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These poems are the fruit of almost 30 years of occasional writing. They were written as private reflections, or for friends and family. I hadn't intended them for public consumption, but people have told me now and then that they thought I should share them, so I have. I shall add new poems if and when I write them, though a lot of my words tend to go into sermons these days!
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The poems are posted in no particular order, but the labels - click on links below - should help you find poems on various themes.
There are also separate pages on this blog containing links to music composed by my husband, Philip, and to Christmas stories which I have told here at Seal in place of sermons on Christmas Day.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Death comes cheaply

Death comes cheaply.
Lay a penny on the corpse's tongue,
an obol for the ferryman,
and Charon rows away into the unremembering darkness
and the place of welcome silence.

Life is quite another matter,
and the journey's price
is almost unendurably expensive
paid with hell-hot coins,
newly-minted,
blistering,
doubt on one side,
pain on the reverse.

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