The Phoenix

A tribute to Barb McAllister, my friend and guide. For seeing me; for inspiring me to emerge.  


My work. My life. My journey. Resembled in the image indelibly etched onto my body.

Facing pain, this time of my own choosing, physical pain that becomes beauty on my skin.


Taking control of my body, sculpting afresh my outer appearance after my design.

This is but an echo on the outside of the world reigning within.


Facing pain, not of my own making, emotional pain that has become beauty in my soul.

Taking ownership of my inner wounds, they heal in beautiful unforeseen patterns on my heart.


The inner friction reaches such heat it burns, a fierce pain, an enormous blaze.

The fire calms and leaves me as ash, numb, subdued in darkness.

Out of the ash clarity, healing and strength arise.



“Rise from the smouldering ashes and usher in a new

dawn sky to fill with flights of endless possibilities”

~ Mark Hopkins


Tattoo by Sue Hawkins, Battle, East Sussex,UK.

Unfinished, in progress, just like my journey.




I’d love to hear from you

Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Pass it on

Enjoyed this post? Then please tweet it, share it on Facebook or send it to friends via e-mail using the buttons below.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s