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March 69 Mum and me














Black and White Barb is about my mum and dedicated to my mum on what would have been her birthday today. Always in our hearts.


This is available in my latest anthology – Counting Magpies. There are a few copies of the limited edition anthology left at £10 plus postage. The limited edition has three bonus poems, is signed by my own fair hand, and will also include a handwritten poem 🙂 Please contact me if you would like a copy.


Black and White Barb


Unkindly they called you

black and white Barb,

and made you sound –

like a magpie.

One for sorrow,

(and there was) pain.

It wasn’t true –

What’s in a name?

Your deepest depths

you were so strong,

a monochrome bird

with a nightingale’s song.


© Black and White Barb 2015

By Alexandra Carr-Malcolm