About the poet
Caroline Glen has been a resident on the Gold Coast for a number of years. For six years she was coordinator of Gold Coast Writers Assn. Inc. Poetry Group.
She has been successful in many competitions and enjoys giving performance readings of her poetry. Her other published poetry books are Along the Way, On Seagulls' Wings, Caviar for Breakfast.
Read a sample:
He never wanted
to enter the world. He wanted
to rest safe in
the womb’s quiet, its safe place.
When they said
he and mother had one day left,
her. Pulled him out and up and
into a first cry. They disturbed his
never knew a first push from dark to
light. His own
work for survival.
his smooth, round body and put him
breast. He clung there. Stayed there six
and cried. Cried as though he
knew what pain
was out there waiting. His room
parents shook. When he stopped crying
rip. From mother to another. Too
certain. He missed mother. And family
strange, and too hard. Later, when he
ran his fingers
down the flowing skirts of freedom,
he looked for
the softest folds. The folds where he
playing. Keep dreaming. He wrapped into
travelled away, cocooned from family who
questions. With a bitterness biting, and a
dummy on his
tongue, each breath became an addict’s
step a backward step. A protracted rush
back to the
womb. To its quiet. Its safe place. But he
never found it.
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