Poem: Julia

Out of darkness

My fenland tiger

Reading words on palms

You came you saw

Your nimble hands

They bore

Reading

You whose name is courage

Out of darkness

My fenland tiger

You never let things pass

A dog and cane

They guided you

In rain

Walking

You whose name is courage

Out of darkness

My fenland tiger

Your endless aching journey

From Caithness

To Lands End

No less

Blinding

You whose name is courage

Out of darkness

My fenland tiger

You fought against them all

For your right

To be a mum

Without sight

Winning

You whose name is courage

Out of darkness

My fenland tiger

The cancer came to beat you

You bare the scar

But won again

And from afar

Surviving

You whose name is courage

Out of darkness

My fenland tiger

When life is bleak

I still think of you

A voice remains

To scorn pity too

Smiling

You whose name is courage

Author: seagullnic

Writer, editor, lecturer and part-time musician. Passions in life: my family, Bob Dylan, music of many genres, Brighton and Hove Albion FC, cooking plus good food and wine.

2 thoughts on “Poem: Julia”

  1. Julia is a lifelong friend. She was born blind and lost her hearing too by the time she was 19. In 1989 she became the first deaf/blind person to cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End. Her whole life is amazing and her story holds for another day. She is my hero and whenever my life is down I think of her courage.

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