Uncaged Birds

From that moment, when his shadow fell

we children ran amok, mouthing our repressed pain in shouts

betrayed so young by hope of better times now held fast on a nightmare

journey of frustrations, compounded over bitter years in one long-drawn slow, silent scream

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n.b. Stealing from a prompt based on Maya Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird” that includes the line “his shadow fell shouts on a nightmare scream”. I have broken all the rules about how to do this, with apologies to Bjorn at dVerse ~ Poets who set the challenge originally.

CLP 12/05/2020

Day 17

It was announced today that two NHS nurses working in Intensive Care Units around the country have died of the Covid-19 coronavirus. They were all in their 30s.

I think of my eldest son working in that role in a hospital in the south of England. I think of little else.

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CLP 03/04/2020

On Alcohol

Photo of Max copyright Tracy Perry

Don’t tell me I’m wrong

When I say “No more, thank you”

I want tomorrow

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n.b. Waking up feeling muzzy, a nasty taste in the mouth, dehydrated with headache and a bit grumpy from a broken night’s sleep is rubbish.

Give me a gentle sleep that carries me to sunrise, the beauty of a new day and all its possibilities.

I am learning the power of “No” to be able to say “Yes!”

With eternal thanks to BTW.

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CLP 07/02/2020