Doulas, Conferences, Manchester, Homelessness, Poetry and Rainbows.
Given the recent events in Manchester and the atrocities committed there - I thought this would be a good time to share the light and love I found in the Train Station on my way home from the uplifting Doula UK Conference.
My friend Jen and I were snacking and waiting for it to be time for a train when this scruffy guy passed us by. "Hi he said" - "I am homeless, I don't like to beg, but I love writing poetry, I can read you one of my poems", he seemed like a lovely gentle soul, he rattled off a list of poems he could read, but there was only one thing on my mind - Rainbows. Jen has a similar mindset.
For me, rainbows are the proof that there is always colour and light in the darkness - even when we can't see them.
"Rainbows" we said in unison, he sort of frowned and then a smile shot across his face, he stood there, slightly away from us, scribbling away and then turned back to face us, reading in a beautiful, resonant voice he began.
Pot of gold
Stairs to the spirit
Domain only those
With the gift of light, love
Rainbows in the sun
Spectrum of colour
That never run
You'll catch them
Unless you pass the test
Up you go
The wonders of the wonderful
Thank you and God Bless, Ben.
He has stuck in my mind Ben, wondering what took a man with such poetry in his soul to homelessness, he touched me, his words live in the drawer next to my bed and also in my heart. Jen and I hope our paths meet again, so we can make a more generous contribution and also so we can tell him how much his words touched our soul and have stayed with us.
Maybe one day he will read this and then he will know.
This Facebook Group - Manchester Homeless is for those supporting the Homeless in the City.
Samantha Gadsden is an experienced Doula based close to Cardiff in South Wales, mother to 4 children and wife to Eddie, more information can be found on her facebook page, Samantha Gadsden Doula and website, Caerphilly Doula.