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Tom

When, in January, Tom told us of his cancer diagnosis and its dreadful prognosis, a familiar grief moved in, pulled up a chair and became a fixture of every waking minute. After a few weeks, I tried a new tactic for … Continue reading

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Is there anybody there?

In my twenties I lived in Hackney, London, in a fantastic kind of lesbian soup.  Six, maybe seven of us shared a huge house, for free (thanks, literally, to God – it was a vicarage) and our days and nights … Continue reading

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The Present

  Thank you for the present, it’s beautiful. I’ve kept it in my room all these years. Everyday I look at it and think of you. That silly green spiky thing, just like us. I heard you died on June … Continue reading

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River

For my cousin, Suzy Barratt   It was just so: suddenly the air was soft mown grass although the tower blocks, the shouting and the dogs held the evening ugly   a smile pulled my face and I stepped into an … Continue reading

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All Your Days

For my cousin, Suzy Barratt   Not you, but us moving out of the harbour. Cold hands haul knots and rope, we shout farewell and wave and weep for this day. The horizon will not return us and you will … Continue reading

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