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An Apology

I’ve been carrying your shade around

and I think I need to apologise.

I’ve been keeping you closer these days,

tucked between my umbrella

and the notepads,

near the bottom of my handbag

like a half empty pack of tissues.

From time to time I dig you out,

just to turn over our last conversation,

re-read the second hand messages,

remind myself that you’re gone.

I still don’t feel like you’re gone.

I wonder when I will?


I’m a little late to the party for Tuesday Poetics, yesterday turned into something of a manic day with an emergency shoe shopping trip after work, but more about that at the weekend.

The prompt this Tuesday was the word ‘shade’. You can take it anyway you like but the word shade had to appear in the prompt.

This entry was posted in: Poetry


Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


    • Thank you Frank. It’s actually about the friend I lost last year. I’ve written a couple about him over the last twelve months. It’s close to the anniversary so I suppose he’s on my mind a lot at the moment.

    • Thank you Beverly. While you’re here. I’ve just put up a post about shoes, well sort of. I could do with some honest feedback. Would you mind? If you haven’t got time that’s absolutely fine.

  1. “I’ve been carrying your shade around….”
    What a wonderful and insightful statement. When people depart, they leave a shadow of themselves within us and surrounding us….I do believe that. Your words here….the idea that we “tuck” the person’s shade into our handbags, behind the umbrella…perhaps even in the kitchen cabinet that holds the spices? I think it need not be just the photographs of a loved one that remind us….but oh so many things…carrying around their shade. I love this! So very glad you posted.

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