Nine Voices – Ian Adams


Always want to be

right? Welcome the sudden down

pour, catching you out.



If you need to be

needed, walk in the wood; she

needs no one, but loves.



When you must win at

all costs, defeat may come as

generous nightfall.



You decide to shine,

lone star? See the Milky Way

burst – myriad stars!



If you have to know

pray for friend cloud-unknowing

to envelop you.



Longing for safety?

Walk the vast plateau: risk all

under a big sky.



Do you always flee

pain? Look the fearsome creature

in the eye: fear’s fear.



Called to fight monsters?

Take care not to grow monster’s

claws; stand as mountain.



When it seems too much

follow one breath with your love,

and then another….’


From ‘Unfurling’ by Ian Adams


Here’s the book link:-

Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

Counselling Exeter since 1994


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