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Lay for the Day
6th June


i.m. Grace Elizabeth Gibbens –


Missing a mum
means not knowing
her as she was;
not the loss of

motherly hugs
but lack of her
self acquiring

becoming that
person to love
who resided

in the child-mind’s
clutches, the son’s
past embraces.
Two and two put

together from
scattered ashes
can’t fetch you back;
still I carry

the cinder print,
as it were, the
stray traces of
you as you were,

you as a girl,
as the woman
wanting a girl,
and live with it,

drawing on love
as though you lived.

John Gibbens
from Characters: You & I


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