Naprowrimo I will keep going and owing poems

ok so this is a scrappy thing but I wrote it. My mother has been visiting and together we made a bookcase and I thought of all the times we have done those kind of projects together and how I wonder at her practicality and skills.


Of all the skills my mother taught me

It is those that use my hands I thank her for most

As we put together a cheap black ash veneered

Bookshelf for my multiplying notebooks

I thought of the day we stripped a hundred year old door

In the sunshine, a Chekov play on the radio

It was the day before an exam and despite my nerves

I thought ‘’if I know how to do this life will be ok’’

I think of my mother when I stitch, when I knit, when I make pastry

When I use my hands to makes something from nothing.


About Quad

The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.
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