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Welcome to my website, a happy place full of my poems about life, love, loss and womanity (I made that up). If you like reading my content you can grab one of my best-selling books by clicking on either of the pictures left and right.

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Who is Donna Ashworth?

Donna Ashworth hails from Bonny Scotland, a 46 year old mum of two young boys and two dogs who loves to write. If you are …

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Tu me manques…‘you are missing from me’

The french don’t say, ‘I miss you’, they say… Tu me manques…‘You are missing from me’. You are. Missing. I feel your absence as though …

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Hilda, poem, self love, poem body confidence, poem ageing, poem for body acceptance

There’s A Woman In My Mirror

There’s a woman in my mirrorAnd she looks a lot like me,Though there’s lines around her eyes,And her hair is wild and free.She is plumper …

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History Will Remember When The World Stopped

History will remember when the world stopped, by Donna Ashworth

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Don’t Miss Me More Than Once A Day

Don’t miss me more than once a day, For life is moving fast. Don’t wish all of your time away, Dreaming of the past. Don’t …

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BY 40, OUR MIDDLE FINGER IS AT HALF-MAST…

By 50, it’s full on UP.By 60, both of those fingers are hoisted in a V…and not a single care is given any more.I mean, …

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TO THE WOMAN WHO IS SLOWLY FADING AWAY…

To the woman who has lost her spark. To the woman whose get up and go, has well and truly gone. This is for you. …

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When You Have Lost Someone You Love

When you have lost someone you love… Do not make the mistake of living in sadness, or living small to honour their absence. You owe …

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Ali macgraw/ ageing

10 THINGS TIME HAS TAUGHT ME

10 THINGS TIME HAS TAUGHT ME 1. Most of our life is spent chasing false goals and worshipping false ideals. The day you realise that …

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WHEN WOMEN SUPPORT WOMEN…

INCREDIBLE THINGS HAPPEN It’s a crazy rollercoaster of a ride, this life. For us all. But for us women it’s made even harder by the …

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WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH YOUR DASH?

  What Will You Do With Your Dash? You see, you can make all the money you desire, buy all the things you ever dreamed …

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DEAR FRIEND, I’M SORRY FOR BEING SO BLOODY RUBBISH

Dear Friend, I am sorry for being so bloody rubbish. But you see, life moves really – REALLY – fast. From the minute I open …

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The Teachers Have Had It Tough

The teachers of 2020/21 have had it tough. And that’s putting it lightly.They trained in their career for many years but were never prepared for …

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Woman asleep on moon illustration

You’re Not Imagining It…

You’re not imagining it, nobody seems to want to talk right now.Messages are brief and replies late.Talk of catch ups on zoom are perpetually put …

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CHARLES MACKESY DRAWING

ONE DAY

Today, I dared to let myself dream,That the world will one day open again.That the locks will loosen, the walls will fall,The doors will fly …

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Dear Mums, In Lockdown…

Dear Mums, Please remember one thing on your list of 400 today..You are not a teacher. You are a parent.You’re not home schooling, you’re ‘crisis’ …

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One Day, An Army Of Furious Older Women Will Take Over The World…

One Day… An army of furious older women will take over the world. And I want to be there at the front. Because one day, …

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BE THAT WOMAN

Be the kind of woman you want to call when things go wrong. Be the motivator, the encourager of dreams. Be the kind of fierce …

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YOU DID YOUR BEST TODAY

YOU DID YOUR BEST TODAY You did what you could. You could have done more – possibly. You could have done things differently – sure. …

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TO OUR DAUGHTERS

TO OUR DAUGHTERS 🌟 You were born made of softness, sweetness and love, but with a will so strong it could bend iron – despite …

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You Don’t Look Like The Settling Kind, Keep Not Settling…

Don’t settle Don’t finish crappy books Leave the restaurant if you don’t care for the menu Don’t waste 2 hours on a movie you don’t …

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When You Say Goodbye To A Parent

When you say goodbye to a parent. You are suddenly living in a whole new world. You are no longer ‘the child’ and regardless of …

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Tomorrow I Promise To Linger…

  You’ve closed your bright eyes now my darling,You’ve given your all to this day.And now that you’re sleeping so soundly,There’s so much that I …

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DEAR FRIEND, I’M SORRY FOR BEING SO BLOODY RUBBISH

Dear Friend, I am sorry for being so bloody rubbish. But you see, life moves really – REALLY – fast. From the minute I open …

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Teenager starting into distance/ poem about teenagers by Donna ashworth

WHEN YOU LOOK BACK

WHEN YOU LOOK BACK When you look back,  may you never see the blaze of a life in ashes because you let your fear become …

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MY NEW BOOK ‘THE RIGHT WORDS’

Dear Readers, My wonderful, wise, word-loving women… My third book, ‘The Right Words (when you need them most)’ is here.She is ready, she is available …

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PAINTING OF INNER CHILD BY GIOIO ALBANO

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY

Somewhere along the way, the world split you in two.And you keep one half tucked away from eyes that may judge.The other half is presented …

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Painting by Julia Watkins of woman swathed in light

THE PERFECT PEOPLE

When I see the perfect people,perfect is no longer what I see…I see pressure,I see stress,I see strict regimes and unforgiving schedules.I see fear of …

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PAINTING OF MOTHER AND DAUGHTER BY RAINBOW

IN TWENTY YEARS TIME…

In twenty years time…People will not ask the children of 2020 if they caught up with their studies.They will not ask them what grades they …

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A school teacher talking to her class on computer

The Teachers Have Had It Tough

The teachers of 2020/21 have had it tough. And that’s putting it lightly.They trained in their career for many years but were never prepared for …

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Book cover of to the women

Who is Donna Ashworth?

Donna Ashworth hails from Bonny Scotland, a 46 year old mum of two young boys and two dogs who loves to write. If you are …

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Woman asleep on moon illustration

You’re Not Imagining It…

You’re not imagining it, nobody seems to want to talk right now.Messages are brief and replies late.Talk of catch ups on zoom are perpetually put …

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Captain tom GQ cover

Goodnight Captain Tom

He wasn’t just a Captain, or a soldier or a man,He was a shining beacon sent to show us that we ‘can’.Our wartime covid hero, …

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Captain tom holding medal

Rest In Peace Captain Tom

Rest In Peace Captain Tom You showed us, in the darkest of times, how one act of determination can unite an entire nation.You showed us, …

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Dear February,

Dear February, I was a different person when we last saw each other.A person who thought I knew it all, who thought I had things …

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I’m A Big Fan Of Women…

I’m a big fan of women who snort when they laugh.Women who overshare awkward truths when the conversation stalls.I’m a big believer in singing loudly …

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