you grew and spread

learnt to climb

crushed obstacles

admiration and annoyance

jostled at the sight

of your tenacity

I tried to tender you tame


paid a professional


you were drawn

to the chemical solution

poison, slash, burn

after each assault

you rested awhile

rose from the underworld

garrulous in growth

gliding, seeking, gripping, climbing


the chemicals destroyed you

wild vine child of mine.


About triciabertram

I have written all my life. Writing helps me to make sense of a world I often don’t understand. Poetry is my supreme solace, closely followed by literature and music. When my son ended his life in 1999 I embarked on the most difficult journey of my life, my grief journey. To survive in this unknown, harsh landscape I had to write. It was for me, the only way I could even begin to move forward. Then in 2009 my darling husband died suddenly and so my journey continues. I write about other issues but because of my life experience, grief and death are continuing themes in my writing life. In our culture I believe there is a fear of death, an inability to accept the inevitability of our mortality, and this creates enormous difficulties for the bereaved and those around them. I have begun this blog in the hope I will create a small ripple in the pond of fear that is currently drowning the reality of death and grief. I will continue to skim the stones of my truth, watch them bounce, and see how many ripples I can make.

Posted on November 24, 2011, in Poems. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. magnificent. beautiful. xo

  2. I knew you would see the beauty in this my darling.

  3. My favorite, Tricia. xx

  4. Thanks Miranda, it is a bittersweet favourite of mine too. I still remember the muffins you baked to tempt him to eat when he came home to detox.

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