Darkening Winter Day – Sue Gerrard

Trees bowed low with winter flakes

Multi award winning poet SUE GERRARD has published nine collections of poetry and one spoken word compilation called ‘Word of Mouth.’  She has also written four local history books, a collection of ghost stories and two novellas.

Her latest book ‘St. Helens Now and Then’, is a celebration of this milestone birthday for her hometown. It was the bestselling book in Wardleworths Bookshop over the festive period beating David Attenborough’s ‘Blue Planet’ and Jamie Oliver’s ‘Five Ingredients’ into third place.

 She has recently been commissioned by Amberley Press to write two books.

 Sue has had more than 200 poems published in national anthologies and has won numerous national poetry and short story competitions.

 Sue has read her own work at numerous venues throughout the country including The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (with The National Poetry Society), The Warrington Festival, The Edinburgh Folk Festival and The Bolton Festival.  She has also appeared at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.  Full details available on http://www.surgerrard.com

DARKENING WINTER DAY

Crisp snow crunches underfoot

Christmas joy now broken;

Trees bowed low with winter flakes

No words are spoken;

Mute birds fly overhead

While our hearts are broken.

Soft, soft snow now starts to fall

Cold flakes blend with tears

And thoughts of joyous times

Are in our minds right here,

Darkness spreads across the day

The shortest of the year.

Thoughts now turn to tomorrow

Lessened by your loss

For here, today, this winter day

Is now our winter sorrow.

Sue Gerrard

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