A Brush With Death, A Gust of Life – Abigail Chetham

distant planets writhed without reason

Many thanks to Abigail Chetham for her entry and support of our project. Abigail is a passionate poet and ‘she is inspired by darkness, light, tragedy, the romantic era, and the age of concrete and plastic.’ Her voice is her own as she writes of her own demons and deaths, angels and hopes, which come in many forms throughout her poetry.

A Brush With Death, A Gust of Life


a child wanders in the distance

And greets me with a name I once recognised

All i saw was anguish reflected

As I looked into its eyes


a city that once burned,

left its power in its dust

stared back through the heavy air

Of the forest of the dead at dusk


but silent promises wept

for they shattered at the break of dawn

but still one hope was kept

for their soul hadn’t been out-torn

its gaze grasped at my breath

its eyes tugged at my lungs

I could wonder how it is we met

when the harps had been unstrung


distant planets writhed without reason

And the song was sang to signal day

I let out one final tear, exhaled

As the child walked away


i had held that breath for just one moment As i lay down my heavy load

and it sank into the forest

Into the crypt which lay below

As i retreat i am reminded

of the way a forest does grow

a seed lingers in the darkness

An unconquerable city is sown
at last on the edge of silence

I find myself sink into new light

much like the crypt yet full of life

forever separate yet intertwined

Abigail Chetham, 18

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