The Bond

For all mothers
natural or by chance
those with us
and those no longer
we remember you.
Memories are made of
the hills and troughs
of life that rut
the smoothness
of existence.
Day ends
soothing sleep
brings dawn
hope and
chances new.

Washington D C Epiphany 2021

On Capitol Hill
as the sun began to set
footfall rampaged
on a citadel’s steps.
A narcissist drowning
in a mire of lies
built like castles
in the sand.
On this day of Epiphany
in the darkest hours
his distortion
laid bare.
Honourable men speak
without prejudice –
one country
one destiny.

© January 6th 2021 Chris Nedahl


It’s my norm. 3 a.m. – the witching hour – waiting for water to boil.
It’s been this way since…
Pushing back a tide of thoughts is so tiring. And useless.
I’m engulfed
My head battles to curtail my unrestrained brain activity.
Just like the rampant bubbles trapped in my glass kettle.

Writers Abroad – a new anthology.

Cover image courtesy of Pete Armstrong.

It is with great delight Writers Abroad, an established online international writing group, shares news of a forthcoming publication. Our sixth anthology, Far Flung: Celebrating a Decade at Writers Abroad is now available in digital format on pre-order with a publication date of October 31st.
This anthology is a treasure trove of contributions from around the globe provided by current and past members of this successful community of expat writers.
The seed of an idea to celebrate ten years of friendship, creativity, and achievement has blossomed into a diverse medley of writing. Wide-ranging in more ways than one this collection showcases countless experiences of those who left familiar lands to venture into an exciting unknown. For many, new lands have become home. For others, it is just a pleasant interlude along life’s journey.
During this trying year when travelling for pleasure has been almost impossible, Writers Abroad members, old and new, spanning every continent, have collaborated to produce an anthology offering ‘far flung’ destinations to our readers. Writers Abroad has tried to provide something for everyone within the covers of this exciting anthology.
To all who enjoy the written word it is hoped you will take as much pleasure from this collection as Writers Abroad took in its compilation.
Writers Abroad is proud to have the foreword written by the prestigious author Peter May.
Far Flung will be available in paperback on November 14th at £4.99 and all proceeds will go to World Literacy: Please buy for your personal enjoyment and also as a gift with a difference this Christmas.
You will have a wonderful read and be helping to enable literacy and giving the pure joy of reading to some of the poorest children in the world.
Pre-order: Amazon
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Below, Writers Abroad members present and past – collage courtesy of John Nixon.


First day allowed out together in the car since lockdown.

  IMG_4809The landscape has not changed. Only the season. When disaster struck, winter was weaving to its end. Fifty-six days have passed. Total isolation. Familiar faces seen only on screens.
Today I am driving through lush, green orchards. Winter rains quenched the land’s thirst. The farmers, unable to tend their fields, gave permission for the grasses to grow, the wild flowers to flourish. The view is stunning.
Yellows and mauves intersperse a myriad shades of green, through tawny to gold. Some pinks dare to show a head as the breeze creates a rippling sea.
Further up in the hills, the only sounds are the birds as they call out in the stillness. Milky butterflies, and occasionally a red and black, do what they do best – flutter through the grasses, stopping briefly at the wild broom and clusters of thistles.
The tiny hamlet of Los Dioses nestles below, not a vehicle or person in sight.
This is a new beginning. The earth is healing Perhaps it was meant to. Among the sadness, which is immense, the world is breathing again.IMG_4805

© May 11th 2020 Christine Nedahl

Seventy-five Years On


The swish-swash of churning waves
fills the heavy boots
before the men are waist high
in chilling water.

Bodies spat relentlessly
into an ocean snare
and heavy sands
many will not escape.

Seventy-five years
passed in a blink
those young men
grown old are sad.

Comrades taken in youth
fresh faced
steadfast in memory.

They live on
in old hearts
heavy with loss
tears never far.

Today they reminisce
relive the sacrifice
letters and poetry
offered in remembrance.

But for those returned
the true tribute
forever etched
in hearts and minds.

© June 6th 2019 Christine Nedahl


Lyra McKee

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The message ‘Not In Our Name’ has been repeatedly shared on social media. Credit: UTV

Lyra McKee

Standing for liberty,
honesty, truth.
Passion for transparency,
to understand,
report without bias.

Devoid of thought,
empty of compassion.
Smelling blood,
random act
bought silence.

One person
denied another.
Impartiality stilled
in moment of time,
depriving all.

Her need
is ours.
A voice murdered
by chance,
ignites thousands more.

© April 19th 2019 Christine Nedahl



In the still of the evening

before the light is dim,

lamps are lit

and the moon appears,

a calm descends.


In the pale sky

a feathered arrow

in final flight,

branches beckoning

weary wings to rest.


In this quiet time

the mind is soothed,

thoughts collected,

ready and waiting

for tomorrow’s promise.



The Olive


Tree after tree

grove upon grove

blackened torso

thrice stretched

in salutation

winter stark.


Twig after twig

leaf upon leaf

gloss green


breeze beckoning

summer sun.






Spring – new beginnings

love, rebirth everywhere

precious survival promised.

Summer – warmth, happiness

natures’ trysts made

precious life consummated.

Autumn – relationships mellowed

fruits borne

precious life propagated.

Winter – existence lulled

fledglings flown

precious life suspended.

Seasons’ circle ends

promises fulfilled pledges broken

precious life endures.