A Vagrant’s Journey

An anxious wait, a heart beating fast;
Half-forgotten memories come all at once.
Thoughts gallop past – confused and dark,
Faced with the reality that is painfully stark.
The path ahead looms lonely and bleak
Trodden by a vagrant’s bare feet.
The scraps of unspoken words will remain
Forever lodged in her feverish brain.
Unplayed sonatas from the times long gone
Reach from the shadows across the path;
They’ll vanish at the raw, frost-bitten dawn
Leaving a flimsy trail in the aftermath.
Time freezes; it hangs in icy clumps
As if waiting for a miracle that will never come.
A door left ajar quickly shuts
And her heart starts beating like a drum.
The solitary figure suddenly stops
At the crossroads between reason and a mind forever lost.
Her hands falter and then slowly drop
As the scorching tears turn to frost.

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by Nara Hodge

Nara Hodge describes herself as a lover of words who is forever in love with the sheer beauty of written word and in awe of the fiercely overwhelming power of poetry.
Nara is an award - nominated poet who writes poetry in English and Russian. She has been nominated for the Russian Literary Awards 'Poet of The Year' in two consequitive years -2017 and 2018. Twenty- two of her award-nominated Russian poetry pieces were published in the Poet of The Year 2017 nominees' poetry book. Further pieces of her poetic work have been published in the Anthology of Russian Poetry 2018.
She has collaborated with Spillwords Press where some of her most powerful poems in English have been published and successfully attracted a new wave of readership. She is currently an author at the Harness Magazine and looking forward to sharing more of poetic work here.
A believer in therapeutical writing, Nara often uses writing to express her pent-up emotions and to untangle her restless thoughts. She refers to her writing in general as Restless Reflections, which is also the title of her first poetry collection in English.
Nara has a Bachelor's degree in Philology of Russian Language & Literature and a Master's degree in English & Historical Studies.

She lives with her family in beautiful English shire near Oxford, The United Kingdom.


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