Take the Chair

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Image: 9′ High Bardic Chair ~ Cardigan Castle
There was fun, frivolity and big smiles,
as each competitor recited their lines.
Some were sad, mournful and touching,
others, uplifting, happy, or grumbling.

Love was one thing, divorce the other,
some even talked about their own mother.
None interrupted as each poet stood up,
praying that today, they were in luck.

Listening intensely to wordsmith raps,
following the recitals, everyone clapped.
Rhymes that had all come together;
where listening in and silence tethered.

That first day when it all had began,
Lord Rhys had invited the Bards to stand.
From across the valleys of Wales they came,
to a ceremony; which still happens today.

Amid towers of Cardigan Castle in 1176,
poets and musicians all voiced their pitch.
In their diversity and commentaries of life,
audiences were entertained with delights.

Charmed, amused, bewitched and beguiled,
the Bardic Chair, awarded to favoured style.
Keepers of stories and secrets shared,
at the annual festival: National Eisteddfod.

This showcase is still repeated each year,
the victor gifted with a magnificent chair.
Among spiral stairways, within stone walls,
you can hear the musicians and bards call.

Rhys ap Gruffydd, known as our Lord Rhys,
instigated this arts and cultural masterpiece.
All were given an excellent opportunity,
to be crowned as *Barddoniath of their community.

In celebration of writers, poets and traditions;
Eisteddfod literally means “To Sit and Listen”
Victoria Healing ~ 18.6.2020
©Take the Chair

Eisteddfod:The closest English equivalent to eisteddfod is “session”; the word is formed from two Welsh morphemes: eistedd, meaning “sit”, and bod, meaning “be”.

‘The Crowning of the Bard’.
The National Eisteddfod of Wales dates back to 1176. Lord Rhys invited poets and musicians from all over Wales to a grand gathering at his castle in Cardigan. A chair at the Lord’s table was awarded to the best poet and musician, a tradition that continues today in the modern Eisteddfod.

*Barddoniaeth” Welsh: The whole towering edifice of poetic endeavour
Image: 9′ high Bardic Chair (Castell Aberteifi – Cardigan Castle)

 — with Victoria Healing at Castell Aberteifi – Cardigan Castle.

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Image: Cardigan Castle.  ~ The History Man

I Heard dis Poet

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Benjamin Zephaniah

On facebook, I saw dis poet,

from my old home-town, back in Brum,

“Benjamin Zephaniah”

Born in the Caribbean of Handsworth Woods,

where I’d lived as a very young mum.


Ben, he had a challenge,

when he was attending school,

He was labelled as “dyslexic”

the teachers had called him a fool.


Way back then in the 80’s,

Handsworth Woods was known as Europe’s multicultural town.

The heart of good old Birmingham,

so many ethnic people spread around!


Sounds of reggae music,

Smells of ganja smokes.

Curries in the kitchen,

and dancing, rapping folks.


Happy bright jigging Rastafarians,

carrying ghetto blasters on their shoulders.

Dancing away life’s worries,

never concerned about getting older …


The old houses they were shabby,

two up and then two rooms down.

But the vibrant people of cultures,

they never wore a frown …


There was a special “vibe” there,

you could feel it in your blood

Likewise, the band “UB40” had began their dub!


Thank you “Benjamin Zephaniah”

for reminding me back to that time …

When I fell in love with reggae music,

and Bob Marley just blew my mind!


bob marley

Bob Marley played “heart pumping” music,

Showing jah dance could shed the blues.

I always loved those pulsing vibes,

wanting to be Jamaican,

‘n’ join their tribes!


Their bright rasta colours, soul sounds and earthy smells,

I vividly remember them,

as I recall back my memories now.


So many happy faces,

Jiggling jah men, hip hopping around.

They had a snappy swagger,

as they sashayed from their hips.

Their feet always dancing,

Jah music  booming loud …


Happy boppy music … ‘I and I’ imagined,

I was living in “Kingston Town”


Beautiful Jamaican families –

on Sunday mornings,

dressed up in brightest clothes.


