Counting Sleep

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Counting sleep...


I have so many Pinterest boards,

they overwhelm me...

but it’s necessary I check them

every night before sleep.

Gazing at the beautiful photos

calms me, prepares me for rest.


It’s a mystery - drives hubby mad

considering  for hours...

glittering jewels, intricate designs,

glamourous clothes.

Royal fashion icons addictively

inspire imagination.


A girly thing, I know, which by now,

I should have outgrown...

Then last night’s epiphany! I don’t actually

want jewels, gorgeous gowns...

travel to exotic places, adoration.

It’s something else entirely.


Lingering over pictures of our Queen

examining her dress...

Remembering my mother similarly

draped, often in home made.

I need that royal smile or frown knowing

her royal age, limited time left 


to vicariously exist... believe I’ve not 

lost someone I love and still miss.


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2018

(I wrote this after reading David's poem blog 'The Dream of Chance'.)


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Hannah Collins

Thu 7th Jun 2018 19:38

I like to gaze at beautiful photos too.
I so enjoyed this.


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Frances Macaulay Forde

Fri 1st Jun 2018 13:07

Hi Hazel. I have pearls... thanks for the thought.

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Hazel ettridge

Wed 30th May 2018 07:41

Frances, I never really 'got' jewellery for its own sake, but for holding memories it can be brilliant. Maybe you could buy yourself some pearls (for when the queen dies).

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Wed 30th May 2018 04:22

Thanks (I think), Ray. ?

I am actually quite concerned about how I will react when the queen dies. Her facial expressions remind me so much of my mum and seeing that face alive and well, weirdly comforts me.

And no, I have no delusions of royal blood - it's a very basic reaction, mired in grief which never seems to lessen.

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Tue 29th May 2018 21:42

There's something solid and reassuring in your work Frances, obviously with wings to take us aloft too. Please forgive my humour, but I was thinking suddenly of Edna Everage here. A sort of virus crept in! It may be the idea of being inspired to heights that did it.

Very enjoyable . Ray

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Tue 29th May 2018 17:53

Oh thank you, David for sharing your poetry - for your brave encouragement by deed. (And Hazel.)

Also, J R, it makes my day when someone reads and enjoys my words.

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J R Harris

Tue 29th May 2018 12:48

Thanks for sharing Frances

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