Leave Not a Rack Behind by Susan E. Birch


Have you ever been caught

With a phrase or a word

Winging, like a bird,

Round and round in your brain?

A refrain you need to capture

Or lose it ever after.

Those times you scramble

For paper and pen, ever faster

But never fast enough

To quell the fear rising

Like an old tomb

Thrusting through the gloom

Surprising the resting spirits,

Of ideas withered on the vine

Lost in the vagaries of time

Before they could become.

Hear the beat of the ancient drum

And rise to seize the essence fleeing

Before it renders us blind

Lest we leave not a rack behind

….. To justify our being.


© Susan E. Birch

(Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on; and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. – The Tempest Act 4, scene 1, 148–158 William Shakespeare, 1610-11)

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Susan E. Birch About the Author

When Susan was eleven years old a teacher, knowing her love of Literature and History, gave her a copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare and a poetry anthology both of which changed her life.   When she opened the book of poetry it naturally fell open at a page on which was a poem called ‘The Cloths of Heaven’ by W.B. Yeats. She read it and was stunned as it was the first time words had actually drawn a picture in her mind.  Later, reading the book of Shakespeare, she found Sonnet 18’ and found the answer to why poets wrote poetry. From then on she was an avid reader of poetry and fell in love with the classical poets.

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1 reply

  1. I resemble that remark!


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