In Denial

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I stayed later at work today and walked home alone in the dark

I feel like my spirit is dampening, I am worried I have lost my spark

What a relief it is to be home again and join my girls by the fire;

My wife Maira is such a beauty, her courage I truly admire

Maira no, I don’t want a bath, I just want to clamber into bed

But you won’t let me do this; you insist that I must be fed

No dear I haven’t lost weight; my worn clothes have been stretched

Saying that I have grown too thin is really quite far-fetched

Please don’t worry about me any-more; I’m not in too much pain,

Except from my creaking knee joints and my unsightly looking chilblains.

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©Sophie Bowns 2011-2014


No Words

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On entering the dining room, the atmosphere turns cold

I want to make a swift exit as the argument unfolds

Poor Father looks so dreary, Mother is too highly strung;

I am terrified of the woman, for she has a poisoned tongue

Mother scolds me for not knocking, Father just smiles

Oh Father why won’t you stand up to her once in a while?

The conversation is minimal, how have things gotten this way?

We sit eating expensive cuisine, with not a word between us to say.

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©Sophie Bowns 2011-2014


Tomorrow will be better Mother, we’ll see if he is sleeping
Father how are you feeling?  How are you keeping?
You have a troubled expression and you lie very still
Know that we love you dear man, and we always will.

What am I going to do Maira?  I cannot carry on like this
I work every hour God sends and precious times I miss
I am sorry that I scared you, but I must get up and go
My employer won’t understand, I’ll be dismissed I know.

John, there are other options, return to your roots, it’s in your blood
Become a tailor once more; oh darling, I think you should
But for now, don’t you fear, for we will all muster a plan
Would you like a cuddle with Andrew? Please hold your wee man.

©Sophie Bowns 2011-2014



Doctor Wilson is it very serious, is his health a cause?
John hasn’t rested all week, no he hasn’t even paused
Is my husband very ill? What can I do, what would be best?
For at the moment he is sound asleep, John really needs his rest.

Maira, I don’t think it is as bad as it seems, for his pulse is stable
Help him drink some more water when he feels able
Poor John has been over worked; his body will take time to repair
He shall sleep as long as needed. Just let him know how much you care.

©Sophie Bowns 2011-2014


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Help Is At Hand

Father don’t get up from there, Father please stay put

What a terrible fright we got, as you lay there with your eyes shut

You won’t have to wait for much longer, for help is already here

The men are going to guide you back to the house; really you have nothing to fear

Mother oh thank goodness you’re there, please don’t be alarmed;

For Father will be safe now, we have just rescued him from harm

I think we should fetch for Doctor Wilson. Yes, it should be said;

But at his moment in time, we must assist the poor soul to bed.

©Sophie Bowns 2011-2014


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Pushed Too Far

Mother I am going to see Father, I shall visit him on the way to class
I’ll set off very early and by his crop fields I shall pass.
I have put the sandwich in my satchel, so he can have a bite to eat;
And perhaps a moment to just sit down and rest his aching feet.

My hands are shaking terribly today, my goodness how my head does swim;
My skin is burning under my touch and my heart is palpitating within
Perhaps I should take a moment; yes I think that I shall have to pause
Why do I feel so terrible? What could possibly be the cause?

At last, I can see my Father, but why does he look so ill?
His face is so off colour and he is standing far too still
Here are your sandwiches Father, come now please will you just sit here;
On this bale of hay for a moment, oh what troubles you Father dear?

Why does my shirt feel so tight? I cannot catch my breath;
My head is aching horribly, quite frankly I feel like death
I think I should stand up, I will be scolded if I sit a moment more
My legs buckle from under me, as my body sinks to the floor.

©Sophie Bowns 2011-2014

Out Of Sorts


I need to get some rest, but I don’t want to sleep in bed

I should switch off my mind, but negative thoughts fill my head

I hate slaving in the fields, but I don’t want to work inside

Oh why do I feel so out of sorts? I am resisting the urge to cry!

John there are other options, can’t you leave this line of work;

When you feel so haggard all the time and your body always hurts?

Fancy going from a tailor to a farmer, my dear it really is a shame;

For your great talents are being wasted, you don’t want to end up lame.

Maira, I dislike being stuck in a work place, and hardly seeing the light

Please stop worrying about me, for it is stopping you sleeping at night

Maira, you’re over reacting, I am hardly working myself to death;

How can you suggest such a thing, when this is the only option left?

My tired head aches horribly, and now I can hardly think straight;

Oh why must I feel so rotten and lie here in this state?

I have woken baby Andrew, oh my son I am so terribly sorry;

That I disturbed you from your sleep with my behaviour so melancholy

Your Daddy wants to be here for you, but instead he is slaving away;

For 12 hours a day, 6 days a week; this is the first time I have held you today.

©Sophie Bowns 2011-2014

ANNOUNCEMENT- “Azure” is now available as an E-book!

I am absolutely delighted to announce that one of my novels “Azure” is available to buy and download as an E-book from Amazon for a small donation of £1.02 🙂 (US & European rates will vary slightly)



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“Z-list celebrity Nikolai Capri should be happy. He has been given the holiday of a lifetime aboard a luxury yacht. Instead, he behaves like a spoilt child, causing the crew to take an instant dislike to him. Sparks begin to fly between him and a crew member and, on a stormy night, the pair have an aggressive argument. Little do they know that they are being watched from the water by a young mermaid who is about to change Nikolai’s life forever.
This modern re-telling of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid” re-captures the tragedy of the classic tale.”

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©Sophie Bowns 2011-2014