Parading off to churches,

to sing gospels and hallelujah’s,

with dignity, grace and repose.


Gone are the days from way back then,

but I always do remember,

When I hear dat reggae soul sound playing.


Come to think of dat now and den!

maybe that is where I learned ‘dis beaty beat, rap pen …

Victoria Healing ~15.10.2015

I heard a Poet

Benjamin Zephaniah was born in April, 1958 and was raised in the 
Handsworth district of Birmingham, which he called the "Jamaican 
capital of Europe". He is the son of a Barbadian postman and a 
Jamaican nurse. A dyslexic, he attended an approved school but left
aged 13 unable to read or write.
He writes that his poetry is strongly influenced by the music and 
poetry of Jamaica and what he calls "street politics"

“Mr Professor Zephaniah said pupils should have a greater awareness of the “different cultures and languages” within Britain. “Hindi, Chinese and French are taught [in schools], so why not Welsh? And why not Cornish? They’re part of our culture,” he said.The poet made his comments during his first visit to the National Eisteddfod, which took place in Meifod, Powys” ~ BBC Cymru 

”I think poetry should be alive, you should be able to dance it’ ~ Benjamin Zephaniah


when Doves fly




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“Once I started I couldn’t stop” ~ Sam Perry


Who said Sam Perry is controversial? Why? Because he has a unique talent, bordering on genius. Typically when someone presents something new and different to the masses, there are critics and put downers. The programme is called “The Voice” and Sam’s voice is almost angelic and ethereal. He is his own one-man orchestra and has no need for back up bands, instead he uses his own pre recorded songs and plays them back through a loop station while singing back again into his mic’ as he creates layer upon layer of magnetic and otherworldly echoes.

How could this be controversial or he be breaking any rules? Sam is using his own vocal harmonies reverberating back through a beat box live on the spot.

His performance was dynamic, power full and seriously resounding

Sam shocked everyone at #TheVoiceAU with his electrically charged performance, and if that wasn’t enough, when they offered to help vary his musical genre and style he astonished those  judges when he replied…

“I just want to do ME’

Did I say I was excited-cited… You bet!

Sam definitely got my votessss and will be

THE VOICIEST VOICE” to hear in the future. Listen-isten here.



So, what has all of this got to do with a ‘DOVE?’

No, I didn’t randomly go off ‘track’



Get real… Sssscccrrrattttccchh out the old and loop in the freaking new and powerful!



“When Doves Cry”

Sam Perry – IS ‘The Voice’ Australia 2018



If you’re from Australia, watch and hear here:

When Doves Fly ~ Sam Perry


The rest of the world, watch and hear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sPn1…


The Voice Australia with Sam Perry MusicFollow

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Sam Perry ~ Vocal Loop Artist Extraordinaire



Numerology Daily Matters

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I’m Listening


Dolores O’Riordan was born with a Life Path of ‘33’

Do you know how difficult this challenge would be?

A Master Number in Numerology doesn’t come so easily.

A Messenger born for self sacrifice, martyrdom and a spiritual teacher

Living life out loud, with courage and strength to beseech yah

Inspiring others to break down their defence.

Mastering all these virtues would demand logic and a lot of common sense.


Her creativity and imagination would have helped her through,

The lyrics of her songs will show you what she knew.

But once her vision was switched on, she could never switch it off,

You would think that would be simple; but it is not.

Resourceful, imaginative, those messages shared in her songs

This is where she found her niche, happily, where she belonged.

If Dolores wasn’t in control of her emotions,

That (Fentanyl) would have caused her massive, internal explosions.


Having had a lot of responsibility in her short life,

A reformer who gave multitudes, life direction and good advice

I think that Dolores lived up to her role…

Her strong pioneering spirit; embraced her compassion and well-meaning goals.

In the end, ‘prescription drugs’ (Fentanyl) ruined her life

Another gifted martyr sadly has been sacrificed.


Victoria Healing ~ 17.1.2018

I’m Listening

 Are you listening?

