Mike Tonkin

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I am 74, and in 1998 had a stroke and my right side is paralysed. I lived in Cornwall, England until I was nineteen then I went to London and trained to be a Dentist, I then worked in London for thirty years before retiring and returning to Cornwall. My poetry is mainly about the things that I experienced and I am writing it to let people know that there can be a good life after a stroke. Some verse was written in the sixties, the rest in the last seven years.
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A Look, Two Eyes
A look. Two eyes
Filled with yearning.
A look. Two eyes
Gently burning
On 21st of October 1966 a tip of coal slurry slid
Into the village of Aberfan and 144 people were
Of these 116 were children who were buried
By The Way Her Name Was Mathilde
Nineteen hundred and fifty,
There were a lot of girls
Out on the town then,
I was seventeen and
Bodmin Moor
The moor is at it’s best
In autumn, with the air
Full of moisture, the place
Closed in
I had a stroke,
One minute I was
Michael J Tonkin,
The next I was


Howard Tresidder Tonkin 24 September 2016
Dear Mike I live in Kennall Vale and love your poem. I am also a Tonkin and interested in your connection to the place. If you get this message then please drop me a line on tonkinhoward@gmail.com. Thanks Howard
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