You Left Early – Jean Rochester

When I last saw her
She was surrounded by girls
Young and old girls
Would-be writers –
Caught up in her enthusiasm.

She had lost her hair
But no-one worried about that.
Her joyous life had returned
She was back in the world she loved.

That night she brought
Loving encouragement and
Inspiration into our lives. –
We still love and miss you Julia.

You left early with a joyous farewell.


I thought you might like to see this poem about Julia, by 87 year old Jean Rochester, who brought it to Sunderland’s Foyle Street Writers group this morning.
Jean’s failing eyesight prevents her from using her computer so I’m sending this to you on her behalf.
Best wishes
Sylvia Forrest

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