Layers by Erina Booker


Love is a charnel house of bones –
I even offered to add mine to yours,
A final act of love’s most deep-down tones
To walk together on those distant shores.
You’d said “come sleep with me for a hundred years”,
I had the knowledge of just what you meant –
Eternal want of Me, and the unknown’s fears,
To hold my hand wherever now you went.
I’d given you my life in this known realm –
It seemed a mere extension of that fact
To stay with you, move through the final veil
Together in a unity of pact.
We’d walked the darkest hallway hand in hand –
Just one more step, into that mystery land.

©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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