Poetry by Dianne Traynor
Dianne Traynor - aka Diantra - lives in Melbourne, Australia. Raised in Perth , Western Australia, she relocated to Melbourne in her mid twenties and has lived in a number of inner city suburbs; by the bay, by the beach and in country Victoria, before making her way back home to Melbourne. She is a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, an iceskater, a pianist, a lover of nature, a survivor and a believer in energies, truth and love. When asked about her writing, she says:
“When I write, or create, I am at peace. No matter whether I am writing something that some may consider dark, or be it romantic or playful, I am always at peace with my pad and pen. Writing takes me home. Home to my heart. Home to something much bigger than myself. It is a gift and I am eternally grateful.”
Drawing on a lifetime of experiences with love, joy, nature, loss and grief, Dianne puts pen to paper as if she was in the room with you, speaking with you and she writes with raw honesty. Just don’t expect her to pull any punches!
Her aim is always to go straight to your heart from hers.
Scribblings of a Scattered Mind was born in 2008 after a few poems made their way on to social media. In 2010, Dianne's life changed radically and she found herself facing isolation, emotional demands, loss of freedom and sense of self,
struggle, pain, depression and confusion. The saving grace was her pad and pen.
In 2012, Dianne's first poetry collection, Scribblings of a Scattered Mind, was published. She continued to write but as times became darker, so did her poetry, and she found herself withdrawing from life. Dianne is an avid believer in raw truth and telling things as they are. She believes that honesty brings far less pain than deceit and it is only the fearless that live in truth.
The years that followed could only be described as an avalanche of grief, of loss, of sorrow, of unbearable pain and of deep regret.
In a world where all seemed normal to others, all she could manage was to survive.
"At first I reached for a pen and tried to write my way out of the darkness, It was second nature and it was my "go to" for everything. It was not to be. I had fallen into a state of numbness and all I could manage to do was survive another day. My pen no longer steady in my hand, my heart barely beating, memories cascading over me day after day, night after night; it took all my strength to remain normal in the eyes of the world, to dig deep and continue breathing when my breath had been taken from me.
Grief is a heavy cloak to wear and is often invisible to others - or we make it so - and it will weigh you down like nothing else can. Scribblings of a Scattered Mind is a true representation of myself, where I lay myself bare before you. It may come from a deep dark place or from the lofty heights of love or dreams. But it all comes from my heart."
2020 saw so many grieving. Grieving the loss of loved ones, the loss of freedom, the loss of jobs and homes, the loss of life as we know it. Reality was biting Dianne - this had been her life for several years now. Only when others spoke of how much their lives had changed. and how deeply they missed their old way of life. did she slowly start to wake up and see how she had closed herself off to the life that others spoke of. It was time to find her way back to normality.
Covid isolation presented itself as a gift. Dianne was finding her way back home, finding a way to recover and join life again -
in isolation. Life can be ironic.
Dianne has always wanted others to know they are not alone, she is right there with them. And although her medium may be words, she lives through them. She knows it personally. Grief, loss, pain, struggle, abandonment, deception, manipulation, they have all become intimate friends. But so have joy, love, laughter, silliness, strength, endurance, persistence and gratitude.
A wonderful mix of all that is good, and harsh, in the world.
Dianne lives by 3 little words: Truth Belief Love
Truth - a heart can withstand one sharp stab, but not the slow painful never-ending slicing of deceit and manipulation
Belief - no matter what, always believe in a better tomorrow
Love - It really is all there is
Scribblings of a Scattered Mind was reborn in 2020
Dianne's first poetry collection, previously only available in paperback, was released in Kindle format. Her second collection - The Second Wave - was released In March 2021 and is available in both paperback and Kindle also. Further collections are written and yet to be collated and prepared for publication. Dianne occasionally creates posters, cards, mugs, mousepads - or even the occasional poem - by request. All her works are written, or designed, to inspire and to motivate; to remind us to be thankful, grateful, kind and loving; to cherish those moments of laughter and to rejoice at the magic and beauty of nature.
All of Dianne's works are her way of encouraging each and every one of us to live a life that is giving and compassionate to others and to ourselves. And to simply breathe in the gift of every single day we are here.
"The meaning of life is in the giving.
I only have my words to give, I hope that is enough to make a difference in some small way."
"Dianne Traynor's first book of poetry sits proudly on my coffee table. It is too good to be hidden away on my bookshelf. I pick it up often and every time the hope, the loss, the pain, the gratitude, the wisdom and the human rawness grab me, sometimes with tears, sometimes with a kick in the guts, (or the head). I highly recommend this book penned by a poet who has an inexplicable insight into the human psyche."
"I love your poetry, it speaks to me like no other" T Summers
"Your writing gives me goosebumps, you are divine" - S Godena
“Writing is in your DNA, no escape from it.” – T del Braco
“Your pen has touched the stars here.” – R. Razesque
“Beautiful poetry. Love how you put your words together.
It’s honey to my ears.” – Pawel Papis Photography
“You certainly have a gift.” – T Davis
“Beautiful.”– G Letsoko
"The level at which I relate to these emotions, the manner of expression and, wow, the poetry style you have. I'm in love with this writer. GREAT WORK" - M Maseko
"My journey is one that has been interrupted many times but one I feel destined to continue. I hope we meet along the way."
For Dianne's POETRY visit Amazon, Barnes & Noble or go Direct to Publisher
For special requests:
POSTERS, CARDS, MUGS & MOUSEPADS
PERSONALISED POETRY OR WRITING
Dianne has a life long dream to live by the sea
and to write for a living.
She says she will hold onto this dream until her last breath.
"Only the fearless live their truth"