Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the seventy-third poem in this series. This week’s piece is by novelist, short story author, poet and illustrator Sophie E Tallis. You can read my interview with Sophie here.
The meerest breeze upon brushed cheek,
The silence between moments, lingering in the air,
The sound of breathing, the murmur of breath,
The stillness of life within,
The rush of blood to the head.
The likeness of being…
I asked Sophie what prompted this piece and she said…
Breath was really a stream of consciousness type of poem. I found myself in a rather meditative frame of mind after dealing with a few traumas and bumps along the journey of life we all find ourselves on. I think when you’ve had dramas in your life, you adopt a kind of pragmatism and mild detachment to any new crisis that comes along, you just roll your sleeves up and get on with it. ‘Breath’ was a way of taking stock and just listening quietly to the world around.
It was lovely. Thank you, Sophie.
Sophie E Tallis is an author and illustrator and long-time devotee of the fantasy & sci-fi genre. Originally from a sleepy village north of Bristol, she currently lives in the Cotswolds with her family and her two enormous white wolves! She has a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art and a Post-Grad in Teaching. She works as a full-time teacher and has been inspiring young children for the past 15 years. However, her first passion has always been for writing stories and poetry, which she has done since she was a child.
A painter and artist, she divides her time between writing, teaching and her artwork. She adores travelling when she gets the chance, and has a profound love of landscapes, particularly those of New Zealand and Dartmoor, which she finds very inspiring. She enjoys stargazing, playing chess, watching films, ‘world-building’ and buying yet more bookcases for her growing library! She describes herself as a lover of wild places and the written word and is a bit of a self-confessed nerd!
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