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New poetry collection

November 1, 2014

‘Fly Away Home’ is the title of my new poetry collection based on the theme of sanctuary. I will be releasing one poem a week for the next sixteen weeks.

The first is Out of Touch

No relic, no heirloom,

no record of birth,

no urn, no grave,

no memorial.

One red feather boa;

the single trace

of a life long-lived,

lost in the Silence.

This poem was written in response to a sepia photograph of a long lost relative. It was given to me while I was researching my family history for a previous poetry collection entitled ‘Land of my Ancestors’.
I studied the photo for a long time, hoping to learn something from the setting and costume but could not pin the character down.
That got me to thinking about what we leave behind when we move on in life, or into death, and how quickly we can be forgotten.
This is a link poem between my new collection and ‘Land of my Ancestors’ which is available as a free download from
n.b. There should be a line space between ‘memorial’ and ‘one’ but I can’t persuade the wordpress editor to include it!

  1. Jeannie permalink

    Hi Judith , am enjoying your blog as usual.
    We have a poetry session on Monday at TOSH The Old School House at 7pm.
    Xx jeannie

    • Hi Jeannie. Not sure if my last reply sent. Thanks for letting me know about Carol’s dad and the poetry session at TOSH. Happy birthday for yesterday. Am just back from a few days motorhoming in Northumberland. Have you been out much in yours recently? Judith

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