by Erina Booker


I took your golden ring from off my finger
And felt a surge of power coursing through,
There were not many days for you to linger
And what I felt was purposeful and new.

I’d cared for you – your body, mind, and soul,
And laid my life down for your fragile state,
To quell your horrors was my single goal ,
The reason for my breathing, and my fate.

No longer needing this bright metal band
To represent that we had joined our lives,
Your earthly life escaping like Time’s sand,
Your Spirit merging with me, final prize.

This was the strength I felt, this gift from You,
To stay with me forever, as my due.
© 2015 Erina Booker

About Erina Booker

Erina Booker is a writer, teacher, and counsellor, and her life has been largely about words and the many uses of language. She has written poetry for most of her life, studying at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and completing a major in Literature within her Bachelor of Arts degree from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Currently, she has five collections of poems in print. Her sixth, ‘Coalescence’, is her first collaborative venture into the fusion of art and poetry. Her background covers a further range of studies & interests, including Post Graduate Counselling, Applied Science in Medical Imaging, & also Musical Performance with the instruments of piano, flute, and ‘cello. Added to which, she owned and ran a sheep farm in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales for ten years, breeding black sheep, and enjoying the deep connection she feels with the natural world. Her varied experiences inform her writing as she draws on an intricate tapestry of events. Erina Booker lives in Sydney, Australia.

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