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Back To The Start… #DVersePoets

So it started with a broken laptop. Or maybe it started with your brother, pointing you towards a target, that wasn’t me by any means, but I was somewhere on the other side of it.

Or maybe it started with an offer made to my Grandfather, which he passed onto my mother and her new husband. Or maybe it started with a newspaper ad, Welshmen need not apply. Or maybe it started in Ireland, with a broken engagement and a ferry ticket.

Or maybe we are so far from the start there is no point loosing myself on the path back to it.

The sun rose again,

and the weather changed its tune

but that’s not the start.


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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. 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. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Your haibun made me smile, Carol, and made me think of Flan O’Brien and Spike Milligan.

  2. Glenn A. Buttkus says

    What I adored about this piece was all the scintillating tidbits of your history and life, connected by DNA and happenstance, each tweaking my interest, each begging for back story; excellent job.

    • Thank you. I’ve actually written some of those backstories and posted them on the blog, and included others in my book. I do wonder if people will get sick of me going ‘let me tell you about another member of my family!’

  3. Beverly Crawford says

    Like Glenn, my interest was piqued by the snippets of your history. Very clever!

    • Thank you. I’ve quite literally written a whole collection based on snippets of my history so I was worried that I was perhaps flogging a dead horse by this point.

  4. Interesting post Carol. So many things go into a new beginning. Hard to pin it down to just one of them.

  5. Sherry Marr says

    So many beginnings…..especially as we go back beyond our lifetimes, to our ancestors’. Loved your poem.

    • I debated writing about when we first crawled out of the sea but I thought people might not quite get that far is the poem went on that long.

      • You might lose a few along the way 😉 I read that scientists studying DNA have linked us all back to one specific pair of human ancestors!

  6. gillena cox says

    Interesting the way you teased with the little bits of family tales and the mysterious not knowing beginnings or endings

    Happy New Year


    • Happy New Year to you too.
      I did a family tree a while back, and on my mother’s side it goes back hundreds of years, (back to 1066 if you believe the family stories). It always makes me wonder, what if one person had chosen differently, how would those ripples play out.

  7. Loved this! A genealogists dream . . . or nightmare. This made me think of trying to find the beginning of a morning glory plant that had run amok in our yard years ago. We’d pull and pull on a vine and the attached root, but it was never the main root, the beginning.

  8. ah….the fun, the frustration, the challenges, the disappointments, the excitement of tracking back…trying to go backwards to discover. I’m thinking of the ancestry and 23and me tests that are so popular right now that trace back to our beginnings….and the people who suddenly find something shocking in the results. There’s a comfort sometimes in the past — Swedish pancake tradition, cherishing our heritage….but there can also be a space suddenly, when we do something or say something and we go “oh oh”….that’s my mother coming out in me! (If it’s a part of her we do not want in ourselves!). Well, you’ve got me thinking here….and that is sure the effect of good writing! 🙂
    Enjoyed this one!

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