Burning Candle


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By Terence Beresford


ISBN: 978-1-904697-76-3
Published: 2005
Pages: 173
Key Themes: fire fighter experience, poetry, manic depression, bi-polar disorder, grief


Terry Beresford’s Poems describe the experiences of manic depression and the range of emotions that this illness brings. A consistent themes through the poetry is Terry’s experiences as a fire fighter and how this has shaped his view of the World and events such as 9/11. Terry is an accomplished poet, his poems are heartfelt, assured and full of pathos.

About the Author

Terry has been married for 36 years and has 3 children. He grew up in Rainham, Essex and in 1966 joined the Fire Service, serving in the East End of London for nearly 20 years. In 1985 Terry suffered an accident which forced him to retire. Since 1990 Terry has been diagnosed with manic depression, he was prompted to write poetry to come to terms with his illness. Many of Terry’s poems were written while he was in the depths of depression. Terry is a volunteer with Basildon Mind where, for 13 years, he has helped with their counselling service. Terry’s hobbies include collecting Fire Service memorabilia and writing. He has written four books to date, ‘Burning Candle’ is his second to be published.

Book Extract


Winter comes, we are sad
Summer here we are glad
Raindrops on our face
The sun within your heart
Go with the flow, at your pace
Stick with nature, don’t grow apart
Butterflies, they come and go
Buds flower, they have made a start
Birds duck and dive in the skies
Bees and wasps fly around the flowers
Pollinating and feeding all day
It comes and goes, glad and sad
Sit down; relax in sun’s warm rays
Imagine the sun is all around for days
No winter in your heart.


It came upon me in a different way,
It ripped my guts away
Damage done, for all to see,
So powerful, fearful, just not me.
Perhaps next time I’ll kill
No way – not on – time to change
It caught me out, no time to run,
But my memory stays intact.
To recall, Assess and plan defeat
Return the compliment that’s what I’ll do
Surprise, Change tack, beat the bum,
Fight, keep on, it’ll soon come.
Albeit a different way.
Boundaries ‘amust, to save defeat
Others must guide me though.
If we are to gain our goal
In cotton wool I’ll win the war,
Is that a lot to ask?
Prove myself, no need for me
An open book I feel.
Slow down, take nothing on


Oh sister dear, I have a fear
It’s money down the drain, no less,
Traps one to six, oh what a fix,
The form, the odds, the silly sods
They know not head from tail.
Winners, losers, join the club,
Friday comes, you’ll need a sub
Have a drink, a bite to eat,
Tote is open, bookies to beat
Second last race! – it’s 9.30
A fiver? Bus fare home!
Honour Cheryl, A lively bitch,
Let’s put it on, I’ll have to hitch
In hot pursuit my dog leads,
It takes them all by storm,
Quids in now! A slap up feast,
Chicken legs and diet coke, oh no!
A Chinese, A drink and a bone for the beast!


4 reviews for Burning Candle

  1. John Edwards (verified owner)

    Burning candle is a poignant and touching collection of poems, describing the experiences of manic depression. As a former fireman, Terry Beresford’s poems explore the emotions of a man whose life was devastatingly changed during his depression.

  2. Timmy Burton (verified owner)

    A former fireman whose life’s been turned upside down by manic depression writes some very touching poems. This is a very interesting testimony, and it is very well written

  3. Roger Dalton (verified owner)

    Terry Beresford is a former fireman. He is suffering from manic depression. In this book, he tells us is feeling so that we can understand the life of people suffering from mental illness. A very moving book.

  4. Peter Lovitt (verified owner)

    It ‘s a very interesting book, the poems are wonderful, hearfelt and full of pathos and really well written! If you like poems and you are interesting in mentral health it’s a must that you have to read absolutly!!!

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