Silence and dandelion wishes.


Silence wraps her arms around

me in a loving embrace. My mind

continues ticking away,

only the words,

they don’t want to leave me.

They snuggle comfortably inside my mind

dragging in pillows and a duvet.

Together we lay back and watch as the

world passes by.

We watch two admiral butterflies skip across

the breeze

tantalisingly teasing one another.

I count the dandelion wishes

already in bloom and I count the ones to come.

I sit upon the blades of emerald grass

threading daisies into a chain,

admiring the pinkness on each petal

wondering where it comes from.

I search the blue of the sky

for a hint of a star, knowing I will never

see one whilst the sun watches me.

So I wait.

A moon sits whole in a pale blue backdrop.

And I wait.

The skies fall dark and my silence echoes.

And I wait.

I wait for the stars so i can count them.


Karen Hayward ©2016

How can I sleep when the night skies are alight with beauty.

How can I sleep when the night skies are alight with beauty? When the dying stars whisper to me in my dreams, how can I sleep when  darkness calls my name with promises of untold secrets .

How can I not sleep when you fill my other world, when in my dreams we are outside the confines and the iron bars are gone. How can I not sleep when inside my dreams you are everything and nothing you are the echo of touch as our lips touch, you are the moments caught inside my jar.

Oh, how can I sleep when dark skies wrap themselves around me caressing my soul, when the emptiness holds me in his arms and tells me perfect folk stories of solitude. How can I sleep when reality is so incredibly picture perfect through the crystal lens.

How can I not sleep when escapism filters through my mind, how can I sleep when the stars above are beautiful reminders of hope. Oh, tell me universe, how can I not sleep when my dreams are the very concept oh hope.

Karen Hayward ©2016

Cover me in a shroud of stars.

Dear Universe,
Cover me in a shroud of stars, I will love them until their lights fade from sight. Drop me into the deepest oceans I will swim among the lonely and tame the angry Sharks.
Close my eyes and show me true darkness and I will be a light for the lost. Lay me upon your fluffiest cloud and I will stare into your heart and dream of the infinite. Dear Universe, reach out your hands and I will fall into them I will become one with your soul as you are one with mine.

Karen Hayward ©2016.

Lay with me and just forget the world.


I’ve got tired eyes and a draining soul

come sit with me in the dark

and have me feel whole.

Place your hand where my fingers are

we’ll lay in silence and look at the stars.

Particles of energy will pass through our skin

the world will stop and we’ll have nothing to think.

Let me lose myself inside your eyes

see the reflection of a perfect moon lit sky.

And as the darkness engulfs us, we’ll feel peace

for a moment the emptiness will cease.

Karen Hayward (copyright 2015)

My creation, my celebration.

Look up to the night sky.
That first star you see,
Is me,
It is my celebration,
My elation,
My fascination and my creation.
It shines brighter than the other stars,
because, I have come so far.
It glistens,
For all the times, it has listened.
It shines in my name,
A shrine,
Of my pain.
look up to glorious night skies,
And see that I am wise,
Beyond my years,
Beyond my tears,
Beyond my fears.
See through my eyes,
look up to

Lunar you are so beautiful.

A tiny slither of lunar,
Veiled behind a misty cape,
Hiding from the world,
Planning her escape.
The brightest in the sky,
She leads the way,
Lights the path
So the stars can play.
oh lunar, i see you so,
I watch at night to see your glow,
I hear your unseen tears,
Feel your unknown fears,
Oh lunar girl, walk with me,
Light up my world,
So i can see,
lunar girl, i truly love thee.