I wrote this poem three years ago. So much seems to have come true since then. I'd like to dedicate my poem to everyone fighting climate change, striving to protect our wildlife and create a better environment, a safer world, for us all to share: 

I Saw Her Crying in Tom Planter’s Field

I saw her crying in Tom Planter’s field,
The blonde-haired girl in black nobody knows,
Her eyes were hollowed out, her raw lips peeled,
She wore a silver bullring through her nose.

She bore the scars of herbicidal birth,
The effluent she drank from river sewers,
The fertilisers ploughed in her moist earth,
The weed-killers and steroid-laced manures.

She showered herself in fairy liquid froth,
Her neck was hung with fishing leads on line,
She ate our waste, drank disinfectant broth,
And breathed our soot and diesel fumes so fine.

Let’s hold a wake and pray for Mother Earth,
Her hair of acid rain forest etched black,
Her eyes green petrol jelly lakes,
The extinct broods, her children, won’t come back,

The angel turns and life begins anew,
She bows her head and leads me to a place,
A kissing gate through which the chosen few,
Will pass while we all rot in our disgrace.

(c) HJ Furl 2017


Does the weather affect your writing mood and setting? I stayed at the Thorn at Mistley on the Stour Estauary nr Harwich in Essex. After a smashing Full English Breakfast, I ventured outside to discover a large plaque saying The Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins, stayed there in the 17th Century. Apparently, he was responsible for the trial and execution of more than 300 alleged witches. No doubt they were all innocent. 

Cue new story. Well, I have struggled to finish the emotional scene, the arrest, capture, imprisonment, interrogation and final ducking of a poor witch until today. What a wet, miserable, overcast day! I think 'Julia' might have drowned on such a day. Now, in a suitably gloomy mood, I am ready to describe her fate.

Does anyone else suffer weather mood swings when they write? Please, say yes!


BTW if you do visit the area (famous for its beautiful Constable country ramble) look out for the strangest-looking lighthouse on stilts. Cue a new story: The Hut!             
I had a late night last night on Twitter and Facebook, then woke up late today to find I had completely forgotten my brief appearance at 930am on Chat & Spin Radio to promote my book! I made it by the skin of my teeth. 

If you are a new or published author looking to promote your book for free on the radio, then Ian and Ron would love to hear from you, and they invited me back!  They also offer recorded adverts at extremely competitive rates. Well worth the effort and Ian and Ron are smashing to record with. Here is their website:    

Hello, it's only Me!

Well, where to start? Are you a new author, a writer of short stories? Have you just started out on your writing journey? Are you / will you soon be published? Are you up to your eyes trying to promote and market your book - while still trying to write, and read, and live? Tell me about it! Well, where to start? Yesterday, tomorrow, today? I'd love us to share our writing and marketing experiences! Perhaps, we can even take the weekend off! Perhaps...! 

Best Wishes,



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