We are all that we have ever been
and like matryoshka dolls,
our present encloses layer upon layer.
All that went before—the baby crying
in indefinable need, small child
wide-eyed in dark hours, right through
all the phases, day-turned pages,
This minute, where all
that has been gathered rests within.
Keeps backbone straight, soul clean,
a bright heart proud and beating.
Miki Byrne has had three poetry collections published and had work included in over 170 poetry magazines and anthologies. She has read on Radio and TV and is active on the spoken word scene in Cheltenham. Miki also ran a poetry writing group at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury. Miki lived on a Narrowboat for years and began performing her poems in a bikers club in Birmingham.
Miki is disabled and now lives near Tewkesbury. Gloucestershire.UK.