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A Time to Live – Not To Die

A Time to Live – Not To Die

The snow falls softly as it covers the ground,
No people, no cars, not even a sound.
As I sit here in darkness, thoughts drift to last year,
To a time full of sadness, a time full of fear.
To a time when my child should be happy and gay,
To a time full of life, with so much to say.

Instead, death’s dark shadow lay thick on her face,
No happiness, no hope, in the whole human race.
And the questions, with no answers, torment my soul,
No understanding, no reasoning, just the dark deepest hole.
Why did it happen, why so much pain?
Why so much suffering with nothing to gain.

Such a beautiful face, trying hard to be strong,
But her eyes say it all, memories play like a song,
With cries of the innocent, the sounds of the war,
She fought very hard, but couldn’t take any more.
The mask has now fallen, there’s nowhere to hide,
She cries for my help, I give it with pride.

My lovely young daughter, with so much to give,
Trying hard to be brave, trying hard just to live.
Time passes so slowly, but with it comes hope,
Small steps, one by one, along the wide slippery slope.

Such a beautiful face, no more hiding the pain,
Gone now forever, so much will she gain.
My love is so strong, it will carry you through,
The dark times, the sad times, the feelings so blue.

Let me help you, let me guide you, take my love once again,
Let me take all your burden, let me ease all your pain.
My lovely young daughter with so much to give,
Take my strength, take my courage, take my reason to live.

Genna D’Cruz

Urban Rain

Urban Rain Rain beating down drumming on the windows Tapping like fingers on old golf-ball typewriters Someone writing stories on the rooftops Rivulets on the outsides of the buildings Tinkling like a thousand children talking Gushing like a thousand children … read more


LAMENT OF A SHEEP FARMER (True story in newspaper: “Due to ‘fly-tipping’ from a cannabis factory (?) on a Swansea, Wales (UK) valley road, a flock of sheep were seen behaving a bit ‘odd.’) My lambs are dancing the Lambardo… … read more


ON BEING A MOTHER How can so small a bundle of humanity evoke such passionate emotions? How can such a tiny scrap of molecules, blood, flesh and bone make me feel blessed beyond measure? Heaven is in my heart, in … read more

Talent Night

TALENT NIGHT I had an ‘Uncle Morrie,’ who thought that he could sing – he exercised his tonsils – to the public thought he’d bring…. his dulcet tones, his baritone: his songs of exultation. On to the stage of The … read more


SANTA CLAUS OR WAS HE?  A dead-ringer for Santa (‘The job has been done…”) thought on a bit further (“Think I’ll have me some fun…”)  So he ‘phoned Holly Berry: coquettish and pretty, and he honed her a poem: a … read more


THREE WISHES Sarah-Jane Steadman 50 word story “What do you want for the other two wishes?” asked the Witch. “Could I repeat the first one, twice? “No. Not allowed.” “D’you believe that two people can have the same dream?” asked … read more


MYSTERIOUS MOON With powers almost magical – mistress of the sea – you cast your spell on earthbound lovers and stir the blood of space-bound brothers. The heaven’s night Cyclopic eye (sent by the Gods on  us to spy?) you … read more

It Matters To Me

It Matters To Me. (For Gerry Strange) Backward the sight must see Into the fog of memory The many faces in the mind Mirrored on the stage The creaking boards The knots and seams Of ancient wood and dreams Bowing … read more