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Wednesday Poetry Corner: featuring some of the Mother submissions ~ Felicity Harley and Gretchen

I thought I would give you a sample of some of the poems that have been submitted for the Plum Tree Books’ Mother anthology. To illustrate this piece, I have attached an image by Gretchen Del Rio that I think describes very well, the sentiments expressed here by Felicity Harley.  Submissions are still open. Send in yours to


Mother Daughter Mirror Image

by Felicity Harley

Gretchen Del Rio on

Image by Gretchen Del Rio


The curve of your arm,
the texture of you,
especially the way
your hair curls
on your neck.  The sweep
of skin that is cream silk,
flowing down towards thin shoulders
reminds me of her and
that she is gone,
that I can’t brush my lips
against her cheek, her neck,
like I can yours.

It takes me by surprise
as I feel tears catch
in my throat.

Even the way you hold
your soup spoon to your
mouth, picking up the pieces
of chicken carefully with your full lips,
before you swallow them,
– her mirror image.

The nervous movements
of your delicate hands as you
move them close to me,
make me want to trap
these two lovebirds against my heart.

copyright 2014

About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books.

2 comments on “Wednesday Poetry Corner: featuring some of the Mother submissions ~ Felicity Harley and Gretchen

  1. drpendyala2005
    May 8, 2014

    wow…incredibly good…Congrats…Felicity Harley…!!


  2. thiskidreviewsbooks
    May 10, 2014

    AWESOME!!! 😀


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