Autumn 2006 Poetry Competition First Prize

Beckett’s Offspring


by Faye Robertson





Bursting with life, in the cemetery,

I stand and muse on how meaningful

it would be to “give birth astride of a

grave”.  How eloquent

to deliver onto freshly turned earth; blood

and mucus to mix with the mud; a truly natural

birth.  People would think: how

inappropriate!  However, I can’t imagine

a more evocative place to nurture


a seed.  It’s so peaceful here.  I can feel

the breath of creation in the trees; the river

of life running below, ferrying souls to

and fro, and I know that the bones of the dead

would donate their flowers for

the newborn’s head.


 ©2006 Faye Robertson

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