Tom Billsborough

Gold Star - 94,443 Points (Preston Lancashire England)

Self Discovery - Poem by Tom Billsborough

Flat on her stomach,
All her limbs aching,
Inch by inch forward she squeezed
Through the long crawl,
That tight wet tunnel,
Not knowing whether,
If she got stuck,
She could ever return
To her home.
Brave girl! Eileen!
Yet the breeze in her face
Told the tale of a cavern beyond,
And spurred her on
Through that limestone worm-hole.
When she broke through
She became the first to witness
The natural wonder of the cloud chamber.
What ecstasy of heaven
Enwrapped her tired frame
And lifted up her eyes
Towards a cloud of stalactites
Formed of a thousand narrow needles
Through many calcifying
Centuries of time.
And she the very first
To enter that uplifting chamber.
Perhaps she thought how deeply
We must burrow to witness
And expose great beauty.

Topic(s) of this poem: discovery

Form: Alexandrine


Poet's Notes about The Poem

iNSPIRED BY A TV PROGRAMME ABOUT CAVING IN WALES AND THE DISCOVERY OF A CLOUD CHAMBER BY A GIRL CAVER IN 1963. THE LONG CRAWL LEADING TO THE CHAMBER IS INCREDIBLY NARROW AND TORTUOUS. WRITING CAN BE A BIT LIKE THAT! BUT SOMETIMES WE DISCOVER MAGIC IN OURSELVES.
NEVER BE AFRAID TO SHARE IT.

Comments about Self Discovery by Tom Billsborough

  • (2/24/2018 2:08:00 AM)

    Thanks, Gerry. It was a very inspiring program. I often think of her struggling through that series of tunnels when
    I'm struggling with a poem. We often struggle with our self-belief but now and again we can all create a piece of magic.
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  • Gerry Legister (2/24/2018 12:56:00 AM)

    Outstanding write with deepening thoughts (Report)Reply

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  • Annette Aitken (8/31/2016 9:11:00 AM)

    I think these people are very brave...for I myself just couldn't go down into those depths....and a lovely write to go with it...

    Annette
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    (8/31/2016 10:53:00 AM)

    Can't say I'd do it much either. Too big and clumsy; Actually I'm quite slim but really good at barging into things like lamp-posts, shoppers in a queue, the gondolas in the supermarket.
    I'd probably cause a cave collapse!

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  • Bri Edwards (8/28/2016 1:05:00 PM)

    i think i'll stick to writing! !

    but! when i was twelve i was a gung-ho spelunker, and it was ME who discovered that darn 'chamber' while on a school field trip! ! but i kept it a secret. it was ALL MINE! ! i DID find a gum wrapper someone had left.



    believe that? ?

    bri :)
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    (8/29/2016 4:36:00 AM)

    Ah that's where I dropped it. It left a big hole in my Gum wrapper collection. Obviously I'll make you a decent offer for it, if you've still got it.

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  • Pamela Sinicrope (8/26/2016 8:00:00 AM)

    That was worth waking up, turning on my computer, typing in 'BIllsborough, ', clicking 'order by date added, ' and selecting this poem. That was really a beautiful piece of writing Tom. Your imagery and metaphor shined here. This poem had a story with suspense...kept me reading and the relationship of caving to worm-holes, heaven, and the larger concept of beauty was well-done. This goes on my favorite list. You certainly have a way! (Report)Reply

    (8/26/2016 10:38:00 AM)

    I saw the programme last night. Enough to put you off caving, although my daughter does a lot in the Pennines. Really the bravery of that girl to tackle that worm-hole. In a sense she must have thought she was in a different Universe when she saw that cavern. i think she was a student at Swansea University which is quite close in South Wales. The drawback is that you have to return the same way!
    Thanks f

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/26/2016 3:26:00 AM)

    Of a cavern beyond! ! Nice piece of work. (Report)Reply

    (8/26/2016 3:42:00 AM)

    It's on Google if you want to see it under Cloud Cave.
    Thanks, Edwards

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  • Sriranji Aratisankar (8/26/2016 3:24:00 AM)

    Tom u have done well. Really sometimes we discover magic in ourselves... I offer U 10... (Report)Reply

    (8/26/2016 3:45:00 AM)

    Yes, Sriranji. The poem was aimed at members who are a bit nervous about publishing. Hope they
    take that risk. Others will discover some magic too as we do in your work!

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 26, 2016

Poem Edited: Friday, August 26, 2016


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