Thursday, February 25, 2010

Never, Ines and Jess

Never. 2009 and 2010
Written by Ines. Read aloud by Jess.


about the piece.
Ines wrote the initial poetry which makes up the poem Never online as part of a post she wrote on her blog about her son Fionn. When in January Jess invited her to send a piece of poetry or other work for her to read, Ines went back to edit and recreate the poem as it is read by Jess, now. Jess recorded Never in memory of Fionn for her blog After Iris Reads Aloud. This recording of the poem was the only one she managed to get through without breaking down in tears. Without their friendship, this poem wouldn't have been written or read the way you find it here today.

about the contributors.
Ines and Jess live in the same hemisphere and time zone but on opposite sides of the Irish Sea. Although they hovered on the edges of each others' blogs for a while, they became good friends when they took part in Mother Henna's Dia De Los Muertos heART swap.

Ines maintains a number of blogs: forward tumble; daily forward tumble, chronicling her Creative Everyday Challenge; Fionn, a blog about her son; and tunnel time, a blog about growing vegetables in a poly tunnel in Ireland. Jess has been blogging about her life after the death of her daughter Iris since September 2008. She has recently started a blog called After Iris Reads Aloud, where she makes voice recordings in memory of a loved one.


  1. Beautiful poem, so beautifully read. I can hear the heartbreak, and I'm sat here crying.Very powerful.Thank you for sharing.x

  2. This is a very very very VERY powerful poem. And so evocatively read too. I think you make a powerful team together.

    It is so moving the combination of sad "nevers" with the ending of determined resolution "nevers". A unifying thread through the poem which changes its meaning.

    Thanks for sharing

  3. Beautiful. Beautifully written. Beautifully read. Like Jeanette, I'm sitting here crying.
    Remembering Fionn and Iris. xo

  4. Ines, I love you, my dear. This is an amazing poem and I feel so honoured to have read it. Thank you so much. I feel grateful everyday to have met you... which is kind of weird and horrible considering the circumstances. Thanks again xx

  5. You are beautiful mothers, remembering your little ones in such a powerful way. Thank you for doing this.

  6. This is such a beautiful and powerful poem, and Jess's reading is just wonderful. Today we are all feeling sad, and we listened to this poem, so we all could let our tears flow freely. Thank you.

  7. That is truly a chilling poem, so poignant. Thank you for sharing it.

  8. Beautiful Ladies.

    Beautiful Babies.


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