A poem By: 

About the artist

Helen Garrett’s paintings explore the eternal themes of love, fate and transience. ‘It is the mystery of life that inspires me as a painter.’ Find out more

Is it to do with stopping,
all this unravelling?

This desire to pick over
old bones in the fire.

Wondering what they will say
before the Phoenix rises?


all that doubt.
Transforming it.

Changing it
into a stronger life.

Is such doubt necessary
for the forging of gold?