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Poems from the House by Carolyn Batcheler

Participants who attended the Rommi Smith poetry workshop on 22 June 2018 were invited to share their work via the House blog. We thank all those who attended and Rommi herself. It was a beautiful and inspirational day. Both these poems were written by Carolyn Batcheler.

Drinking a glass of water in Mrs Gaskell’s Garden

I’m blessed to be here
With the essence of peace
Her spirit sits aside
As I sip slowly

Sharing space with five
Soaking in new knowledge
Soaking in the sunshine
Oasis from confusion

Walls of ordered bricks
Remind of structured past
Lessons for a writer
Who often forgets to write

Roses to remember
Tranquil time today
Taken for me only
Refreshing excitement

Drinking in fresh thinking
Clear head from distraction
Moves on from trepidation
Waterfall of creativity

Carolyn Batcheler

Desire is a jar of decaying rose petals

Desire is a jar of decaying rose petals
A thing that’s not for touching
Best left alone, long contemplated
History is definitely the past

Desire is a jar of decaying rose petals
It’s a jar of ghosts long gone
It’s all of my lost dreams
Leading to a positive future

Desire is a jar of decaying rose petals
Echoes of lost beauty
Colours dull towards the bottom
Leading my past to fade

Desire is a jar of decaying rose petals
It’s firm lid a protection
That holds the contents
Leading to safety and security

Carolyn Batcheler

Posted
02-07-2018 in blog

And we've got a house. Yes! we really have

Elizabeth Gaskell, 1850