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Mother's Milk

Mother's Milk

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Out of My Pram

I could climb out of my pram
If I would - but I wont. Not yet.
I'm trying to want to climb out.

I'm trying to give up milk.
I may drop my bottle over the side -
No mum is pushing my pram

Mother's Milk is a series of thirty poems, written over a period of about thirty years.

It charts the psychological renewal of the poet, his journey from alcohol-dependancy to sobriety. This slow awakening takes him from a dark night of depression and despair to a place of reconciliation, where he can feel whole and where the spirit is no longer located in spirits.

W.G. (Bill) Shepherd was born in 1935 and educated at Jesus College, Cambridge. His National Service was in the Royal Artillery. He worked for many years in industry and then, in the late 1990s, trained as a psychosynthesis therapist. He now has a small private practice. Married since 1959, he has three grown-up children.