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Poem in Quadrant

April 4th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The March 2017 issue of Quadrant contains one of Andrew’s poems. Titled, “Dearly Departed”, it is reprinted below:

 

Dearly Departed

 

So much of it, my childhood,

departed this world with you.

 

Though I lived it, I can bring back

only brief moments of it:

 

candle-smoke and a blue trike,

a Band-Aid on a skinned knee,

 

your bosomy hugs during

nights of dread dreams about … what?

 

Mother, I meant to ask you

so many things about me,

 

so many whens, hows and whys

that can never now be known.

 

The loss of both your presence

and my history presses on me

 

as an ever-present absence.

 

            © Andrew Lansdown

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