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When Glenda Died

My friend and colleague Glenda Evans, lived in a rambling old farmhouse on the south coast of New South Wales with her husband and two children.

She was a vibrant, creative and talented woman who was diagnosed with bowel cancer just before her 40th birthday. Somehow, Glenda cleverly arranged that her friends and family were at the farm and gathered around her bed on the morning she died. It was a beautiful and powerful experience.

Many years later, I made this book about it. As time goes by, I realise what a precious gift Glenda gave us, inviting us to share her dying process and her dying moments. As a result I was able to hold my father’s hand without fear and be with him not long ago when he took his last breath at the age of 97.


When Glenda died

the family gathered round

the bed with friends and kids,

her youngest turning

two years old …

the mountain moved.

It came from

the horizon,

 over endless forest

through the roundstone

river, crickets calling in

the paddocks, wrens

and fantails rippling

in the air –

up to

the farmhouse

where it filled the cedar

window frame and

peered into that room.

The Mother Mountain

gazed at us,

joined the circle of

all those who came

to say goodbye.

The Mother Mountain

stayed with us,

was there with us

at her last breath.











The mountain moved

when Glenda died.



Concertina binding with digital prints on acid free recycled rag. Edition of ten.

© Marama Warren


5 comments on “When Glenda Died

  1. sandyaureli
    May 25, 2018

    How lovely, Marama! I guess some copies are earmarked for the family. What a blessing this will be for them. XX S

  2. Greta Michelsen
    May 25, 2018

    That’s so moving and memorable Marama. What a beautiful work. GretaX

  3. greengaze
    May 25, 2018

    Such a beautiful poem coupled with those magnificent prints. As Greta said… so moving and memorable. xx

  4. caralan
    May 25, 2018

    Sensitive and subtly beautiful as usual Marama Axo

  5. Pearl Button
    May 28, 2018

    So beautiful Marama – a tribute to your poetic sensibilities and your friend Glenda.

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