One of my poems – read out as a runner up in a local competition last year – and about my own family:
I see my family in colours…
She flicks the crimson tip
of a wicked tongue across each lip.
Vamp, harlot, studious geek,
‘call me ‘Scarlet’,’ she will cheek!
And yet sweet sixteen is as wholesome too
as a red summer apple that is crisp and new.
My younger daughter,
inscrutable as China, mutable as water.
Like the pile on velvet, she’s deep like a sigh,
silk to the touch when her spirits are high.
Yet again then abrasive and contrary
When the adolescent nap is brushed the wrong way.
a golden blur
of tail and fur.
Lolling tongue – a smiley face,
Smiles aren’t just for the human race!
Stretched out like a long yellow rug,
‘rub my tummy, give me a hug…’
Deep as the brown of the earth
the dust to dust, the dearth.
A warm autumn brown as the leaves’ hues turn deeper,
not harvested by the seasons, but by the reaper.
But always steady and solid in our past.
Love may die, but it will always last.
The colour blue? Reflective, sad?
Deep as the sea, it’s good and it’s bad.
I’ve watched my family grow and evolve,
childhood’s have passed, and death’s forced its resolve.
Our lives continue, ebbing, flowing, like the sea.
I can only look forward to the colours still to be.
My first novel is released on Friday 18th January 2013. Chained Melody is possibly the most unusual love story you will read this year. You can find out more about it on my website and buy/pre-order here