Poetry at King's - Can a mother forget?

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Can a mother forget?

by Holly Duxbury

'Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you.'

Isaiah 49:15


My baby boy has just become more cute than before.

He has learnt that outstretched arms

An expression of feigned desperation

And the noise ‘eeeee’

Summons Mum to drop what she’s doing

And go one to one with her

One and only beloved son.


And my mind skips forward

As rocks skim water

To a place far off

Where he will decided who he is


Lawmaker or breaker

A father of many who married none

Or a father of some who married one




Although the posture may change

As the years pass by

When he reaches for me

I’m sure to be




ready to be

one to one

with a beloved son

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