I’m not claiming to be a poet, indeed poetry did not hold great appeal to me over the years. I detested it in school, to be honest. I think it was the delving into the words and searching for their meaning and what is the poet trying to say here? Or express there? Having said that poetry came alive for me during my year at UL under the expert direction of Dr. Martin Dyar. He taught me how to ‘read’ a poem, how to look at it and discover its meaning for me, how it relates to me and so much more. I loved that semester at UL.

So when I came across #7wordpoet on Twitter, I clicked in and read through some of the tweets. I also enjoy a challenge and decided to take part. @7wordpoet shares a prompt each Friday. Your work must contain the prompt and consist of, yes, you guessed it, seven words. You may use a slight variation of the prompt as in the second prompt in the table below. So I am posting here my offerings over the past number of Fridays. Maybe you might enjoy this small exercise and look up #7wordspoet on Twitter.

She/HerShe looked to the moon,
And howled
Gkisten/SparkleLove is
tears glistening and smiles sparkling
ImagineImagine no more,
know you’re worthy
FamilyFamily is your roots,
but still, fly
WhyWhy every time you leave?
I wait
EternalEternal means forever,
like you and me
DanceOne, two,
thump thump,
dance of life
StoneStone, soft, solid,
You are my rock

Meet you back here soon, oh and if you wish to, you will find me on Twitter @marytbrad
I hope you give the poet within you a go and enjoy the experience of writing in a different format.
Mary B, x


Published by marytbradford

Family is important to Mary and her writing reflects the ups and downs of it all, and what people go through daily. She has been writing short stories for several years and enjoys success with her fiction in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies both in Ireland and abroad, namely Germany, India, and the US. Her stories have been both short/long listed in various competitions. It was because of this success, Mary took the plunge and self-published her first collection of stories titled, A Baker’s Dozen (2012). When one of her stories kept growing she ended up with her first published novel, My Husband's Sin. This novel turned into a trilogy, with book 2, Don't Call Me Mum, and book 3, No More Secrets following it. Her latest novel, To Live With A Stranger, is based on her Grandmother's country cottage and is a firm favourite with readers. Mary continues to write novels, novellas, and short stories, dabbling too in playwrighting. In 2019, Mary attended the University of Limerick and studied for a MA in Creative Writing, receiving First Class Honours. When taking a break from writing and reading Mary loves to crochet. Living in County Cork, Ireland, she is married and is a mother of four children. Having overcome open heart surgery in 2008, Mary made the decision to dedicate more time to her writing. With her children raised and starting to spread their wings, this became possible. Now, Mary is also a Nana, a role that brings her happiness and lots of love.

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