‘It's my evolution
 The only solution
 The torment it's all that
 I'm holding within’

~ Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan – Wikipedia


Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan (/oʊˈrɪərdən/; 6 September 1971 – 15 January 2018) was an Irish musician and singer-songwriter. She led the rock band the Cranberries for 13 years before the band took a break starting in 2003, reuniting in 2009. Her first solo album, Are You Listening? was released in May 2007 and …

“In dying of Fentanyl overdose, O’Riordan joins other artists like Lil Peep and Prince”

Fentanyl, also known as fentanil, is an opioid, which is used as a pain medication and together with other medications for anaesthesia. It has a rapid onset and effects generally last less than an hour or two. Wikipedia

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Du, du, du, du…

‘When the violence causes silence, we must be mistaken’

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‘Another head hangs lowly’

As sadly, the news is breaking slowly…

Why is it that when our talented stars die?

Suddenly their life and songs become popular, I’d like to know why?


Dolores’ promoters and publicists,

Making another fortune from her famous hits!

Watch out for the media frenzy and glory, …

Breaking, new angles to her story!


Gossip here and chatter there,

So many rumours are in the air.

Her family, would be devastated enough

Without hearing nattering and guff, guff, guff.


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Dear Dolores sang her pure heart out,

Helping others, lost and wandering about.

When emotional difficulties came along,

We’d take time out to listen to the words of her songs.


Feeling comforted, in knowing, that we weren’t the only ‘one’s.

Hints that Dolores had been struggling, with a ‘bi polar’ condition;

Although her songs prove that she had logic and rational vision.


What is it they’re trying to say?

That she had a twisted mind in some unfortunate way?

That will help and assist the medics, society and media,

Just put another gifted star passing over ’allegedly’ written in history as; ‘mental health hysteria.’


Another head hangs lowly,

knowing, that she has died.

How many more heroes will we lose to the other side?

cranberries zombie BREAKING NEWS: ANOTHER STAR… tragically found dead.

Only ’46’ but ‘No explanation at this stage’ is what that they’ve all said…

Well, I’ll just nod, wink and hint towards those medical conditions,

Bi Polar and back disorders… what MEDICATIONS were given?


Like-minded people are drawn together, but sadly with Dolores gone,

All that we have left are her memories and lyrics of her songs.

Thank you dear Dolores for helping me, cope my tough times through,

Your thrilling voice and Ode’s… ‘Du, du, du, du’

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Victoria Healing ~ 16.1.2018

Ode ~ Too impossible to ignore ~ Hey Momma …

Because I couldn’t let today go, without thanking you and just saying… ‘I wouldn’t disagree’ ~ ‘you gave all you could’

Dolores O’Riordan began singing when she was just 5 years old, and 
by the time she was a tween, she was writing...


Zombie by The Cranberries Songfacts. This was inspired by the IRA bombing in Warrington, Cheshire, England on March 20, 1993. Two children, Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry, were killed. The IRA (Irish Republican Army) is a militant group that was determined to remove British troops from Northern Ireland.

History shows that this idea dates back to the 8th century. The word ‘zombie‘ is said to have come from nzambi, which in Kongo means ‘spirit of a dead person’, or zonbi, used in the Louisiana Creole or the Haitian Creole that represents a person who died and was then brought to life without speech or free will.Apr 25, 2013

Sweet Dreams Dolores O’Riordan in #Limerick

Thank you

Dancing Star

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Enter Jayden, the little guy in the photo wearing a hat, posing happily with his proud mom … just loves “Michael Jackson” Jayden is an amazingly talented dancer and had just won his school competition for his body popping dance performance …………….Michael Jackson style



Dancing Star

Why should we make our children fit in?

When they all were born to stand out!

