Poet and mother Wattney Lander wrote poetry for a decade before she shared it with anyone. Now, the Ontario, Canada writer has published her first poetry collection, ‘Black Sheep’, and has fostered a loyal online fanbase.
Here, she shares some words on motherhood, and offered us two of her bestselling poems to read. They’re poignant and speak to the mood of the moment – one where we all seek solace in the soft silences between the chaos. And all hope for a better world.
By Wattney Lander
Our storms always hold a blessing in disguise. And when you find it, that’s when your wounds will start to heal, personal growth begins inside you and the doors of reconnecting with our children open up to create great opportunities for our future.
On falling in love with ourselves…
I fell in love
With the way I was quiet
And how I was all alone
Because during that time
My intuitions voice became louder
And I was able to call myself home
On waking up…
You have woken up
and if no one has told you already
I am proud of you
continue to stand as you are
bruised, bent or scarred
wilted, stuck or bloomed
and know that there are others out there
just like you
we are never alone
we’re all connected
whether it be in this lifetime
or many others before this one
I see you’re strong, courageous and brave for deciding to go on this journey of self-healing
and I send you a warm hug of love and success
I hear you
I see you
I commend you
and I am with you.