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All Change

An Illumination Challenge response to Timothy Key
and then something strange happened…

Photo by Dan DeAlmeida on Unsplash

Oh if only I had not gone out and
Purposely changed my life!
Inviting all that worry and uncertainty.
Will it work out?
I may end up much worse off,
mentally, spiritually and financially!
What on earth was I thinking?

I want to be in a band who take
Music more seriously!
London was calling…

To leave a place where my mark was made,
Assuredness, no worries at all
But no, I had to go and push that one,
The roots were not set deep.

From my own house to a small room
With a dysfunctional family,
From a job with good money
To an agency with little pay
And no job security at all, it’s an agency.

The job was coming to an end
The police had raided the house
What the feck have I done?


One day travelling home from work
On a different route this day, I bumped into
An old friend of my brothers, literally on the
Turn of a high street corner.
After a chat and seeing his band
He gave me a number;
“Here try this if you have work no more.”

So started my time working on rock and roll stages
In good ole London town,
Then with this, as things go,
Followed a place to stay.

A television show I loved to watch back in the day,
T.F.I. Friday Was now mine to work on! Which in turn
Got me started in the big wide World of touring.
Touring the World with bands as their drum tech,
A great job, now with great pay.

My opportunities found me able to afford a holiday again!
With friends, Thailand was my port of call
And in love I fell again, with beaches and culture.
Time after time I kept returning to
This land of wonder,
Until one season I felt now is the time
To explore someplace anew.

A job fell through what shall I do now?


A more than friendly friend called up,
So packed me bag and off I left
Back to exotic Siam.
Goodbye ye ole London town my friend
It’s surely been a pleasure
A place anew is now my home
Sure I will see you again.

That feeling crept back,
I may end up much worse off
Mentally, spiritually and financially!
What on earth was I thinking?

My job works fine where now I live
Here in the Northern tropics.

Long periods at home my time to spend
As long breaks away work well.

Here in the culture of Thailand
It keeps our relationship sane.


The COVID pandemic has kept me from work
So here I am, having to suffer a long period of time
Here on the beach in the tropics, spending my time
Writing here it all worked out rather well.

What was I thinking when I left that small town!!!
Becoming better off mentally spiritually and financially.

Thank you for reading. J.

Thank you Timothy Key for this and then something strange happened…
Poem challenge.
I love the movie Dune and love the line… “Without change something inside us sleeps, the sleeper must awaken”

Thank you for your support and for giving my words a home!
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James G Brennan

James G Brennan


Writes eclectic free verse poetry and is free to read. "Everything in life is writable about" Sylvia Plath.