This is a true story and how I think that life should be about


This is my grandson Jay Jay and he reminds me,

When I’m feeling blue

All I have to do…

Is think about my children and grandchildren… that is the power of love which makes my heart smile too


I know our young man, Jay, Jay will go far

Because he is so passionate, a bright naturally talented star

He was obviously born to dance

So we should all give him every opportunity and chance

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But oh…

At school, with all of the bullying, his confidence was dimmed

Even though he has extraordinarily amazingly flexible hip hop limbs


Now he’s older, more confident and bolder

I’m wishing him all the best

This young man is so talented he’ll get a dance role in future I’ll bet


Encouraging and showing our children to be free and unique

So that they can find their own swagger and sassy techniques


It’s all about attitude at the end of the day,

As long as our children are smiling and following their own heart, as they enjoy their time of play

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Victoria Healing ~ 11.9.2015

Go, go, Jay Jay ~ Hey Momma

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“I’m going to search for my star, until I find it, it’s hidden in the drawer of innocence wrapped in a scarf of wonder ~ 
Thanks MJ (Michael Jackson ~ “Dancing the Dream”)



Like a Virgin

Happy Birthday today! Like a Madonna!

All images of Madonna from Madonna Universe (Facebook)

Music muse 



NOW… do I have your attention?

Another of my heroes I would like here to mention;


Looking at Madonna and what do you find?

Epitome of a rebel, who speaks out and clearly sings her mind

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Appreciation for her, in all that she does

A great example to show-woman-ship because…


Singing her heart and spirit out, putting on a great show

Many people have copied her and still on she goes!


Doesn’t matter about her age, a true Leo in style

Not taking others judgements to stop her in any way

15443126_1173514802764063_8993486808389944728_oSome mock and taunt her ways of life

But what about ‘those people’ just what have THEY done that is nice?


We all know that her Dad wasn’t happy,

When his Madonna had found a new habit.


Although, then, did you also know? losing her Mom at a young age in life…

Caused her daughter an enormous amount of strife.


Congratulations to those who put themselves out there

Expressing their feelings to others, even though, some, don’t really care


Music is a great, way to entertain and express,

What it means to deal with life, searching to find happiness!

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Lyrics and tunes may stick in your head

As you awake each morning, let that be read


This is the start up to a good day

Cheering you up and positive you will stay


Music, Mr DJ, please never stop playing

Our musicians are my heroes, but that goes without saying!


Turn up the music listen to what there sings

Then you may find the answers to questions on emotional things


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Doubts will be gone,

Providing you with more tools of life to move forward and carry on.


So getting back to my hero; Madonna, what do I see

A fine example of a mentor

Who is wild and free.


Listen to her songs, watching her dance

Proves to me that in life there is always opportunity and chance


In Numerology, gifted with the Master Number 11;

Spiritually talented, as if sent as a sage from up in Heaven.


Poetic, imaginative,  a material girl with great wisdom.

Like a prayer, she came into stardom, sharing her vision!


I have an affinity to her life and her work

Because we were both born in August of that very same year.


By, her example and lead, I always follow

Watching with admiration, at what she will do tomorrow.


She wasn’t interested in the traditional deity’s

So then… condemned by the church,

Ignoring those complaints,

Moving forward to prove her millions of dollars worth


She still carry’s on, showing that She is someone

Who will contest against the masses and their throngs.


Controversial and provocative in so many ways

Brightening up anyone’s worrisome, or depressive phase.


A huge ray of light playing from her heart

Listening to her records, that is the best place to start


Or reading up her bio, you may just be surprised to find

Madonna is very clever and has an intellectual academic mind.


Then another string to her bow

That not many others will know.


Is that Madonna is the queen of the charities

Humble, giving and supporting the minorities


Victoria Healing ~ 4.8.2017

Like a Virgin ~ Hey Momma

(Madonna 16.8.1958)

‘Vogue’ in the car with Jeremy Corden






Born Madonna Louise Ciccone
August 16, 1958 (age 58)
Bay City, MichiganU.S.
Other names Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone (Confirmation name)
Net worth $560 million[1]
Spouse(s) Sean Penn (m. 1985–89)
Guy Ritchie (m. 2000–08)
Children 6
Musical career
Origin New York CityNew York, U.S.
Years active 1982–present
Website madonna.com