Salvation – a poem by Lis Goodwin

I’ve said, time and time again,

that the knives you’ve sharpened

will one day stop hurting me,

and I shall live.

 

I am healing, and as my life now grows,

those knives of yours are less fearful

to me.

 

I no longer flinch when you use them:

your sharpened, wounding words.

I no longer blink.

 

Am I hardened? Am I well?

Have I developed a shell?

Or is this true strength?

 

Only God knows the work He has wrought in me.

Only God knows why He chose to save me from you.

Only God knows His plan

for me.

 

Lis Goodwin ©2016

Getaway – a poem by Lis Goodwin

getaway

I came here to get away from you.

For a break from our stress:

us.

 

I came to admire this place,  and found

that I had walked into your

cold, cold heart;

 

that I had booked myself a place – a room –

inside your feelings for me:

inside you.

 

I shivered, and spun on my heel.

I knew I had to leave:

both this place, and you.

 

Lis Goodwin ©2016

 

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‘The Tree and the Pool’ – a poem by Brian Patten, read by Lis Goodwin

Well, I think I’m catching up with the major hiatus of the last couple of weeks (is it a month? Tsk!). I hope you enjoy this video, there are more to come, hopefully next week! Please share these – it really helps my business for people to hear how good English can, and should, sound.

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach

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‘My True Love’ – a poem read by Lis Goodwin

A fun and whimsical poem for all ages. I hope you enjoy it!

Remember that lessons can be booked to begin at any time, anywhere! 🙂 Visit my website, link below, for more details and to contact me.

Thanks for watching!

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach

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Total wordy geek-fest!

Cor!

Now is it just me that thinks this is just brilliant?

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What-y-what-what?

Ok, I’ll explain – this little tool, from Google, searches books in any time period you choose, and displays usage as a graph so that you can see when it has most references. I would say this is pretty accurate (I can’t see why it wouldn’t be) and it’s certainly fun (for a word-geek like me. Word).

In fact the minute I was faced with this tool my mind went blank – I could search for any word I wanted, and couldn’t think of any for a moment. Then they came in. I started off with the word contemn, which is found throughout the King James Bible.

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Then on to another – how about demirep?

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W00T! What does demirep mean? Well dictionary.com has a very unsatisfactory definition, so from my 1923 Nuttall’s etymological dictionary we have:

‘a woman of suspicious chastity’ (demi-reputation)

And then of course, how about obscurantist?

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Haha! What is an obscurantist?

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This could describe many things, people and organisations today! Just look at the government and their statutes written in legalese! Most certainly hiding knowledge from people and evading clarity. Another fascinating word!

So now – go and have fun, (Link: https://books.google.com/ngrams) and please tweet your charts to me over at @Glorious_voice – I can’t wait to see what you search for!

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach

www.gloriousvoicecoaching.com