Angela Topping

Rookie (2 October 1954 / Widnes, Cheshire)

Angela Topping Poems

1. A Casting Off 8/10/2003
2. After The Earthquake 10/22/2006
3. Final Examination 8/10/2003
4. Happy Birthday, Mr President 9/17/2009
5. Just A Minute 9/17/2009
6. The New Generation 10/11/2009
7. Ultrasound 10/22/2006

Comments about Angela Topping

  • Sally Evans (9/27/2011 12:37:00 PM)

    All these poems are well worth reading. I liked After The Earthquake best but they are all very good. Can we have more poems on ehre, Angela?

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Best Poem of Angela Topping

After The Earthquake

Whether to cry out in answer to
My father’s strangled cries
as he shifts bricks above my head,
or whether to keep silent, holding back
this dust with clamped lips. I lie
sealed in and cannot choose.

If I speak, death will steal my breath
seeping in at the mouth;
if I choose silence he may go away
and weep, and never know how close
my grave or how I longed to answer.

Someone flutes powder from my face.
I feel warm breath. My eyelids move:
Their flutter fills my eyes with grit.
Weight lifts from my chest and arms
and inch by inch I live ...

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