Grace Departs

As Grace listened to the distant whisper of the train approaching from further down the track, her heart sank. Gripping her mother’s hand tighter, she glanced up at her normally smiling face, noting instead the deeper lines of worry that now seemed permanently etched around her grey eyes and the pale strained look of her unsmiling mouth. Had it only been a few short weeks ago that they had laughed together in front of the vanity mirror, trying on different shades of lipstick and eyeshadow to make themselves look like glamorous and exotic Hollywood actresses? What changes only a few weeks could bring.

The train was so much closer now, it’s noise almost deafening, drowning out the hum of of voices from the other people waiting along the platform. As the carriages rolled to a stop in front of them, and the platform attendant slid open the heavy door, Grace felt tears well in her eyes. Her mother’s eyes were damp too, as she bent and kissed her gently on the cheek.

‘Be a good girl for your Aunt Susan’ she told her her voice husky with emotion, as she helped Grace up the steps and into the carriage. Handing her her small brown suitcase, she slid the door shut again stepping back to silently watch as the train slowly began to pull away from the station.

For her mother’s sake Grace refused to let the tears fall from her trembling lashes, even though she knew deep inside that, from this moment forward, her life would never again be the same.

© 2017

A Shadow Walks With Me Today

A shadow walks with me today

– I wish that he would leave –

He reminds me of my deepest loss

And forces me to grieve


He tells me that you’ve gone away

That I – alone – must stay

Without your smile

– your gentle touch –

Until my dying day


Without your soul

The world seems dim

– All shadows –

Drab and wrong

I never realised before –

My life would feel so long


Tomorrow – I’ll get out of bed

Tomorrow – I won’t cry

Tomorrow – I’ll do like you said

– I’ll do my best to try –


Time heals all wounds I’m told again

– He’d want you to be strong

They must not feel your loss at all –

To be so very wrong


A shadow walks with me today

I know now – he’s a friend –

The only one not watching on –

Expecting me to mend.

© 2017

First Blog Post

Hi All,

As you have probably noticed by now, this site is a work in progress. In time I am hoping to build up a nice selection of all of my work, which I will then keep adding to as I go along.

I am currently working on a new manuscript which I hope to have finished, at least in first draft format, some time towards the end of this summer. In the meantime I will try to keep on posting an interesting selection of my previous work as well as anything new that pops into being.

If you think of any questions you would like to ask me or suggestions on the content you would like to see more of here then please let me know. I am always open to new ideas, I wouldn’t be a very good writer if I wasn’t!!

Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely day, June is in full swing here in Central Italy and I am off to make myself a nice cool drink before getting back to work!!