A MOTHER who poured her grief into poetry after the sudden death of her son has published her work.
Ruth Eves, of Mold, has used writing to document ‘life’s ups and downs’ for many years.
Her husband Edward, 81, has now brought her work together to celebrate her 80th birthday.
The pair want all the proceeds to go to a children’s home in India that Ruth’s father discovered during the First World War.
Ruth, of Bro Alun, took solace in writing after her son David died suddenly, aged 50.
David, of Flint, died from an aneurysm on Christmas Eve 2004.
“We were away at my daughter’s in London,” said Ruth. “We got a call at 5am but because it was the Christmas period we couldn’t get documents, we couldn’t do anything.
“We just had to wait. It was three weeks before we could have a funeral.
“It was an absolutely horrific time.
“You never expect to lose a child.
“I was able to put my thoughts down on paper then but there have been positive experiences and funny ones.
“I just find it very therapeutic to put my thoughts down on paper,” said Ruth, who belongs to a group called Wayward Writers in Mynydd Isa, near Mold.
Edward has now turned his wife’s poetry into a book entitled The Poetry of Lace.
“In one poem I draw similarities between writing a poem and making lace,” said Ruth.
“It’s not posh poetry, some is serious, some is funny and there is a little but of naughtiness in it, which everyone seems to like.”
The book will go on sale and all proceeds will be given to Kawlkhuma in Lungdar, North East India.
“My father was in the First World War in India.
“We have decided to send the proceeds to a children’s home he wanted to go back as a missionary to but never managed to.
“He went to be a Salvation Army officer but there was a political situation and he never got there so this is a way of making that up.”
l Copies are available by calling 01352 752590.