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Singing Birds and Silence . . .

Singing Birds and Silence . . .

Sunday 17th July 2022
A collection of poems by Janet Wilkes

Janet first travelled with Journeying to West Wales some ten years ago. Singing Birds and Silence is her second book, her first, After The Blossom,` is autobiographical and a lovely read.

Janet's debut poetry collection is a treat. The poems speak with a grounded, real-life quality, that capture the moment perfectly - you can't help but be caught up in the occasion...

'There are many forms of writing poetry and anyone can do it', Janet says. 'All you need to do is take a pen and describe the place you're in, ether where you are or in your thoughts'. Janet does this wonderfully. Here's the title poem:


Singing birds and silence remind me of
Christmas long ago with coal fires, candles,
Sweet chestnuts, crackers and a pine tree that
Scented the room and shed needles on the
Brown linoleum that covered the floor.

We put cotton wool on its branches to
Look like snow and made little lanterns from
Toilet rolls and a star from two equi-
Lateral triangles, painted yellow.

After Christmas it went back outside, back
Into the heavy London clay that was
Our garden. It liked it there where it grew
A little taller each year that passed and
Greener with the silence and singing birds.

Janet's collection of twenty-seven poems may be obtained direct from her. Please email: You are invited to make a donation to, Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, a charity dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women.