While Drowning off Padliegh Hill


While Drowning off Padliegh Hill


I doubt,

after all this time, you will ever


just how insignificant I then felt

or quite simply

terribly overshadowed and small

Smaller even

and less important than that old

gilt framed

knot tying achievement award

that still sits

to the right-hand side of my now

late great

grandfather’s old writing desk ..

Which for some

reason, I was reminded of while

drowning and

desperately trying to crawl out

through some

rich kids rigid red plastic tube ..

Invariably stolen

from the playground of some

local school

which had been thrown in the

deep end of a

swimming pool off Padliegh Hill ..


  • Author: Neville (Offline Offline)
  • Published: September 23rd, 2022 03:27
  • Comment from author about the poem: the flashbacks still haunt me throughout the near life experience I have experienced since then
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  • arqios

    Oh my Nev, when I was turning five I too had a drowning experience in the river that ran through my grandparent's property in my mum's hometown. After having been fished out, pumped of water and sufficiently revived I returned early next morning on the shallow end to conquer my fear, to get back on the proverbial saddle. Quite a resonant poem for myself. Thanks for sharing your poem and memory. It takes courage and mental fortitude to accomplish even that!

    • Neville

      Ha .. wot are we like eh' .. like two poets in a pod .. Thank you my friend & truly ........ N

    • Fay Slimm.

      Flashbacks can shock even after long passage of time - - insignificance can feel like sinking in water and no achievement award can alter the resultant years of coping with smallness - -- I know the feeling Nev. - a haunt of a write to read................x

      • Neville

        Your deep understanding means everything, .............. well maybe .. and my subsequent thank you .. if not considered too shallow, is the gift I sincerely return to thee .. x

      • Goldfinch60

        Those flashbacks in our lives can bring both good and bad memories Neville.


        • Neville

          Absolutely Andy ....... N

        • Dove

          Well, glad your survived the ordeal…

          • Neville

            the truth behind this rather convoluted scribble is stranger than most imaginations might imagine .. bless you for diving in & your subsequent perusal 🙂 x

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