Photo From The Promenade

They’re holding hands, strolling
along the seafront at New Brighton –
she in her silver-buckled shoes,
black and white dress
and becoming gloves.

Her hair is waved,
pinned into a roll at the back.

They’ve no idea they’ll be parents,
that I’ll never know them this way –
he in his trilby, she with eyes shining
like the silver in those shoes
that barely touch the ground.


Valerie is the author of two poetry collections – Mango Tree (2013) and Handprints (2015) – both published by Indigo Dreams Publishing. Her poems have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. She is the publisher of Elephant (A Poetry of Elephants) edited by Rebecca Gethin). Since 2017 she has been Poet in Residence at a Hertfordshire Pinetum.