the journey of a budding author



You emerged

A defenceless butterfly,

Into this harsh world.



You stretched your wings

Rose high in the sky

Dazzling all with your beauty

Ready to love

And be loved.

The world’s darling with a gentle


You flashed across the azure vault

Searching, flitting,


Tattered wings,

To end,

Cruelly crumpled

In the darkness

Of A Parisian tunnel.











Written August 1997

edited 23 August 2012


Author: booksdefineme

I have always been surrounded by books. My parents had books, books and more books. I haunted the library as a child and when I grew up I worked in books shops. When I had children and they went to school I ran the school library. And my husband keeps on telling me there are too many books in the house. They somehow seem to pile up on every available surface almost of their own volition. I fight back and donate mounds of them to the local library but somehow it is a losing battle. I just find more taking their place! For the last eight years or so I have been wrestling with writing a novel and what a fierce tussle it is. I am about to publish this magnum opus in a few weeks time. I feel as I did when I gave birth to my children; nervous but excited!

7 thoughts on “DIANA

  1. lover her beauty and loved this write up…

  2. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. A sad place without her. Beautifully written. 🙂

    • Thank you so much for the comments always. I wrote this in an emotional flurry, hurry just after she died. I found it again this week and had to polish it somewhat to make it readable!

  3. This beautiful poem perfectly analogizes Diana – I happened to be vacationing in France when the accident occurred – very sad. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Thank you for your kind comments. She really was one of the icons of the 20th century! And I enjoyed your blog too. I love France, I have a sister who has been living there since 1972! (I’m South African) My husband and I were there in 2010 for about 3 weeks and we’ve never recovered!

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