Heart-Work - Journal

Heart♥Work - Journal by Vivi Steels

 "Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." William Wordsworth
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Alter Echo (for Gary Moore 4.4.52 - 6.2.11) by Vivi Steels

Posted on April 8, 2020 at 8:05 PM

Alter Echo (for Gary Moore)


Deep dark stage -

star-lights pinpoint mastery

of fret set with mother of pearl,

silver strings set with genius

reaching decibels of hard rock blues

played at frenetic pace,

soul in harmony with guitar,

voice in harmony with soul.


Face wet, shining livid,

sweat pours down face, down arms

blurring fingers fast as light,

swagger winding up and down,

throwing self to and fro,

backwards and forwards,

in extremis, mouth open,

caught in the moment.


Deep dark stage –

star-lights pinpoint skin-tight trousers,

electric-blue shirt, luminous hands

fast as dreams, seeking chords

from fluorescent galaxy

far away, in that land of artistry

where man becomes guitar,

dark as jet, light as flame.

© Vivien Steels


Gary Moore was the finest guitarist this country has ever produced and he died far too young. He doesn't get the accolades he deserves with the guitars he could make cry and his fantastic blues voice. As an Aries born on the same day I appreciate the passion and talent he put into his music - he gave all of himself producing an effortless display of mastery on the guitar and powerful, heart-felt emotions. I love to listen to his music at an excessively high volume, especially when I am upset about anything. It takes you out of yourself - just transcendent, brilliant, sublime, authentic... Go to YouTube and listen to Still Got the Blues for You or Still in Love with You along with all his other great songs showcasing that out-of-this-world genius guitar playing.



*Bees, Seas, Birds and Trees' by Vivien Steels @ Vivi*Press

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 12:30 PM


*Bees, Seas, Birds and Trees* by Vivien Steels

Review by Patricia Beeton

“I have just read your new book of poems ‘Bees, Seas, Birds and Trees’. What a lovely collection of poems they are. The poems are a pleasure to read. Your words show a heartfelt, philosophical understanding of all aspects of nature and human emotion. Reading your poem 'Honey, about your pet rabbit, brought a tear to my eye. What a lovely tribute to him and a recognisable mixture of emotions for all of us who have lost a beloved pet. When I started to read your poem 'Everlasting' it instantly reminded me of my mother. Sweet peas were her favourite flower and whenever they are seen or mentioned I see her, so it was funny to realise as I read your poem that you too are reminded of your mother. You not only produce such lovely words, but are able to illustrate them with such beautiful artwork.”

'Stonechat on Gorse' by Vivien Steels

*Bees, Seas, Birds and Trees* by Vivien Steels @ Vivi*Press

This is the cover of my latest seventh collection of published nature-inspired poems with artwork, photographs and graphics. It can be bought via my Vivi*Press Poetry page on this my 'Talking Paint' website, or get in touch via the Contact page of this website.  This is the cover below.


I do hope you like it.