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  • My poem, At My Mother's Bed, has won a Poetry Rivals competition to be published in
    Poetry Rivals Collection 2012-Strokes of Inspiration

    Saying goodbye to my mother before she died was very hard because she was a very difficult person and our relationship had always been very stressful for me.

    Before I entered the room where she lay I psyched myself up in order to feel strong enough to honour her and show as much love as I could.

    I remembered reading a passage in the book ‘The Once and Future King’ by T.H. White, about the legend of King Arthur, describing how the young Arthur summoned the spirits of all the friends he had made in the animal kingdom to give him the strength to pull the sword out of the magical stone.

    I started summoning the spirits of loved ones and that is when I became aware of all the daughters who kissed their mother’s, my ancestors, as they lay dying synchronising with me.

    Image: I captured this photo of a pool of water in a log covered with ancient moss yesterday
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