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Stratford Mums

This week’s poem, Stratford Mums, was inspired from watching swans and cygnets on the River Avon back in 2015. It was first published in Sarasvati Magazine.


Scarlet and gold maples, wave either side
of slow wrinkled water.
A mother with five murky young
paddles up and down.

She stops, long neck bent
into ‘C,’ nuzzles
snow plumage
to rub her coat clean.

Head lifted, she stretches
towards puffed clouds,
buckles wide wings, stands
on tiptoe, quivers,

swings backwards,
signals cygnets
to follow in line,
swims up the Avon,


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Patricia M Osborne
Who Am I?

Patricia M Osborne is 62, married and mother to three children and grandmother to four with another on the way end of August.

She was born in Liverpool and spent time in Bolton as a child but now lives in West Sussex.

Apart from poetry, Patricia writes novels and short fiction. Her poetry and short stories have been published in various literary magazines and anthologies and her debut novel was released in March, 2017.

Patricia is Poet in Residence at a local Victorian park. She’s also studying for an MA in Creative Writing with University of Brighton.

Her debut novel House of Grace, a family saga set in the 1950’s/60’s, is available on Kindle or in paperback from Amazon.

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