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Caroline Davies poem in Southword Journal

 

Caroline Davies was born in Norfolk to Welsh parents. She lives with her husband and two small sons in a village in Buckinghamshire. Her poems have won prizes in a number of competitions and have been published in magazines and anthologies in Britain, including most recently in Orbis and Envoi.


 

 

 

 

 

At Sea

Honorary Mention in the 2011 Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition

 

She took the sea with her

Not beaches but the grey

relentless Irish sea,

its rhythm and the crying gulls.

 

In childhood the sea took

her father away.

He carried an orange, during the war,

through the Malta convoys.

 

Bournemouth gave her softer landscapes

Sand and palm trees on the esplanade.

She preferred winter

when the wind would whip the waves.

 

He did not recover from her death,

survived another decade

in the cabbage smelling corridors

surrounded by old people.

 

Her round orange

blue with mould and disappointment

when it beached in North Wales.

 

 

©2011 Caroline M. Davies

 

 

 

 

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'Disappeared': poem by Davies in Monkey Kettle

'Moving On', a Davies poem in Ink, Sweat and Tears

 

 

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