Maggie Butt

Fathering

Because I could not bear to let you go
my body found a way to bring you back.

Part-dormant genes pushed out a root
and half of me took flower.

My jowls drop just a feather’s breadth
until your jaw-line smiles back from the mirror.

I swim the strokes you longed
and my slow breathing meets with yours.

You use my eyes to note the detail of the world
your calmness soothes my path like honey.

Because I could not bear to let you go
my body found a way to bring you back.

Maggie’s poetry is widely published in international magazines and has escaped the page onto the internet, choreography, BBC Radio 4, readings, festivals, and schools. Her books include three poetry collections and a historical collage of poems, photos, paintings and extracts from memoirs and letters.  www.maggiebutt.co.uk

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