Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the thirty-first poem in this series. This week’s piece is by Alison Strange-Green.
Quite unsure of her smile
Uncertainty plain to see
Vivid memories untrue
Of what had never been?
Desperate to attract with lies
Mischievous stories told
Twisted words of innocence
her smile remained unsure
Cross examined, yet arrogant
she misled the eager throng
Leashing untold chaos
to never right the wrong?
Tearing at the fabric
Vague truths inside her lies
Accepting penance with rigour
No longer could she smile
Her past was such a lonely place
Full of foolish fantasy
Circumcised by corrupt lies
all innocence had vanished
Brewing with neglect and need
her story unearthed a tale
of dangerous lies, spun sinfully
destroying friendships through the tears
I asked Alison what prompted this piece…
The poem “lies” was inspired by actual events. The poet was caught up in a web of deceit and lies. Finding her self in a position where by legally she was unable to expose the truth. Reeling from her anger and disgust at the out come of the situation she penned the poem “Lies”. It reveals the ugliness of human nature and lengths a person will go to achieve their ultimate goal of misguided revenge. Completely disregarding thoughts and feelings of others. Showing no remorse for the consequences of their actions. Destroying families and communities forever. A deeply personal and thought provoking piece of poetry as life seen through the eyes of the poet Alison Strange-Green.
Thank you Alison.
Alison Strange–Green was born during the 1970s in the sleepy coal mining community of Caerphilly, South Wales. Her early childhood memories mostly consist of life in the nearby village of Ystrad Mynach, where she attended the local girl’s school, until her family uprooted and moved to nearby Blackwood. Being an only child and finding it hard to adjust, she led a solitary existence initially, spending hours absorbed in her own imagination and thoughts. During this time she first explored her unique creative nature. Slowly gaining confidence she made friends with ease, although still a very introspective and shy creature.
An above average student at school, she provided more enthusiasm than talent in most subjects. It was only during her later years that the emphasis of education was realised, resulting in many academic achievements during her 20s. Unfortunately, a complex neurological condition was then diagnosed and work seemed unlikely. This however only excelled Alison’s thirst for knowledge. Longing for the acceptance of her peers she moved out of the family home in the late 80’s, only to return a few years later more confident and self-adjusted. Her more creative nature was in full flow, as was the poetry and short stories she had begun to write.
During the winter of 1993 she made a life-changing decision. Without warning she moved to Wigan, Lancashire at the tender age of 23, where she continued her combined Honours Degree in Sociology, Psychology and Forensic Psychology at UCLAN. She also established and managed a mental health unit for several years, which was both inspiring and rewarding.
As quickly as she arrived she left Lancashire. Even after 15 years she yearned to return to her native Wales. Wales often being the inspiration for many verses. Soon after returning home she married and is now happily surrounded by her family, husband Michael, Alexander 6 years and Isabella 10 months in Newport, South Wales. Alison’s creative streak shines throughout “Nocturnal Sunrise” displaying her own thoughts and imagination laid bare. Her website is www.strange-green.com.
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