Post-weekend Poetry 041: Ice Maiden by Susan Shevlane

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the forty-first poem in this series. This week’s piece is by novelist, short story author and poet Susan Shevlane.

Ice Maiden

She was cold
With a heart made of black ice
Waiting for disaster on a treacherous road
She was high
Hyped up on anger
Hatred inside switched her mind to overload

She’s an ice maiden
Dishing out all she ever got
An ice maiden
A square peg in a round slot

She was fast
Like a driver in the fast lane
Bitter at the deals she’d been dealt
She was scared
Hiding down the back lanes
For fear someone may discover her heart could really melt

She’s an ice maiden
Dishing out all she ever got
An ice maiden
A square peg in a round slot

He was tall
Just like an ivory tower
Giving her shelter from the storm
He was hot
Like a summers day
In his arms she began to feel warm

She’s an ice maiden
He’s put her in his melting pot
An ice maiden
A square peg melting in a round slot


I asked Susan what inspires her poetry and she said…

I have been writing poetry since a small child, my first poem ever written can be found in the early chapters of my book (which is semi autobiographical, but is listed as fiction, but that’s another story, you would have to read the book to understand).

Myself as a person, find it hard to say the things I feel, but have no problem what-so-ever in writing it down as poetry. My inspiration comes from events I have experienced, things I see that move me, along with my life & political beliefs. All in all if I think the world needs a message about a subject, I will put it in verse. Sometimes I put it down in a straight forward way (as it is) other times I will weave a story around the message, a sort of cryptic clue to its meaning. I have been known to scribble a poem down on tissue paper, whilst pushing the pram to the post office, because I pass a house on the way that has a story attached to it! Or I get up from my bed in the night and jot something down that has just ran through my head, fearing I may forget it by the morning.

My grandchildren call me “crazy Nana” as I will make a funny rhyme up about something they need to learn, but I must say it works… they always remember the rhyme so therefore the message sinks in. I have the “Ice Maiden” poem published in book by the International Library of Poetry, and was nominated for an award in New York, I also received an “Editors Choice Award” for that same poem in 1997. I am currently working on putting a compilation of my poems together to create an e-book, in between trying to market my novel, & working on the second follow on novel, plus a spin off from a theme in Through Crystal Cear Waters. But one thing is certain, I will never stop writing poetry, because I couldn’t if I tried.

I feel the same about prose. Thank you, Susan.

Susan D Shevlane born in 1953 is the mother of 6 children, living in the Midlands in England, also spending time in Texas with her brother, using the tranquil setting to write.

Writing poetry and short stories from an early age, Susan has been published in the International Library of Poetry, gained an Editor’s Choice Award and was nominated for a poetry award in New York. Susan writes articles on a writer’s website on topics such as Humanities, Religion & Philosophy and has had success with her poetry.

She has spent time as a journalist on a community newspaper, “The Inner Nottingham Gazette”. Having had many articles published about local events, cultural diversities, politics and stories about people from all aspects of life, Susan is launching her first novel after being encouraged to do so from people familiar with her work.

“I am sure we are going to see more work evolving from this talented Author.” Paul C Hackett, project specialist

Her books are available via… (paperback), (paperback) and (Kindle).


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The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with mystery / thriller author Marietta Miemietz – the five hundred and eighth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

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