Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Thank you again for so much wonderful writing this week.  There's been some intensely personal pieces, some commentary on the world, some beautiful pieces of nature writing, some marvellous escapism.  Welcome to all those who have just joined us, and to old friends who have returned.

Our Story of the Week is the latest chapter of Sooz006's 'Break The Child'.  This stands alone brilliantly, but if you haven't read the preceding chapters, please hurry over there and start right at the beginning.  You will fall in love with the characters, which is what makes this particular episode so gripping and so heartbreaking at the same time.  It's marvellous writing:

Poem of the Week goes to Ewan's 'No-one'.  Spare, direct, and with its eye firmly on the target.  Even when so many have now engaged with some of the terrible things happening in our world, this is a solid reminder of how we got to this point:

This week's Inspiration Point is here: