Living With Strangers


Living With Strangers


She went where she was sent.

Into an old peoples' home,

selling the past.

Moving into the age of time,

leaving a lifetime behind.


She thinks time has made a mistake.

Yet with nowhere else to go

she has lost the key to independence.

She finds letters in the mail

addressed to someone else.


A far-off place is so much nearer now.

The years have shrunk as half forgotten

memories echo through time.

Family outings have been lost to history.


Life has come and gone

leaving only a faint imprint of the past.

Nostalgia has no claim to the future.

Just a promise to die with strangers.


Alan Ford


I have been influenced by the output of Neil Astley's Bloodaxe Publishers. Also Carol Ann Duffy, Clive James,Thomas Hardy, Douglas Dunn's early work and other anthology poets. I have written eight fiction books, including the satirical ghost series such as Princess Diana's Ghost on Amazon. Other published works include various articles,short stories in Brilliant Flash Fiction, and Academy of the Heart and Mind magazines, song lyrics and poetry. The lyrics have received placements in Song of the Year and the UK Song Contest.The poems have appeared in Conclave, Down in the Dirt, Blue Lake Review, Academy of the Heart and Mind, Scarlet Leaf Review and Ariel Chart literary magazines.

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