In Celebration of My Sisters

Inspirational women, spiritual, earthy & honest

Iyanla Vanzant has been a spiritual writer and inspiration for me for the longest time. I've have well-thumbed copies of Acts of Faith and Faith in the Valley that have been great to dip into when relationships are going sour or it's been difficult to see any light in a dim period of life, So, when the opportunity came to listen to her speak in London, I jumped at the chance; it was a sweltering summer Saturday night in the heart of Camberwell, South London and the black female community was out in force and looking fine! Brenda Emmanus was resplendent as the event's host, sporting a fifties style gold coloured tea-dress, perfect for this glamorous and uplifting occasion!

She spoke eloquently and passionately about the whole range of issues: relationships, healing, self-esteem, self-belief with self-detracting humour.  Iyana he also talked about her career and specifically her writing. She talked about how her words were delivered to her, and her job was to 'download' them - that resonated with me as I had written a few words about the same phenomenon in my first anthology 'Songs of My Soul' it's called 'Bloody Prose'

BLOODY PROSE by Suzy Rigg from Songs of My Soul

"From somewhere in outer space

Hurtling towards my inner core

These words ignite their sleepy mistress

Usually at the tipping point of consciousness

Unable to ignore  their urgent knocking

I awake, drowsy yet aroused with words

Entering my head, uninvited

deftly downloading

onto the paper through my physical being,

like a nose bleed.

Unable to ignore their insistent knocking

I write automatically

until the download is complete.


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Where does a writer get inspiration?

where does inspiration come from?

Lots of writers will tell you that they are inspired by anything and everything. I think inspiration can be put into two categories: the external world and your world within. Poets and writers usually fall into one camp, but some like myself like to hop between the two themes sometimes merging the two, usually to help them make sense of the external world in our own lives. Or conversely to figure out aspects of our psyche and personality that impact our daily lives and those around us.

‘Songs’ falls mainly into the 'world within' category – the clue’s in the title! Whether you believe in the soul or not, writing about issues that are close to your heart and soul certainly makes for some interesting introspection. Common idioms are 'they spoke from the soul' the 'life and soul' of the party or ‘soul-searching’. It's no accident that this word is used to describe our deepest feelings, almost describing the essence of who we are. Soul may mean a different thing to me and you, but we know what we mean when we talk about the soul.

If you’re a person who is in touch with their soul, you will love many of the poems in ‘Songs', if you have cut yourself off from some of the more difficult emotional areas in your life, ‘Songs of My Soul’ may precipitate a small and positive spiritual awakening in you. Either way, do let me know what you think.

Solstice Poem

Child of Universe

Bended bodies in unison

Stretched from toes to tips

In Salute to the Sun

A lively Solstice sun-kissed dawn


Birds flew out of trees

Providing solar chorus

Dogs stayed curiously quiet

Marble Hill House white, watchful


Breathe in  – lungs filled with summer song

Breath of summer clover

Cobra-coils in long grass

Like nymphs in child pose


Surrendered to the ground, green earth

Asanas for health, life, unity

Birdsong flutters in hearts

hear it from the yogis

Suzy Rigg