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Why do I now prefer writing in my bedroom?

when I have a perfectly good study

- a space cleared for thought?


I feel inspired to dream while I’m awake in here

- not there. Is it because I’ve just coated

the room and everything in it, a lilac pink? 


Is that the colour of my inspiration?        

Or does it illicit forgotten memories

from my childhood? The baby-pink


bedroom of my spoiled youth,

the dear faces of my parents

- still missed after so many years.


I’ve been through so many colors

since then.  But perhaps I need to visit

them once again, in my imagination. 


Maybe this shade is my mood-connection

to the past. I’m alone now, responsible

for the world I live in and my painted walls.


Or could it be something to do with

the womb - a protective colour - a safe

haven for my dreams. Help that I need


in a harsh world, often too over-whelming

for someone totally unprepared or never

expecting to be the ‘Bottom Line’.


A softness which evokes feelings,

and comfort which allows my mind

to wander and explore, knowing


I’m enclosed and private,


from others who see too much.


Or is it the large mirror with it’s

elaborate edge reflecting my thoughts

surrounded by soft, gentle, allowing colour?


I look at myself in the frame and from the truth

of distance -  an inner truth?  Is that what

empowers my exposure? Is distance enabling


me to write such secret, forgotten feelings

in my journal?  My teenage bedroom was a similar pink

- total colour - enshrining girlishness and innocence…


Protection, before adulthood and reality hit me.


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2003

(1st published 'Hidden Capacity,' Frances Macaulay Forde, Ireland, 2003.)

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Wed 29th May 2019 03:01

Thank you Martin, for taking the time to read and comment.

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Martin Elder

Mon 27th May 2019 16:43

I think you should feel comfortable where the muse takes you. Like Keith I have a variety of places that I write, sometimes on the move which can be a bit of a challenge. But otherwise l could be in bed and sometimes at my desk.
Anyway a good poem. I also think it is good to have that safe space where you will not be disturbed.

Nice one Frances

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Thu 16th May 2019 03:59

Thank you, Jon. ?

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Wed 15th May 2019 19:32

Hi Frances
A beautiful poem.

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Tue 23rd Apr 2019 18:43

Thank you David, Mona & Jason for the flowers and for the comments Jason & Keith - much appreciated as always.

One of the good things about being divorced means you get to sort your own spaces. When I wrote this, first on my agenda, was a study to indulge to my hearts content.

Which I still do now that I have married again - because this time, I married a man who thinks I am wonderfully clever. ?

You have no idea (or maybe some of you do) what a huge boost it is, to have someone support and encourage your creativity!

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Jason Bayliss

Tue 23rd Apr 2019 15:52

A wonderful reflection Frances, I wish I had somewhere I preferred to write.

J. x

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keith jeffries

Tue 23rd Apr 2019 09:57


Inspiration comes from a variety of sources with each of us influenced by them. Colours seldom affect me, but I am profoundly affected by situations and personal dilemas, social injustice and nature´s beauty. I did warn you that magnolia was a good bet but that might have left you bereft of any inspiration at all.

A good and thoughtful poem
Thank you

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