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.'
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