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Isobel O'Donnell

Updated: Thu, 11 Feb 2021 11:07 am


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I'm a young, female poet living in Scotland. I love telling stories through poetry and I love to hear other people's stories. Much of my work has a strong focus on themes such as gender, in particular women and the way they are treated in society, fragility and healing. I'm very happy to be part of such a wonderful online community! This poetry is a blend of fact and fiction, a mixture of my own personal experiences and the experiences of people I have worked with, and met.


REBIRTH I grace the running water With lavender oil, Magnesium salts, rose petals That heal and care for the broken body. The aroma of a forbidden garden rises. Droplets streak the mirror And, in my ritualistic way, I dip a toe in first, Then my hand, The perfect temperature. I submerge myself in the water. The petals gently caress my back. I scrub my legs with sea kelp soap, That stings my wounds But the water removes that pain, Casts it away. Handel’s water music blurs As my head slips underwater, I find a new world But am drawn back for the crescendo. I glance at the time: 11:37. The day is almost gone, And I step out of the bath. Breathlessly I whisper my mother’s words In an empty house “Wash away the sins of today and you are ready for the new day.”

All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.

Blog entries by Isobel O'Donnell

Confession (03/01/2021)

FORGIVENESS (04/08/2020)

God's Rays (14/07/2020)

Hope (09/07/2020)

A Broken Mirror (09/07/2020)

Fever (08/07/2020)

The Fawns (08/07/2020)

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Fri 10th Jul 2020 14:11

Thank you for liking my poem!


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Abdul Ahmad

Thu 9th Jul 2020 14:35

Your poems are a rhapsody of panels intricately interwoven. A delight to read.

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Anmolpreet Kaur

Thu 9th Jul 2020 09:20

Welcome to WOL Isobel. Your mother's words had me by heart. You have great decriptive talent.
Keep writing


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Emeka Collins

Wed 8th Jul 2020 21:11

Isobel, you are a great poet. I am in love with your poems. It has a way of blinking, battering and calming the soul.

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