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I might

I might
       with a blow to the head
come to believe
       what’s good for me, feel
what I ought, be
       the widow for example
of a soldier.
       I’d raise a girl who
can’t grasp
       ‘never’ and a boy
he never saw
       though I’m ambivalent
at best about armed
       conflict and its outcomes
both the vengeful
       and the mawkish. To be
ringed with smiles
       here in a print dress,
against the odds
       duly recovered from my
blow to the head,
       is insufficient comfort.
 

Rosemary Norman

first published in The North no. 55, January 2016;
in collection For Example, 2016, Shoestring Press,
ISBN 978-1-910323-59-5