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Off My Feet by Rod Kok and Spring Park Bench by Heather Burns: The Anxiety/Release Collaboration #2

15 Apr


Creatives Making A Difference

‘Supporting Mental Health’


Welcome to the second collaboration in an eight week, fortnightly engagement with the emotions of anxiety and release.  For this particular collaboration we have paired four artists and four poets together. The poets have taken up the theme of anxiety, and the artists, in response, are engaging  with the theme of release. In so doing we’re attempting to artistically and accessibly engage with the dynamics between the two emotions- the clashes and the spectrum between the two contrasting feelings. The poets and artists have been exchanging ideas over a number of weeks and what you’ll be seeing as the weeks roll by is the diverse expression of that exchange.
 The idea is that we will also eventually group these collaborations together into exhibitions and installations to further promote public awareness and engagement with these issues. Your feedback on this project would be very much welcomed.


This week’s collaboration features

Rod Kok and Heather Burns (artist)



 Spring Park Bench

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Off My Feet

by Rod Kok


I am perceived as being
unafraid of the winds
that harangue me from
every direction.

Yet those branches in
my mind are buffeted
by thoughts of inadequacy.

Nobody sees my tears,
or feels my pain
as the roots which hold me
weaken under stress.

I fear judgement from my peers,
so I hide.

What truly exists inside
gets painted with
an opaque veneer,
a disguise made up of
words, smiles and laughter.

I try reach out,
offering a glimpse into
my tortured psyche…
fear causes me to draw back,
back to the shame I feel,
to the disappointment I have created.

Failure is mine.

You tried to help,
crawling to me, your own tears
laving my feet…
I pushed you away
out of despair.

Anxiously I pray
for a gentle breeze
to caress me,
but the answer comes
in a gale.

And knocks me
off my feet.



You can find more about Rod and Heather here: .

Rod Kok



You can see Rod’s Weekend Showcase here.


Heather Burns



You can see Heather’s  Weekend Showcase here or read her blog about the creation of ‘Spring Park Bench’ here


Please do come back for the next Anxiety and Release Collaboration on Monday 28th April featuring poet Lucy Quin and artist Jack Morris. Thank you for your interest.

Weekend Showcase: Rod Kok (Poet)

19 Apr


Every Friday, 1 artist/painter/poet/writer, letting their work speak for itself.


Rod Kok



by Rod Kok


Mistakes. Part of life,

says this foolish man

who has made plenty.


Aye, my cup is full

with remnants of memories.

Rash decisions that seemed

good at the time.


That very cup used to hold

a heart, beating wildly

with thoughts of a future

planned to perfection.


(was this the mistake?)

Listening to rules,

feeling guilty about being

so unsure…doubting everything.


Doubt lingers, the cup

spills over with present,

past and future.


Mistakes of the past

often turn into

blessings for the future.


Erroneous choices don’t define

who I turned out to be.


Doubt gets redefined

to wondering

(what if?)


Mistakes I have made,

and will make again.

But I’ve learned to drink

from the cup

so it doesn’t




Author Bio

Rod E. Kok is a Canadian author, currently exiting the last grasp of a 7-month long winter. He has been published in The Rusty Nail, as well as sharing his work on his own website (http://fifafan.ca) and others. He is desperately hoping that if summer arrives this year, it will spur on a new season of creativity.



Do get in touch via the Comment box or @ArtiPeep if you would like to be showcased. You’d be welcomed!


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