Martin Baldock

Martin Baldock

When did you first realise you wanted to write for a living?

Very recently. I’m not sure we all have ‘a book in them’ but we might tenuously have something to say; the reader will judge accordingly.

Which writer, past or present, do you most admire?

Daphne Du Maurier. Few authors have the ability to take you somewhere you believe to be, her prose is simple yet riveting.

What was your first published (or performed) credit as a writer?

Not as yet.

Which piece of writing work are you most proud of?

A Mothers’ Love.

A brother, a son in pain

A big heart, a soft heart

Cried silently for help

For no one came

No one recognised his name


We felt his agony

Too late to see, for no one sees

But a Mother brought to her knees

Not one soul taken that day

But two, the price to pay


Your faith will not save you now

For his work not yet done

He wants you as well as your son

One head laid

The debt remains unpaid


A Mothers love, crushed to dust

Her penance for love

Her God from above


Her faith will endure

Every Sunday

Holy wine and bread

The holy sacrament

Her boy dead


Forgive me Father

Why not take me, not my boy

Surely as you take him

My life empty

There will be no more joy


Her death came everyday

In a thousand different ways

What if, should I, why didn’t I…



Her boy gone

Why take so long

To take her, a broken soul

What did she do so wrong


Now they lay side by side

No more tears to hide

Finally peace at last

Their place of rest

A forgotten past


Together now, Mother and son

Together now, his work done


In memory of my Mother and brother


Who or what inspires you to write?

The above.

How do you switch off when you’re not writing?

I never switch off.

Which one piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Would be pleased to hear some.

Why are you a member of WGGB?

To highlight my writing.

Not as yet.


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