In the Shadow of my Pen

I am Maggie Watson.

I was born in Cape Town, South Africa.

My father was Scottish, a merchant seaman, and he fell in love with my mother while visiting South Africa.

We left when I was 5, and sadly I have no recollection of my birth country.

I now live in a quiet seaside town outside of Edinburgh.

I work voluntarily for Barnardo’s ( a children’s based charity ).

I am lucky enough to live near the sea, and enjoy walks ( Scottish weather permitting, lol ).

I love to travel.

I also enjoy reading ( when I am not writing)

I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (commonly known as CFS or M.E).

I was diagnosed 13 years ago,after losing my mother who I had cared for for 7 years.

It is a very debilitating/unpredictable illness which doctors are unable to treat😪, nor do they know the cause of it!

Fatigue is more than tired, and Chronic Fatigue is more than just fatigue🙄.

Please bear with me while viewing this blog🙏 as I am a newbie to this 🙄.

I hope you enjoy my posts and perhaps find some words that resonate.

Feedback and comments are welcome👍




If you have nothing good to say then say nothing at all😊

If you are trying to heal yourself, remember, it was not your fault.
Some of the poems in this collection are quite raw, but I make no apologies for that.
I don’t believe in dressing my words up in a fancy bow.
This collection was written as part of my healing journey.
When I pick up my pen to write, I never know where my pen will take me.
I included some prose in this collection because some stories take longer to tell.
I hope you enjoy this new collection of my work.
This collection of poetry was written by a woman who has had many life struggles.
I know there are many of you that have had then too.
Take what you need from these poems, and know that there is, always hope!
This collection of poems was written during one of the many “lockdowns” at the beginning of the pandemic.
I was also grieving at this time.
It is very much an eclectic mix of words covering many subjects.
I hope at least one resonates.
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