while I wrote remote history, last night
while I revived lowlights of my life, last night
while I cried over a spilled note, last night
even as you entered
the scented season of life.
– long before the sickening Fall –
– ere grief’s canker grew organic form –
your roots being gnawed
by flown protectors of your youth
while your sore heart languished between
the spectral hands
of the child
of your womb.
that everyone died on;
a truth that consumed you.
sullied your cloak of bright colours,
choking your willow courage, yet you fought
far past the darkest hour, beyond the point
ate your rainbow disguise.
Untiringly you stitched, yet
each time you tried to repair
the flimsy attire
the thread broke.
I waited, somehow knowing
that we would meet some day. Long before
I saw your face, I sensed your breath on my cheek as if
your spirit whispered to me, yet I did not guess
that our acquaintance would be
We met but once,
a singular meeting which conceived
an embryonic friendship, aborted
by the decree that would
steal you to eternity.
Jenny, it was an honour;
for in those brief moments
you exceeded my hopes.
you must have shed
a lake of tears deeper than
the raging stream that swept her
to her death. Now
the flood ebbs, eased by your stilled flesh.
Today and for evermore,
may you rest
with your daughter
©Jane Paterson Basil