Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the one hundred and twenty-eighth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by Samantha Wilcox.
A Frozen Heart That Could Be Mine
I don’t look
So I don’t find
Sodden trampled leaves beneath me
Slick brown glistening branches beat me
Fast of tread as wind whips chest
Seeking out what isn’t there to take
Buried deep amongst the tissues, vessels,
Bloody secrets twisted, nestled
A shout behind me in the dark
My name, his voice a question mark
I tried. Time and again, I tried
Slow as moments lost at sea
Fast as lifetimes unseen pass
The flow of warmth was chilled to ice
As broken arteries perhaps. I tried
I could not love you
I cannot love. Too tired to try again
A frozen heart that could be mine?
But nothing answers me this time around
And so the ground
I asked Samantha what prompted this piece and she said…
My inspiration for this comes from my musings on years of my past that happily feel a lifetime ago now. The poem is telling the story of a young woman who has closed her heart to love – including that of herself – due to painful experiences in her relations with others. I know there were many wet and windy dark nights where I would walk away pain, and, of course, romantic relationships come into this. The hint at contemplation of suicide, however, is not from memory, just imagination.
Thank you Samantha. It was very vivid. I especially loved ‘his voice a question mark’.
Samantha holds a degree in English Literature with Film Studies from Kingston University, London, which she gained at age 30. Since then she has spent the last nine years writing seriously, having undertaken a fiction writing module via Open University and completed her first young adult fantasy novel, The Sister Worlds.
Samantha began telling stories from a young age, hiding herself away for an hour or so here and there while she spun her tales, living by her imagination (as much as possible within the bounds of reality!) whilst growing up. She began writing the odd poem during her teens, but it wasn’t until her late twenties whilst at university that she understood her true love for writing.
Her tastes are eclectic, not only in her own writing, but in the form and genre of the writing of others. She is inspired by Virginia Woolf and Christina Rossetti, amongst many others, including the work of Jane Austen, Philip K. Dick, Ellen Miller, and Zeruya Shalev. She has most recently been drawn to the work of Abraham Verghese. Her love for the magical and fantastical in fiction is relentless; she has particularly enjoyed the work of Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth in this respect, and once studied Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep in relation to Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner. Samantha also has a strong interest in human relationships and mental health, and a love for the innocence of young children and the life and hope they instil in tired-out grown-ups.
With experience as an editor, proofreader and researcher, Samantha is well accomplished and finds this useful when writing and, of course, editing her own work.
Her proofreading and editing experience comprises a website research and editing project for the charity Re-Cycle, the proofreading and editing of a website story – also for Re-Cycle – together with the editing of their August and September newsletters; also a novel, short story, and flash fiction piece for author Elizabeth Los, a novel excerpt for author & translator Jasmine Heydari, and the website area and biographies for global broadcast production company Clean Cut Media Ltd. She has also read and edited various documentation including minutes, website material, presentations and more, as part of her administrative background.
Samantha had her article, Manners, published in www.eatmemagazine.com, and she previously ran a creative writing group on a voluntary basis for Mungos charity.
She is currently writing her second novel and working on a series of children’s books for illustrator Ella Parry. She regularly writes fiction pieces both for her own website, and to be entered into various competitions.
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Her website is: http://inkfeatherpen.wix.com/inkspiredwrite.
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