be bold and brave and beautiful. To be yourself and make the most of any given situation. Inspiration from nature!

I hope to see you all on Wednesday, this week’s class is all about crows (not the most colourful birds but certainly very interesting)!
Best wishes,


Published by Emma

Hi my name is Emma! I am a writer and artist. I work for the NHS at Converge ( and I am also an MA graduate in Creative writing and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I have been leading a creative writing class at the beautiful St Nicks in York ( for the last five years. When I am not at work I'm on my allotment or at Base Camp (my home) planning new adventures.

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