Geraldine Fleming retired early from an all-consuming career due to ill health. Bereft of purpose in her new life she found myself drawn back into past interests. This newfound freedom allows Geraldine to renew her interest in creative writing. She is a member of the Causeway U3A Portstewart Writing Group in Northern Ireland and enjoys writing both prose and poetry. In 2019 she was highly commended in the Bangor Literary Journal and more recently published in Pendemic.
a telling tear
in the swill of first g r e y light memories falter in a heart \ broken \ beat a smile twitches & winces as Morpheus' comfort diss o l v e s a sun shower on parched stones proclaiming to the psyche \ without fail \ arrival of the snarled flailing 'nine-tails of anguish \ dispensed with a sure wrist flick\ vicious grief deceiving space & time \ harrows open & subverts each contented moment memories ever-altered by reality survival effort resumes/
In Recollection of Loss
sticky earth is deep-dug piled into a pretend hillock loaminess rising from the fresh ground catches the back of her throat rain atomises the clay liberating it restraining it in an impossible moment in time in space in affinity child's feet cling to the grass seeking traction on the fragile roots shoes encrusted by the trauma of the day mumbled chants and choked whimpers oscillate the air in equal measures the box is jerked and swayed into the straight gashed mouth licked lips are salty red cheeks are wind nipped by the solitary graveyard wind.
the last gravy you ever made meaty fat and onion sweet sheened by a dashing butter ball chemistry in motion cornflour speckles moonscapes the pan lid leftover evidence in subdued focus selenology mapping ash cones and rilles stove clouds belch from your garden's root crop condensing on the cool wall meteorology experiment epitomised butter lava flowing over skin split potatoes slow moving down the starch mountain volcanology delight Bramley's laid in beds of rich pastry glee filled with anticipation alchemy demystified