collection, A Season of Small
Publishing, ISBN 978-1-8447150-9-1;
pamphlet collection, Bubble, 2004, Flarestack, ISBN 1-900397-77-3;
in the BBC Radio4 play of the same name, October 2004
This was not what
you wrote in your diary
you were twelve years old.
this holding of a second dead child
a room next to the scrape of plates,
those uneaten fish Friday lunches,
drumming of pipes in a busy sluice.
will marry Richard Harris.
on Top of the Pops.
bite my nails.
a country house with children.
a book. Have pierced ears.
in Ireland by the sea.
jeans all the time.
stray cats and orphans.
a horse better than Christine White's.
to one name from each page in my atlas.
was the hope list in HB pencil,
future plans in neat joined-up writing.
rock him and cry as is called for.
Richard Harris would have avoided this,
this falling apart
a space set aside for the purpose.