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The Shadows of Love

Grandpa
He didn’t care about the election,
nor if the EU felt rejection.
He didn’t long for leafy lanes
or cottages with lead window frames.

He loved uneven cobbled streets
and factories’ grey smoke and heat.
He loved his comfy, battered hat,
and his black wellies, more than that.

But most of all he loved his grandson,
of which he had no more than one.
He made him laugh with many jokes,
and smiled each time the dear child spoke.

He was a plain, no nonsense man;
a strictly stout and meat pie fan.
But most of all he loved this boy,
who brought to his life, untold joy.

This poem is from my new book of poetry, The Shadows of Love.
All my books are free on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. It’s £1.99 on Kindle UK and $2.56 on Kindle US. The paperback is £4.50 +P+P from Lulu and will be available from other bookstores very soon.

Here’s a review of the book.
Sarah Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars – A joy to read – a book to treasure!
27 September 2018
Verified Purchase
The title poem seized my attention. It’s misleadingly simple but deep and, sure enough, A Large Feathered Hat demonstrates the flip side of love: hate.

A Mother’s Love has an ending that shocks with its truth – Christmas with Mother is hilarious; we’ve all met this lady whether she was our mother or not!

Swallows is a one-sentence poem. I read it twice, and it really is, demonstrating Ms Luker’s incredible talent for expressing love in so many diverse styles, not just another slant on the subject or in different words. The mix of focus surprises from page to page – love of books, flowers, a coffee flask, pills – mixed views on those!

My absolute favourite is Godmother, which opens with this line. “Shall I compare thee to a winter’s night?” Unexpected – once again, tails to love’s winning heads.

I hope you enjoyed the poem, Grandpa.

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The Shadows of Love

If you enjoy poetry, why not pick up this little volume of poetry that explores the different forms of love. It’s not about mushy love poems. Here’s a handy link.

If you like my poetry you can grab more here. My other two books are anthologies of a variety of subjects.

Nature’s Gold

Autumn Gold

The Shadows of Love

A remembered kiss;
the touch of your hands,
through the distance of time,
in faraway lands.

The songs that you sang,
of love everlasting,
now are poignant, untrue
as our feelings are passing.

And all that we knew
of a love that was strong,
we threw to the sky.
Now I think we were wrong,

to pass by a friendship,
and a passion like fire;
then I remember betrayal
and that you are a liar.

Yet sometimes I wander
through the winter of time
with the shadows of love
and still wish you were mine.

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