Absent figures


A younger John-

I had a Mother once, though of her voice I am not aware

I recall the sincerity of her eyes and the way she pinned her hair

I think she had a crimson dress but of the material I am not sure

For too many years have passed now-she is a memory, nothing more

 

I used to have a Father and his name was Matthew McGrath

He was an Irish man and must have practiced a craft

Mr Hopps said he was a drunkard, but that I cannot recall

Sometimes I often wonder if he knew my parents at all.

 

This poem is based on my brand new novel, ‘Kith and Kin’ you can download it from Amazon for a small donation of £1 by clicking on the following links-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kith-Kin-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B01LYS9LHA

https://www.amazon.com/Kith-Kin-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B01LYS9LHA

 

© Sophie Bowns 2011-2016

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The visible ghost


-John McGrath

I saw the hatred within you. You loathed the ground on which I stood

There wasn’t an ounce of compassion there. Your heart was carved from wood

Why was I a terrible burden to you and was it badness you saw?

For I am not a bad person, sir I am timid and nothing more

Why was I a simple target and a boy you could shove about?

Damaging years of mistreatment left me lost and filled with doubt

 

The years have moved by and life is a different ball game now

I am a tailor Mr Hopps, and you seem lost somehow

It’s like your mind is damaged, you are a vacant lonely soul

Years of hating and violence have finally taken their toll

I am a married now and my family need me most

You have become a shadow of a man. You are a visible ghost.

 

This poem is based on my brand new novel, ‘Kith and Kin’ you can download it from Amazon for a small donation of £1 by clicking on the following links-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kith-Kin-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B01LYS9LHA

 

https://www.amazon.com/Kith-Kin-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B01LYS9LHA

 

© Sophie Bowns 2011-2016

My Bonnie


Kith and Kin by [Bowns, Sophie]

This poem is based on my brand new novel, ‘Kith and Kin.’ You can download the Ebook on Amazon for a small donation of £1. 🙂

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kith-Kin-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B01LYS9LHA

USA https://www.amazon.com/Kith-Kin-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B01LYS9LHA

 

John

I am barely an adult myself, but there is one thing that I know

You will have safety and security while we watch you grow

We’ll provide food for you to eat and in meadows you shall play

There will be flowing love around you until our dying day

 

Bonnie I will protect you and save you from a childhood like my own

We will make mud pies in the garden of the house that is our home

I will help you tie dainty daisy chains, dabble for minnows in the stream

Or simply gaze up into the clouds and let you dare to dream

 

Darling, I had no childhood, no time to simply be a boy

I fear the damage is done; from the age of eight I was employed

You will have decent schooling and a pile of books to ponder over

My Bonnie, you will understand, but not until you are older.

 

© Sophie Bowns 2011-2016 

 

 

 

My brand new novel Kith and Kin is live and available for purchase.


Kith and Kin by [Bowns, Sophie]

I am delighted to announce that my brand new novel, ‘Kith and Kin’ is live on Amazon and available for purchasing for just £1. I would like to thank @OrderOfTheDimen and @AudrinaLane for taking the time to read it through for me prior to self-publication and giving me some useful feedback.

Blurb

‘Downtrodden and disheartened John McGrath, a malnourished eighteen year old cotton mill worker longs to escape the miserable working environment that has suppressed him for years. 

Trapped under the tyrannical eye of the factory foreman Mr Hopps, John finds solstice in the wisdom of his best friend and fellow worker Caine Davies, who assures him that times will change. 

A refreshing new chapter is offered to John in the form of ladies’ companion, Maira MacWilliams who reinforces his love and trust in others. With his new found confidence a career pathway is opened and better prospects are on the horizon. John’s life will never be the same again, but can happiness have a price?’

 

Where can you buy it?

It is live on Amazon as you are reading this. Follow these links. 🙂

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kith-Kin-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B01LYS9LHA

USA https://www.amazon.com/Kith-Kin-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B01LYS9LHA

© Sophie Bowns 2011-2016 

Kith and Kin- a September writing update


I am excited to tell you all that I should be able to release ‘Kith and Kin’ as an ebook within the next few weeks after completing a full read through, a full text to speech read through and receiving feedback from two helpful readers. I finally feel confident with this version as it gives a more detailed insight into my main characters and leaves potential for a second book.

The cover

I cannot tell you how much I debated over the cover image, but finally I have an original image that I am happy with thanks to the use of photo editing software. It is incredible what colour editing and a decent font can do!

The release date
Ideally, I would love to release ‘Kith and Kin’ in the next few weeks to a month once I have recieved feedback regarding potential edits. The novel will cost around £1, and I would be thrilled if there were people on here who would be willing to read and review it for me!

As always, thank you for your support!

-Sophie

Hunger pangs


Hunger pangs and unofficial plans plagued his life each day
A lonely, disheartened mill worker who did not want to stay
Was he destined to be miserable, not knowing who he was
Could things be turned around as he worked for his cause?

Sleepless nights and daily frights haunted John’s troubled mind
Where was the part of his soul that he desperately needed to find?
Was there someone who could save him and had he met them yet?
Or was this him, was that it. Had his life path already been set?

© Sophie Bowns 2011-2016 
@SE_BownsFiction